Drone Laws in Pakistan

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA)

Updated July 21, 2022


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Pakistan

The Pakistani agency responsible for drone safety, PCAA, has provided a number of details on flying a drone for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Pakistan?

According to PCAA, drones are allowed in Pakistan, subject to PCAA regulations. Read on for details.

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

Pakistan is currently in the process of developing its Drone regulations. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) will have responsibility for administering the new law.

The current draft addresses manufacturing, import, purchase, usage, licensing, security clearance, regulations, and export of a UAS.

The draft regulations differentiate UAS systems according to their maximum take-off mass (MTOM) or maximum take-off weight (MTOW).

Five categories fall within these classifications, as listed below: 

Class-I – less than 250 grams

Class- II – Between 250g and 2kg

Class III – Between 2 kg and 50 kg

Class IV – Between 50 kg and 150 kg

Class V – More than 150 kg

UAS of Class-I and Class-II are subject to specific restrictions, including that an operator cannot fly the drone more than 200 feet above the ground, the UAS may only be flown over the operator’s property; they may not be flown within a 10-nautical-mile (NM) (approximately 18.5-kilometer) radius of an airfield, within two kilometers of the national border, or above or near a sensitive area, such as a nuclear power plant, correctional institution, police station, or court.

The Class-III, Class-IV, and Class-V drones are required to obtain a Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA), Remote Pilot Operator License (RPOL), and follow the rules of the air.

Furthermore, public roads as a take-off and landing ground are not permitted unless the relevant local authority has given its approval.

Restrictions apply again to fly the aircraft near or around sensitive areas.

The policy document states that the new rules will apply to individuals, businesses, private organizations, government entries, foreign nationals, and international organizations.

The minimum age required to operate a UAS has been set at fourteen years. Meanwhile, operators over the age of 16 will be required to register with the PCAA. 

The maximum elevation above ground level that an individual over 18 can fly is 400 feet.

While these rules are under development, we encourage you to contact the PCAA directly for updates before flying.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Pakistan

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


Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Pakistan

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


Useful published information on flying drones in Pakistan

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

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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15 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Pakistan”

  1. Hello Merlin,

    Could you provide a contact email or whats app number for the relevant department at the PCAA please?

    Thanks

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    • Umair, if you follow the link to PCAA at the top of this page, you will see on their website they have a contact link (Top right of the page)

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  2. Hi am Iallowed to bring drone from overseas, I will be visiting in karachi, have any recent experience would be appreciated.

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  3. If I am bringing a used Class 1 drone into Pakistan from Saudi Arabia for my brother

    according to rules copy from i have seen this article can any one guide me please

    Are drones allowed in Pakistan?
    According to PCAA, drones are allowed in Pakistan, subject to PCAA regulations. Read on for details.

    Reply
    • PCAA has not published additional information regarding the regulations. We recommend you contact PCAA for information on importing and flying the drone.

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  4. I live in the 18 km radius of an airport in Karachi. How do i get authorization to fly my class 1 drone over my residence? The drone is to be used for recreational purposes only

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  5. It will be wise on part of Pakistan civil aviation authority to ear mark all those locations /areas which are sensitive in nature e.g. airports, seaport , cantonment, such areas of each city to be identified before issuing license to any organisation or individual.

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  6. Thanks for collating this info.

    If I am bringing a used Class 1 drone into Pakistan from Ireland, could it be a problem on the airport?

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    • Abdur, Drone importation is strictly regulated. The CAA is working on establishing the Civil Drone Regulatory Authority (CDRA) which is likely to liberalize this process, but that agency does not appear to be operational yet.
      Our sources suggest that you need to get a no-objection letter from the Ministry of Defence to import your drone.
      Contact the CAA to see if they can provide more specific instructions.
      Please come back and tell us what happened

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