Drone regulations in Turkey

Flying drones in Turkey

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

In Turkey, all pilots have to register before the flight (under iha.shgm.gov.tr possible). The registration is currently only possible in Turkish language and you have to submit a certificate of good conduct. If you do not make the registration and get caught during a flight, penalties are in the four-digit euro range. At the airport, it can also happen that the drone is taken from you until your departure and is kept for a fee.

When logging in, the Turkish identity number is requested. We could not clarify whether foreign drone pilots can register in Turkey. When registering, you must submit a photo of yourself, which allows you to control your drone as a registered pilot. The processing time for your registration is one to two weeks. Drones weighing less than 500 grams are exempt from the duty to register.

If your registration is accepted, you must report your drone (including photos from three perspectives) so that the drone can be clearly assigned to you. Required specifications include weight, manufacturer, model name, year of appearance, number of engines, engine model, the color of the aircraft, battery capacity and camera specifications. After 3-5 days you will receive a confirmation with an identification number. You must print this confirmation and take it with you on the journey. If your drone is discovered at the airport, you need this proof. Otherwise, your copter will be confiscated until you leave.

Despite the extensive registration procedure, I would be looking for a conversation with the local authorities on the slightest doubt because of the political situation.

Maximum weight of the drone for private flights: 4 kg
Conditions for commercial drone flights: Approval required
Maximum flight altitude: 120 meters
Frequency determinations for FPV: unknown
Helpful links: Mondaq, SHGM

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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