Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby AdamL » Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:56 pm

FYI - they even didn't want me to open my panniers :) it was the most straight forward border crossing ever, but 80km road from Beyneu was a challenge :)
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby Team Slightly Lost » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:22 am

We had our drone confiscated in 2015 at the border between Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan (Farap/Alat). We had been fine crossing into Turkmenistan so didn't think for one moment there would be any issues. The drone was taken out of the backseat of the car during the standard vehicle search and then picked up by someone of authority. Overall it was a horrendous experience - 16 hours we were held in a separate room, threatened with court in 3 days etc. The officials refused to give a genuine phone number for the British Embassy to arrange a translator so we were truly stuck in no mans land. Eventually, one of the military personnel must have felt sorry for us and they agreed to let us go but only after my OH had to write a dictated statement and pay a $30 dollar fine. The drone & go-pro (along with the charger, spare blades etc) were kept by the Uzbeki's. We tried to destroy it but they weren't having it - it was locked in a safe in front of us, no doubt to be used at a later date.

When leaving the country, the declaration document was different and didn't state Drone's were illegal, whereas on the small print the entry one did and was pointed out to us by the authorities at the time.

Overall, it was a lesson to us both of how serious things can be without checking out legalities nearer the time of crossing (the law changed early 2015). It hasn't put us off Central Asia but we will probably avoid Uzbekistan for a bit longer.
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby steven » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:59 am

Via e-mail:

We did not mention voluntarily that we had a drone and nobody noticed it as the car check at the border in all the countries was always just a glance.

Exception Azerbaijan: when we arrived in Alat with the boat from Kuryk in Kazachstan they specifically asked if we had a drone. After answering positively, it was no problem but we were not allowed to use it. We got an official paper and the box with the drone was sealed so that we could not open it. But leaving the country to Georgia at Lagodekhi, we offered the paper but the custom officials did not even look at it
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby justindelaney » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:00 pm

I can confirm that I had my drone destroyed today by Uzbek customs at the Uzbek/Tajik border. They made me bend each drone arm until it snapped. Be careful crossing into Uzbek with a drone.
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby GoEast » Wed May 01, 2019 4:50 am

steven wrote:Via e-mail:

We did not mention voluntarily that we had a drone and nobody noticed it as the car check at the border in all the countries was always just a glance.

Exception Azerbaijan: when we arrived in Alat with the boat from Kuryk in Kazachstan they specifically asked if we had a drone. After answering positively, it was no problem but we were not allowed to use it. We got an official paper and the box with the drone was sealed so that we could not open it. But leaving the country to Georgia at Lagodekhi, we offered the paper but the custom officials did not even look at it


Steven, I can see already that Uzbekistan is not very friendly place for drones and it looks like a bad idea to take it there :) What about Tajikistan (Pamir), Kyrgyzstan (around Issyk Kul area) and Kazakhstan (Charyn / Altyn Emel)? Internet is full of inconsistent info. How common is it to fly in mentioned places? Any significant chance of getting in troubles even if adhering to usual safe flying rules? What about Almaty? What do you think?
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby Lovetheworld » Wed May 01, 2019 9:00 am

In all those places it should not be a problem at all. However, in Pamir there are parts which is just the borderroad to Afghanistan. So I would not fly around sensitive places like that.
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby thijsbroekkamp » Wed May 01, 2019 9:53 am

GoEast wrote:
steven wrote:Via e-mail:

We did not mention voluntarily that we had a drone and nobody noticed it as the car check at the border in all the countries was always just a glance.

Exception Azerbaijan: when we arrived in Alat with the boat from Kuryk in Kazachstan they specifically asked if we had a drone. After answering positively, it was no problem but we were not allowed to use it. We got an official paper and the box with the drone was sealed so that we could not open it. But leaving the country to Georgia at Lagodekhi, we offered the paper but the custom officials did not even look at it


Steven, I can see already that Uzbekistan is not very friendly place for drones and it looks like a bad idea to take it there :) What about Tajikistan (Pamir), Kyrgyzstan (around Issyk Kul area) and Kazakhstan (Charyn / Altyn Emel)? Internet is full of inconsistent info. How common is it to fly in mentioned places? Any significant chance of getting in troubles even if adhering to usual safe flying rules? What about Almaty? What do you think?


We had no problem flying in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan! We were in Charyn and Altyn Emel in low season and during sunset and sunrise so there was nobody around, not sure if that matters though.
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby Nazrulo » Sat May 04, 2019 7:51 am

Hello there

Using drones in Uzbekistan is illegal and you will face a serious problem if you do not declare it on arrival. More details at:

https://www.uavsystemsinternational.com ... rone-laws/

take care
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby togreiser » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:15 am

Does anyone have updated experiences with drones.

My itinerary in September is as following Turkey -> Iran -> Turkmenistan -> Uzbekistan -Kyrgyzstan -> Tajikistan -> Uzbekistan -> Kazakhstan

I guess with that itinerary my best option is to buy a drone at the DJI store in Almaty. Or try to send one from Turkey to Almaty after I have filmed in Turkey. Any other suggestions?

I would have loved to been able to film some in Pamir...
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Re: Drones in Central Asia - rules Q&A

Postby Lovetheworld » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:31 pm

I agree, but you could also try to send it to some guest house in Dushanbe. Or buy it in Dushanbe. Okay, it is not like Almaty, but I'm sure you can find a shop to buy a drone there.
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