Drone regulations in Myanmar (Burma)

The legal situation for drones is currently very shady in Myanmar.

At the moment, there are no laws about drones in Myanmar and the information I have received are very contradictory so far. According to a report in the Myanmar Times, corresponding drone laws are currently worked out. Although, the article is from September 2015.

Some local drone pilots complain that their equipment was confiscated or that they had to call at the military after a drone flight.

There are also different experiences of travelers. Some copter owners report that there is an import ban for drones. I regularly read reports of travelers who had to hand over their drone to the customs at their entry. The good news are that the travelers have got their copter back on leaving the country. I know from other friends, that they could easily enter and fly with a small Yuneec Breeze in Myanmar.

Because of the current uncertainties, I personally would take only one multicopter with me to Myanmar if I enter on the land way and a luggage control is unlikely. If this is not possible because of the route planning, I would also pack a small Selfie drone and leave the large copter at home.

Helpful links: Myanmar Times, Vice

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Myanmar to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 Myanmar!

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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!


  • Paul van Diepe | 19.08.2017


    We enter Myanmar 2 weeks ago on Mandalay international airport from Bangkok carrying a DJI Mavic Pro in my hand luggage. It went through the x-ray machine but nobody said a thing and I could pass with out a word.

    • Douglas de Carvalho Pegorel | 10.10.2017

      Hi Paul! Thanks for your comment. Did you see any other drones during your trip there? Or have any authority bothered you during your flights with the mavic? Maybe in Bagan or another turistic place… I’m going there in a couple weeks and would love to take my spark with me

      • Paul van Diepe | 11.10.2017

        Hi Douglas.
        I had no problems, but i was careful and not used the drone where there were people around. In the time when I was there I did not see any other people with a drone. But I know from guides and other people that sometimes they see a drone. My advise is, use your drone wisely. Don’t let it get a lot of attention.

        • Douglas Pegorel | 11.10.2017

          Thank you so much for the information. I’ll make sure to use my drone wisely.

          • Paul van Diepe | 11.10.2017

            When I was using the drone, i got a glimp of the future. I imagined 10-15 travellers like me. All with a drone in the air. All with good intentions. Still…. imagine the sound of the 15 drones. Good luck and travel safe. Who knows, maybe we will meet one day and have a beer, or mineral water.

  • Douglas Pegorel | 11.10.2017

    hehehe your glimpse is already true in Iceland. A friend of mine is there and told me each waterfall has at least 5 mavics. I imagine restrictions will be more frequent by the time.
    Lets have this beer for sure! Let me know if you you ever come to Brazil. X

  • Naing Pyae | 29.04.2018

    I’ll be taking a trip to Burma this June and hoping to bring my spark with me. I was searching for informations about it but there were no official rules n laws about it. I am just worry that it will get confiscated at the airport custom. I will not be flying it though.So is it safe for me to take it ?

    • Paul van Diepe | 01.05.2018

      Well as you can read above I had no trouble getting it through customs. But is this a guarantee?

    • Mariya | 05.05.2018

      Hi! I had no problems with the importation of the drones and flew in Bagan and Minghun over pagodas. But she did not risk flying next to Shwedagon. (it was in February, with Mavic Pro

  • Diana | 10.12.2020

    I am looking for a drone pilot in Mandalay. Does someone has information of someone interested. It’s for an exploration



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