Drone regulations in Turkey
Find out in this post which rules apply in Turkey if you want to fly a drone there.
Depending on the weight of your drone, it can be difficult to get all the necessary permits in Turkey. In addition to registering for drones weighing 500 grams or more, you must also comply with local laws that may require further applications.
Overview: Drone rules in Turkey
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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 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!