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Drone Laws in India

Summary of Drone Laws in the Republic of India

Hobbyist Drone Laws For Residents of India

Drone Operations in India are currently regulated.


  • Hobbyist drone flights are allowed in India
  • Hobbyist drone pilot license (India Remote Pilot Certificate) is required except for drones up to 2kg for non-commercial use only
  • Hobbyist Drone registration is required in India for hobbyists
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in India for hobbyists
  • Drone Insurance is required, except nano drones, for hobbyists’ drone operations in India

Read below for more details on Hobbyist Drone Laws in India and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Commercial Drone Laws For Residents of India

Drone Operations in India are currently regulated.


  • Commercial drone flights are allowed in India
  • Commercial India drone pilot license is required
  • Commercial Drone registration is required in India for commercial drone operators
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in India for Commercial Drone Operators
  • Drone Insurance is required for commercial drone operations in India

Read below for more details on Commercial Drone Laws India and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Visitors To India

Drone Operations in India are currently regulated.


  • Foreign visitor drone flights are not allowed in India
  • Foreign visitor drone pilot license is not applicable
  • Drone registration is not applicable in India for visitors/tourists
  • Drone Remote ID is not applicable in India for tourists
  • Drone Insurance is not applicable for tourist drone operations in India

Read below for more details on Drone Laws in India for Visitors (Tourists) and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Government Drone Operators in India

Drone Operations in India are currently regulated.


  • Government drone flights are allowed in India
  • Government drone license India is required
  • Drone registration is required in India for Government operations
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in India for Government operations
  • Drone Insurance is not required for Government drone operations in India

Read below for more details on Drone Laws India for Government Drone Operations and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of India

Drone Regulator in India: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Site for RPAS

Drone Registration and Clearance in India: India’s Digitalsky Website for drone registration and clearance

Links to Drone Regulations in India: India Drone Regulations and August 2021 Updated Gazette of Regulations

Please note that DGCA has provided new drone rules in India. Please check the site for updates.

Contact Information

If you need additional details we have not covered or specific case help, contact the Danish Civil Aviation and Railway Authority at:

  • Address: Aurobindo Marg, Opp. Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi 110 003, India
  • Phone: +91-011-24622495
  • Email: drone.dgca@gov.in
  • Email for UAS certification: csrpas@qcin.org
  • Email for DigiSky: support-digisky@gov.in

Please continue reading for more details on Denmark Drone Laws.


Drone rules in India – General rules for flying drones in India

DGCA is the Indian agency responsible for drone safety. DGCA provides many internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are below. For more details, click on the link above.

Are drones allowed in India?

According to DGCA, drones are allowed in India. Read on for more details on drone flying rules in India.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in India:

The laws are quite detailed and explicit, and you should review them before flying a drone in India.

Foreign Drones / Drone India / Drone Policy India

Drone Categories in India

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in India fall into three categories, namely:––

  1. airplane;
  2. rotorcraft; and
  3. hybrid unmanned aircraft system.

They are further broken into sub-categories as follows:––

  1. remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS);
  2. model remotely piloted aircraft system (MRPAS); and
  3. autonomous unmanned aircraft system (AUAS).

UAS are also grouped into classifications. Callisifcations are based on the maximum all-up weight, including payload. The classifications are as follows: 

  1. Nano unmanned aircraft system. These weigh less than or equal to 250 grams. You do not require permits to fly a nano except in controlled airspace. You must ensure that you do not fly any nano drone beyond 50 ft (15m) Above Ground Level (AGL). 
  2. Micro unmanned aircraft system. These drones weigh over 250 grams but less than or equal to 2 kilograms. No permits are required for recreational use. Commercial usage and flights in controlled airspace require 
  3. Small unmanned aircraft system. These SUAS weigh more than 2 kilograms but less than or equal to 25 kilograms;
  4. Medium unmanned aircraft system. The MUAS weigh more than 25 kilograms but less than or equal to 150 kilograms, and
  5. Large unmanned aircraft system weighing more than 150 kilograms.

Registration is required for all but the Nano category.

Drone Registration in India

General.–– 

  1. First, register your drone on the digital sky platform. Get a unique identification number unless exempted. Do not operate a drone without doing this first.
  2. The Director-General keeps a record of all registered unmanned aircraft systems. And that record includes the unique identification number issued.
  3. The drone operator must ensure that the drone has a valid type certificate. 

