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Drone use is allowed in Thailand, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. To fly your drone in Thailand you must first complete the two following forms, Form 1, Form 2, and submit them to [email protected] along with a copy of your passport. There are many background checks that will be completed by the authorities before a permit is granted, and the process will take at least 2 months. Once you have received these documents you will need to go to the NBTC office in person in Thailand. This office regulates the radiowaves in Thailand. Failure to properly follow these steps can result in imprisonment and large fines. If you will be going to Thailand soon (in a few days or weeks), you can bring your drone with you and take it to a police station to obtain the permit once you arrive in Thailand. Once you receive the permit at the police station you will still need to go to the NBTC office after and receive permission there too. Once you have been granted all the necessary permissions you will need to obey by the following rules when flying your drone in Thailand,
For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.
You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.
Here is some video footage shot by Richard Richardson when flying a drone in Thailand.
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