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    Traveling with a Drone: Share your experience

    Let share our travel experience, good or bad, on this thread. This an experience thread, not a list of local regulation. Tell us what your issue was, if any, where, when and why.

    ► 1. America
    ✓ USA & Canada are ok. They will check the LiPo for explosive though and some security agents will tell you that you can't board the LiPo as a carry on. Don't hesitate to contradict them (politely!). Put your LiPo in safety bags, it will help a lot. Print those official FAA instructions and have them with you during boarding.- Brazil & Colombia are ok, Security agents will just bother you with the LiPo in your carry on bag. Print the international regulation (IATA section 2.3.5.9) and have it with you during security checks
    ✓ Bahamas is ok
    ✓ Most Caribbean seems to be fine
    ► 2. Europe & Russia

    ✓ Europe is generally ok. Had personal experience with Germany, Italy, Spain, France & UK. Custom may check it but nothing more.
    ✓ Iceland is ok.
    ► 3. Asia
    X Uzbekistan forbids the use and import of any drone...
    ✓ Japan and Hong-Kong are OK. Security agents will just bother you with the LiPo in your carry on bag. Print the international regulation (IATA section 2.3.5.9) and have it with you during security checks
    ✓Bali in Indonesia is ok
    ► 4. Middle East
    ► 5. Africa
    X Morocco can take your drone at the customs. You may need a filming permit.
    X Kenya seems to take the wrong route. Flying in national parks is forbidden and entry with a drone seems to be challenging
    ► 6. Oceania & Pacific

    ✓ Australia is ok
    ✓ New Zealand is ok


    Black list: Uzbekistan, Morocco
    White list: Most Europe (EU), USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Bahamas, Bali, Japan, Hong Kong, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand
    Last edited by Oliver Miami; 19th August 2015 at 10:48 PM.

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    I'm traveling w/ my quad to Iceland next week. Any issues?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shabadoo View Post
    I'm traveling w/ my quad to Iceland next week. Any issues?
    No idea but please, let us know. However I really don't think iceland should be a problem. This country is very "civilized" and educated and the worst thing would be to pay a custom tax upon entry.

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    I haven't traveled outside the US, but TSA did a double take last time I took the blackout on a domestic flight.

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    Lol, I'm surprised they let you take a pic of the X-ray machine ! TSA are usually good, they only care for explosives and will do the explosive swipe test on your LiPo most of the time. I would suggest to print the TSA regulation and have it with you during security screening:

    http://phmsa.dot.gov/safetravel/batteries
    http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/..._batteries.pdf

    Long story short you can bring as much LiPo as you want in your carry on bag if the LiPo are less than 8 grams of equivalent lithium content (ELC), which is equal to about 100 watt-hours.

    You can arrive at the number of watt-hours your battery provides if you know how many milliamp hours and volts your battery provides: mAh/1000 x V = wh

    So let’s try to calculate that with the largest TBS battery, the 4500 mAh 4S LiPo:
    4500/1000 x 14.8 = 66.6 wh We are well under the 100 wh that correspond to 8 gram equivalent lithium content of the US DOT.
    Last edited by Oliver Miami; 4th January 2015 at 12:08 AM.

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    If you want to take your drone into Morocco you need a authorization from this company. That's what they say at customs.

    Will let you guys know how this works after i figured it out.

    MOROCCAN CINEMA CENTRE-RABAT
    Quartier Industriel - Avenue El Majd - BP : 421 - Rabat - Maroc
    Phone : + 212 (0) 537 289 200 (L.G)
    Telefax : + 212 (0) 537 798 105 / 08
    E-mail : ccm@menara.ma

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmayGemini View Post
    If you want to take your drone into Morocco you need a authorization from this company. That's what they say at customs.

    Will let you guys know how this works after i figured it out.

    MOROCCAN CINEMA CENTRE-RABAT
    Quartier Industriel - Avenue El Majd - BP : 421 - Rabat - Maroc
    Phone : + 212 (0) 537 289 200 (L.G)
    Telefax : + 212 (0) 537 798 105 / 08
    E-mail : ccm@menara.ma
    Are they the ones who take the bribes?

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    They take 50% of it, the other half goes to the customs !!

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    I brought everything in my carry on to Italy and it was fine. They didn't even open my bag.
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmaplesong View Post
    When you're outraged at chatch, please don't quote his bullshit.

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    Thanks for your input. I've updated the first post. Keep commenting !

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