Drones are permitted in Bangladesh, but you have to obtain permission from the air traffic control authority before your maneuvers.
Authorizations have to be submitted 45 days in advance to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). The mandatory details of the application include:
- Personal data of the pilot
- Purpose of the drone flight (e.g., training, photography, videography, research, etc.)
- Description of the copter (including departure weight and safety features like fail-safe)
- Date/time of maneuver
- Flight location including coordinates
- Information about existing drone insurance
- Distance to the nearest medical facility and the nearest fire brigade
The application form can be downloaded here.
Maximum flight altitude: Drones are not allowed to fly higher than 60 meters (200 feet) in Bangladesh.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones can only be operated in sight in Bangladesh. The use of FPV systems must be allowed separately.
Compulsory insurance: In Bangladesh, there is compulsory insurance for drones.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): No information found.
Distance to airports: You have to keep a distance of 18.5 kilometers (10 miles) to airports, or you must obtain an authorization from the air traffic control authorities.
Other safe distances: 9 km (5 miles) of distance must be maintained to a built-up area. You have to keep 300 meters (1000 feet) away from buildings, vehicles, people, animals, and ships as long as they are not directly involved in the flight maneuver.
Flight bans: You are not allowed to fly with a drone over gatherings of people in Bangladesh.
Time of operations: No restrictions found about the operating time.
Specific regulations: In Bangladesh, a minimum age of 18 is required for the control of unmanned flight systems. Do not drink alcohol for at least 8 hours before flying. During your flights, you must have a fire extinguisher which can be used to put out a spontaneously occurring fire.
Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial flight maneuvers must be approved as well as private flights.
Good to know: During a flight, you have to carry the following documents with you: approval of the CAAB, insurance document, a document with personal data of the pilot (name, address and telephone number), flight restrictions of the drone according to the manufacturer. Autonomous operations are only permitted if you can affect the trajectory at any time.
Helpful links: Original text of the conditions (CAAB)
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Bangladesh to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Bangladesh!