Drone Laws in Jordan

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission of Jordan (CARC)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Jordan

The Jordanian agency responsible for drone safety, CARC, has provided several 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 Jordan?

According to CARC, drone use is allowed in Jordan, subject to CARC regulations. Read on for more details.

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

  • The CARC requires that all drones be registered. 
  • Flight applications must be submitted to the CARC at least ten working days before the proposed flight date to allow the Ministry of Interior to coordinate with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission. 
  • Outside of pre-approved locations, fly no further than a 500-meter radius. 
  • Outside of pre-approved flight times, do not fly. 
  • Never exceed 400 feet in altitude. 
  • The maximum duration of a drone flight is three hours. 
  • The maximum weight of a drone is 25 kilograms (55 pounds). 
  • Operators of drones must be at least 21 years old and have received adequate training. 
  • Drone operators must possess liability insurance.

How to get approval to fly a drone in Jordan?

Jordanian Civil Aviation simplified the process with an online form: Drone Operations Application Approval Form

To complete it, you simply need to provide your personal information and details about your drone and flight operations so that local authorities can review it. 

You will be required to submit the following: 

  • A copy of your passport,
  • Proof of insurance, 
  • A copy of your training or qualifications (license, school training & flight logs). 

You should submit the form at least ten working days in advance to allow for the processing of your information by local authorities.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Jordan

Before taking off on any flight, you must obtain permission. 

To qualify, you must be at least 21 years old and possess relevant training or qualifications. Additionally, you’ll need insurance and adhere to some basic flight rules to operate your drone in Jordan. 

You must always fly: 

  • Fly below the maximum altitude of 121 meters above the ground and a maximum distance of 500 meters from you. 
  • Keep a safe distance from private property, moving vehicles, people, and large crowds, and respect individuals’ privacy. 
  • Maximum flight duration of three hours.
  • Fly a drone that weighs less than 25 kg, has electric motors, and is equipped with geofencing and electronic identification.
  • Stay away from airports (or any other location where aircraft or helicopters take off or land) and make way for all other types of aircraft. 
  • Stay away from areas where drone use could jeopardize the work of law enforcement or first responders. 
  • Avoid areas deemed sensitive, such as government or military facilities.

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Jordan

Before taking off on any flight, you must obtain permission. 

To qualify, you must be at least 21 years old and possess relevant training or qualifications. Additionally, you’ll need insurance and adhere to some basic flight rules to operate your drone in Jordan. 

You must always fly: 

  • Fly below the maximum altitude of 121 meters above the ground and a maximum distance of 500 meters from you. 
  • Keep a safe distance from private property, moving vehicles, people, and large crowds, and respect individuals’ privacy. 
  • Maximum flight duration of three hours.
  • Fly a drone that weighs less than 25 kg, has electric motors, and is equipped with geofencing and electronic identification.
  • Stay away from airports (or any other location where aircraft or helicopters take off or land) and make way for all other types of aircraft. 
  • Stay away from areas where drone use could jeopardize the work of law enforcement or first responders. 
  • Avoid areas deemed sensitive, such as government or military facilities.

Useful published information on flying drones in Jordan

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Jordan…

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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12 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Jordan”

  1. I’m currently in the midst of the approval process for a trip from 11/4 to 11/20.

    You may be interested to know that the CARC is not the entity to start with. I am a recreational user, so I don’t know the coordinates, nor exact dates and times that I will want to fly my drone. I just want to get some aerial footage of our vacation. So, I emailed the CARC and was told that I first need to get approval from the Ministry of Interior.

    I emailed the MOI a week ago, and haven’t heard back yet. I have also emailed the Jordan Travel Board, and the Jordanian Embassy in DC in hopes of locating an actual person or department to contact.

    If you guys have any suggestions on what else to try, I’m all ears.

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    • Kevin, thanks for sharing your experience thus far. The Jordanian authorities have not provided any clear path for foreign operators wishing to fly a drone in Jordan. Worse, the CARC website periodically goes offline (as I am writing it’s offline due to exceeding bandwidth).
      Responses from the Ministries can be slow, especially when there are no regulations in place for what you are requesting. Try messaging the MOI Facebook account to see if you get a response there.
      Please let us know how it works out so we can share it with others. Thanks

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      • Yeah, I had the same experience with the CARC website. At the moment it is back up and running.

        The Tourist Board suggested contacting the Royal Film Commission (who I had already emailed once). So today, I sent second emails to MOI and the Film Commission. Per your suggestion, I also sent a message to the MOI’s Facebook account. I’m not particularly optimistic about that one though, since they haven’t posted since 2015. 😉

        I gotta tell ya – it is becoming pretty frustrating. I started this process nearly a month before our trip, and so far I’ve made zero headway. It is starting to dawn on me that I’m probably going to have to leave my drone at home. Which is a real pisser.

        I’ll keep you posted.

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        • Thanks Kevin. The Jordanian customs are quite strict and without the proper authorization before arrival we agree with leaving the drone at home unfortunately. Keeping our fingers crosse that you do hear back from one of those Ministries.

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  2. Hello, I don’t have any permit and I won’t arrive and leave from the same airport.. Is there a way to leave it somewhere? I’m going from and to a different country. Thank you!

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    • We have heard of solutions that allow the drone to be stored at the arrival port, which is then returned to you on departure from the same port. We are not familiar with any solutions when different ports are involved.
      Come back and let us know if you figured out a great solution. Best wishes

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  3. Hello ,
    I’m coming to Jordan on Tuesday I have a drone ( dji mini 2 )
    I don’t have the license or approval but I don’t want to enter it in Jordan , is there a way to keep it in a lock in the airport, and pay for it and get it back when I leave Jordan ???
    If yes how much does it cost

    Thanks

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    • Jehad
      Declare your drone to the Jordanian authorities upon arrival. They will either approve it for you to take with you or will keep it for collection upon departure. You will have to depart from the same port/airport that you arrived.

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  4. Hi, one question and sorry for my English.

    I will go to Jordan on October from Spain and I thought about carry a fpv drone, I thought I can carry it unmounted with the components in different parts of my luggage and later mount it in the hotel. If it possible or they check all luggages from tourists?

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  5. Hi
    I am Mohamad Younis, Palestinian with Israeli passport. I am planning a trip to Aqaba and Wadi Rum, and I wonder if I can bring with me my DJI mini 2 drone for cenamatic images.
    Can I cross the border with it.?
    Do I need to register it and have a license and insurance?
    Many thanks

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    • Dear Mohamad,
      The CARC has published rules that pertain to Jordanian citizens, but not for foreign operators.
      If you bring a drone to Jordan without the appropriate approvals it will likely be confiscated.
      We recommend you follow the link above and contact CARC directly to get instructions.
      Best of luck, and let us know about your experience.

      Reply

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