Are drones allowed in Saudi Arabia?

You are allowed to fly drones for recreational and commercial purposes in Saudi Arabia after taking a GACA permit.

Rules to take a drone permit

You are allowed to fly a drone up to 250 grams for recreational purposes against a license fee of SR 250 in Saudi Arabia. In the case of heavier drones, a commercial registration is required for SR 500. There are some rules to follow;

  • do not fly higher than 120 meters (400 feet).
  • keep a distance of 8 kilometers from airfields.
  • give priority to other aircraft.
  • do not fly over bystanders or private premises.
  • only fly within line of sight.
  • only fly during the day.
  • do not control the drone under the influence of intoxicants.

Apply for a drone license

Step 1: Registration

In order to apply for a permit to fly a drone in Saudi Arabia, you have to follow 4 steps.

Registration with GACA

Step 2: Account Creation

In the next step, the system will automatically fetch your name and DOB;

  • Select the Title.
  • Enter your Email and Mobile Number.
  • Country: Saudi Arabia.
  • District: Region.
  • Select your City.

GACA will send you an email to confirm the creation of the account.

Create an account with GACA

Step 3: Register a drone

Now at this step to apply for a drone license in Saudi Arabia, you need to register your drone with GACA;

  • Click on “Register New Drone“.
  • Select “Recreational“.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Pay the drone registration fee: SR 250.
  • Drone registration guidelines.
  • It might take up to 6 months for drone registration.

Drone Registration in Saudi Arabia

Step 4: Request the license

After the successful registration of your drone, you need to apply for a license to fly in Saudi Arabia;

  • Select “My Licenses“.
  • Click on “Request Permit“.
  • Select “Recreational“.
  • Click on “Proceed to form“.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Upload the Iqama copy.
  • Submit the application.

You will get the license to fly a drone in Saudi Arabia within a week from GACA.

Apply for drone license in Saudi ARabia

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.