Drone regulations in Saudi Arabia
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, drones are considered a serious public security risk. Nevertheless, the country has created an opportunity to legally import and fly drones as a private individual.
Overview: Drone rules in Saudi Arabia
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Registration of drones
All drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms must be registered. As a foreigner, you also need an import permit so that you do not have any problems at customs. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is responsible for your applications. It provides an online portal where you can easily apply for the necessary documents. You will need some data such as the serial number and model of your drone as well as an identification document.
As far as we know, registration costs 250 SAR (approx. 60 euros) for private users and 500 SAR (approx. 120 euros) for commercial pilots. Training is also required for commercial use.
Other safety regulations
Also follow the following rules to ensure safety:
- do not fly higher than 120 meters (400 feet)
- keep a distance of 8 kilometers from airfields (unless you have a permit)
- give priority to other aircraft
- do not fly over bystanders or private premises unless they have given their consent
- only fly within line of sight
- only fly during the day
- do not control the drone under the influence of intoxicants
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia!