Drone Laws in South Korea
Last update on 01.10.2021 | 9 Kommentare
This post is about the drone laws in South Korea.
The South Korean government is reasonably open to drone technology. Nevertheless, there are some rules to consider.
Maximum altitude: The maximum height for drones is 150 meters above ground.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: In Korea, you need to be able to see your drone and its attitude always with the naked eye.
Compulsory insurance: If you have to register your drone in South Korea, then you need drone insurance with a minimum cover of KRW 150,000,000.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): From a take-off mass of more than 12 kilograms is a permit for
Distance to airports: At airports, a distance of 9 kilometers must be taken into account.
Other safety distances: No drone may be flown over crowds.
No-flight zones: In Seoul, there is a ban on drones. However, there are specially designed parks for copter pilots. No-fly zones can be checked using the “Ready to Fly” app.
Hours of Operation: After sunset and before sunrise, drone flights are not allowed in Korea.
Requirements for commercial pilots: If you want to fly a commercial drone in South Korea, you need to register with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. As far as I understand, the obligation to register exists only for commissioned work. If you make recordings for your own company, then you probably do not need registration.
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We have researched the listed drone regulations for South Korea to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, 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 South Korea!
Seoul is basically a no-fly zone. Between, Gimpo airport, the Blue House, the military base, and embassies, the whole city is restricted.
Good to know – thank you!
Thanks for sharing this article on drone rules in South Korea! I have a job coming up there soon and was looking around for more information.
From where I come from (Singapore) the rules are very strict as well and without a permit we cannot fly above 200 feet to take any aerial photos or videos.
Can you fly drone on nami island where the trees are located?
Jeju island no issurle right for dji spark? k want to handcarry on flight
Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but sitting next to Pyoseon beach on Jeju with families paddling, having picnics and enjoying the weather it was quite disturbing to be buzzed by a drone only 10 meters above our heads. It totally spoilt my time there. Am I being narrow-minded? Or should there be some restrictions about flying near people. The size of a “crowd” is open to personal interpretation.
can fly at namie island?
The basic thing with Korea is that you have to be aware of your surroundings. Touristy areas like Jeju or Nami Island may have put up special restrictions because of too many people flying drones above the crowds. Seoul is basically a no fly zone as are many of the larger cities due to the proximity to airports, military bases, hospitals, etc. However, if you use your head, you can have a decent time flying here.
For those asking, Nami Island is a no fly zone. https://namisum.com/en/events/nami_1801/