Drone laws in Kuwait

In this article we explain which rules apply to drone pilots in Kuwait.

The current rules have been in force since January 2020. In general, foreign drone pilots can also get a permit, but for aerial images, you first need the security approval of the DGCA/Ministry of Interior.

Overview: Drone rules in K

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:100 Meter (328,1 Fuß) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Further rules for drone pilots in Kuwait

In Kuwait, drones are classified according to their weight and the purpose of the flight. For each category separate regulations have been made:

Weight< 300 g300 g – 5 kg> 5 kg – 25 kg 0 – 150 kg0 – 150 kg> 150 kg
TypeToySportAdvanced Sport ActivityNon commercialCommercialSpecial
InsuranceExemptedYes, 10,000 KWDYes, 10,000 KWDYes, 20,000 KWDYes, 20,000 KWDYes, 30,000 KWD
Marking (with registration number)ExemptedYesYesYesYesYes
Unmanned Operator Certificate (UOC)ExemptedExemptedApply at DGCAApply at DGCAApply at DGCAApply at DGCA
Height limit50 m (150 ft.)100 m (300 ft.)100 m (300 ft.)120 m (400 ft.)120 m (400 ft.)150 m (500 ft.)
Horizontal distance drone – pilot50 m120 m120 m250 m250 m250 m
Aerial imagesOnly with permissionOnly with permissionOnly with permissionOnly with permissionOnly with permissionOnly with permission

The registration must be sent to the DGCA and stamped by an approved insurance organization. Unfortunately, we have so far only found the sample forms for this purpose, which are attached in the legal text (from page 45).

To obtain a UOC, foreign pilots can have their certificate from their home country recognized. Applications must be made at least 30 days in advance.

Safety distances and flight bans

UAV flights may only take place in Kuwait under good weather conditions, during the day and within the visual line of sight.

The maximum distances between the drone and pilot depend on the category; you can find them in the table above. The following safety distances to people and objects apply:

Category A1 and A2: 120 metres
Category A3, B1 and B2: 50 metres
Category C: 100 metres

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Kuwait 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 Kuwait!

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