Drone Laws Iran

Flying drones in Iran

The current legal situation concerning drone use in Iran is not clear. There are now numerous reports of drone users who had unpleasant experiences. It is therefore not advisable to bring your drone into the country unless you are able to obtain permission.

In Iran, it can happen very quickly that you are arrested while using GPS-enabled devices or cameras. The Iranian security authorities are quick to assume that you have entered the country as a spy when you use appropriate technology. Already, several drone pilots have had to endure extensive interrogations. In some cases, the accused were not allowed to leave Iran until after a court ruling.

If you still decide to take your drone to Iran, then you should think twice about where to use your copter. In any case, you should leave the drone on the ground at the following locations (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Tehran (complete drone ban)
  • Near military facilities
  • Near (nuclear) power plants
  • Near police stations

In particular, in the regions of Busher, Natanz, Qom, Arak, and Isfahan there were already incidents in which spy allegations were raised because of the use of drones.

If you would like to enter Iran with a drone, then please inform yourself about the current safety regulations via the Foreign Office.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Iran to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Iran!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • Milad | 17.06.2018

    Thank you for your information,
    It should be note that in Iran on the basis of Article 122 of Customs Law (Entered into force from November 23, 2011), it is illegal to enter any special device (machine) that capable for aerial photography, unless the approval of The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces can be obtained.
    in addition to that, there is a legal uncertainty regard the regulations of drones in iran, specially in the safety and insurance issues.

    • Francis Markert | 02.07.2018

      Hello Milad,
      Thank you very much for the additional information. I will update my article!
      Best regards, Francis

  • Flavio | 27.07.2018

    Hi, i want visit the Iran , and make a documentary whit use more camera and i want use a parrot anafi … can i have more information to use the drone in Iran?

    • Milad | 29.07.2018

      Hi dear Flavio
      Please ask me any questions about the use of drones in Iran,

  • Mehdy | 21.08.2018

    Hi, I have been searching for days about using a drone in Iran. And I always read a truth and then its perfect oppositive in a different website…
    Is it allowed to bring a drone (such as Mavic Air) without permit ?
    I DO know that I cannot fly over Tehran, and I also DO know that anytime I fly, I will ask personnaly a policeman, or military man if I can use my drone at the spot I want to fly.

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Mehdy,
      It is not so easy to answer your question. Usually, you don’t need a permit in advance. When you are careful, you should not experience any problems. But I cannot give you any guarantee since this country has its peculiarities.

      • Mehdy | 26.10.2018

        Thank you for your feedback Francis. Unfortunately I’m back from Iran for now a month. I have finally decided not to bring my drone since regulations were too blurry and I didn’t want to get troubles here. Anyway I didn’t found anybody with a drone in Iran, but landscapes were amazing, I’m really frustrated !

      • Francis Markert | 01.11.2018

        Hi Mehdy,
        Thank you for your answer. I am sorry for your frustration! 🙁

  • Kyle | 13.09.2019

    I recomend updating Iran to red given the uncertainty of arrest greatly outweights the certainty of the current laws. Another 2 people – Aussie overlanders (Mark & Jolie The Way Overland) have been detained for flying their drone. I would hate for others to mistake a green flag against Iran to meaning it is acccepted there.

  • Tom | 24.11.2019

    I plan to visit Iran at 2020 spring.. maybe with a Mavic Mini drone (249grams)..
    I’m just waiting a response from iranian ambassy in belgium to clarify on what’s allowed and give me (or redirect to the competent authority to got it) an authorisation/permit to take and fly my drone in iran. (I wrote first at foreing affairs office in Iran, they redirect me to ambassade).
    I’ll happy to share informations here when i’ll got it.

  • Reza | 29.01.2021

    Dear Tom
    The regulations your mentioned is not applied for Drones with GPS connectivity, high range video transmission capability, and high-res cameras like DJI Mavic family, even mini with less than 249 gr. I searched a lot and asked a lot of friends in Iran, and finally decided not to take the risk. Except national security authorities confrontation concerns, the Custom in the borders is a big problem. Supposedly, people are buying, getting permission, and using such drones that I mentioned inside the country as long as they bought one from the retailer which already paid custom fees. However, as there is no way to perform such legislations from abroad due to my research, that is also another limiting issue.
    So, in conclusion, I agree with Kyle who asked the admin to change the country to red zone until there is a possibility for travelers to ask from permission before going there!

  • léna | 17.03.2022

    Hello, do you have recent information for drones in Iran. I plan to travel there soon, but I don’t know who to declare my drone to?
    Thanks very much

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