Rules & laws to flying drone in Bali and Indonesia.

Hey ! welcome on our official guide about the laws and rules for flying drones in Bali and in the whole Indonesia. The law are separated into two categories depending if you fly for your private use or if it’s for a professional purpose.

What kind of activities will you use your drone ?

Private use and hobbyist

(categorie 1)

Great ! all is ready for your trip : you have the ticket, passport, sunscreen, but before to close you luggage some questions are in your head :

Can I bring my drone to Bali ?
Is it allowed to fly in Indonesia even I am a foreigner ?
How to transport the drone and the batteries ?
How about the rules ?

 

The answer is…

YES you can bring your drone in Bali and Indonesia.

But you have to respect some rules and restriction during the transportation and also here, on the Indonesian territory.

Step 1 : The Transportation. How to carry your drone and batteries until Bali.

Most of the airline company are strict on one point : EVERY batteries have to be with you in your hand-luggage in cabine, and not in your checked baggages. Some of the company ask to transport the batteries detached from the drone and inside a firecase (called also lipo safe) to avoid any fire during the flight in the case the batteries explode (yes you read right, they can explode) So try to empty your batteries before your flights to reduce the risk of fire. Anyway, even the company doesn’t ask for the firecase it is better to use it for more safety. The price of this kind of pockets are between 5$ and 20$. It is easy to find on amazon or any other online shop. The drone without batteries can be placed in checked-luggage or with you in cabine.

The drones batteries are allowed in plane but all the company have different rules for the batteries onboard. If your drone is a kind of “public” drone like DJI, Gopro, Parrot etc…normally, all the batteries are accepted. But if your drone is “homemade” be sure to respect the power limit imposed by the airline company and protect the extremity of the cables. Please find your airline below and check the recommendations. If you know already the rules you can pass to the step 2

Info : some countries, like India, forbid to leave the country with a drone. Read the laws in your country before to bring your material with you.
Air France
Air France

PDF
Emirates
Emirates

PDF
Eva Air
Eva Air

Garuda
Garuda

KLM
KLM

Lion Air
Lion Air

Lufthansa
Lufthansa

PDF
Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways

Singapor Airlines
Singapor Airlines

Swiss
Swiss

PDF
Thai Airways
Thai Airways

If you need more information about how to package your batteries we invite you to watch this video :

Step 2 : Flying a drone in Bali

Finally your are arrived after couple hours of flight and you start to sweating, yes it’s normal, Welcome in Bali 🙂 and congratulation, you will see, the life here is amazing.
The good things is that you don’t need any permit or license if you fly for your own and whitout commercial purpose. The recreational uses are considerate as category 1, the professional are category 2.

Before to fly your drone Take not of the different rules :

  • The drone weight is maximum 2 kilogrammes (see below)
  • Don’t fly above 150 meters ( 500 feet) from the ground
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • stay away from the crowds, and vehicles (minimum 30meters)
  • stay away from the profited area : 500meters (military camp etc…)
  • stay away from airport airspace ( 15km minimum)
  • Do not operate more than one drone in the same time
  • Do not operate the drone under influence of drugs and alcohol
  • Maximum speed 161km/h
  • Stay away from the cloud (150 m below & 600 m distance)
  • Minimum visibility of 4,8km
  • Fly from a fix point, do not operate the drone from a car for example
  • Fly only during day time, don’t fly during the night.

Special case : If your drone is over 2kg, or if you want to fly over 150m or close to a profited area you will need be at least 20 years old and get a special permit delivered by the ministry of transportation. For this you can contact :

 The Directorate General of Civil Aviation :

Airnav :

if you have any doubt if you need a permit (or not) read the guide from the law firm HPRP

Curious about the laws in the others countries ? Visit the website drone-made.com

Now you know the most important for flying a drone for a private use. Easy no ? But we will give you some tips to improve your experience and avoid the bad surprises. If it is already enough for you, don’t forget to leave a comment down of this page, we really appreciate it.

Please follow the guide… 😉

Restricted Areas

The website app.airmap.io listed all the restricted zone and prohibited zone. It could be a great tool if you don’t know if you are inside a restricted zone. Bali is very drone friendly, so even you want to fly in a purple area (see below), just respect the rules listed above and all will be fine. 

  • purple = restricted airspace
  • orange = airport airspace

Our advices

Respect the privacy and stay safe

Bali is also a peaceful place where people come for relaxing and stay in a quiet space. Don’t disturb anyone by flying a drone over a private property or over an hotel which it not give you the autorisation. It is better better to ask the permission first, than get a trouble with police or people.

Some famous place, like tegalalang (rice terraces close to Ubud) is a paradise for the drones, but it is also crowded during the high season, so keep in your mind that the drones are not toys and can hurt seriously in the case it fall on someone.

Don’t fly stupidly and try to imagine the position of the other one. If you think “I will not appreciate if it was me” Don’t do it !

Do not expose your material to high temperatures

In Bali, the temperature average is 32°c – 34°c. The temperature inside a car under the sun can reach the 50°c in only 20 minutes and 80°c in 1 hour. So never let your batteries of your drone inside a car or on the beach under the sun.

It is also important to cool down your batteries before to recharge. The new batteries are equipped with an overheat security, but the classic lipo are not protected.

Choose the best time

The light in Bali is very bright. After 10 am the sun is already high and the light very strong, it why it is not easy to get the best result because the contrast between the shadow and the sunlight is very big. During the period 10am-3pm the temperature is hot and it will be difficult to see the image on your screen. A screen hood could be a good option, like this one :

Our advice is to fly before 10am and after 3:30pm. Like this you will get the best and epic light. Otherwise, if you still want to fly during the mid-day, you can improve your shot with a lens filter. The filters are essential if you want to give a cinematic look to your videos and photos. 

Check the sky before your flight

Before each flight, check visually around you if there is no danger in the sky. Mostly about the kites. Between june and august, the balinese people makes a competition to elect the King of the kites : Nagaraja. During this period there is hundred and hundred kites flying over Bali, some of them are very high and far from the owner. The rope are very dangerous, and by experience, we know that the rope will not be cut by the drone.

Don’t forget that you are not the only one who fly drones, so try to keep an eye on your drone and around your drone during your flights.

Take-off and land from a clean place

Bali is a volcanic island. All the ground is charged of iron and magnetic particles. if you take-off from the ground directly, all the dust will stay sticky on the magnet inside the motor or stay stuck inside the fan of your drone (mostly for the Mavic air). Our advice is to use a landing pad to avoid any damage on your drone or if you have enough skill or someone who can help you, prefer to take-off from your hand.

Check your drone and your settings

Before each flight, check if your drone have any damages, check if the propellers don’t have any scratch or broken part. If yes do not hesitate to replace it even the default looks small.  Otherwise this is a list of workshops who can fix your drone.

Check all your settings of your drone as the compass state, return to home altitude, flight mode (sport, gps, atti), sensor state (obstacle avoidance, vision positioning). Be sure to get the last firmware for your drone and the no-fly zone database is up to date. Think to calibrate the compass if you fly in different spot.

Professionnal

(categorie 2)