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Flying a Drone in China? Understanding Chinese Drone Regulations for Bringing a Drone to China

September 9, 2019


(drone hums) – [Automated Voice] Take off. (exciting techno music) – Hey guys, Josh at FarWestChina. I am in China’s western Xinjiang region, and I take a lot of travel videos. One of the questions that I get most often about my travel videos
has to do with drones, specifically, am I
allowed to use my drone? Am I allowed to bring my drone into China? And these are all great questions that I would like to
answer today in this video. Okay, so I’m gonna put your
mind at ease to start with, and let you know that you can
bring your drone into China and you can fly it in China as long as you abide by
a lot of the regulations that I’ll share with you right now. Now before I go on, I do wanna say that these type of regulations, as you know, the drone industry
is just rapidly changing. Governments are having a hard time catching up with regulating them. So by the time you watch this, you’ll probably need to look it up. I’ll try to keep everything
in the description up-to-date. But as of right now, you can fly a drone up to 120 meters, which is about 400 feet. You can set that in your, usually in most drones
will set the max altitude. It used to be the largest
drone you were allowed to fly was seven kilograms, or
about fifteen pounds, before you had to register it. But all that changed this year, 2017, when China put in and
passed a new regulation saying that anything over 250 grams, which is about half a pound. And any of you guys who
know anything about drones know that all of these
drones, even the small ones, are all over 250 grams. So technically, we all have
to have our drones registered. The problem is, nobody
quite knows how to do that. I’ve registered this drone with the FAA in the United States, but I haven’t figured
out how exactly to do it with the CAAC, which is the
FAA equivalent here in China. There are a few things you can do to make sure that you’re on
the right side of the law when using a drone in China. The first is this, it’s to make sure that you’re not flying in no fly zone. Most of the times this is just
around the airports in China, but here in Xinjiang where I’m at, that includes pretty much
any of the major cities. Now, when you’re using a
drone like from say DGI, which is a Chinese company. That is kind of hardwired
into their program, so that they won’t even let you take off in a place that is
considered a no fly zone. If you’re not in that,
then I would check the map. I’ve got a link somewhere here. I’ve got a downloaded description that’ll show you a map of what is and isn’t a no
fly zone here in China. That’s the first thing. The second thing you need to
worry about is your batteries. When you’re flying in China, you cannot put your batteries
in your checked baggage. You have to bring them
in your carry-on bags. And number three, make sure that you’re not taking off
in the middle of a crowd. Don’t draw attention to yourselves. I once flew next to an
ancient ruin in Turpan and I had the people coming
out from the tourist center basically telling me no,
no, no, you can’t fly. Technically, I was allowed to fly, and if I had taken off further
away from them and flown in, it would have been no problem. I wouldn’t have drawn much attention. But the fact that I did it
in front of a lot of people means that you’re more
than likely gonna get somebody in the crowd that tells you no, you can’t do this. It’s best to try to do this, you can tell that I’m
kind of away from people. I’m outside of the no fly zone. Nobody’s gonna really care, and by the time they notice a drone, they’re not gonna even know
where it’s coming from. So fly safe. Do it away from people. Start it away from people. And enjoy your time
flying a drone in China. (techno music) (drone humming) Hey, so I hope this was helpful. Thank you so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe to FarWestChina, where I have tons of great drone videos from this beautiful
western region of Xinjiang.

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