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Dronaldo
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Updated as of Dec 2017  thanks to all Hobbyst with your feedback specially local pilots who can confirm the table.   This list will change for sure,  hopefully for the good as the case of Sweden that it was restricted but is not the case any more.   

Please feel free to post your feedback with new updates


I just find out that Nicaragua does not allow to get into the country with a Drone at all so for sure I will not bring my drone if I have to go there.

Does anyone now a website or have a list of those countries?  

otherwise I will appreciate you commenting with the ones you know.

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Status
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Belgium
Restricted
10 mts flying allowed in private   property. 90 mts with license
Nicaragua
Banned
Morocco
Banned
Fiji
Banned
Has an almost   impossible registration process to be able to fly your drone
Zambia
Banned
Same as Fiji
North Korea
Banned
Of course
Cuba
Banned
UAE
Restricted
In transit must be   checked in, license required
Saudi Arabia
Banned
They could take your   drone at customs and may not return it to you
Canada
Restricted
Insane restrictions   to fly only 90 mts high and away 70 meters of everything
Sweden
Reversed
Egypt
Banned
Croatia
Restricted
Permission required
Slovakia
Restricted
Permission required
Spain
Restricted
Common sense flying
Denmark
Restricted
Permission required
Kenya
Banned
India
Banned
Iran
Banned
Russia
Restricted
Heavy permission required
Belize
Restricted
Permission required
Ethiopia
Banned

2017-6-2
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Zamboon
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Zambia is the same as Fiji, even living here I'm struggling to get a license and now my RPAS's are gathering dust......hopefully soon!
2017-6-2
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travelrikk
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Malta
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I think we should make a sticky thread
2017-6-2
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Acidsnow
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Canada
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Cuba - if you try to bring it in the country they will detain you.
2017-6-2
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Mcflying
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Netherlands
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Somehow i almost know for sure we can also add North Korea
2017-6-2
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PHL
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Australia
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Dubai doesn't allow drones, so if in transit, you have the check it in.
2017-6-2
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Tealk
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Romania
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i think you need edit your first pot every time when someone add a country and put all countrys there to see everything in first post ... it`s better than scrol and search on pages
2017-6-2
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Ilja8
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Latvia
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I believe DJI should has information about restrictions and flight rules in all countries. Or at least it is much easier for them to collect such information, so why wouldn't they add a "knowledge base" in DJI GO app?
2017-6-2
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Bond006
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Saudia Arabia.  My co worker went there for the first time several months ago, Customs took it at the airport, told him he could retrieve it when he leaves the country, however, when he went to retrieve it,  the customs department would not give it to him.  The Kingdom says Remote Aircrafts are not permitted in Saudi Arabia.
2017-6-2
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Dronaldo
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Tealk Posted at 2017-6-2 21:25
i think you need edit your first pot every time when someone add a country and put all countrys there to see everything in first post ... it`s better than scrol and search on pages

I will thanks!
2017-6-4
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yfcw0801
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Don't forget Sweden which is a well known drone prohibited country..
2017-6-4
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Dronaldo
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yfcw0801 Posted at 2017-6-4 04:50
Don't forget Sweden which is a well known drone prohibited country..

as far as regulations, Drones are not prohibited in Sweden  and the ban for cammeras rules will be reversed this summer.   how do you know is prohibited?
2017-6-4
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yfcw0801
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true, my misunderstanding. drone with camera is banned ;)
2017-6-4
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b0n3
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United Kingdom
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In Dubai you can fly with you drone easely.
First of all before your trip you have to register your drone and issue a special license here:
Email: drones@gcaa.gov.ae Web: http://www.gcaa.gov.aeThen in 14 days you have to grab it persanally in the office.

It looks like this:

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2017-6-5
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chalde
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PHL Posted at 2017-6-2 14:55
Dubai doesn't allow drones, so if in transit, you have the check it in.

I do not think this is correct. My brother just took my P4 and stopped in Dubai has a layover. He had the P4 with him the whole time, in backpack, catching plane for his final destination, and same on his way back.
Might be restricted to fly there, but carrying it within the airport, there was no extra check.
2017-6-5
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Petroboy
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Canada
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b0n3 Posted at 2017-6-5 03:23
In Dubai you can fly with you drone easely.
First of all before your trip you have to register your drone and issue a special license here:
Email: drones@gcaa.gov.ae Web: http://www.gcaa.gov.aeThen in 14 days you have to grab it persanally in the office.

If I read that restriction #6 correctly, the drone is not supposed to have a camera on it.
2017-6-5
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randy.sauder
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Canada
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Add Canada...
2017-6-5
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b0n3
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Petroboy Posted at 2017-6-5 07:27
If I read that restriction #6 correctly, the drone is not supposed to have a camera on it.