Application and procedure for drone registration India:

  1. Make an application in Form D-2 on the digital sky platform along with the fee specified in rule 46. Provide requisite details. Include the unique number of the type certificate of the unmanned aircraft system.
  2. The digital sky platform will verify the details. They will issue a unique identification number to the applicant.
  3. The unique identification number of a UAS is linked to its unique serial number. It is also linked to the unique serial numbers of its flight control module and remote pilot station.
  4. If you change the flight control module or remote pilot station, you must update digital sky. You have to update the unique serial number of the new flight control module or remote pilot station. You have seven days after you have replaced these items. Or, you must do so before you fly the unmanned aircraft system, if earlier. 

Remote Pilot Certificate in India (previously Remote Pilot License or Drone License India)

General.

You can fly drones up to 2kg for non-commercial drone use without a pilot certificate. All other drone uses require a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC). The RPC must be valid and enlisted on Digital Sky.

Classification

The RPC identifies the category, sub-category, and classification of the unmanned aircraft system. It will identify combinations of these if applicable.

Eligibility

An individual will be eligible to get a remote pilot certificate if they––

  • are not less than eighteen years of age and not more than sixty-five years of age;
  • have passed the class tenth examination. Or its equivalent from a recognized Board; and
  • Have completed training from any authorized remote pilot training organization.

Procedure for obtaining a remote pilot certificate

  1. Complete the training for your desired category, sub-category, or class. 
  2. Pass the tests conducted by the authorized remote pilot training organization.
  3. Within seven days of successful completion, the training organization will apply for your RPC. They will fill in Form D-4 on the Digital Sky platform. Pay the fee as specified in rule 46. 
  4. You will be issued a remote pilot certificate through the digital sky platform.
  5. Your remote pilot certificate is issued within fifteen days.

Note: you are not required to get a certificate from DGCA separately after training from a DGCA-approved drone training institute. After passing the course, you will get a ‘Remote Pilot Certificate’ from the DGCA-approved drone training institute, making you eligible to fly micro drones for commercial purposes.

Validity of Certificate

A remote pilot certificate will––

  • be valid only if it is enlisted on the digital sky platform;
  • unless suspended or canceled, remain valid for a period of ten years;
  • be renewed for a maximum period of ten years, on payment of fee as specified in rule 46:

You must take refresher courses as may be specified on the digital sky platform from time to time.

Exemption from obtaining a certificate

No remote pilot certificate will be required for

  • operating a nano unmanned aircraft system and
  • A micro unmanned aircraft system for non-commercial purposes.

Insurance Requirements

The rules and laws in the Motor Vehicles Act from 1988 apply to UAS. The insurance rules for paying for car accident damages also apply to drones. If a drone crashes and hurts someone or damages property, insurance will help pay for it. The rules apply in the same way they do for regular motor vehicles.

Nano unmanned aircraft systems may operate without third-party insurance.

You can operate an unmanned aircraft system with special insurance for those operations. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India must approve the insurance product.

Foreign Operators

Foreigners are currently not allowed to fly RPAs in India. For commercial purposes, you need to lease RPAS to an Indian entity. The Indian entity will obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and UAOP from DGCA.

What are the requirements for the import of RPAs (with or without a camera) in India?

  • To import an RPAS to India, you must get Equipment Type Approval (ETA). This is obtained from WPC Wing, Department of Telecommunication. It allows for operating in a de-licensed frequency band(s). Such approval will be valid for a particular make and model.
  • You must apply to DGCA along with ETA for import clearance. Based on the import clearance issued by DGCA, DGFT will issue a license to import RPAS. This does not apply to the Nano category,
  • Import of foreign drones is now effectively banned.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in India

Drone rules India – Do’s:

  • Ensure your Drone (except Nano in uncontrolled airspace up to 50ft) is Digital Sky “No Permission- No Takeoff” (NPNT) Compliant
  • Obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN) from DGCA for operating in controlled airspace and affix it to your drone
  • Obtain an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP), if applicable, from DGCA for commercial operations and keep it handy
  • Obtain Permission before each flight through the Digital Sky Platform
  • Ensure the drone is in good condition (not damaged) and fit for flying safely.
  • Keep an eye on interference: Interference can be from mobile devices or blockage of signals, do watch out when flying your drone.
  • Fly only during daylight (after sunrise to before sunset)Fly in good weather: Good weather lets you not only fly your drone better but also keep track of it in the air.
  • Fly in visual line of sight (VLOS): Always be within the visual range of your drone.
  • Follow Flying Guidelines
  • Do your homework before spending considerable money on a drone. Make sure you clearly understand all operational and regulatory aspects.
  • Be aware of Airspace Restrictions/ No Drone Zones
  • Do stay away from airports and heliports
  • Respect the privacy of people
  • Keep local police informed about your drone flying activity. If you are ever approached by police, provide all requisite information.
  • Do log your flights and inform concerned authorities (like DGCA, local police, etc.) of any incidents/ accidents

