Drone Laws in Iran

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Drone Regulator in Iran: Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI). Please note that the websites are frequently not reachable.

UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Iran

The Iranian agency responsible for drone safety, CAOI, has provided many internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Iran?

According to CAOI, drone use is allowed in Iran, subject to strict CAOI regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in the Islamic Republic of Iran:

  • Avoid flying your drone over people or crowds. 
  • Maintain a minimum of 250 meters between your drone and residential areas, schools, cinemas, or crowds. 
  • When flying your drone, be mindful of other people’s privacy. 
  • Avoid flying your drone near military installations, power plants, or other areas that may cause local authorities concern. 
  • Keep your drone’s altitude below 50 meters (165 feet) 
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only in favorable weather (visibility greater than 3km) 
  • Avoid flying your drone within 2 kilometers of airports or in areas frequented by aircraft. 
  • Any drone weighing more than 300 grams requires a permit, making the DJI Spark the only mainstream drone permitted to fly in Iran.

Areas restricted to drone use

The following areas are prohibited from being used by drones:

  • Military zones
  • Tehran the capital
  • Police stations
  • Nuclear power plants

There have already been incidents in Busher, Natanz, Qom, Arak, and Isfahan in which spy allegations have been leveled concerning the use of drones.

Note for Foreign Operators

Iran’s current legal situation regarding drone use is unclear. However, numerous reports have emerged of drone users having negative experiences. As a result, bringing your drone into the country is not recommended unless you can obtain permission. 

In Iran, arrests for using GPS-enabled devices or cameras can occur very quickly. When you enter the country using appropriate technology, the Iranian security authorities quickly assume you are a spy. In some instances, the accused were not permitted to leave Iran until a court ruling was issued. 

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Iran

If your drone weighs less than 300 grams, you are not required to obtain a drone permit. 

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Iran

All aerial operations considered for a “commercial purpose” require a license, which you must apply for with the appropriate authority.

Useful published information on flying drones in Iran

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in The Islamic Republic of Iran…

NOTE: 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.

Find out why we think you must use a Drone Preflight Checklist and a Drone Post-flight checklist

Free Drone Flight Checklist PDF

This Drone Flight Checklists is better than others.

It’s free!

It includes both the preflight checklist and post-flight checklist

It’s an easy to use printable pdf that covers all your bases.

Traveling with a Drone?

Click here to read our Comprehensive Guide For Traveling With A Drone.


Help Us Keep Drone Laws Updated

Tell Us About Your Recent Experience

In The Comments Below


The content on this site (The latest Drone Laws/Drone Regulations) is collated by volunteers from public general information. This material is not presented as legal advice of any kind, and we cannot guarantee that the information is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. Do not substitute the information you find here for legal advice from a licensed attorney who is authorized to practice in the jurisdiction. When in doubt, contact the local aviation authority responsible for drone safety, utilize a licensed drone service operator, and/or consult a qualified attorney.

We welcome any feedback, corrections, or updates that can be shared with our community.

The contents of this website are open-sourced and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC By-SA 3.0 US). Feel free to share, remix, or otherwise.

Leave a Comment