General Drone Laws in India

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in India

India's Drone Regulations Overview:

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Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.
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Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, it is allowed.
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Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.
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Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.
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Does the drone need a badge?

Recommended
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Maximum Altitude:

120 meters
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Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.
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Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Arports.

General Drone Laws in India

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When you decide travel and fly your drone in India you need to be informed about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.

Main responsive authorities

  Ministry of Civil Aviation

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation announced the country’s first Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for drones on August 27, 2018 to go into effect December 1, 2018. Read the full ruling here (Section 3–Air Transport, Series X, Part I). 

Contacts

a.yadav@ias.nic.in / +91 011-2463-2950

General Drone Laws in India

Important information for foreigners

For now, flying a drone from a foreigner – is NOT allowed.
If you intend to perform a commercial flight – you need to lease the drone to an Indian entity. You need to receive a UIN ( Unique Identification Number ) and UAOP from DGCA.

General Rules for Flying a Drone in India

 – All drones must be registered and have a UIN ( Unique Identification Number ). An exception makes only Nano Category Drones. 

 – Visual contact with the drone during the flight is required. 

 – Allowed Altitude – 120 meters. 

 – Flying in “No Fly Zones” is Forbidden. No Fly Zone – include areas near any Airports or Airfields, International Borders, Vijay Chowk in Delhi, Military objects and Installations, State Secretariat Complex in State Capitals. 

 – If you intend to fly in Controlled Airspace – you have to fill flight plan and obtain an ADC ( Air Defense Clearance ) / FIC ( Flight Information Center ) Number. 

 – Permission – is required in cases of Commercial drone operations. 

Drone Categories in India

Nano: Less than or equal to 250 grams (.55 pounds)

Micro: From 250 grams (.55 pounds) to 2kg (4.4 pounds)

Small: From 2kg (4.4 pounds) to 25kg (55 pounds)

Medium: From 25kg (55 pounds) to 150kg (330 pounds)

Large: Greater than 150kg (33 pounds)

Required Drone Equipment in India

 – GPS

 – Return-to-home (RTH)

 – Anti-collision light

 – ID plate

 – A flight controller with flight data logging capability

 – RF ID and SIM/No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT)

India’s "No Permission, No Takeoff" Policy

Before starting to perform a drone flight – the drone pilot must request Permission to fly. This request has to be made via Mobile App. This will automatically process the request. If you try to fly without permission from the Digital Sky Platform, the system “No Permission, No Takeoff” will not let the drone to take off.

India’s Digital Sky Platform is available on the DGCA website.

There is an update document issued by the DGCA – with date of publishing 08.06.2020 – PDF.  It concerns General Drone Laws in India, so please read it before decide to fly your drone.

Some tourist travel tips for India

India is a dream destination that has always attracted us with its exoticism, romance, curious traditions and customs, as well as amazing cuisine.

Among the first and most important places to visit is the Old City of Delhi to see up close the Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India with two 40-meter minarets and a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk – the busiest market in India.

The next landmark on our list is the exclusive Akshardham Temple – the eighth wonder of the world – the temple of art, values ​​and faith. Akshardham was built in just 5 years.

The desire and strength of the 11,000 volunteers who participated in the construction of the majestic building are astonishing. Artists, craftsmen, workers, they all dedicated a total of 300 million hours, dedicated to their work, their faith and most importantly – the common goal – the construction of the temple. 12,000 tons of white marble (in Hindu religion a symbol of purity and eternal peace) and pink stone (symbol of prosperity) brought from Rajasthan were used for the construction. Curiously, no iron was used for the construction of the main building of the temple. The large slabs were brought for handmade in cities that are about 500-600 kilometers from Delhi. After being carved in a certain way, they were returned to Delhi and assembled like a puzzle. The temple is 40 meters high, 96 meters long and 84 meters wide. Impressive dimensions that have included Akshardham in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest Hindu temple on Earth.

The tomb of Humayun – a monument of world cultural heritage from the XVI century, located in a beautiful park, is the next landmark that should not be missed. This is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun, built in 1562 by order of his wife and by a Persian architect.

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