In Vietnam, the Ministry of Defense is responsible for the regulation of drone maneuvers. Under the current legal situation, you need to apply for permission from the Ministry of Defense if you want to fly with a drone. However, it does not appear that these rules are consistently implemented.
Several readers of our blog have already tried to get permission from the Ministry of Defense. At the moment, nobody has managed to contact a responsible contact person. I have tried several times to get in touch – both at the Ministry of Defense as well as at the aviation authority and the Ministry of Tourism.
Meanwhile, many pilots try their luck without permission. Most pilots are doing well, but there seems to be a lot of incidents at Danang airport. If you arrive here, you must expect the drone to be seized and kept until your departure. The baggage is always scanned when leaving the airport, so you should leave your copter at home when you enter Vietnam at this airport. From other airports, I did not hear such reports so far. We will see how the situation is developing in the rest of the country.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Vietnam 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 Vietnam!