Drone rules India – Don’ts:

  • Don’t fly a Nano drone above 50ft (15m) from the ground level
  • Don’t fly a Micro drone above 200ft (60m) from the ground level
  • Don’t fly drones more than 400ft (120m) from the ground level
  • Don’t fly a drone near other aircraft (manned or unmanned)
  • Don’t fly a drone near airports and heliports
  • Don’t fly a drone over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people without permission
  • Don’t fly the drone over government facilities/military bases or over/ near any no-drone zones.
  • Don’t fly a drone over private property unless permission is given.
  • Don’t fly a drone in controlled airspace near airports without filing a flight plan orAAI/ADC permission (at least 24 hours before actual operation).
  • Don’t drop or carry hazardous material
  • Don’t fly a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Don’t fly the drone from a moving vehicle, ship, or aircraft

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in India

See notes for hobbyists above.

In general, receiving commercial clearance to fly an RPAS in India is quite complex, requiring applications and interactions with multiple agencies (see below).


No.
StakeholderResponsibility
1Directorate General of Civil AviationImport clearance
Issuance of UIN
Issuance & Renewal of UAOP
Suspension / Cancellation of UIN & UAOP in case of violations of regulations.
2Directorate General of Foreign TradeImport license
3Ministry of Home AffairsSecurity clearance
4Ministry of DefencePermission for aerial survey/imageries/ videography/ still photography over the restricted/prohibited areas on a case-to-case basis
5Indian Air ForceAir Defence Clearance
Monitoring of RPA movements in the country
6Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, DoTEquipment Type Approval (ETA) or License for RPA
7Bureau of Civil Aviation SecurityApproval of the Security Programme
8Airport Authority of IndiaFlight Plan Approval
Monitoring of RPA movements in the country
9Local Police OfficeEnforcement of violators as per applicable IPCs

Important Note on Bringing Drones to India

We have received many questions on whether you can bring a drone to India:

  • can i carry drone from usa to india?
  • can we bring drone from dubai to india?
  • can i bring drone to india?
  • can we bring drone from usa to india?
  • can i bring dji drone in india from us?
  • can we carry drone in international flights india?

You cannot bring a foreign drone to India. India has banned import of foreign drones, including DJI (except for rare circumstances).

FAQs

Can we carry drone in international flights India?

Technically you can carry drones on international flights. See our guide for traveling with a drone. However our interpretation of your question is whether you can purchase a drone internationally and bring it to India. The answer to that is no. India has banned foreign drones.

Can I bring DJI drone in India from US? Can we bring drone from USA to India?

You cannot bring a DJI Drone from the USA to India. India has banned foreign drones, including DJI.

Can I bring drone from Dubai to India? Can we bring drone from Dubai to India?

You cannot bring a drone from the Dubai to India. We assume you are considering buying a drone in Dubai and taking it to India. India has banned foreign drones, so you will not be allowed to bring it into India.


Useful published information on flying drones in India

Here is a video in Hindi (Indian language) on the 2022 India Drone Regulations…

Here is a video on what you can expect to see when flying a drone in India


Authoritative Sources of Information on India Drone Laws

We will attempt to keep an updated list of online authoritative links to regulators and other official websites here:



NOTE: This page is about the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model Aircraft, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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233 responses to “Drone Laws in India”

  1. Fahim

    Hello, I am from Bangladesh and I will be traveling to India with family and I want to carry my DJI Mini 3 with me during my visit… is it allowed,

    1. Editorial Team

      No. Please read the warning above.

  2. Shree Ram Poddar

    I am an Indian Citizen who came to the USA on Dec 23 and will return on May 24. I have bought a DJI Mini 3 (weighing 249 gms) Since there is no restriction in flying this drone in India, will I be permitted to bring it at the Airport?

    1. Editorial Team

      Our sources indicate this foreign drone is banned in India (see above). Please provide a link to any credible source indicating this drone is not restricted. Thanks

      1. Shyam

        Please don’t mislead people saying that all foreign drones are banned in India. There is no such rule.
        Please get your facts correct (especially for nano category drone) before giving suggestions to anyone.

        1. Editorial Team

          Thank you for your comment Shyam.
          Please provide any link supporting your claim that Nano drones are exempt from the ban and we will be happy to update our warning.
          In the meantime, we can refer you to the following review: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/boost-to-make-in-india-govt-bans-import-of-foreign-drones-from-today/articleshow/89461055.cms

  3. Vijay M

    When foreign drones are banned in India, how come many shops including online websites are selling them? Why government is allowing their sell and not taking action against them? Can the government demand import license from the owner and confiscate such drones?

