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 April 1, 2022


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Turkey

The Turkish agency responsible for drone safety, DGSAA, has provided a number of 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

Since you cannot register as a Drone Pilot in Turkey using the above system, you will be restricted from flying in Turkey.

Your drone may be confiscated at the port of entry unless you get specific permission to import your drone. The Technical Compliance Application Form required is mentioned here: Import Permit Information.

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)

You should contact the regulators directly


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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30 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Turkey”

  1. 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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  2. 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

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    • 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.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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?

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    • 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

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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