Yes, I saw it.
But as you can see, they registered mavic without any problems.
2017-6-6
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Swedrone
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yfcw0801 Posted at 2017-6-4 04:50
Don't forget Sweden which is a well known drone prohibited country..

Until 1st of August majority voted for a lift of the ban in the parliament!
2017-7-7
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Swedrone
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b0n3 Posted at 2017-6-5 03:23
In Dubai you can fly with you drone easely.
First of all before your trip you have to register your drone and issue a special license here:
Email: drones@gcaa.gov.ae Web: http://www.gcaa.gov.aeThen in 14 days you have to grab it persanally in the office.

Hi, what did you put in as a mobile number? It only accepts a Dubai number for the OTP
2017-7-7
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Swedrone
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Swedrone Posted at 2017-7-7 11:37
Hi, what did you put in as a mobile number? It only accepts a Dubai number for the OTP

Solved the problem!
2017-7-13
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Prokur
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I have flown with different drones in various countries, and here is my list
1. In Egypt  even a possession of Drone can lead to a criminal case, so better don't even take it with you.
2.  Norway, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Italy, San Marino - no problems so far.
2017-7-16
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Digitaldias
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Prokur Posted at 2017-7-16 00:31
I have flown with different drones in various countries, and here is my list
1. In Egypt  even a possession of Drone can lead to a criminal case, so better don't even take it with you.
2.  Norway, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Italy, San Marino - no problems so far.

Here are the rules for Norway:
http://luftfartstilsynet.no/selv ... PASDrones_in_Norway
Minor thing to note:

The HORIZONTAL distance of 150m only applies to crowds of 100+ people. It's 50m otherwise. They are fairly strict on flight corridors as well.
2017-7-16
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chub1962
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Australia
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chalde Posted at 2017-6-5 04:15
I do not think this is correct. My brother just took my P4 and stopped in Dubai has a layover. He had the P4 with him the whole time, in backpack, catching plane for his final destination, and same on his way back.
Might be restricted to fly there, but carrying it within the airport, there was no extra check.

I just flew from Australia to Europe and back via Dubai carrying my MavicPro with no issue.  Emirates airlines want you to check it in according to a part of their website, but I ignored that with no issues.
2017-7-16
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fans41779ada
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yfcw0801 Posted at 2017-6-4 16:51
true, my misunderstanding. drone with camera is banned ;)

Can you climb a hill with a Nikon with telephoto.  Other than nude beaches drones are not that great for "spying".  Strapping explosives on these things would be laughably easy.  Ban that.
2017-7-16
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fans41779ada
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Swedrone Posted at 2017-7-7 10:45
Until 1st of August  majority voted for a lift of the ban in the parliament!

Somebody is sane.  I always thought Sweden was.  So much natural beauty!
2017-7-16
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Erick705
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What you stated about Canada is inaccurate.
2017-7-16
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jamesw
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Someone should make a shared google spreadsheet with all the countries that have banned drones. Similiar to the StateFarm doc https://docs.google.com/spreadsh ... edit#gid=1180163488[/url]
2017-7-16
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GMG
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Not wanting to muddy the waters, but certain countries are making approval for drone use so onerous that it works pretty much as a ban.  For example, Croatia has regulations requiring a permit to be obtained for each case where you wish to fly (request documents must be filed weeks in advance and must be submitted in Croatian).  If you want to tempt your luck, you should be ready for the possibility of paying a 25 000 kuna fine (around 3 000 Euros).  Not a ban, but in practice it feels like one.  I suspect more than a few people have cancelled vacations there as a result.


  
2017-7-16
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Dronaldo
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GMG Posted at 2017-7-16 12:29
Not wanting to muddy the waters, but certain countries are making approval for drone use so onerous that it works pretty much as a ban.  For example, Croatia has regulations requiring a permit to be obtained for each case where you wish to fly (request documents must be filed weeks in advance and must be submitted in Croatian).  If you want to tempt your luck, you should be ready for the possibility of paying a 25 000 kuna fine (around 3 000 Euros).  Not a ban, but in practice it feels like one.  I suspect more than a few people have cancelled vacations there as a result.

thank you!
Definetely not a smart move from regulators taht does not know the state of the art on this technology.

it is a shame regulators do extreme decisions just based in assumptions or not valid concerns.  