    1. Editorial Team

      We are sharing here what the law says. How its implmemted is another story. We do not recommend anyone operate outside the laws.

  4. Venessha Reddy

    Hi Im from Malaysia and i would like to bring DJI mini 4 pro to Shimla for recreational/ tourism purposes. Advice please.

    1. Editorial Team

      Foreign drones are banned in India for citizens and visitors.

  5. Kumar

    Hi

    I’m an Indian and currently visiting china for a week and bought a DJI Mini pro 4 which is under 249g. I use it for my personal usage and want to carry to my home. Is it allowed to carry to my home in India

    1. Editorial Team

      Foreign drones, including those by DJI, are banned in India (see notice above).

  6. Aneesh A M

    Hello Authorities, you must consider and allow bringing smaller drones below 400g to India, as we have plenty of destinations for the visitors to view and enjoy their trip.
    This is the modern world and India should not be standing at the back bench.
    we have already reached the Moon and Google Earth software is also a part of this.

    please note that all tourists have micro drones and do not carry big cameras and junk lenses. so it is high time we, look into this area and come out with a solution.

  7. Sara

    Do you know if it is possible to leave the drone in the airport and recover it when leaving the country? Thank you!

    1. Editorial Team

      We are adding this for community replies. Our experience is that this varies by airport.

  8. Tasting Sunsets

    What do we have to do when we’re bringing a drone without wanting to fly or “import” it? We’ll start our world trip in Delhi (flying in from Belgium), so not bringing the drone (even though it’s not allowed) is not a possibility as we’re leaving for Sri Lanka and SEA after. We’ll be in India for 7 days, arriving at and leaving from Delhi Airport. We can’t find anything on what we have to do so that customs/law enforcement does not confiscate the drone. Any help would be appreciated!

    1. Editorial Team

      Typically the customs at the airport will allow you to leave your drone to be collected upon departure. However, this practice is a courtesy. We recommend sending your drone to your final destination where it is approved.

  9. NEMANJA

    I see nano drones are not forbiden in india,we can bring them without any permition and only cant fly above 15m from ground?

    1. Editorial Team

      Foreign drones are banned in India (see information above). If you are in India and have a Nano drone that is not banned, you can follow the rules and fly below 15m. Get permisison for controlled airspace as mentioned above.

  10. sudheesh kumar aluvaparambil

    Hi
    I am an Indian Citizen residing in UAE, I am planning to carry my drone DJI C2 249g, Model:MRISD25 to Kerala India for creational purpose. Can I carry it and use there for recreational purpose? Do I require any license or approval from Aviation authority.?

    Regards
    Sudheesh

    1. Editorial Team

      Foreign drones are banned in India (see information above).

    2. Amith

      Bro have tried to make it? I’m also from kerala, more specifically calicut. Actually i’m also planing for vaccation next month. planing to take my mavic mini which is below 250g

  11. Pavan

    In Sep 2019, I purchased a DJI Mini2 drone (Nano by weight with a camera) from UAE and brought it to India in my carry-on baggage up to New Delhi. But for my onward flight to Jaipur, during security check, I was asked to transfer it into checked baggage. In fact they even helped me to retrieve our luggage which was already checked-in.
    Now, can I register it and use it in India?

    1. Editorial Team

      Officially, this drone is banned in India. You can try registering it using the links and instruction above. Please come back and let us know of your experience.

      1. Pavan

        On Digital Sky portal, DJI is not listed as one of the manufacturer of drone. Only the Indian ones are listed.
        Nevertheless, it accepted the registration of my DJI Mini 2 drone even though its import is banned.

        1. Editorial Team

          Thank you. Good to know

  12. Aryan Jain

    Hello,
    I am an Indian citizen currently studying in the US. I will be returning to India on December 23. I own a DJI Mini 2 SE, which weighs less than 249g.

    Am I allowed to bring this drone to India? Please note that I have used it multiple times here in the US and it weighs less than 249g.

    1. Editorial Team

      Foreign drones are banned in India (see information above).

  13. Nilesh K

    Hey, I’m planning to buy the DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Plus combo from a seller in Delhi. Since this particular set comes with 3 Intelligent Flight Battery Plus (which makes the drone’s est. weight around 252 grams), would flying this one still be considered a nano drone?

    The seller assures me that it would be considered nano(and no licensing required), but i would still like to see written evidence in the official documentations.

