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Flying a drone requires knowing the laws. When you’re crossing international borders, not being aware of the local laws can cost you fines, hassle, the loss of your drone, or worse. Some countries, even those very popular with tourists, prohibit unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs e.g. drones) from being imported at all.

Anil Polat, a blogger (foXnoMad) and computer security engineer has created a unique map that shows the drone laws of every country in the world – a handy tool for anyone interested in getting the aerial view of the places he or she is visiting. The map is hosted on Google Maps or can be accessed through a smartphone app.

Basing upon his own experience traveling around the world with his drone, Polat learned that the rules are often confusing, and many travelers have been caught off guard at customs.

He contacted the appropriate governing bodies in every country in the world to put together this map of official laws for recreational droning worldwide.

According to foxnomad.com, the map is updated regularly and only applies to recreational drone use – commercial drone use requires a permit in practically any country you can think of.

Links to registration forms and any other relevant contact information are also included.

Several U.S. states have additional (to the Federal Aviation Administration; FAA) rules governing drone use, those have been included in the map as well. Additionally, some specific tourist sites, parks, and other areas have their own rules concerning drone use, those have been noted as well.

The map is organized into four main categories:

  • Green: Drone use is generally allowed.
  • Yellow: Drone use is limited or may require cumbersome registration processes.
  • Red: Drone import or use is prohibited or otherwise heavily restricted.
  • Grey: No data or there are no defined or applicable UAV laws.

Experienced travelers are called to contribute from their knowledge regarding the grey areas.