Flying of drones banned in Bangkok during the funeral of King Buhimbol

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has announced that they have updated the law on the flying of drones in restricted areas to include a complete ban during the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. This will take place on the Sanam Luang Royal Ceremonial Ground from 25-29 October 2017. Although this ban comes as no surprise, what is perhaps surprising is the area it covers; a radius of 19 kilometers from Sanam Luang. This goes as far south as to the border of Samut Prakan, West as far as Nakhon Pathom, and North as far as Nonthaburi. If you try to fly in Bangkok during the funeral, the Thai army have the authority to shoot you down.

Although this no-flying ban over Bangkok is only temporary, drone pilots should be aware that to fly legally in Thailand you need a license and insurance. As this takes up to two months to process, most tourists will find themselves flying illegally. The present law states that you cannot fly over the congested areas of cities, villages, towns or settlements or over large crowds. You also cannot fly near buildings and other structures. Any person who is in violation of the aforesaid provisions shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding forty thousand baht or both.

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