Drone Laws and Regulations in South Korea

Find out whether you are allowed to fly your drone in South Korea and what

rules apply or whether it is prohibited in general. We do not assume any liability.

 

If you find outdated or wrong information or if you want to submit the drone regulations for countries that are currently not listed, feel free to contact us here.

RECREATIONAL DRONE PILOTS (HOBBYISTS)

Is private drone flying allowed in South Korea?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A permission is not required.

Maximum Height

Max 150m / 492ft

> 150m / 492ft = permission required

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Maximum Take-Off Weight

None

Competence Statement / License

-

Day Times

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Labelling Requirements

Not required, but recommended

Drone Liability Insurance

Not required, but highly recommended

COMMERCIAL DRONE PILOTS (PROFESSIONALS)

Is commercial drone flying allowed in South Korea?

Yes, but you need to apply to the rules listed below.

A permission by the South Korean Aviation Authority is required (link below).

Max 150m / 492ft

> 150m / 492ft = permission required

Maximum Height

Maximum Distance

None, but must be kept in line-of-sight of the operator at all times

unless approval for beyond line-of-sight has been given

Not required, but recommended

Labelling Requirements

Maximum Take-Off Weight

None

Day time operations only unless approval has been given

Day Times

Drone Liability Insurance

Not required, but highly recommended

A permission by the South Korean Aviation Auhtority must be obtained

(a link and contact information can be found below). 

Competence Statement / License

Drone Ban Zones

State institutes

Federal authority constructions

Regional authority constructions

Airport control zones (CTR)

Seoul Plaza

Power Plants

People, Buildings, Vehicles

Event Sites

Hospitals

Operation sites of police, military, search- and rescue forces

You must always yield right of way to manned aircraft!

FOR DJI DRONES ONLY!

Please note that there are several constant and temporary drone ban zones (known as no-fly-zones) that either won't let your drone take-off at all or that will ask for a permission of yours.

Please click at both graphics to spot all blocked / restricted areas near your desired flying location.

Additional links and important email addresses

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