(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 local authorities or property 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.
Q: What are drone flying laws/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 (officially effective March 2020):
Operation of drone flight activities shall comply with the following rules:
Q: Is there a drone flying map for Taiwan?
A: Yes, please click here: https://www.flyerlee.com/drone-restricted-airspace-in-taiwan/
Please note that this map is 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 this map here: https://www.flyerlee.com/drone-restricted-airspace-in-taiwan/
Please note that the map in the link above is not 100% accurate and that local rules and regulations prevail.
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: 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.
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.
Q: Do you need a permit to fly a commercial drone in Taiwan?
Q: Can I use my home country's drone license to fly in Taiwan if I am a foreigner?
A: Yes, but you must first apply with the Civil Aviation department first for recognition of your home country's licence. Please note this is only needed for those with drones of 2kg or above, taking effect March of 2020.
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.
Q: What is the fine for flying above the restricted airspace in Taiwan?
A: Flying too close to airports or over 400 feet above the ground could be subject to a 300,000 - 1,500,000 NT fine (10,000 - 45,000 USD), in addition to confiscation of the drone.
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
Q: Where can I purchase DJI drone related products in Taiwan?
Buy the Spark here: https://click.dji.com/AIgWUtXuHLTxUbajN0VR?pm=link
Buy the Spark portable charging station here: https://click.dji.com/AEZHGVC_GP_TALLyMw5z?pm=link
DJI Care Refresh (Spark): https://click.dji.com/AECzmUJVWZ-H6vMYcm4n?pm=link
You can buy the DJI spark combo set here in Taiwan using this link: https://click.dji.com/AIgWUtXuHLTxUbajN0VR?
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 Air here: https://click.dji.com/AMj2rCD6l_U4ADa8BJjytw?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
Buy the Mavic Pro Platinum here: https://click.dji.com/AIGyn44UW36Gq_FZcI8m?pm=link
If you use one of the above links to purchase a drone, I get some commission!
For a full list of our other FAQ's on Taiwan, click here.
We are US Expats that have extensive experience living and working in Taiwan. In our day, we had to learn many things about Taiwan the hard way. But we have come to learn that Taiwan is one of the best places in the world for Foreigners to live. Our blog does not represent the opinions of every foreigner in Taiwan. We are just trying to help others learn more about this beautiful country.