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Travelling overseas with your drone
Whether you plan to take your drone overseas, or visit Australia with your drone, there are a few rules to follow and things to consider.
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Here's what you need to know before travelling with your drone.
Learn and obey the local laws
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. Visit Smartraveller to learn more about the rules of the country you're visiting.
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.
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.
Before you fly your drone in Australia you need to:
- read, understand and follow our drone safety rules – these are also available in multiple languages
- 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.
If you are flying your drone for anything other than fun, you’re flying commercially. There are extra rules you must follow.
You will need to:
- register your drone, or if it’s registered in another country, obtain permission from CASA to operate in Australia – this is a similar process to registering your drone
- get accredited or obtain a remote pilot licence (RePL), depending on the weight of the drone you intend to fly.
Flying your drone in restricted airspace or breaking the safety rules could result in penalties, including fines of up to $11,100 (AUD) and even time in jail.
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