Drone regulations in Oman
Learn in this post all relevant regulations for the use of drones in Oman.
Anyone who wants to fly a copter in Oman must first obtain permission. This entails an elaborate procedure that is not guaranteed to lead to success. The approval is now only granted to commercial users, more precisely this seems to be limited to companies.
Several authorities have to approve the project: the Royal Oman Police (ROP), the Royal Oman Airforce (RAFO), the National Survey Authority (NSA) and, for video productions, the Ministry of Information. After obtaining “no objections letters” from these authorities, an application can be submitted to the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) using this form. A fee must also be paid. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
If you do not have a permit, you can be sure that the drone will be taken from you at the airport and kept until you leave the country.
After the Muscat airport was closed twice in a short time at the end of 2019 due to drones entering its airspace, the government has published the penalties: Those who fly without a permit risk a year in prison and a fine of 10,000 rials (about 23,000 euros).
For my taste, these regulations are entirely excessive why Oman is a destination which will be out of the question for us.
However, according to readers, it is not a problem to bring a drone with you in transit if you are not leaving the airport. In such a case, it is advisable to carry the multicopter in the checked baggage.
Overview: Drone rules in Oman
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We have researched the listed drone regulations for Oman 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 Oman!