Traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam in February and would love to take my drone. Does anyone have advice/feedback based upon their own experience? I'm particularly concerned with customers entering Vietnam, where I've heard that your drone can sometimes be confiscated based upon the whim of the customs official.
#1shaneaseymour has been a member since 10/1/2017. Location: Earth. Posts: 2
Summary: Drone flying is legal but the drone must be registered, and the pilot licensed and insured 1) All drones must be registered with the NBTC (The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission) and the CAAT (Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand). See Richard Barrow’s detailed post on how to register your drone in Thailand.
2) If you are caught flying an unregistered drone, you face up to 5 years in prison in Thailand.
3) The registration process can take up to two months. This essentially makes it impractical for a casual traveller to fly a drone legally in Thailand.
4) Many areas, including religious sites, royal palaces and many many other tourist sites have already totally banned the flying of drones.
Summary: Flying a drone without permission is illegal 1) To be able to fly your drone in Vietnam, you need authorisation from the Ministry of Defence on a per-destination basis and each permission can take up to 3 weeks. This essentially makes it impractical for a casual traveller to fly a drone legally in Vietnam.
2) Do not fly into Danang with a drone—it will be confiscated and it may be confiscated at other ports of entry.