Jordan only permits the use of drones when authorised by/for one of the following entities for a prupose:
- The Royal Film Commission Jordan
- Jordan Tourism Board
- For diplomats
- Official work (usually government institutions)
- If you apply in advance through the Jordanian Civil Aviation & Ministry of Interior, please check below (Update July 2022 ) , check : UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Jordan below ***
It is otherwise illegal to own/carry or use drones anywhere in Jordan without the relevant paper work indicated above. A financial penalty will be imposed upon any unauthorised users.
For clients coming into Jordan with a drone, please make them aware that the authorities ask drone owners to submit a fee of no less than (500 JOD) and seal the package in which the drone is placed, on departure, once they present the package sealed, as proof it's not been used, they get refunded the amount they paid. This is a sort of insurance that it will not be used as it is completely forbidden.
They additionally have to inform them their time and point of departure (presuming they were using 2 different entry/exit points).
***UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Jordan
The Jordanian agency responsible for drone safety, CARC, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below.
*Are drones allowed in Jordan?
According to CARC, drone use is allowed in Jordan, subject to CARC regulations.
*Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Jordan:
-The CARC requires that all drones be registered.
-Flight applications must be submitted to the CARC at least ten working days before the proposed flight date to allow the Ministry of Interior to coordinate with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission.
-Outside of pre-approved locations, fly no further than a 500-meter radius.
-Outside of pre-approved flight times, do not fly.
-Never exceed 400 feet in altitude.
-The maximum duration of a drone flight is three hours.
-The maximum weight of a drone is 25 kilograms (55 pounds).
-Operators of drones must be at least 21 years old and have received adequate training.
-Drone operators must possess liability insurance.
*How to get approval to fly a drone in Jordan?
Jordanian Civil Aviation simplified the process with an online form: Drone Operations Application Approval Form:
-To complete it, you simply need to provide your personal information and details about your drone and flight operations so that local authorities can review it.
*You will be required to submit the following:
-A copy of your passport,
-Proof of insurance,
-A copy of your training or qualifications (license, school training & flight logs).
-You should submit the form at least ten working days in advance to allow for the processing of your information by local authorities.
*Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Jordan
-Before taking off on any flight, you must obtain permission.
-To qualify, you must be at least 21 years old and possess relevant training or qualifications. Additionally, you’ll need insurance and adhere to some basic flight rules to operate your drone in Jordan.
You must always fly:
-Fly below the maximum altitude of 121 meters above the ground and a maximum distance of 500 meters from you.
-Keep a safe distance from private property, moving vehicles, people, and large crowds, and respect individuals’ privacy.
-Maximum flight duration of three hours.
-Fly a drone that weighs less than 25 kg, has electric motors, and is equipped with geofencing and electronic identification.
-Stay away from airports (or any other location where aircraft or helicopters take off or land) and make way for all other types of aircraft.
-Stay away from areas where drone use could jeopardize the work of law enforcement or first responders.
-Avoid areas deemed sensitive, such as government or military facilities.
*Useful published information on flying drones in Jordan
*Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Jordan…
*NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.