150m max height
Don't fly over crowds
Don't fly near airports
Only line of sight
All Drone Laws in India in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
This is a guide for Indian drone laws in 2020 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying and travelling through this country.
To fly any drone for that matter, you need to have it registered. A new policy directive from the Director-General of Civil Aviation mandated the registration. It is important to point out that foreigners are not allowed to fly drones in India. If the work involved a commercial task, the party has to lease the drone to an Indian entity who then has it registered so as to obtain the Unique Identification Number and UAOP.
Who do I contact?
The body responsible for drone-related information, news, regulations, and registrations are the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India.
Here is the contact information:
Ajay Yadav, The Deputy Secretary
Tel: +91 011-2463-2950
What are the drone rules in India?
In August 2018, the India Civil Aviation announced its first Civil Aviation Requirements their drone industry. The rules went into effect on the 1st of December 2018. Now, why am I sharing this? It is important to give a prologue of happenings as one might have traveled to the place before the changes and wonder why my review tells a different story. You can find out more about the drone laws here.
Here are the general rules:
Fly at line of sight
You must maintain a visual line of sight when flying the drone.
Don't fly near aiports
Drones should steer clear of areas regarded as no-fly zones. Such areas are airports, international borders, state capitals, military installations, and other sensitive locations
Keep 50 Km away from the country’s border
400 feet flight limit
Drones should be marked with numbers and contact information.
Register over 250g
All drones with the exception of the nano category must be registered and display a unique Identification Number UIN
Permits for are mandatory for all commercial drone operations
Do not fly your drone over 500 m into the sea
How are drones classified in India?
- Nano drones – weigh less than 250 g (0.55 pounds)
- Microdrones – weigh 250 g to 2 Kg (0.55 to 4.4 pounds)
- Small drones – weigh 2 Kg to 25 Kg (4.4 to 55 pounds)
- Medium drones – weigh 25 Kg to 150 Kg (55 pounds to 330 pounds)
- Large drones – weigh over 150 Kg (330 pounds plus)
How can I register my drone in India?
The body issuing the drone licenses in India is the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. As of December 1, 2018, flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is legal.
You can also register your drone on the DigitalSky website. There will be clearly laid out steps guiding you on how to register your drone.
Part of the mandatory requirements for flying a drone is:
Frequently asked questions
Can I fly a drone in India without having it registered?
Provided you are using a nano drone and limit its use to recreational purposes, then there is no point in having it registered.
What happens if my drone isn’t licensed?
You will be exposing yourself to trouble. Now, why again would you do that?
Can I travel with my drone to India by Airplane?
Unfortunately, no. If you come with a drone from overseas to India, it can be confiscated at the airport as it will be regarded as an import.
What are the restricted areas for flying drones in India?
India has implemented one of the most aggressive drone policies in the world. It has launched the No Permission No Takeoff policy that required authorization from the Digital Sky Platform.
For more information on drone laws and drone use in India, check out this here.
What are my top drones to fly safely in India?
My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.
1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)
No follow me
2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall
Follow + obstacle avoidance
DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.