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Drone Laws in Oman

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Oman.

drone laws in OmanOman Drone Regulations

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

Special Travel Considerations

If you’re traveling to Oman and want to bring your drone, PACA lists these special considerations for foreigners who want to fly drones:

  • Only commercial drone flights are currently allowed in Oman.
  • All commercial flights require a permit. The permit must be obtained before entering the country.

If you’d like to contact the PACA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: info@paca.gov.om / +968 243 544 67

flying a drone in Oman

Why fly a drone in Oman? To get aerial shots of beautiful spots like this!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Oman

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

  • A permit is required for all drones flights in Oman, and this permit is currently only granted for commercial purposes. You may not enter the country of Oman with a drone without already having permission, and it is likely your drone will be confiscated at the airport if you try to enter without permission. See the section below to learn more about how to obtain a permit to fly a drone in Oman.
  • Drone pilots must be at least 18 years of age to fly.

For more information on Oman’s drone laws, see this page on PACA’s website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Oman? 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 Oman can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Permit Requirements for Flying a Drone in Oman

Currently only commercial fights are allowed in Oman, and a permit is required prior to flying.

The permit has to be obtained at least 15 days before the anticipated flight, and must be obtained before entering the country (even if you don’t plan to fly on the day you arrive). Permits may be obtained from Oman’s National Survey Authority (NSA) with the following information:

  • Name of the drone pilot and others involved in the planned photography / videography shoot.
  • Contact information for the primary contact.
  • The purpose of the shoot.
  • Flight details (i.e., location, coordinates, takeoff and landing locations and time span for the planned flight).
  • A description and pictures of the drone(s) that will be used.

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