    1. Editorial Team

      This drone is banned in India. Please read the notices above

  14. Chetan

    Hi, I am an indian citizen. I came here in USA fir work purpose.
    I bought DJI mini 4 pro drone here and using it. I am coming back to india in December 23.
    Can I bring that user drone to India ?

    1. Editorial Team

      No. Foreign drones are banned. Please see the notice above

  15. Sumit K

    I am an Indian citizen working and residing in the UAE. I want to carry my drone AIR 3 while travelling to India and once I return to UAE, I will take it with me. Will this be allowed?

    1. Editorial Team

      No. Please read above notices on ban of foreign drones.

  16. Ayush garg

    Hi,
    I will be travelling to India soon from Australia, and have a DJI AIR 3 with 3 extra batteries. Can I bring that drone & the 3 batteries with me to India (I am Indian Citizen) ? And registration is not required, Correct ?

    1. Editorial Team

      No. Please read notes above on foreign drone ban.

  17. Madhu

    Can I bring parts of Drone to India and assemble here. Is that permitted ?

    1. Editorial Team

      Our understanding is that foreign assembly kits are not allowed.

  18. Abhinay

    Hi,
    I will be travelling from USA to India in December 2023. As part of my travel plans, I intend to bring along the DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC2). I would greatly appreciate your assistance in clarifying whether it is permissible to transport this item. Are there any necessary legal documents or prerequisites that I should be aware of and address before my trip?

    1. Editorial Team

      India has banned foreign drones including DJI. You will not be allowed to take that drone to India.

  19. Vinayak

    Hi,
    I will be travelling to India soon from Canada, and have a DJI Mini 4 Pro with 3 extra batteries. Can I bring that drone & the 3 batteries with me to India (I am Indian Citizen) ? And registration is not required, Correct ?

    Thank You

    1. Editorial Team

      India has banned import of foreign drones including DJI.

      1. Sghosh

        So a nano category drone is also not allowed as a carry-on, at the port of entry in India ? What if it’s already used and not in sealed condition ?

        1. Editorial Team

          We are not aware of any such regulation. We do know that foreign drones are banned (except in specific authorized cases).
          For example, if you are trying to take a DJI nano drone into India, then it will be confiscated, whether it’s in carry-on or checked.

  20. Rick

    I will be traveling soon for wedding in India. I am a OCI card holder. I will be traveling from USA to India. I would like to take my DJI Mini Pro 3 with me to use it for wedding. Will I have any issue?

    1. Editorial Team

      Our understanding is that foreign drones are banned for importation into India.

  21. Varun

    Hi,
    I am planning to buy a DJI Mavic 3 Pro (Mavic 3 Pro Cine: 963g) (which comes under Micro unmanned aircraft system) on my Dubai trip..
    will I face any issues during the arrival at the Mumbai airport?

    1. Editorial Team

      If you are an Indian citizen, there should be no issues.

      1. Varun

        Thank you for you quick response.

        Yes, I am an Indian citizen.
        I just wanted to confirm before I make a big investment.
        The link (https://www.5paisa.com/blog/government-of-india-bans-import-of-drones#:~:text=This%20ban%20on%20import%20of,the%20Ministry%20of%20Civil%20Aviation.) here it states that Indian Government has banned the import, hence was in a double mind.

        1. Editorial Team

          Thank you for the question and pointing us to the article. We have checked and can confirm that the DJI drones are indeed banned, so you will not be allowed to import that drone. We will add a note to the page above highlighting this ruling. Our understanding was that the ruling was not being strictly enforced until recently, and there are still a large number of foreign sourced drones flying in India. We do not recommend taking a foreign made drone with you.

  22. Rajat

    I am an Indian citizen traveling from USA to India. Can I bring a DJI Mini 4 pro with me? This qualifies as a “Nano unmanned aircraft system” since it weighs < 250gm. Do I still need an import approval?

    1. Editorial Team

      Rajat, we recently confirmed with the authorities that this drone is no longer permitted for import. India has effectively banned import of foreign drones, with rare exception.

  23. Enrique

    Hi, I’m from Mexico I started travelling in Europe and I am planning to travel to Asia. I have carried my drone all the time with me. I understand that India doesn’t allow foreigners to take off drones. However, may I travel with my drone even if I don’t use it in India? Because I will still travel to East Asia.

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      It is unclear how they will handle this request upon arrival. If you are arriving and departing from the same airport, they will usually hold it there and give it back to you for departure. Maybe someone in the community has ha this experience and can share

    2. Inku buragohain

      I’m going to Bangkok and I want to purchase a drone dji mavic 4pro .
      Will I face any trouble for immigration or guwahati airport Assam .
      I’m a Indian citizen

      1. Editorial Team

        Please read the notice on foreign drone ban above.

  24. Kannan

    Hi,

    My friend is asking to bring TBS Tango 2 or Tango 2 Pro controller. Is this allowed to take it from Singapore to India?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      You will need to check the regulations for import of that specific controller. Please see links above for the regulators

  25. Prabhu

    Hi ,
    I am an Australian and intend to bring my DJI Mini3 Pro for recreational purpose. I tried to register the drone on digisky but it wont allow as i don’t have an indian passport. Am I allowed to bring my drone int India if so how do I register it?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Foreigners may not fly drones in India

  26. Swapnil

    Hello,
    I am planning to purchase an agricultural spray/seeder rotor drone which would be approx. 30kg weight (when filled with spray liquid) specifically for agricultural purposes in unrestricted aerial area.
    If it is permitted, i plan to certify myself for drone operation.
    I may also use the drone for spraying purpose on other farmer’s land, hence on commercial basis.
    Is the case described allowed? if yes are there any provisions assisting/easing farmers to purchase/use drones for agricultural purposes?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      This is a common usage of drones in many countries. Specifically in India it would be classified under commercial operations and is regulated. Those regulations are beyond the scope we cover here. As always we recommend you work directly with the regulator.

  27. Vadim Oskin

    Hello! I flew in transit through Delhi, did not go into the city. I had a DJI Mini 2 with me. The drone was confiscated at the airport. Has anyone come across this problem and was somehow able to solve it?

    1. xavier

      HI
      What is now the stautus of your drone Vadim? Did you get it back? Was it in your cabin luggage?

  28. viper

    Hello, my cousin is an Indian studying abroad since last year and has a dji mini 2 (nano drone : <250gms) which he has been using for the last 5 months. He will be visiting India for a month during this christmas break.
    He will be keeping the batteries, RC and propellers in cabin bag and the drone in the check-in bag. There wont be any packaging/box as it's a used drone. Can he bring his drone without any customs issue?

    1. nitin

      I brought it last year with me. I would suggest checkin everything except the battery and you should be good, if possible keeping the propellers, RC, and drone in a separate bag will make your custom clearance a 100% success.

  29. Pradheep

    Hi, I am a Singapore Citizen and an OCI card holder in India. Can I bring my Drone DJI Mini 2 to India?

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      The law does not allow foreigners to operate drones in India

  30. Suhas

    I am not able to register my mini 2 due to passport document, i dont have it so without passport can i get UAN number?

  31. Alan

    The Drone laws definitely need alot more work especially for tourists. The world of photography is changing rapidly and Drones is a part of that category( Tourism and Photography). DGCA need to relax rules for recreational use( Micro and Nano categories) only.

  32. Olivier

    Hi,

    We are french and going to india during one month and would like to know if we can bring our dji mavic mini 3 pro with us or is it prohibited for foreigners like us?

    Thanks.

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      Prohibited for foreigners to operate in India.

      1. Alan

        How can a foreign national get a permit to operate a drone for recreational purposes on the Digital Sky platform without an Indian telephone number

        1. Merlin at Drone Laws

          You can’t. The regulations do not allow foreign drone operations.

          1. Himanshu

            Im planning to buy dji mini 3 pro from Delhi …. Can i fly my drone in Gurugram or NCR?

          2. Editorial Team

            Our understand is that foreign drones are banned. Please contact the regulator

        2. Harsha Kalita

          I think you can rent a drone from any photographer while in India, should be easy and cheap.

          Hope it helps.

      2. Bobby

        I am traveling from Australia. I’m an OCI holder . Can I carry my personal drone to India when I travel in December?

        1. Merlin at Drone Laws

          Foreigners are not allowed to operate a drone in India

    2. Raluca

      Hi there ! Have you found any information please? I’ve got a DJI mavic air 2 and I’m not sure if I can used in India! Thank you

  33. Yaswanth

    I am an NRI and I live in Malaysia. I am thinking of taking my DJI Mavic 2 pro to India during December. Am I allowed to take my drone India and even if I take it how should I register my drone

    1. Merlin at Drone Laws

      You are allowed. Some drones require import approval, and information on registering is above.

  34. Yaswanth

    i just want to fly for recreational purposes

    1. Suraj

      Hello I am an Indian citizen currently residing in Canada. I’m planning to buy DJI AVATA, will it be permitted to carry it back to India? Specifically Mumbai airport.

      1. Editorial Team

        Please read the information and comments above. This has been addressed – foreign drones are banned from importation to India.

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  1. Hello, I am from Bangladesh and I will be traveling to India with family and I want to carry my DJI Mini 3 with me during my visit… is it allowed,

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  2. I am an Indian Citizen who came to the USA on Dec 23 and will return on May 24. I have bought a DJI Mini 3 (weighing 249 gms) Since there is no restriction in flying this drone in India, will I be permitted to bring it at the Airport?

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  3. When foreign drones are banned in India, how come many shops including online websites are selling them? Why government is allowing their sell and not taking action against them? Can the government demand import license from the owner and confiscate such drones?

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    • We are sharing here what the law says. How its implmemted is another story. We do not recommend anyone operate outside the laws.

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  4. Hi Im from Malaysia and i would like to bring DJI mini 4 pro to Shimla for recreational/ tourism purposes. Advice please.

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  5. Hi

    I’m an Indian and currently visiting china for a week and bought a DJI Mini pro 4 which is under 249g. I use it for my personal usage and want to carry to my home. Is it allowed to carry to my home in India

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  6. Hello Authorities, you must consider and allow bringing smaller drones below 400g to India, as we have plenty of destinations for the visitors to view and enjoy their trip.
    This is the modern world and India should not be standing at the back bench.
    we have already reached the Moon and Google Earth software is also a part of this.

    please note that all tourists have micro drones and do not carry big cameras and junk lenses. so it is high time we, look into this area and come out with a solution.

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  7. What do we have to do when we’re bringing a drone without wanting to fly or “import” it? We’ll start our world trip in Delhi (flying in from Belgium), so not bringing the drone (even though it’s not allowed) is not a possibility as we’re leaving for Sri Lanka and SEA after. We’ll be in India for 7 days, arriving at and leaving from Delhi Airport. We can’t find anything on what we have to do so that customs/law enforcement does not confiscate the drone. Any help would be appreciated!

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    • Typically the customs at the airport will allow you to leave your drone to be collected upon departure. However, this practice is a courtesy. We recommend sending your drone to your final destination where it is approved.

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    • Foreign drones are banned in India (see information above). If you are in India and have a Nano drone that is not banned, you can follow the rules and fly below 15m. Get permisison for controlled airspace as mentioned above.

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  8. Hi
    I am an Indian Citizen residing in UAE, I am planning to carry my drone DJI C2 249g, Model:MRISD25 to Kerala India for creational purpose. Can I carry it and use there for recreational purpose? Do I require any license or approval from Aviation authority.?

    Regards
    Sudheesh

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    • Bro have tried to make it? I’m also from kerala, more specifically calicut. Actually i’m also planing for vaccation next month. planing to take my mavic mini which is below 250g

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  9. In Sep 2019, I purchased a DJI Mini2 drone (Nano by weight with a camera) from UAE and brought it to India in my carry-on baggage up to New Delhi. But for my onward flight to Jaipur, during security check, I was asked to transfer it into checked baggage. In fact they even helped me to retrieve our luggage which was already checked-in.
    Now, can I register it and use it in India?

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    • Officially, this drone is banned in India. You can try registering it using the links and instruction above. Please come back and let us know of your experience.

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  10. Hello,
    I am an Indian citizen currently studying in the US. I will be returning to India on December 23. I own a DJI Mini 2 SE, which weighs less than 249g.

    Am I allowed to bring this drone to India? Please note that I have used it multiple times here in the US and it weighs less than 249g.

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  11. Hey, I’m planning to buy the DJI Mini 4 Pro Fly More Plus combo from a seller in Delhi. Since this particular set comes with 3 Intelligent Flight Battery Plus (which makes the drone’s est. weight around 252 grams), would flying this one still be considered a nano drone?

    The seller assures me that it would be considered nano(and no licensing required), but i would still like to see written evidence in the official documentations.

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  12. Hi, I am an indian citizen. I came here in USA fir work purpose.
    I bought DJI mini 4 pro drone here and using it. I am coming back to india in December 23.
    Can I bring that user drone to India ?

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  13. I am an Indian citizen working and residing in the UAE. I want to carry my drone AIR 3 while travelling to India and once I return to UAE, I will take it with me. Will this be allowed?

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  14. Hi,
    I will be travelling to India soon from Australia, and have a DJI AIR 3 with 3 extra batteries. Can I bring that drone & the 3 batteries with me to India (I am Indian Citizen) ? And registration is not required, Correct ?

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  15. Hi,
    I will be travelling from USA to India in December 2023. As part of my travel plans, I intend to bring along the DJI Air 3 Fly More Combo (DJI RC2). I would greatly appreciate your assistance in clarifying whether it is permissible to transport this item. Are there any necessary legal documents or prerequisites that I should be aware of and address before my trip?

