Flying in India

Sure. I’ll begin positing flights soon enough.

As far as the situation goes for now. Legally anybody who’s a Non Indian still can’t fly a drone here. A new set of laws came that finally legalised drones from this December (needless to say quite luckily matches with the time I have returned) but it is quite elaborate and any drone above 300g is required to have a Unique ID that has to printed as a number plate and affixed to the drone and the manufacturers need to comply to a new system called NPNT - No permission no take off. There’s a platform called Digital Sky that links your drone ( if your manufacturer complies to NPNT) along with your registration and before every flight you request for permissions through the app and depending on what zone you are they get immediately granted (green zone), immediately denied (red zones, you need to have written offline permissions from the government for these ones) or go to the ATC for review and are sanctioned or denied dependent on flight plan within 24 hours (yellow zones with aerial activities). Only when your permission is approved does the manufacturers app allow you to take off (after it reads the green ticket from Digital Sky). Night flying is still illegal. While NPNT will make things really well organised and treat UAVs much like an aircraft, it also seems DJI, Parrot or Yuneec haven’t got a clue about the need to update firmware, etc. likewise for this system and only Indian drone manufacturing companies are building drones compliant to this system.

In short at the moment -unless you’re an Indian and have a DJI Spark, Autel Evo or Parrot Anafi, in legal terms you have to stay grounded until NPNT is now put in place by the manufacturers (only nano category crafts escape the need to abide to NPNT) This may change though once the second revision comes from the DGCA here, due sometime next year.


Wow! All rather complicated!

Won’t be a couple of years before I get to India again … and I’ll get in touch with someone like yourself to check the lie of the land at that time.

Thanks for the info!

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Really useful info @Alkahest! Mind if I split part of this topic out to a new topic in the #Travel-advice-for-anyone-taking-their-drone-abroad category?

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Haha I know it took me a few.months to get my head around the legislation. It’s an expansive 50 page doc but still it seems a good model because there is a system to record all flight data for the law, even if things go slow I believe they are heading towards a universal system for all UAVs now. Let me know whenever you’d drop by in this country!

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Hey thanks! why not. I’m sure the thread now makes more sense over there!

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Oh well, on another note I have indeed left the country now but do actively keep track of the forums here. It’s always great information flow!


Where in the world have you moved to?

I was in Manc for my MA in Documentary, had my grad a week ago and now I’m starting to work - end result: I am back in Mumbai, and quite happy to say, thanks to its weight my Anafi cleared the customs too here. I’ve also got my first licence permitting me to fly here upto 15m from take off position, working on the second one that allrows upto 60m!


Well - you may not live in UK any more - but I look forward to you posting some pics/vids from Mumbai/India. :+1:

Such a fantastic country, and people, I so want to visit again … with my MP, next time!
What are the rules about taking a drone into, and flying in, India?

Last time I was there was for some paragliding (Nilgiri Hills) … so perhaps I should take my paraglider again, with the MP buried deep inside if there are any problems. LOL.

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I am going to India at the end of Feb for four weeks, I’ll be spending a week in Goa, some time in Vrindavan UP and some time in Delhi. I am intending taking my MP with me, and hoping to fly in Goa and Vrindavan. I obviously have no licence or permit to fly in India at all so what are the chances of getting into trouble. I did look for any issues about taking a drone into India and found nothing against it on India Gov sites.

The beach at Goa faces West so will be great for some fantastic sunsets, so hoping to catch some nice video along the beach and some panos.

Vrindavan is a small town where Krishna spent his childhood, I lived there for 11 years. There are hundreds of temples and ghats along the Yamuna river. There is very little police around and they are more interested extracting money from the tourists, knowing the lay of the land I know how to avoid it, and if there is an issue Rs.500 sorts most things out.

I have no intention of flying in Delhi, its too busy and difficult to fly without attracting a crowd.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions please reply.

@SkyJumper - you can go ahead and do stuff illegally. Yep lots do that in India. But I’d give you the heads up that the official law has become much more stricter now. Have a look here, a big new point is that Non- Indian nationals can’t apparently fly in India legitimately now, along with many other complex additions :

I do fly commercially here and have to figure mythis permissions with the Police suite often.

The more remote a place though, the easier it might be to fly. Goa is a little mixed on drones now - somewhere people don’t bother much someplaces they do.

Anyways, perhaps your biggest concern and challenge would be the fact that you need to get it past Customs at the airport. Props removed try to conceal it best you can if you really need to get it. There is a chance you may lose the drone at this checkpoint itself.