Drone regulations in Turkey

Find out in this post which rules apply in Turkey if you want to fly a drone there.

Overview: Drone rules in Turkey

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Unknown.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Drones under 500 grams are not within the scope of Turkish drone regulation, so they are not subject to registration. Thus, it shouldn’t be a problem to bring a DJI Spark. In addition, private drones must not weigh more than 4 kilograms. You may need to register your flight or have it approved. Therefore, try to learn the regulations for your planned area of flight and, if necessary, apply for a permit from the local authorities.

Drones over 500 grams are subject to stricter rules that unfortunately do not allow drone pilots without a Turkish identification number to fly legally.

At the airport, it may happen that the drone is taken away from you until your departure and is kept for a fee. To avoid that, you need a letter of technical compliance. The application form FR-03 is now also available in English.

In Turkey, all pilots must register before the flight. You may need to submit a criminal record. If you do not register and get caught during a flight, penalties are in the four-digit euro range.

When registering, a Turkish identity number is requested. This makes it almost impossible for most foreign drone pilots to register in Turkey. When registering, you’ll need to submit a photo of yourself, which allows you to pilot your drone as a registered pilot. The processing time for your registration is one to two weeks.

Once your registration has been accepted, you will need to report your drone (including photos from three perspectives) so that the drone can be clearly assigned to you. The necessary information includes: weight, manufacturer, model name, year of appearance, number of engines, engine model, color of the aircraft, battery capacity and camera specifications. After 3-5 days you will receive confirmation with an identification number. You have to print this confirmation and take it with you on the journey.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Turkey 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 Turkey!

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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

  • Bart | 14.07.2017

    This looks like for commercial use only:

    I found this on the government website:

    Granting the Letter of Technical Conformity for Importation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Any persons, operators/companies or entities, intending to import an unmanned aerial vehicle from any country to Turkey, shall make an application for technical conformity regarding importation, in order to be submitted to the concerned Customs Office, in compliance with the requirements of Article 5 (2) of the SHT-IHA Instruction.

    Model Aircraft (unmanned aerial vehicles, which can be used outdoors, and maximum take-off mass/weight of which is not more than 20 kilograms, and which have no autonomous flight capability, and which are flown within the field of vision of the user, and which are used only for sports and entertainment purposes); and any flyable toys or vehicles, which have been manufactured in order to be used at indoors; as well as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), maximum take-off mass/weight (MTOM/MTOW) of which is less than 4 kg, and maximum speed of which is less than 50 km per hour, and maximum altitude of which is not more than 100 meters to the ground, are excluded from the scope of this instruction.

    • Francis Markert | 26.03.2018

      Thank you, Bart, for this additional info!

  • Idan Pizanti | 20.09.2017

    I come to turkey but don’t active my drone. it is off in my backpack.
    do i have to register if i wont active it ?

    • Francis Markert | 26.03.2018

      Hi Idan,
      In this case, you might have to leave your drone at the airport. It also depends on the weight of your drone.

    • Adi | 27.05.2018

      Idan, do you bring your drone in to turkey normal without any registration?? How pass rengen??

  • Itay Aharoni | 02.04.2018

    Hi, does the weight mentioned (500gr) relate to the drone with or without the battery?

  • Vision One | 02.04.2018

    Turkey only for citizens (as of April 2018). Registration required _BOTH_ for pilots and for drones over 500g. Foreigners/tourists can not fly anything (ever Spark or Mavic Air, which are under 500g). Here’s a response from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (http://web.shgm.gov.tr/en): “In order to fly your drone in Turkey, you have to register your drone and yourself in our reg.system. It is not required to register your drone since the MTOW is under 500 gr. But as a pilot you have to reg. Yourself. But fort he time being foreign people can’t register him/herself. Because reg.system connects to Ministry of Internal Affairs system to verify the citizen number. If you have not Turkish citizen number, you can’t do that.”

    • Ahmad Alugaili | 23.12.2018

      Dear Sir,
      I am an Iraqi citizen who is willing to buy an apartment to live in Istanbul permanently. Can I as a Turkish resident be able to register using my residence ID? or should I be a Turkish citizen with Turkish ID to register?
      I own a Mavic 2 Zoom and I’d hate to leave it back in Iraq when I move to Istanbul soon.

      Thanks in advance.

  • Nouman Aslam | 03.04.2018

    Hello, I am going to visit Turkey soon. I am still confused as being the foreigner can I some how register or bring my phantom 4 drone with me to Turkey?

  • Nouman Aslam | 03.04.2018

    @Vision One Can you send me the link of the government announcement that you mentioned above

  • Eric McInnes | 10.04.2018

    Hi.. I’m a working resident in Turkey and have brought my Phantom 4 Pro Plus to Turkey from Australia. I am going to go through the registration process over the next few weeks with the help of a Turkish colleague who is a professional in Community Relations with the company I work for. The questions I have read in this thread I will raise as I go and see if I can shed some light on this process. I am living in the eastern region of Turkey and the mountains are super pretty in springtime so my goal is to get some video and photos that give real justice to this beautiful country.

  • Dave Mathews | 13.04.2018

    Earlier this month I had a friend who is on a work visa in Turkey register herself as a drone operator for hobby/sport. Actually, I took the online test and she provided the required documents and ID number. Still waiting for a response on permit approval/issuance. If issued, this will give me the opportunity to fly, as long is she is with me during flights. I travel to Istanbul from the U.S. on April 27, 2018. Am hoping the permit comes through before then; if not, my Mavic Pro stays home. (frown) I will not take the chance without her having a permit.

    • Muhammad Noman Aslam | 13.04.2018

      Hey Dave, do let us know how we can register as well and also do tell us when u get your permit.

    • Ahmad Alugaili | 23.12.2018

      Good day Dave! any news regarding your permit? I’d love to hear some good news. I am also willing to be a Turkish resident and wish to know if I can acquire a permit without being a Turkish nationality.

  • Ero | 19.04.2018

    Hi guys I’m traveling from Vienna to Cape Town via Istambul. I don’t want to fly in Turkey just carrying my Mavic through transit airport procedures how should I transport it? Do you have any idea if they are cool with drone in hand luggage like a rest of normal world ? 😀

  • pierre | 10.05.2018

    here is the link for registration
    (only for turkish citizen 🙁

    https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/register

    • Phil howard | 17.07.2018

      Thanks Pierre.
      If you also click on the 3 horizontal bars it also gives you the opportunity to select English

  • Stefanie Ludwig | 16.07.2018

    Hi Guys,

    I have a DJI Spark, which weights about 300g..i try to understand if I need or don’t need to register the drone.
    May you please tell me if its needed? Thank you

  • Daz | 28.10.2018

    Why is there other links that say flying a drone in Turkey is ok, either it is or it isn’t, do you register or not and the Mavic Air is less than 500g. I took mine Turkey August 2018) and had no problems at all.

  • Michael korkus | 24.03.2019

    So i understand than mavic air doesnt need a registration, isnt it?

  • alwin | 02.07.2019

    my drone is 430 grams with battery installed,i know it ok to bring with me , but do i have to have any papers to prove it, will the authority’s know what make my drone is, do i have to register myself, as the pilot,

  • Aydin Tamturk | 20.08.2019

    Hello ,

    If you have any questions or hesitations feel free to email me ! We can help you with your documentation and consultation in Turkey !

  • Lawrence Mostert | 01.12.2019

    I went to Istanbul this year October and Customs took my Mavic 2 zoom while I was there. I had to pay $70 to get it back on departure. I also tried to apply for permission but do not have Turkish ID number it is very difficult to enter with a drone.

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