Drone regulations in Vietnam
In this article, we explain the current legal situation for drone flights in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, the Ministry of Defense is responsible for the regulation of drone maneuvers. Under the current legal situation, you need to apply for permission from the Ministry of Defense if you want to fly with a drone. However, it does not appear that these rules are consistently implemented.
Several readers of our blog have already tried to get permission from the Department of Defense. One has received a list of the required documents from the embassy in Norway, but unfortunately, the corresponding forms can hardly be found:
- Application form attached to Decree 79/2011 / ND-CP
- Technical specifications of the aircraft including photos and flight characteristics
- License for the drone which allows taking off and landing on an airfield, on land or water
- Other (unspecified) documents about the aircraft
Applications should be submitted to the Department of Defense at least 14 days before the flight. Address: 1 Nguyen Tri Phuong street, Ba Dinh district, Ha Noi; Telephone: +84 (0) 69 533200 / +84 (0) 69 533105; Email: email@example.com
Meanwhile, many pilots try their luck without permission. Most pilots are doing well, but there seems to be a lot of incidents at Danang airport. If you arrive here, you must expect the drone to be seized and kept until your departure. The baggage is always scanned when leaving the airport, so you should leave your copter at home when you enter Vietnam at this airport. From other airports, I did not hear such reports so far. We will see how the situation is developing in the rest of the country.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Vietnam 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 Vietnam!