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 protected]

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.

Helpful links: Tuoitrenews, Doy News

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!

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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 several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


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  • Chris | 30.04.2019

    No, don’t expect trouble. It’s perfectly legal to buy them here, and unless they’re made of gold, you can totally take them out. I’ve been in and out through Tan Son Nhut (SGN) at least 10 times, zero problems. Currently “in” again. 🙂

  • Patrick Saurel | 27.12.2023

    I plan to go to Vietnam in few weeks and it is difficult to obtain a drone licence.
    I enter to Vietnam at Hanoi airport. But, I take interior flight from Danang to Hochiminh. Can they seize the drone if my departure is from Danang to Hochiminh?
    Thank you for your website .

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