Drone Laws in Turkey

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Turkey

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure –General Directorate of State Airports Authority

Drone Registry and Information Page: SIVIL HAVACILIK

Updated July 22, 2022


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Turkey

The Turkish agency responsible for drone safety, DGSAA, 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 Turkey?

According to DGSAA, drones are allowed in Turkey, subject to DGSAA regulations. Read on for more details.

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

It is legal to purchase and fly drones.

Certain UAVs may not be imported into Turkey without submitting a Letter of Application to the customs office.

The use of model aircraft and small UAVs under 4 kg, with speed under 50 km/h and flight height under 100m is not regulated. Use is permitted in open areas for recreational and sport purposes.

It is required for pilots who intend to fly a UAS that weighs 500 gr or more on Turkish air space to be registered to the system and receive approval from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation. Register at the site linked here.

More information has been provided online regarding the registration requirements and process. This information can be found online at the following links:

How to register a drone in Turkey (Turkish)

Information regarding Turkey Drone Requirements and Registration (English Translation)


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Turkey

You must follow the procedures outlined above, as well as those below.

You must not fly your drone higher than 120 meters (400 feet) above ground level.

UAVs weighing, less than 25 kilograms need no permit to be obtained from the government, for uses besides commercial use, such as sports activities and amateur purposes. You are required to be registered, as stated above, and get flying permission.

Additional Note For Foreign Operators

In Turkey for foreign UAV operations, according to “SHT-IHA Instructions” you must fulfill these instructions below;

1) UAV flight request in Turkish airspace by foreign operators/actuators/pilots must be sent to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation via diplomatic channels 20 weekdays before the first flight day by filling UAV Flight Permit Request Form (The form is located in the DGCA official website)

– Form Link: http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/formlar/3910-index (Hava Seyrüsefer Daire Başkanlığı = > UAV Flight Permission Request Form (FR.23)).

In addition, you can’t register your UAV in Turkey because of you are not a Turkish citizen. Although you do not have a UAV registration number, you can fill in the application form (FR.23) by leaving the UAV registration number section blank.

2) Insurance is mandatory for the drone. Therefore, you have to insure your drone and the insurance documents must be sent to the General Directorate. To find out how much insurance amount your drone required please check the legislation in the link; https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2017/07/20170727-2.htm

3) After receiving positive views from the civil and military institutions about the applications, these areas are to be announced with NOTAM to all airspace users. In case of receiving negative views from the institutions or from our General Directorate, flight is not permitted.

4) In case of getting the flight permission, it is compulsory to obey the provisions in Turkish AIP and other rules by operators/pilots/party.

5) A Turkish Republic citizen pilot who has at least IHA2 pilot license by our General Directorate supervises to all flights.

6) If the area to fly is in the special permit area (red area), risk analysis is required for any purpose.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT CUSTOMS

If you bring your UAV which MTOW (maximum takeoff weight) is 500g or above in Turkey, customs may seize your drones and demand technical conformity form (FR.03) that can be taken from Directorate General of Civil Aviation. To receive technical confirmation form for your UAV, you must apply to Directorate General of Civil Aviation with application form FR.03 (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Importation Technical Conformity Application and Control Form). The form can be found in Forms sections on main page in the DGCA official web site.

– Form Link: http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/formlar/3910-index (İHA Sistemleri Koordinatörlüğü/ Kontrol Formları = > Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Importation Technical Conformity Application and Control Form (FR.03)).

In addition to the flight permit form, the criminal records must be sent to our General Directorate.

If you bring your UAV which MTOW is below 500g, that kind of UAV is out of the scope of our national regulation and is not required any technical conformity. For this reason, the General Directorate has no responsibility for the entry of UAVs under 500g into the country from customs.

If you have more questions about technical confirmation form (FR.03) you can mail to “ihadestek@shgm.gov.tr” e-mail address.


Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Turkey

Prior permission from authorities is required for commercial use.


