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Drone Laws in Bhutan

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Bhutan.

drone laws in BhutanBhutan Drone Regulations

According to Bhutan’s national aviation authority, the Bhutan Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA), flying a drone is legal in Bhutan, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

If you’d like to contact the BCAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: / +975-08-271347

flying a drone in Bhutan

Why fly a drone in Bhutan? To get great aerial shots like these!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Bhutan

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Bhutan.

  • To fly a drone in Bhutan, drone pilots must sign an “undertaking” form with BCAA and obtain flying approval from the BCAA.
  • Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone while flying.
  • Drones may not be flown over 300 feet (90 meters) above ground or water level.
  • Drones are prohibited within 3 miles of any airport or airfield.
  • Only drones weighing 6 kilograms or less are allowed for flight in Bhutan.

As of creating this resource, the BCAA website states that more guidelines will be created and posted in the near future. For more information on Bhutan’s drone laws, see this page on the BCAA website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Bhutan? Send us an email at We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in Bhutan can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Bhutan? Here you go: