Drone Laws in Malaysia

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Malaysia.

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

If you’d like to contact the CAAM directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: webmaster@caam.gov.my / +60 3 8871 4000

flying a drone in Malaysia

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

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Malaysia

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

  • Drones may not be flown in Class A, B, C or G airspace; within an aerodrome traffic zone; or more than 400 feet above the ground.
  • Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drones during operations.
  • Permission from the Director General must be obtained for commercial drone operations (find his contact information here).
  • Drones weighing more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds) may not be flown without permission from the Director General (find his contact information here).

For more information on Malaysia’s drone laws, see this page on the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Malaysia? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. 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 Malaysia 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 Malaysia? Here you go: