Thailand is concerned about the increase in the number of quadcopters having no registration. Back in 2015, the Ministry of Communications issued requirement for registration of quadcopters weighing more than 2 kilograms. But people mostly ignored it. In fact, only about 350 of 50,000 quadrocopters were registered.
As a result, the Ministry of Communications introduced new requirements: mandatory registration of ALL quadcopters in Thailand. The head of the commission, Thakorn Tantasit, revealed the punishment for violation: a fine of up to 100,000 baht (about $ 3,000) or 5 years in prison.
The reason for such prohibitions could be the high activity of quadcopter during the mourning over the anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Note that the Thai authorities banned flights in Bangkok during the funeral of King Rama IX.
In addition, the Thai police are buying equipment soon for catching quadrocopters. You might have heard that many companies have already created special drones that are able to catch other drones right in flight using special nets.
The head of the bureau, Thytirat Nhongkhanpitak, also said that the police were already instructed how to behave if unregistered drones be detected.
So if you decide to take a quadrocopter with you to Thailand, be ready to do a registration
Also, even for registerd quadrocopter, flight restrictions are imposed:
- Flight height must be from 15 to 150 meters.
- The flight route must be registered (in case of violation fines up to 40,000 baht.