Drone regulations in Oman

Flying drones in OmanLearn in this post all relevant regulations for the use of drones in Oman.

Anyone who wants to fly with a copter in Oman must first obtain an authorization. This approval is only granted to commercial users. Anyone who fails to get a permission can be sure that the drone will be confiscated at the airport and stored until the departure. The permit has to be obtained at least 15 days before the entry at the National Survey Authority (NSA) with the following information:

  • Name of the persons involved in the shooting
  • Purpose of the film recordings and when they are transmitted
  • “The final program” (cannot interpret what is meant by this)
  • Details of the flights
  • Places where the drone should rise
  • Description and photos of the drone which should be used
  • Contact details of the person who directs the film team

During the stay, you will be escorted by an employee of the NSA. For the resulting costs, you have to pay 150 OMR (about 350 Euro) per day.

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.

Helpful links: Leaflet from customs

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!

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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 a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Abece | 26.08.2017

    Can we have our dji spark with us when flying to oman and then continue to dubai and maledives? What should we do in this case if we dont use it in oman but in dubai and maledives.

    • David | 22.10.2017

      Hi, were you able to bring the spark to Oman?

    • Francis Markert | 15.03.2018

      Hi Abece,
      As I wrote in the article above, most likely you have to leaf your spark at the airport when entering Oman. Probably, you get your drone back when leaving the country.

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