(Please note that the following questions and answers are for reference only and are not a comprehensive list of regulations. Local laws and regulations are constantly changing, and different cities, counties, and private property owners have differing droning rules. Please double check with Taiwan's Civil Aviation Bureau, local authorities, national parks, or property owners if you have any doubts about flying your drone in a certain area.
Flying a drone (quadcopter, RC helicopter, remote UAV etc.) in Taiwan can be fun, safe, and positively impact the community if you do it right. For some of our own drone videos in Taiwan, check out the video below, as well as my drone playlist on Youtube, and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel here.
Now you have an idea of what kind of beautiful places you can drone in Taiwan, let's start with the Q and A below.
Q: Is it okay to fly drones in Taiwan?
A: Yes, as long as you follow the rules lined out in the below answers, including registering your drone if it is above 250 grams, and not flying in restricted zones.
Q: What are drone flying laws/regulations/restrictions in Taiwan?
A: For a full list of aviation regulations in Taiwan, click here.
According to the current Civil Aviation Act, Chapter 9-2 (effective March 31st, 2020):
Operation of drone flight activities shall comply with the following rules:
Q: Is there a drone flying map for Taiwan?
A: Yes, the civil aviation department has a map here (click airspace query on the top of the web page): https://drone.caa.gov.tw/#
Also, you can check out this map by Flyerfree: https://www.flyerlee.com/drone-restricted-airspace-in-taiwan/, which has maps of national park restrictions but still needs to be updated with new no fly zones posted on March 31st.
Please note that these maps are for reference only.
Q: What places are forbidden for drone flying in Taiwan?
A: Airports, military bases, national parks (without approval), and other places marked by the government, local officials, or private property owners.
Specifically for airports, this means that you cannot fly within 2.6 km of the sides of the airport, or within a 5 km radius of the mid-end points of the airport. Also, you cannot fly above 60 meters of the airport within 6 km of either side of the airport or within a 10 km radius of the mid-end points of the airport.
For other places that are marked as no fly zones, please refer to the civil aviation department map here (click airspace query on the top of the web page): https://drone.caa.gov.tw/#
Please note that the map in the link above may not be 100% accurate and that laws and local regulations prevail.
Q: What airspace has been blocked for drones after the March 31, 2020 Taiwan drone regulations came into place?
A: Check the map here: https://drone.caa.gov.tw/en-US/
I have noticed there is a giant swath of airspace covering Miaoli, Taichung, and Nantou that is now off limits. Also, parts of the northeast coast are off limits, along with lots of random spots, such as military bases and Feitsui Reservoir. Check the map before you fly!
Q: How to I apply to fly my drone in Taiwan's national parks?
A: Not every national park requires that you apply to fly drones. Here are some that do:
Taroko Gorge: https://www.taroko.gov.tw/en/Event/NewsDetail?id=6721
Q: What is the height restriction for flying drones in Taiwan?
A: Altitude not exceeding 400 feet (121 meters) above the ground level, or other restricted area such as near an airport.
Q: Why is the height restriction for flying drones in Taiwan only 400 feet (121 meters)?
A: This is because the minimum flying height for helicopters and airplanes is 500 feet, so the drone height is set at 400 feet to avoid any possible collisions.
Q: What is good drone flying etiquette in Taiwan?
Q: What happens if I crash my drone in Taiwan?
A: Cry. For my experience crashing a drone, click here.
Q: Are drones allowed in luggage in Taiwan airports?
A: Yes, but the batteries and drone should stay in your carry on luggage.
Q: Do I need to register my drone in Taiwan?
A: Registration of drone shall be required for the drone with maximum takeoff weight exceeding 250g (effective March 2020).
Q: Does a DJI Spark need to be registered in Taiwan?
A: Starting from March 2020, DJI Sparks should be registered because the takeoff weight is 300g.
Q: How do I register my drone in Taiwan?
A: You will need to do this online, using the Civil Aviation department's website or APP.
If you are a non-resident foreigner: You will need to register a drone above 250g by using your passport and a foreign drone license here: https://drone.caa.gov.tw/en-US/FVM/FVM0101
If you are a Taiwan resident (with NHI card) you can register online by using your ARC number and NHI card here: https://drone.caa.gov.tw/en-US/Account/Login?type=1
Please note the registration interface for residents is only in Chinese.
For drones above 250 grams but less than 2kg, you only need to register your drone and do not need to get a drone license or drone inspection.
Once you are done registered, you will have to pay the registration fee, which for now is free.
After you have registered, print out the registration information and keep it with you with you fly. Also affix the registration number on a visible area on your drone.
You can always log back in to see your registration information at any time.
Q: How long does registration last?
A: Two years for residents, and six months for non residents.
Q: How much for the Taiwan drone registration fee?
A: 150 NT, but for the first few months of 2020 it is free.
Q: How can I avoid uploading a drone license to register if I am a non resident foreigner?
