No Flying Allowed: The 11 Countries Where Drones Are Banned

While conducting research to make these pages, here are a few things that stood out:

  • Drone adoption is growing. Out of around 200 countries, about 45 had passed drone laws since our last big update over a year ago. That is a lot of countries and indicates a general trend of adoption throughout the world.
  • Many countries still lack drone laws. Although drone legislation now exists in about 25% more countries than the last time we did a major overhaul of these pages, it’s still lacking in many countries. In fact, our research found that there are 71 countries that still have no drone laws at all on their books—or about 36% of the countries in the world.
  • Only a small group of countries ban drones. Although drone laws simply don’t exist in a lot of countries, only a relatively small group of countries ban the use of drones completely—16, or about 8% of the world’s countries, to be exact.


In general, we found two primary reasons that countries ban drones:

1) They’re just not sure what to do about drones, so they’ve decided to ban them altogether until they can develop the appropriate legislation.

In a similar vein, we’ve encountered several countries in our research whose policies for flying a UAV are so strict—things like requiring you to obtain approval from three different government entities, pay a huge registration fee, or seek permission before each individual flight, for instance—that they have effectively banned drone use as well.

2) They want to control information, and their population’s ability to obtain it.

We’re not going to name names, but these countries will be pretty clear when you scan the list below. We’re talking about authoritarian countries that often impost severe restrictions on the freedoms of their citizens—in these cases, it’s not much of a surprise why drones are banned, because things like Facebook, or just open access to the internet, might be banned there as well.

As drone adoption grows throughout the world, we would expect to see many of those countries that don’t have drone laws, or that have banned drones for the first reason listed above, start to pass drone legislation—it won’t be too long before drones are a generally accepted tool for agriculture, deliveries, and other commercial work, and those countries who aren’t regulating drones will simply be missing out.


Wondering which countries ban drones? Here they are.


drone laws in Algeria

Algeria’s National Aviation Authority: Directorate of Civil Aviation and Meteorology of Algeria (DACM)

Contact information: / +213 2 74 06 99


drone laws in Barbados

Barbados’ National Aviation Authority: Barbados Civil Aviation Department (BCAD)

Contact information: / +1 246 535-0001


drone laws in Brunei

Brunei’s National Aviation Authority: Brunei Department Of Civil Aviation (DCA)

Contact information: / +673 7292187

Cote d’Ivoire

drone laws in Cote-d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire’s National Aviation Authority: National Authority of Civil Aviation (ANAC)

Contact information: / +225 21 58 69 00


Cuba’s National Aviation Authority: Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba (IACC)

Contact information: / +53 537 834-4949


drone laws in Iran

Iran’s National Aviation Authority: Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI)

Contact information: / +98 21 603 6341


drone laws in Iraq

Iraq’s National Aviation Authority: Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA)

Contact information: / +964 1 813 3370


drone laws in Kenya

Kenya’s National Aviation Authority: The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)

Contact information: / +254 20 824 4722


drone laws in Kuwait

Kuwait’s National Aviation Authority: The Kuwaiti Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)

Contact information: / DGCA Contact Form

Senegal’s National Aviation Authority: Senegal’s National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC)

Contact information: / +221 33 865 60 00


drone laws in Syria

Syria’s National Aviation Authority: Syrian Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA)

Contact information: SCAA Contact Page / + 963 11 333381


drone laws in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s National Aviation Authority: Uzbekistan Civil Aviation Administration (UZCAA)

Contact information: / +998 71 133 2313