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 Kuwait
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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 g||300 g – 5 kg||> 5 kg – 25 kg||0 – 150 kg||0 – 150 kg||> 150 kg|
|Type||Toy||Sport||Advanced Sport Activity||Non commercial||Commercial||Special|
|Insurance||Exempted||Yes, 10,000 KWD||Yes, 10,000 KWD||Yes, 20,000 KWD||Yes, 20,000 KWD||Yes, 30,000 KWD|
|Marking (with registration number)||Exempted||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Unmanned Operator Certificate (UOC)||Exempted||Exempted||Apply at DGCA||Apply at DGCA||Apply at DGCA||Apply at DGCA|
|Height limit||50 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 – pilot||50 m||120 m||120 m||250 m||250 m||250 m|
|Aerial images||Only with permission||Only with permission||Only with permission||Only with permission||Only with permission||Only 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!