A: I suggest using a drone less than 250 grams like the Mavic Mini. You can buy the Mavic Mini here: https://click.dji.com/ACWB06zplCxUSCW_3fS6pA?pm=link
Q: Do you need a drone license to fly in Taiwan?
A: Starting March 2020, if you drone is over 2kg in weight, then yes you must have a drone license to fly. If you are a resident, then you do not have to have your drone inspected.
If your drone is between 250 grams and 2 kg, but you are flying for commercial purposes, you still need a license.
Q: Do you need a license to fly drone commercially for business in Taiwan?
Q: Can I use my home country's drone license to fly in Taiwan if I am a non resident foreigner?
A: Yes, but you must first apply with the Civil Aviation department first for recognition of your home country's licence. You should upload scans of the documents required to the portal here: https://drone.caa.gov.tw/en-US/FVM/FVM0101
Q: What it is like to register a drone as a non resident foreigner in Taiwan?
A: I share the following story with permission:
"I would like to share with you my cumbersome experience with drone registration in Taiwan. I am in Taiwan as a tourist (no ARC) on 90 days visa-free stay. Finally I managed to get my DJ Mavic Air registered just now, after plenty of correspondence with CAA. As a tourist you need to provide evidence that your drone is registered in your home country. I am from Germany. There such a drone does not get registered. But without foreign registration no Taiwan registration. Then I tried it with the existing registration from P. R. China. That was not accepted. Finally I registered my drone in Ireland and provided the related registration number to CAA in Taiwan. That was fine for CAA.
I had some correspondence with an Aviation Safety Inspector from the Initial Airworthiness Section/Flight Standards Division, CAA/Taiwan. He helped me to go through the registration process. In March apparently the registration website had still some flaws and later the required input was not fully clear to me.
Validity of the registration in Taiwan is six months. I had to pay 250 TWD plus 10 TWD bank fee."
Q: Does my drone need to be inspected in Taiwan?
A: If you are flying a drone above 25kg in Taiwan, then you drone must pass government inspection in order to fly.
If you are a non resident foreigner, then you do need your drone above 250 grams to be inspected, or upload an inspection certificate to the portal here: https://drone.caa.gov.tw/en-US/FVM/FVM0101
Q: What are the fine for flying above the restricted airspace or violating other drone regulations in Taiwan?
Q:What is the best drone to buy for beginners?
A: For beginners, it is probably best to fly a non-expensive drone. I would recommend the Tello drone which is stable and takes great video, but can't go very far. Buy the DJI Tello here, the best beginners drone on the market: https://click.dji.com/ALN3p82EUzXea0h4xH6ZyQ?pm=link
Also, you can consider getting the Mavic Mini, with extended range and HD video, but a little pricier: https://click.dji.com/AHS7fZexZi_ZHn1N3nns_A?pm=link
Both of the above drones are below 250 grams and do not require registration.
Q:What is the best drone to buy for bloggers and hobbyists?
A: DJI sells the best drones by far. They are the most reliable and high quality. The best drone right now for hobbyists that still want great photos and video is the Mavic Mini or MAVIC Mini 2: https://click.dji.com/AHS7fZexZi_ZHn1N3nns_A?pm=link
It features extended range of up to 30 minutes battery life, is less than 250 grams, shoots in HD video and has a 3 axis gimbal camera. It is also much smaller and cheaper than the other drones offered by DJI.
Q: What is the best drone for professional photographers?
A: DJI sells the best drones by far. They are the most reliable and high quality. The best drone right now for professional photographers is probably the Inspire 2: https://click.dji.com/APKCuYM61H-fhX53_44_?pm=link
The Inspire 2 is one of the best drones out there, with the best video, distance, and features, but at a price tag of around 3,000 USD, it's a little pricey. Also it is a little big.
For more portable options, you should check out the Mavic Air or Mavic Pro. They are not as small as the Mavic Mini but have better video, distance, features, and performance.
Q: Where can I purchase DJI drone related products in Taiwan?
Buy the DJI Tello here, the best beginners drone on the market: https://click.dji.com/ALN3p82EUzXea0h4xH6ZyQ?pm=link
Buy the Mavic Mini here (the cheapest high end drone and best value): https://click.dji.com/AIttiMMkfEOJNOhXsinGaQ?pm=link
Buy the Mavic Mini 2 here: click.dji.com/AM4FeMezpqLBK3-NU2HZ_g?pm=link
Buy the Mavic Air 2 here: click.dji.com/AB9XfIxLBLZ40ocvR9ggBg?pm=link
Buy the Mavic 2 here: https://click.dji.com/ABFYwWPGVgOXlAp98jdmiw?pm=link
Buy the Mavic Pro here: https://click.dji.com/ALmawlgdtxQOoh1QnOWu?pm=link
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Buy the Phantom 4 Pro here: click.dji.com/AH9FgmykWOEm0mhzEIYg6Q?pm=link
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For a full list of our other FAQ's on Taiwan, click here.
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