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All Drone Laws in Israel for 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

This is a guide for drone laws in Israel for 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.

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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

What are the drone policies in Israel?

According to Israeli news publications, UAV enthusiasts are anticipating the new stricter laws on the drones that build on the 1981 regulations. Some rules are basic such as no taking of 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 drones useful life). 

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 ID
  • Debit and credit cards
  • Israel travel dates
  • Your drones 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 of flying your drone illegally in Israel?

 

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

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

 2.7k

30min battery

4km

No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

Advantages

  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app

DISAdvantages

  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery

9km

Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
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 it's price since it was first released.

Advantages

  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate

DISAdvantages

  • battery life ins't that amazing

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 offilicial 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
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