Finally, the Drones laws in India have been updated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 8th June 2020. According to the DGCA flying drone is legal in India now.
Nowadays to flying drones is an amazing thing to do. Many YouTubers, Instagram, vloggers, and filmmakers are using the drones for aerial photography and videography. The drone is getting widely popular in Indian culture.
Few years of age flying drones were totally illegal in India, but talking about the current situation the drone is completely legal in India(stated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation) and anyone above the 18 years can fly the drone after following the drone regulations in India. There are a different set of rules for the different category of drones.
Therefore, by the end of this article, you will get complete knowledge about the drone laws in India, and answer all types of quarry related to drone regulations In India. So stick around with us.
So the first question is how you can fly the drones in India? For this, the Indian government has opened an online portal that is the digital sky. On this website, you can register any type of drone you want to fly and there are various categories of drones listed on it.
In India, the minimum age for flying the drone is 18 years. This means if your age is under 18 and you are flying the drone, then that will term as an illegal in India. The age of driving the car and is the same.
Drones laws in India
- The drone weighs over 250 grams need to be registered (in the digital sky) and issued a Unique Identification Number (UIN). How to register?
- The drone cannot be flown in the “no-fly zone” like near army camps and military camps, Border areas, Historical places like India Gate, Parliament, etc, 3 km radius of the airport, etc,
- Your age should be 18 years or above.
- The drone should have minimum features like GPS, Return-to-home (RTH), Anti-collision light, ID plate, flight controller with flight data logging capability, RF-ID, and SIM/No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT)
- Drone pilots need to maintain a direct visual line of sight at all times while flying.
- You cannot fly the drone more than 400 feet vertically.
NOTE: By registering the drone with the Digitalsky your drone is authorized and legal but it doesn’t mean that you can fly the drone anywhere you like.
Categories of the drones
The drones have been categorized according to their weight, and for the different categories (weight) the government has set different parameters and rules for flying the drones. There are five categories of the drone and they are nano, micro, small, medium, and large.
The drones weigh less than 250 grams need no registration in India and they term the drones falling under these weights as Nano category drones. For Instance DJI Mavic mini, Ryze Tello, etc. Nano drones are the best drones for beginners and entry-level photography.
The drone weight of a drone over 250 grams and less than 2kgs need to register and can be fly up to 200 feet and the drones falling under these weights are termed as micro category drones. For instance, DJI Mavic Air 2, Mavic 2 Pro, etc. Professional photographers use Micro category drones.
The drone weight of the drone over 2kgs and less than 25 kgs need to register and the drones falling under these weights are termed as small category drones. For instance, Inspire 2 and, etc.
The drone weight over 25kgs is the large category of drones, and If you have the large category of the drone, you can register on the digitalsky. Only after registering your drone to the digitalsky will give you permission to fly the drone.
Frequently asked question
How to register drone In India?
To can register the drone online you need to go on the digitalsky website and click on the drone enlistment site(see on the top right-hand side) read the guideline and scroll down, click on the enlist my drone, fill the detail and you are ready to go.
How to fly the drone In India?
The Indian government has launched a separate platform for drone registration. If your drone weight is more than 250 grams than you need to register the drone in Digitalsky and get Unique Identification Number (UIN) first. After getting the UIN number you need to get a permit to fly and you cannot fly the drone in the “No-Fly Zone”.
What is No flying Zone for the drone In india?
No flying zone is an area where the flying of any objects is restricted. In the case of the drone, the no flying zone areas are 3 km radius of the airport, any military or army camps area, border areas, Historical places like India Gate, near parliament and etc.
Can I buy and bring drone to India?
No, you cannot bring the drone In India unless you have permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA. You need to register your drone, pay the import duty, and follow some paper works.
Travelers laws for the drones In india?
The travelers or the tourists from other country cannot bring drone in the India. They have to rent the drone from Indians or any firms providing the drones on the rent.
are drones legal in india?
Yes, the Drones laws in India have been updated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on 8th June 2020. According to the DGCA flying drone is legal in India now but has to follow the rules drones regulations and the minimum age of flying drone is 18 years.
Is drone import allowed in India?
Yes, the drone Import is allowed in India but you have to take permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and pay the Import duty.