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All Drone Laws in Indonesia for 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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150m max height

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Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

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don't fly at night

This is a guide for drone laws in Indonesia for 2023 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying and traveling through this country.

Can I bring my drone to Indonesia?

Absolutely. I did not find anywhere in the current laws that prohibit or restrict coming into the country with a drone. However, in order to stay safe, you will need to confirm it from the airport where your flight will be landing.

The same goes for taking your drone out of the country. Check with the airport you are departing from just to make sure there are no issues. Sometimes airports have specific instructions for taking drones on a plane. You will need to follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any problems.

Can I fly my drone in Indonesia?

When we mention Indonesia, we are also referring to Bali, which happens to be part of the group of islands. As long as you avoid any sacred places such as mosques or temples, there shouldn’t be any trouble as you go about your business. Sometimes it’s better to play it safe than sorry. Take time to read through this article, you might find out a thing or two.

Contact information

You can reach out to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (part of the Ministry of Transport):

Reach out to their hotline at:

Email: hubud@dephub.go.id 

Phone: (+62) 8 111004222 

N/B The phone number is open 24/7

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What are the rules for flying a drone in Indonesia?

Whether you are a commercial or a recreational drone pilot, you will need to follow some specific set of rules and regulations in order to stay safe. Keep in mind that recreational and commercial drones are slightly different and therefore, they have slightly different laws in almost every country.

First, we will take a look at general rules for drones in Indonesia which covers all categories of drones. After that, we will go further into details about recreational and commercial ones.

General Rules for Drones in Indonesia

  • The maximum allowed flight height for drones without a permit is 150 meters. Those who want to exceed this limit will need to get a permit.
  • The drone must be flying within a line of sight range 
  • You don't need to buy aviation liability insurance for your drone 
  • The maximum take-off weight of the drone should not exceed 7 KG
  • You should fly your drone only in uncontrolled airspace and far away from the runways (at least 15 KM)
  • You should avoid flying your drone directly above a crowd of people 
  • If you are flying your drone in a restricted region with the camera then it needs to maintain a distance of 500 meters.
  • You shouldn't fly your drone at night or in bad weather conditions when there is low visibility
  • You can't operate your drone from a moving vehicle on road. However, you are allowed to control it from a vessel. 

Recreational Drone Laws in Indonesia

Here are some specific laws for recreational drones:

  • You can't fly your drone above 150 meters from the ground
  • You should fly your drone away from moving vehicles, animals, or people
  • Your drone shouldn't exceed a maximum weight of 2 KG
  • You must be 18 years old to fly your drone
  • You can't fly your drone from a moving vehicle
  • You should maintain flight visibility of around 4.8 Km and keep it at a safe distance from airports
  • You should only fly your drone during the daytime when there is a good visibility 
  • You should control only one drone at a time 
  • You must obtain a permit if you wish to fly beyond the specified limits

Commercial Drone Laws in Indonesia

In order to fly your drone for commercial applications, you will need to follow all of the above rules. However, there are a few additional things that you will need to keep in mind before taking off.

To fly your drone for commercial applications, here are some of the main things to keep in mind!

  • an authorization from the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) 
  • an insurance policy that covers your commercial activities

Penalties

If you fail to follow the rules and regulations specified by the government of Indonesia you will face some penalties. These penalties can be in the form of fines, jail time, or both. Each fine will depend on the severity of your offense.

The most common penalties for flying drones in Indonesia are as follows:

  • Flying in a restricted area without prior permission: Up to IDR 1 billion (approx. USD 72,000)
  • Flying in a prohibited area: Up to IDR 5 billion (approx. USD 360,000)
  • Causing damage to people or property: Up to IDR 10 billion (approx. USD 720,000)

Where can I fly my drone in Indonesia?

Knowing where to fly your drone is the most important thing, no matter which country you are in. Here is a list of some places where you can't fly your drone without any issues:

  • Government aviation designated areas 
  • 15 Km from an airport or runway - higher than 150 m altitude
  • Controlled airspaces

To fly a drone weighing between 2 and 25 Kg, you must be 18 years of age. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Indonesia?

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 Mini 2- The best international travel drone (under 250g)

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4k

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31 min

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10 km

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No follow-me

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DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is legal to fly in most countries without registration.

It comes at a very cheap price for its incredible specs.I have covered it much more in-depth in my article review and even compared it with the Mavic Air 2.

2. DJI Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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4k 60p

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34 min

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10 km

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Follow me

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If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso, and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.

It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.

DJI lowered its price since it was first released.

Restricted Areas and Geofencing (Drone Flying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI's official map.

They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high-risk areas

These would be the current updated drone laws for Indonesia. I suggest checking my full map with all the countries' drone laws to see where it's best to travel.

Conclusion 

If you are going to visit Indonesia, make sure you’ve learned all the dos and don’ts of flying drones in this region. This will help you have a safe journey and enjoy flying your drone without getting yourself into trouble. 

Also, keep in mind that, commercial and recreational drones are treated differently in most countries therefore you will need to prepare yourself accordingly. Last but not least, always follow rules and regulations and make sure to respect the laws of every country.

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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Paul Posea
Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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