September 23, 2017

This Interactive Map Shows You Current Drone Laws in Every Country in the World

If you need up-to-date information about the drone regulations in your country, this map will be a lifesaver.

No one likes having to traipse around official government websites to try and dig up (and understand) documents that tell you whether or not it's legal for you to fly a drone in a given area. No one likes it, but it has to be done because it's obviously important to respect the laws of the land. However, if you're tired of trying to dig up information on drone regulations in different parts of the world, you'll want to check out this super helpful tool.

Blogger and avid traveler Anil Polat has created an interactive map of the world that contains the drone laws in every country in the world. Take a look at this impressive piece of work below:

Noticing a problem with drone pilots relying on hearsay and misinformation, Polat decided to embark on this massive endeavor to provide a resource that is interactive, easy to navigate, and up-to-date on current drone laws. Using Google Maps, he created a map based on information he had sourced from each country's governing body, ensuring that the information he was providing drone pilots was accurate. He even took it a step further and included links to registration forms and contact information to make the map a one-stop-shop for drone law adherence. 

To make things even simpler, Polat has color-coded the pings on the map so you can get an idea of where in the world drone use is permitted, limited, or restricted.

  • Green: Drone use is generally allowed.
  • Yellow: Drone use is limited or may require cumbersome registration processes.
  • Red: Drone import or use is prohibited or otherwise heavily restricted.
  • Grey: No data or there are no defined or applicable UAV laws.

The map is updated regularly to help provide current information on drone laws around the globe, but Polat encourages users to notify him about any changes or inaccuracies on the map to ensure its accuracy.      

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Too bad the info for The Netherlands is already inaccurate.
You are not allowed to even take off with a drone in a 15km radius around airports. 3 km around helipads.
You need to stay at least 50m away from buildings (horizontally measured): so not in towns/cities.
There are huge restricted areas:
Stay out of the blue and red zones:
https://www.drone-nieuws.nl/noflyzone/#8/52.151/6.168

Purple/orange has height restrictions.
Green: nature parcs
Yellow: temporary restrictions

Be aware: this maps only shows restricted regions, but not all the restricted locations near buildings/roads/ports. This would turn close to 50% of the map red.

For commercial usage (like filming for clients) you need to be certified.

September 24, 2017 at 9:03AM, Edited September 24, 9:05AM

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WalterBrokx
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I think that what Anil Polat is attempting is a solid effort. Unfortunately drone laws & regulations are so in-flux right now that it's hard to account for everything, everywhere. That being said, this map is highly general and should in-no-way be used by film makers to guide their decisions as to whether or not to fly.

I live and work in the US so I'll keep my comments to what I know of our airspace.

• The guidelines posted with regards to the U.S. are true but incomplete. In order to operate in the U.S. operators must take and pass an FAA certification exam at their local flight district standards office. I think that fact should be at the top of the list for all the US pins since it's a pre-requisite for flying according to the guidelines that are mentioned.
• Though it's thrown around a lot "recreational use" is a highly misleading term. More accurate would be "non-commercial". While that sounds like semantics, the definition of "non-commercial" use is so narrow that just about anyone with an interest in flying drones (including people who wish to just take pictures and videos "for their own use") will often fly in circumstances that count as "commercial operation" and be subject to FAA Part 107 guidelines (you need to be certified).
• In addition to federal law, there are layers of local ordinances and laws that apply to drone operation. In order to know whether or not one's operation is legal, all of those many layers must be considered and permission from multiple entities may be required.

In short, I think the effort is good but as the adage goes, "A little information can be dangerous". This map & guide is only part of the story and should absolutely NOT be used as an authoritative guide for film makers.

September 24, 2017 at 11:55AM

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Randall Esulto
Licensed sUAS Pilot, Photographer, Creative Professional

I've just learned about this website: https://app.airmap.io
Which helps to really visualize the borders.

September 25, 2017 at 12:12AM, Edited September 25, 12:12AM

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As far as I'm concerned, I don't think I'm going to upgrade to the next model of Phantom or Inspire because in Germany it's already very hard to find a spot where you can fly legally. You're not allowed to fly over residential buildings, roads, railways, waterways and nature reserves. Given that every patch of trees outside of residential areas is a nature reserve in Germany, it's really not much fun anymore. The areas where you are still allowed to fly usually are not interesting to be filmed.

September 25, 2017 at 11:10AM

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