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400ft max height

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over people

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Don't interfere with aircraft

Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in South Korea for 2020 (Complete Guide)

This is a guide for South Korea drone laws in 2020 (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 the United States?

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?

drone laws by country updated map

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

  • height icon
    Maintain 150 m height (492 feet)
  • Drones above 26 pounds
    Drones weighing above 26 pounds need an operator license
  • line of sight icon
    Only fly over open skies
  • moon day icon night flying
    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?

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)

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2.7k

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30min

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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 Austria 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.

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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4k 60fps

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34min battery

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9km

Follow + obstacle avoidance

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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 it's price since it was first released.