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Are Foreigners Allowed to Fly Drones in India?

The rules for flying a drone in India are straightforward. If you’re an Indian, you need to use the Government’s Digital Sky Platform and register your drone no matter what size it is.

Currently, the Digital Sky Platform is not working and there’s nowhere you can actually get a Govt. authorised drone license! Some companies are offering drone training and licenses, but they’re fake licenses.

If you’re a foreigner the drone laws are simple too, you can’t fly your drone in India! There’s no easy way for foreigners to fly here yet. But there are some workarounds.

The Legal Way to Fly Your Drone in India

If you don’t want to get in trouble with the Indian Police, and believe me, it happens! A lot. Then you need to find a local Indian drone pilot. Or risk being caught by the Indian Police.

In remote parts, you’ll not have an issue flying, but in big cities or tourist spots, the Police are watching for drones.

Luckily, I have a lot of friends.

Are Drones Allowed Through Indian Airports?

I and many others have had no issues carrying our drones into India.

You can carry your drone with no problems on domestic flights within India too. Security may stop you and ask what it is because they’ve not seen a drone before. But these days I’m being asked less and less so they’re getting used to seeing them now.

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

6 replies on “Are Foreigners Allowed to Fly Drones in India?”

Nice information. I stay close to airport and drones are big no no here. Karl do visit Hyderabad…
Another Kiwi living in India. Cheers!

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