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400ft max height

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Don't fly over people

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Don't interfere with aircraft

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Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in South Korea for 2021 (Complete Guide)

This is a guide for South Korea drone laws in 2021 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying a quadcopter anywhere in this country.

 

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Can I fly a drone in South Korea?

Yes, according to the South Korea Office of Civil Aviation, drones are legal. Just with all other countries, there are rules and regulations guarding the sector.  

 

New drone laws are expected to come into effect by the end of January 2021. The laws will require anyone owning a drone weighing over 2 Kg to have it registered. This changes the current laws that exempt drones below 12 Kg from getting licensed. The ministry attributes the new laws to new safety concerns arising from a large number of people using them. 

Contact Information

Email: fsdiv01@korea.kr 

Phone: +82 442014251 

 

How to register my drone in South Korea

 

The process has been simplified and can take place over a smartphone app or any device with internet access. 

 

Should I have my drone registered in South Korea?

 

The new drone laws will require drone users to register any drone weighing over 250 g, borrowing from other advanced drones using countries such as China, the United States, Australia, and Germany. 

Should I have a drone license?

  • Any drone weighing over 250 g has to be registered. 
  • The drones weighing less than 2 Kg, but over 250 g, are also required to take a mandatory online course. 
  • Drone operators with gadgets between 2 Kg and 7 Kg have to do a written test and have 6 hours of drone experience. 
  • Anything above 25 Kg, you must have over 20 hours’ worth of flight experience in addition to several other tests.  

What are the Drone Laws in South Korea?

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As an addition to all the rules bellow, avoid  flying above Seoul as most of it is designated as a no-flight zone.

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    Maintain 150 m height (492 feet)
  • Drones above 26 pounds
    Drones weighing above 26 pounds need an operator license
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    Only fly over open skies
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    No night flying
    Only fly during daylight
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    Registration
    Register with the ministry of land, transport, and infrastructure

What are my top drones to fly safely in South Korea?

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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.

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

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4k

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31min

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10km

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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 it's incredible specs.

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the Mavic Air 2.

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