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  16. Hi,
    I will be travelling to India soon from Canada, and have a DJI Mini 4 Pro with 3 extra batteries. Can I bring that drone & the 3 batteries with me to India (I am Indian Citizen) ? And registration is not required, Correct ?

    Thank You

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      • So a nano category drone is also not allowed as a carry-on, at the port of entry in India ? What if it’s already used and not in sealed condition ?

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        • We are not aware of any such regulation. We do know that foreign drones are banned (except in specific authorized cases).
          For example, if you are trying to take a DJI nano drone into India, then it will be confiscated, whether it’s in carry-on or checked.

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  17. I will be traveling soon for wedding in India. I am a OCI card holder. I will be traveling from USA to India. I would like to take my DJI Mini Pro 3 with me to use it for wedding. Will I have any issue?

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  18. Hi,
    I am planning to buy a DJI Mavic 3 Pro (Mavic 3 Pro Cine: 963g) (which comes under Micro unmanned aircraft system) on my Dubai trip..
    will I face any issues during the arrival at the Mumbai airport?

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  19. I am an Indian citizen traveling from USA to India. Can I bring a DJI Mini 4 pro with me? This qualifies as a “Nano unmanned aircraft system” since it weighs < 250gm. Do I still need an import approval?

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    • Rajat, we recently confirmed with the authorities that this drone is no longer permitted for import. India has effectively banned import of foreign drones, with rare exception.

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  20. Hi, I’m from Mexico I started travelling in Europe and I am planning to travel to Asia. I have carried my drone all the time with me. I understand that India doesn’t allow foreigners to take off drones. However, may I travel with my drone even if I don’t use it in India? Because I will still travel to East Asia.

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    • It is unclear how they will handle this request upon arrival. If you are arriving and departing from the same airport, they will usually hold it there and give it back to you for departure. Maybe someone in the community has ha this experience and can share

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    • I’m going to Bangkok and I want to purchase a drone dji mavic 4pro .
      Will I face any trouble for immigration or guwahati airport Assam .
      I’m a Indian citizen

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    • You will need to check the regulations for import of that specific controller. Please see links above for the regulators

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  21. Hi ,
    I am an Australian and intend to bring my DJI Mini3 Pro for recreational purpose. I tried to register the drone on digisky but it wont allow as i don’t have an indian passport. Am I allowed to bring my drone int India if so how do I register it?

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  22. Hello,
    I am planning to purchase an agricultural spray/seeder rotor drone which would be approx. 30kg weight (when filled with spray liquid) specifically for agricultural purposes in unrestricted aerial area.
    If it is permitted, i plan to certify myself for drone operation.
    I may also use the drone for spraying purpose on other farmer’s land, hence on commercial basis.
    Is the case described allowed? if yes are there any provisions assisting/easing farmers to purchase/use drones for agricultural purposes?

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    • This is a common usage of drones in many countries. Specifically in India it would be classified under commercial operations and is regulated. Those regulations are beyond the scope we cover here. As always we recommend you work directly with the regulator.

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  23. Hello! I flew in transit through Delhi, did not go into the city. I had a DJI Mini 2 with me. The drone was confiscated at the airport. Has anyone come across this problem and was somehow able to solve it?

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  24. Hello, my cousin is an Indian studying abroad since last year and has a dji mini 2 (nano drone : <250gms) which he has been using for the last 5 months. He will be visiting India for a month during this christmas break.
    He will be keeping the batteries, RC and propellers in cabin bag and the drone in the check-in bag. There wont be any packaging/box as it's a used drone. Can he bring his drone without any customs issue?

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    • I brought it last year with me. I would suggest checkin everything except the battery and you should be good, if possible keeping the propellers, RC, and drone in a separate bag will make your custom clearance a 100% success.

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  25. The Drone laws definitely need alot more work especially for tourists. The world of photography is changing rapidly and Drones is a part of that category( Tourism and Photography). DGCA need to relax rules for recreational use( Micro and Nano categories) only.

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  26. Hi,

    We are french and going to india during one month and would like to know if we can bring our dji mavic mini 3 pro with us or is it prohibited for foreigners like us?

    Thanks.

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  27. I am an NRI and I live in Malaysia. I am thinking of taking my DJI Mavic 2 pro to India during December. Am I allowed to take my drone India and even if I take it how should I register my drone

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    • Hello I am an Indian citizen currently residing in Canada. I’m planning to buy DJI AVATA, will it be permitted to carry it back to India? Specifically Mumbai airport.

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      • Please read the information and comments above. This has been addressed – foreign drones are banned from importation to India.

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