Useful published information on flying drones in Turkey

Here is a useful video for those considering visiting Turkey with a Drone…

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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45 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Turkey”

  1. Hi Merlin,
    I have a DJi Mini 2 which is less than 500g. Which forms required to be filled and submitted for me to bring my drone to Turkey

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  2. But as far as i understand, any drone under 500gr are a toy?
    That means that i can fly my Dji mini 2 without any problems? 249gr

    (i have had it here for 1 year already, and had a lot of flights without problems with polis)

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    • Under 500g are unregulated and do not need to be registered under the current law, but you must follow the flight rules and limitations

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  3. Email that I recived today:

    In Turkey for foreign UAV operations, according to “SHT-IHA Instructions” you must fulfill these instructions below;

    1) UAV flight request in Turkish airspace by foreign operators/actuators/pilots must be sent to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation via diplomatic channels 20 weekdays before the first flight day by filling UAV Flight Permit Request Form (The form is located in the DGCA official website)

    – Form Link: http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/formlar/3910-index (Hava Seyrüsefer Daire Başkanlığı = > UAV Flight Permission Request Form (FR.23)).

    In addition, you can’t register your UAV in Turkey because of you are not a Turkish citizen. Although you do not have a UAV registration number, you can fill in the application form (FR.23) by leaving the UAV registration number section blank.

    2) Insurance is mandatory for the drone. Therefore, you have to insure your drone and the insurance documents must be sent to the General Directorate. To find out how much insurance amount your drone required please check the legislation in the link; https://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2017/07/20170727-2.htm

    3) After receiving positive views from the civil and military institutions about the applications, these areas are to be announced with NOTAM to all airspace users. In case of receiving negative views from the institutions or from our General Directorate, flight is not permitted.

    4) In case of getting the flight permission, it is compulsory to obey the provisions in Turkish AIP and other rules by operators/pilots/party.

    5) A Turkish Republic citizen pilot who has at least IHA2 pilot license by our General Directorate supervises to all flights.

    6) If the area to fly is in the special permit area (red area), risk analysis is required for any purpose.

    INFORMATIONS ABOUT CUSTOMS

    If you bring your UAV which MTOW (maximum takeoff weight) is 500g or above in Turkey, customs may seize your drones and demand technical conformity form (FR.03) that can be taken from Directorate General of Civil Aviation. To receive technical confirmation form for your UAV, you must apply to Directorate General of Civil Aviation with application form FR.03 (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Importation Technical Conformity Application and Control Form). The form can be found in Forms sections on main page in the DGCA official web site.

    – Form Link: http://web.shgm.gov.tr/tr/formlar/3910-index (İHA Sistemleri Koordinatörlüğü/ Kontrol Formları = > Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Importation Technical Conformity Application and Control Form (FR.03)).

    In addition to the flight permit form, the criminal records must be sent to our General Directorate.

    If you bring your UAV which MTOW is below 500g, that kind of UAV is out of the scope of our national regulation and is not required any technical conformity. For this reason, the General Directorate has no responsibility for the entry of UAVs under 500g into the country from customs.

    If you have more questions about technical confirmation form (FR.03) you can mail to “ihadestek@shgm.gov.tr” e-mail address.

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    • Hello

      Two simple questions – do I have to be registered to fly my DJI Mini 2 (249 g of MTOW) and have insurance?
      The regulations are full of logical holes.
      Please reply urgently cause I’m going to Turkey on the 02.06.2022 (in two days) and I am anxious about taking my little drone with me.

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        • “If you bring your UAVs MTOW below 500 gr., this UAV is out of the scope of our national regulation and is not required any technical conformity or out of the scope letter normally. For this reason, the General Directorate has no responsibility for the entry of UAVs under 500 grams into the country from customs”

          https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/sss from question number 15 – you may need to translate this page.

          In addition, please note the following:

          “NOTE: For DJI Brand Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; A product catalog containing the technical specifications of the UAV and its systems and a declaration of conformity are not required.”

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      • Hello Radek,

        so did you bring your drone and flew it in Turkey without problems? Can you share your experience please in airport customs and on ground? Thanks mate!

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    • What about ROVs?
      Is it going to be a problem bringing an underwater drone from Norway to Turkey?
      I’m unable to fly with it but it can dive 150m deep with a 200m cable.
      Drone type: Chasing m2 pro

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  4. All information is totaly crazy… I try to fill aby form but website is not found. I get drone 249 grams but still probably i can’t use it. When i try to Ask DGCA they not answered… So if can’t bring this just give this information. Any drone is not good ! People stop bring and thinking about…

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      • From what I learned from the embassy of Turkey in Warsaw drones under 500 g are legal to take without any customs check on the airport. Although the thing I couldn’t confirm is the necessity of registering as an drone operator which is impossible for non Turkish citizens.

