Travelling with a camera drone.

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1. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I've seen quite a bit of amazing footage from travellers with a camera drone. I've recently been travelling with a pretty small MOLI backpack, but thought I might want to try to get some drone footage. I rent cars alot, now, but more portable is better. I am aware there are other concerns, like local privacy laws. Does anyone have any advice or experiences with 'packing with a drone? To narrow it down, I'm thinking about going to some of the "Stans" next. Thanks

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1378 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I've pm'd you, Piecar!:):)

3. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 788 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

If you are going to the Stans I would check laws regarding the use of drones. Most of the Stans are autocratic governments and autocratic governments tend to view drones as a form of spyware so you end up in trouble under espionage laws.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 955 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

It's not just autocratic governments which have laws and regulations which cover drone use. Using them internationally is complicated and potentially problematic.

Some countries have outright bans, some require prior registration and/or training, some require a permit before use.

Full pan-EU laws are in development but each EU country also has its own laws, especially in regard to privacy and data protection:

https://dronerules.eu/en/recreational

UK drone laws:

https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/drone-law-uk

I'd be very cautious about the 'Stans'. Kazakhstan, for example, allows drones (in theory) to be brought into the country but requires a licence before any use. Unless the owner has a licence I suspect the drone would be confiscated. This UK gov page has info and the relevant licence link:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kazakhstan/local-laws-and-customs

5. Posted by Piecar (Inactive 1218 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

The EU page is pretty friendly, and explains that you use a drone for private, not creepy, photography. That's encouraging. That's all I want. They also advocate Line Of Sight, which I'd prefer anyway. Thanks for the info.

6. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 788 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I had a quick Google look at some of the Stans and it seems Uzbekistan is a hard no on drones:

Uzbekistan harshens liabilty for illegal drones

One thread I found a poster said when crossing from Turkmenistan into Uzbekistan the border authorities took their drone and destroyed it.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1254 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Some local people have flown drones and gotten photos of the local area.

My grandson worked for Garmin this past summer and he did a project for uni that addressed using drones to deliver packages. At present in the US, FAA rules require a line of sight to the drone from the operator of the drone. His project was figuring out how to make the drone comply with FAA rules while being out of the line of sight of the operator.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5685 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Why is Piecar’s account inactivated all of a sudden?

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1741 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Utrecht

Why is Piecar’s account inactivated all of a sudden?

He got cross at me a few months ago because I called him Derek, the name he put on his profile, and then he revived the row the other day. I gather he put some abusive stuff about me on his profile page and another member reported it, then he was inactivated. I don't know whether he was removed or quit, but I imagine he was drunk at the keyboard.

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5685 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Utrecht

Why is Piecar’s account inactivated all of a sudden?

He got cross at me a few months ago because I called him Derek, the name he put on his profile, and then he revived the row the other day. I gather he put some abusive stuff about me on his profile page and another member reported it, then he was inactivated. I don't know whether he was removed or quit, but I imagine he was drunk at the keyboard.

Strange thing for sure. Remember his name indeed was Derek. He was a long time member. Less active over the last years, but wonder why he showed that behavior all of a sudden. No place for it here.