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Travelling overseas with your drone
Taking your drone on holiday? Here are some things you should consider, before making room for your drone in your suitcase.
If you're visiting Australia from another country, find out what you need to know about flying when you get here.
Australians travelling overseas
Leaving Oz on a jet plane? Here's what you need to know before travelling with your drone.
Learn and obey the local laws
Firstly, visit Smartraveller to learn more about the country you're visiting.
Each country has different laws for using drones and some even ban them completely. You could be required to learn new safety rules, get a licence or register your drone in that country before you use it.
It may be illegal to take photos of:
- government buildings
- air or seaports
- police and military property
- religious or cultural sites such as temples or churches.
You should always ask permission before taking photos of people.
Pack your batteries safely
Drones use lithium polymer batteries which must be carried in your hand luggage.
Find out more about travelling with lithium batteries and check with your airline for more information.
Check your travel insurance policy
It's important to know if your drone is covered for accidents and damage when you travel.
Make sure you follow the local rules, otherwise you may void your insurance and face covering costs yourself.
Download an approved safety app
Many countries have drone safety apps to help you know where you can and can't fly.
It's a good idea to do your research and download one before you leave home.
Bringing your drone on your trip down under?
Before you fly you'll need to:
- read, understand and follow our drone safety rules at all times
- download a CASA-verified drone safety app to find out where you can and can't fly.
Some popular tourist areas like Sydney Harbour are 'no drone zones'. Learn more about flying in public spaces while you're here.
If English is your second language, you can also read our drone safety rules in your preferred language.
Flying your drone in restricted airspace or breaking the safety rules could result in penalties, including fines of up to $10,500 (AUD) and even time in jail.
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