bottom line here is if someone wants to do illegal things with this technology or any other will find the way to break the rules.
2017-7-18
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Dronaldo
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GMG Posted at 2017-7-16 12:29
Not wanting to muddy the waters, but certain countries are making approval for drone use so onerous that it works pretty much as a ban.  For example, Croatia has regulations requiring a permit to be obtained for each case where you wish to fly (request documents must be filed weeks in advance and must be submitted in Croatian).  If you want to tempt your luck, you should be ready for the possibility of paying a 25 000 kuna fine (around 3 000 Euros).  Not a ban, but in practice it feels like one.  I suspect more than a few people have cancelled vacations there as a result.

thank you!
Definetely not a smart move from regulators taht does not know the state of the art on this technology.

it is a shame regulators do extreme decisions just based in assumptions or not valid concerns.  

bottom line here is if someone wants to do illegal things with this technology or any other will find the way to break the rules.
2017-7-18
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ViktorK
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Slovakia - at least for profesional use.
Permit required for each flight.
You need to obtain
- acceptance from all landlords and people who might be recorded
- approval from ministry of defence that there is nothing confidential
- with this documents you need to go to transport authority and you can be gained with a permit valid for some time only.
This was status around May2017

2017-7-21
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MARSAN
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You can also add my country, Belgium, to your list.
Flying a drone in Belgium is extremely restricted.
For private use, the drone pilot may fly his/her drone over private property only and at a height of maximum 10 (ten) meters.
For any other flights the drone pilot has to be officially qualified and licensed to fly a drone, but then the flight height is limited to 90 (ninety) meters.  
2017-7-21
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Dronaldo
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MARSAN Posted at 2017-7-21 00:36
You can also add my country, Belgium, to your list.
Flying a drone in Belgium is extremely restricted.
For private use, the drone pilot may fly his/her drone over private property only and at a height of maximum 10 (ten) meters.

Thank you Marsan and so sorry to hear about it.  what a lack of vision from regulators to put in place those limits.   
they will lost tons or millions of free advertisement of their country from drone hobbyist uploading their material.  hopefully that can change soon.
2017-7-24
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MARSAN
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Dronaldo Posted at 2017-7-24 18:28
Thank you Marsan and so sorry to hear about it.  what a lack of vision from regulators to put in place those limits.   
they will lost tons or millions of free advertisement of their country from drone hobbyist uploading their material.  hopefully that can change soon.

Thank you for your encouragement.
Yes, I also hope that these drone flying restrictions change soon in my country.
I believe laws should be adapted to reflect the reality and not how politicians see our world.
2017-7-25
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BumblerBee
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Norway
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Swedrone Posted at 2017-7-7 10:45
Until 1st of August  majority voted for a lift of the ban in the parliament!

Yay!! Was hoping to fly in Sweden this summer only to discover they classified drones as "surveillance equipment" (mobile phones are much more "surveillance" imho), so left Mavic behind.

To add to the list: Spain (alas, not taking my Mavin on the coming vacation there either):
http://www.rightspain.com/rules-regulations-drone-flying-spain/
https://adventuregrancanaria.com ... es-in-gran-canaria/
http://www.icarusrpa.info/mapa.php?opt=all

And Denmark (new rules from 1st of July this year, requires registration, but I am yet to find how non-residents can get a registration)
http://www.trafikstyrelsen.dk/da/droneregler
English: http://www.trafikstyrelsen.dk/da ... F7CBCE8876C9C1.ashx
NFZs in Denmark: http://zzz42drone.naviair.dk/ (not allowed to fly over natural reserves)
2017-7-25
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Prokur Posted at 2017-7-16 00:31
I have flown with different drones in various countries, and here is my list
1. In Egypt  even a possession of Drone can lead to a criminal case, so better don't even take it with you.
2.  Norway, Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Italy, San Marino - no problems so far.

I've read that about Egypt too.
But when I was diving in Hurghada back in May a guy from another safari boat flew his P4 around. Don't know how he got the drone into the country as the airport security even took my Swiss Army Knife I had in my checked luggage...
I guess, as they didn't leave me any official notice in the bag, some security bloke rather stole it than confiscated it.
2017-7-25
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BumblerBee Posted at 2017-7-25 04:02
Yay!! Was hoping to fly in Sweden this summer only to discover they classified drones as "surveillance equipment" (mobile phones are much more "surveillance" imho), so left Mavic behind.

To add to the list: Spain (alas, not taking my Mavin on the coming vacation there either):

Swedish regualtions does not apply for EU citizens though (bummer for Norway...)
2017-7-25
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NavigatorNL
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Went to Norway couple of weeks ago. Entered Sweden in Trelleborg. Had some great shots in Sweden. No problems at all. Lots of Mavics and Sparks in the air.
2017-7-25
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SteWong
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I think Vietnam too?

Not allowed to bring one into the country, and have to get permission for every flight.

Please correct me if I am wrong
2017-7-25
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