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All Drone Laws in Israel in 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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50m max height

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250m from buildings

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2km from airports

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Only line of sight

This is a guide for drone laws in Israel 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.

Are drones legal in Israel?

Yes, drones are legal and there is a vibrant drone user community in Israel. Both commercial and recreational drones in Israel are subject to many restrictions. 

Israel is one of those countries that embraced the use of drones fairly early - their first law being enacted in 1981. Drone flying has been a popular hobby for three decades despite the law capping drone flying within 150 meters. 

According to estimates from Israel Airport Authority, 15,000 to 20,000 drones lie within the 250g to 25 Kg weight range. You can imagine the vibrant drone community and how advanced they are when it comes to drone-related activities.

Contact information

Drone laws fall under the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (CAAI). 

Email: office@icd.org.il 

Phone:+972 05 2507 6677

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What are the drone policies in Israel?

According to Israeli news publications, UAV enthusiasts are anticipating the new stricter laws on drones that build on the 1981 regulations. Some rules are basic such as not taking alcohol 8 hours prior to flying your drone.

According to the published draft, registration should last three years (Just about the same time as any other drone's useful life). 

  • Line of sight: You must maintain a visual line of sight when flying the drone.
  • No flying near airports: Maintain a 2km distance away from the seaport and airports.
  • Maintain a 250m distance from buildings
  • Height limit of 50m
  • Insurance: When doing business have 3rd party insurance
  • No night flying: Do not fly at night unless your drone has lighting

Where are drones restricted in Israel?

We can agree that most drone-related accidents arise from negligence or incompetence of the drone operator. 

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority should not be affected by:

  • Military installations
  • Keep off the airports and infrastructure assets

Can I bring a drone to Israel?

You can bring a drone into Israel just make sure you have it registered online and abode by all country regulations.

How can I register a drone in Israel?

In Israel, registering a drone is mandatory. There is an online portal where you can register your drone before arriving in the country. To register any drone you must be 16 years and above. Here is the link.

The registration process costs NIS 30.

To complete the registration you need:

  • Your contact details and a copy of your ID
  • Debit and credit cards
  • Israel travel dates
  • Your drone serial number
  • Flight information

What about commercial drone flights?

Drone operators will have to obtain advanced licenses and go through a thorough exam costing NIS 300. A license is required to fly your drones close to any building. It is worth pointing out that the new laws are for commercial drones being able to fly drones at night.

What is the penalty for flying your drone illegally in Israel?

Keep in mind that the Israeli police have direct access to the IAA database where they can run information on drone owners to ascertain if they are registered. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Israel?

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 Israel. 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 Israel, 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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