Latest Drone Laws in Saudi Arabia

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Drone Regulation 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 required.
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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.

Drone Laws in Saudi Arabia

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When you decide to travel and fly your drone in Saudi Arabia 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

Contacts

gaca-info@gaca.gov.sa / +966 11 525 3222 / 525 3111

Latest Drone Laws in Saudi Arabia

Our advice is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight. After that, you must keep also the drone rules in Saudi Arabia listed bellow.

General Drone Laws in Saudi Arabia

When you fly your drone you have to be sure the flight will be safe and you will follow all established drone regulations in Saudi Arabia. 

 – The Drone must be registered. 

 – The requirements for this registration are: 

 – If the drone 250 grams or more- you need to submit an application. This application is needed to get a Certificate of Aircraft Registration. 

 – The validation of this Certificate is 3 years and it must be renewed when this time expires.  

 – When your drone gets the Certification you will a Unique Identification Number. This number must be displayed and must be clearly visible.  

 Here you can register your drone. 

Recreational Drone flights - Flights for fun

– The areas of the flight have to be determined by the appropriate GACA Air Traffic Control provider.

 – The Drone must be registered. 

– For all recreational drone laws in Saudi Arabia, visit this page.

Commercial Drone flights - Flights for Work

– You need to have a valid Remote Pilot Certificate. This certificate is issued by the GACA. 

 – The manner of the drone flight must be absolutely correct and safe. 

 – The drone flight can be performed only in the determined areas. 

 – You can fly your drone only in the Daytime. Night flights are forbidden.

 – You have to keep the VLOS – Visual Line Of Sight. *

 – You can fly one drone at a time.

 – Flying directly over people is forbidden.

 – Max allowed speed – 160 kmh. 

 – Transportation of hazardous materials via the drone – is forbidden.

 – Max allowed Altitude – 120 meters.

 – Always give way to the manned Aircraft. 

 – No person may operate a small unmanned aircraft in Class B, C, D airspace or within the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport unless that person has prior authorization from Air Traffic Control (ATC).

Certification Requirements for Flying a Drone:

 – You have to be at least 18 years old. 

 – You have to pass an Aeronautical Knowledge Test. 

 – Your physical and mental health must be perfect. 

 – You have to be able to perform normal communication ( read, write, understand English) 

 – You have to be checked and clear in the GACA Aviation Security Division check.

Some tourist travel tips for Saudi Arabia

The most interesting sights of Saudi Arabia

If you want to visit the most interesting sights of Saudi Arabia, we will offer you a short summary: Mentioning Saudi Arabia, the most common association is the holy city of Mecca for Muslims. Religious tourism brings large revenues to the country, although Saudi Arabia does not need much. Hundreds of thousands of worshipers come here every year to pray for their souls before Allah. If you are not a devout Muslim you can skip this destination. It is good to know that Saudi Arabia is an open country to tourists compared to many other Islamic countries. The infrastructure is very well developed, which significantly facilitates the movement of tourists.

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