Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the State of Israel
Updated August 10, 2022
UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Israel
The Israeli agency responsible for drone safety, CAAI, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details, go to the link above.
Are drones allowed in Israel?
According to CAAI, drone use is allowed in Israel, subject to very strict CAAI regulations. Read on for more details.
Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Israel:
- Avoid flying your drone over people or crowds.
- In Israel, commercial drone operations require a license.
- While flying, drone pilots must maintain a clear line of sight with their drones.
- When flying your drone, be mindful of other people’s privacy.
- Drones are not permitted to fly higher than 50 meters (164 feet) above the ground.
- Drones are not permitted to fly within a radius of two kilometers (1.2 miles) of an airport or airfield.
- Drones are not permitted to fly within 250 meters (820 feet) of people or structures.
- Avoid flying over Jerusalem’s Old Tower.
- Drones are not permitted to fly in No-Fly Zones.
Registering a drone in Israel
In Israel, drone registration is required.
There is an online registration portal to register your drone before entering the country: https://www.icd.org.il/english
To register a drone, you must be at least 16 years old.
The registration fee is NIS 30.
To complete the registration, you need:
- Your contact details and a copy of your ID
- Debit and credit cards
- Israel travel dates
- Your drone serial number
- Flight information
Where are drones restricted in Israel?
The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority restricts drone flights in the following:
- Military installations
- Keep off the airports and infrastructure assets
Note for Foreign Operators
If you’re visiting Israel and wish to bring your drone, the CAAI recommends the following special considerations for foreigners who want to fly drones:
- Two permits are required: one from CAAI and another from the ministry of communication.
- Additionally, you will be required to submit a declaration stating that you intend to use your drone solely for recreational purposes and not for commercial gain.
- You must contact the ministry of communication directly to obtain the permit.
- If you’re interested in flying your drone in Israel for commercial photography or videography, you can find information about the process in this CAAI-created document.
An import approval can be obtained before or after the item’s arrival in Israel. Please note that the item can only be released from customs after the buyer/importer has presented a valid import approval. In contrast, an import license must be obtained before the item arrives in Israel. Failing to do so is considered an offense that may lead to penalties (payment of a fine/ monetary composition).
Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Israel
See General Rules above.
Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Israel
All aerial operations considered for a “commercial purpose” require a license, which you must apply for with the appropriate authority.
Drone operators must obtain advanced licenses and pass a thorough examination, which will cost NIS 300.
In addition, a permit is needed to fly your drones within 500 feet of any structure.
Useful published information on flying drones in Israel
Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Israel…
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 aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.
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