Aerial Drone Photography
General Rules for Flying a Drone in Nepal
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Nepal.
- For drones weighing more than 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) that fly 400 feet or more above ground level, prior authorization from the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs, and the CAAN is required before operating a drone in Nepal. The application for authorization can be found here.
- Drones weighing less than 2 kilograms (4.5 pounds) do not require authorization from the CAAN, so long as they are flown on private property and under 200 feet.
- Do not recklessly fly drones.
- Do not fly drones higher than 120 meters (394 feet).
- Do not fly drones further than 500 meters (1,640 feet).
- Drones may not be used to drop articles or animals.
- Do not fly drones over or within 150 meters (492 feet) of any congested area.
- Do not fly drones over or within 150 meters (492 feet) of an organized open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons.
- Do not fly within 50 meters (164 feet) of any vessel, vehicle, or structure.
- Operators must maintain unaided visual sight with the drones.
- Airport areas must be kept clear of all drone activity.
For more information on Nepal’s drone laws, see this page on the CAAN website.