Drone Laws in Nepal

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Nepal Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN)

Nepal Drone Regulations

Updated July 21, 2022


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Nepal

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

Are drones allowed in Nepal?

According to CAAN, drones are allowed in Nepal, subject to CAAN regulations. Read on for details.

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

  • For drones weighing more than 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) that fly 400 feet or more above ground level, prior authorization from the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the CAAN is required before operating a drone in Nepal. 
  • Drones weighing less than 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) do not require authorization from the CAAN, so long as they are flown on private property and under 200 feet.
  • Do not recklessly fly drones.
  • Do not fly drones higher than 120 meters (394 feet).
  • Do not fly drones further than 500 meters (1,640 feet).
  • Drones may not be used to drop articles or animals.
  • Do not fly drones over or within 150 meters (492 feet) of any congested area.
  • Do not fly drones over or within 150meters (492 feet) of an organized open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons.
  • Do not fly within 50 meters (164 feet) of any vessel, vehicle, or structure.
  • Operators must maintain unaided visual sight with the drones.
  • Airport areas must be kept clear of all drone activity.

Registration and Permit

In Nepal, drones must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAN). 

If your registration is successful, a unique identification number is issued for your drone.

All drone flights up to 200 feet in public spaces require approval from the local administration office. In national parks, for example, the national park administration is responsible. 

The permit is valid for three months.

Restricted areas

The new rule related to drone operation has categorized the following regions as the restricted area for drone operations:

  • The airport area (up to 5 km) must be kept clear of all drone activity
  • The international boundary within the area of 5 km horizontal distance
  • Religious, heritage, sacred sites, up to the radius of 1 km
  • President, Vice-President, PM, VVIP office, and resident up to 1 km aerial radius distance
  • Military and safety office up to 1 km and other safety departments up to 500m
  • Conservation areas, ores
  • Areas with conflicts and war

Other restriction areas as stated by the provincial or local governments

Additional Note for Foreign Operators

Drones are not allowed for tourists without obtaining valid permission from

  • Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Department of Tourism
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal
  • Concerned Conservation Area/ National Parks

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Nepal

Flying UAVs in a public area for fun requires permission from a local security agency.

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Nepal

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Useful published information on flying drones in Nepal

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

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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24 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Nepal”

  1. What will be the procedure for foreigners to get Drone permit for Upper Mustang. This is restricted area and conservation area too.

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    • Please see additional notes for foreigners above. This is a complex process that might best be approached witht he help of a local company.

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  2. Did someone manage to get a permission to fly his drone in the Annapurna region?
    If so, where is the local security office which provides the permit to fly the drone in public places?

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  3. I was thinking to order DJI mini se and it’s a nano drone right and it’s weight 249 gram.. so do i still have registered?.. and what’s the rules and regulations of less than 249 gram dron…

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    • Under 250g drones do not have to be registered by CAAN. However you will still need approval by the local authorities to fly in some areas.

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  4. Hi,

    I have a DJI Mini SE Drone and I’m doing a trek to the Annapurna region next week. I’ve emailed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Tourism but are there any specific application forms that I can complete ahead of visiting Nepal as I haven’t had any response so far.

    Thanks for all your help!!

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    • If you follow the link to the regulator website at the top of this page, you will get to a registration link. For now, though the foreigner registration requires going to one of their offices when you get there (more details are provided at that link).

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  5. I have got DJI Mini 2 weighing 249 grams. Do I still need to inform CAAN or not? If not do I still need to inform local police station, I will be flying it on only fun and family memory building purpose not for commercial wise. Mostly around Pokhara locality and on my village trip to Syanja.

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    • Dipen, our understanding is that you need to register the drone, do not require CAAN authorization to fly if you follow their guidelines, but will require local authorization.

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      • Your information was correct and I’ve been advised by visit CDO office for gain permit for flying drone not necessarily needing to register at KTM since was drone is below 2 kgs weighing just 249 grams. I shall keep you guys updated. Till then keep the good informative job on..blessed!!

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        • Dipen jee, I have DJI mini 3 pro. I’m planning to visit Syanja and Pokhare too. How long does it take to receive the approval from the CDO or police station? thank you in advance.

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  6. DJI MAVIC AIR 2

    Is registration in CAAN required for this drone? As the CAAN website says not required?

    Yet local permissions required for flying it in hills and mountains and open grounds?

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    • Piotr, the regulation requires local permission for all drones flying in hills, mountains and open grounds.

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  7. Can permit for flying Drone in Annapurna and Sagarmatha/Khumbu region be obtained from Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Tourism, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, and Concerned Conservation Area/ National Parks BEFORE coming to Nepal. Can the permits be obtained via internet?

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    • Please contact CAAN directly. The process is not automated or done on the internet. You will need to submit the required documents to the appropriate organizations before getting to Nepal.

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