        Z tego co ja się dowiedziałem z ambasady Tureckiej w Warszawie, drony poniżej 500 g można wwozić do Turcji bez weryfikacji straży granicznej (co by się potwierdzało z tym co tu pisze). Natomiast nie jestem w stanie zweryfikować kwestii rejestracji jako operator drona, co jest niemożliwe dla nie tureckiego obywatela.
        Do dupy te przepisy prawa. Obawiam się latania na nielegalu dronem bo kary są ogromne. Hotel powiedział mi że w Turcji jest zakaz latania dronami

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  5. Hello,

    Reading everything above is a bit confusing. I am flying from London, UK to Dalaman, Turkey.

    I am a British Citizen, I am planning on taking my DJI Mavic Air – weight is less than 500g, and I will be flying it for personal use no where near any city and following the DNZ (https://www.dji.com/uk/flysafe/geo-map).

    So for clarity and a peace of mind I would like to know the following:
    1. Am I required to fill in the form FR-03 as mentioned above?
    2. The form is in Turkish, I can’t understand it – Is there a way to do this form when I land?
    3. Can a drone be put in checked/hold luggage? If so, do the first two questions still apply?
    4. ‘Foreign nationality citizens cannot register as a drone pilot in Turkey. Moreover, your drone will be seized by customs unless you have received technical confirmation for your UAVs from the Turkish DGCA.’ – Some clarity on this is needed, If you cannot register then is your drone seized?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • You will need the approval of DGCA to take your drone to Turkey, whether checked luggage or carry-on. Unfortunately, the regulations do not make it easy for foreigners to fly in Turkey.

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      • Hi Merlin,

        Thank you for your reponse, and according to the Official Website, any drone less than 500 grams does NOT require any registration.

        “If you bring your UAVs MTOW below 500 gr., this UAV is out of the scope of our national regulation and is not required any technical conformity or out of the scope letter normally. For this reason, the General Directorate has no responsibility for the entry of UAVs under 500 grams into the country from customs”

        https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/sss from question number 15 – you may need to translate this page.

        In addition, please note the following:

        “NOTE: For DJI Brand Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; A product catalog containing the technical specifications of the UAV and its systems and a declaration of conformity are not required.”

        https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/duyurular.html?ID=723316

        Thanks.

        Reply
  6. hi iam a turkish citizen i live in australia i wanted to bring my mavic 2 dji on my holidays .what do i have to do iam bit confused with all these laws

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  7. I want to fly my DJI Mavic 3 Cine and i want to register it the links for the registration does not work at all.

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  8. Hi. I’m still confused after reading everything on this page and links.
    I’m planning to travel to Turkey in a few weeks from the UK with DJI Mini 2. As it only weighs 149 grams and I’m not flying commercially, is there any permits, permissions or registering i need to do? Thanks

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    • Marcus, our understanding is that small drone does not need to be registered. However, you may be required to get import approval to bring the drone into Turkey.

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  9. I am coming to turkey in coming days .
    And I’m planning to bring my drone dji mavic mini to turkey .
    Is there any permission we have to take for bringing drone !

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  10. Hi I have Drone Mavic air 2 and I try to register the form online and I couldn’t register for it, the link doesn’t work at all.

    I’m going to travel to Turkey tomorrow or do you have paper or anything for that when I’m arrived?

    Reply
    • James, the DGSAA sites have provided links, some of which are not always working. Please contact them directly by following the link to their site above

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    • Dilla
      That link is for Turkish citizens only. As a foreigner, you will be required to get an import permit to bring the drone to Turkey. The form that is required is called the Technical Compliance Form (see the section on Additional notes for foreign operators). The form listed on that page does not work, but you can download the FR-03 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Importation Technical Conformity Application and Control Form at this page: https://iha.shgm.gov.tr/public/formlar

      Reply
  11. I am a foreigner in turkey, i bring my drone here in turkey in checked baggage , no porblem i had to face and i fly couple of time without any permit or registering it, my drone was mavic air 2

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    • Ali, thank you for sharing your experience.
      We recommend drone flyers follow the regulations as published by the DGSAA and outlined above.

      Reply
  12. Foreigners do not have to register a drone if it is under 500g, right? The only thing you might need is a permit to fly, I think.

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    • Foreign drone operators will certainly need a permit. Suggest you clarify the registration requirement when requesting a permit.

      Reply

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