Drone regulations in Nepal
In this article, I’ll tell you which rules apply to drone pilots in Nepal.
In Nepal, drones must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN). Those who fly illegally risk being arrested or fined. For this reason, I advise against starting your drone without permission.
Apparently, the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nepal released new guidelines for the use of drones in 2019. All drones that are used in the country must now be registered with the CAAN. You can use this form. If your registration is successful, a unique identification number is issued for your drone.
All drone flights up to 200 feet in public spaces require approval from the local administration office. In national parks, for example, the national park administration is responsible. The permit is valid for three months.
Flights over 200 feet require permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Flights up to 50 feet for recreation, ceremony, cultural or religious programme do not need to be approved.
Research institutions (e.g. universities) can fly drones under 2 kg within 200 meters of their premises without permission, but must inform the nearest police station.
Overview: Drone rules in Nepal
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Additional regulations for drone pilots in Nepal
All flight operations must take place within line of sight. A horizontal distance of 500 meters is given as a guideline.
Even if it is not mandatory, you should have liability insurance for drones.
Safety distances and flight bans in Nepal
You should keep a distance of five kilometers to airports and international borders.
According to media reports, there are flight bans in Maitighar Mandala, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Budhanilkantha, Durbar Square (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan), religious and archaeological sites, Singha Durbar and the residences of the president, vice-president and prime minister. Flights are also restricted within 1000 meters of army office and within 500 meters of other security agencies.
Good to know: special considerations when flying in Nepal
Due to the high altitude, the air may partly be very thin. Not all drones can fly at this altitude. Before your trip to Nepal, I would suggest to check whether your drone can fly in these regions.
I would be very careful around Hindu temples because Hindus often don’t like it when other believers get insight into certain parts of their temples. Ask beforehand!
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Nepal 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 Nepal!