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Drone Laws for Iraq (Updated 2023)

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea

If you are looking for complete information regarding drone laws in Iraq then you have come to the right place. This article will provide you with a comprehensive guide on the subject. 

If you are a travel blogger or someone who loves flying their drone around then you must read this article. It will help you learn all the rules and regulations that you need to know when traveling to Iraq. 

Can I fly a drone in Iraq?

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has banned the flight of drones in the country which means you can't fly a drone here whether it is for commercial purposes or recreational purposes.

That said, if you try to enter Iraq with your drone, there is a high chance that the drone will be confiscated at the airport. So, if you are planning to travel to Iraq, it is best to leave your drone at home.

Contact information:

If you feel you need to make a personal clarification. Reach out via:

Email: dg@icaa.gov.iq 

Phone: +964 1 813 3370

Can You Travel by plane with a drone in Iraq?

As mentioned above, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has banned the flight of drones in the country. So, you can't take your drone with you on a plane to Iraq.

As soon as you reach the airport, the airport authorities will search your luggage and confiscate your drone if they find one. So, it is best to leave your drone at home when traveling to Iraq.

You can get it back when you depart from the country.

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UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Iraq

Since Iraq has not released any specific regulations for drones, the standard rules and regulations imposed by the ICAO (international civil aviation organization) are applicable in the country.

You can also check the rules and regulations here.

Here are the rules for drones by ICAO

  • Always contact your local Civil Aviation Authority if you're unsure about drone rules and restrictions because they vary from nation to country.
  • Most states demand a permit before operating a drone heavier than 25 kg (55 lbs.).
  • If you're paid to use the drone or if you conduct research with it, most jurisdictions require certification before using it.
  • At all times, keep your drone within the line of sight range.
  • Before operating your drone, read the manual thoroughly.
  • Before every flight, double-check your drone to ensure it's in proper working order.
  • Don't fly within 50 meters (55 yards) of people, buildings, or cars.
  • Never fly more than 150 meters (490 feet) above ground level.
  • Avoid flying over an airport. Staying at least 8km (5 miles) away is recommended.
  • Always keep in mind that you are now a remote pilot and must fly safely and avoid collisions.

Why Consider the ICAO Rules when a Country Don't Have Laws for Drones?

You might be wondering why we need to follow the ICAO rules when it comes to drones when Iraq doesn't have any specific laws for flying drones.

The simple answer to this question is – that the ICAO rules are followed by almost every country in the world and they are designed to keep everyone safe.

So, even if a particular country doesn't have any laws specifically for drones, it is still best to follow the ICAO rules while flying your drone in that country. Do note that the ICAO rules are not law and you can be arrested or fined if you break them.

However, if you follow the ICAO rules, you will not only be keeping yourself safe but also others around you. Furthermore, ICAO is not a regulatory body; nevertheless, it provides standards to all of its member states (those that have joined the Chicago agreement).

This implies that most countries throughout the world are collaborating with ICAO in order to establish drone rules.

ICAO provides ICAO Model UAS regulations and circulars that are adopted by member states.

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Iraq?

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)




31 min


10 km


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


4k 60p


34 min


10 km


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 Iraq. I suggest checking my full map with all the countries' drone laws to see where it's best to travel.


If you are going to visit Iraq, 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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