Unregistered Drones Banned in Thailand

Here’s a warning for our Dear Kon Thai Readers who have one of Sparky the Wonder Drone’s siblings or cousins:

Unregistered drones banned

Banned In Thailand


Owners have been given 90 days from Friday to register their drones, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced on Wednesday.

NBTC Secretary General Takorn Tantasith said the decision was taken to deal with the rampant use of drones in Thailand, while only 350 are registered with the Civil Aviation of Thailand (CAT). 

Takorn said owners of illegal drones should register them at the NBTC headquarters in Bangkok, its branches in many provinces, police stations and CAT offices.  

Failure to register them within 90 days from Friday could result in a jail term of not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than Bt100,000 or both…

And if you have registered already and were planning to vlog the King’s funereal, no don’t do that:

Takorn emphasised the complete ban on drones in the vicinity of the Royal Funeral of His Majesty the late King which is being held at Sanam Luang from October 25 to 29. 

The radius of the ban is 19 kilometres from Sanam Luang that goes as far as the border of Samut Prakarn, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi provinces.

Yikes! Not sure what this means to our Dear Farang Readers who were thinking of bringing their drones to Thailand, but we’ll update you when we do.

In the meantime, if you’re still thinking about getting into this drone thing, here’s a good article comparing what are probably your two top choices:

DJI Spark vs Mavic Pro: Which Drone Is Right For You?

Personally we picked the Spark as we value lightness over everything, and the beginner-friendly obstacle avoidance did indeed turn out to be necessary our very first flight, but if you’re a little more experienced and/or have an actual need for 3-axis 4K video, Mavic will suit you better.

But if there’s one thing 30 years as a programmer has taught us, it’s never buy more computer technology than you actually need right now, because by the time you need more what you bought in advance will be hopelessly obsolete. And drones are still in the early phase of that growth right now!

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