Heading out to Vietnam early next year and want to take a Mavic with me. Doing my due diligence and checking the regulations their and it seems you need permission from the defense ministry!
Anyone have experience with flying in Vietnam and if so, how do i go about getting said permission? I found these articles but they don't really shed much light on how to apply for the documents.
Any help would be great, thanks!
Thread: Drone regulations in Vietnam.
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04-10-2017 12:52 PM
04-11-2017 05:28 AM
Already did, they weren't much help to be honest and couldn't answer the question.
04-15-2017 05:44 PM
I just returned from shooting drones in both Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Your dilemma points toward you need to hire an experienced fixer. If it's Vietnam, the fixer will be cheap and can guide you not only toward overcoming the red tape, they can escort you and make sure that trouble does not happen around you. I just saw the cops gun down a guy on a motorcycle on Copacabana Beach, I was less than 20' away when it happened. I also saw the miltary close down one of the busiest streets in the city center, funneling four lanes of traffic down to one for car to car inspections as they were looking for some flavor of bad guys. We had armed security for our entire shoot, our body guards were off duty cops and were armed. Personally I will not shoot regular footage or drone footage in any country without a fixer, they can save your ass. I shot regular BTS (non-drone) footage in Morocco last year and was grilled by the local cops at the airport and a couple of military guys on if I was bringing a drone into the country. I was shooting VR and had a ten camera Go Pro system and the guys had never seen one, didn't know what VR was and were convinced that I was trying to covertly enter the country with a drone. Pair the language challenges with their broken English and my broken Arab/French and it was not a good time. They even grilled me again as I was leaving the country, after my baggage had been scanned, they called me on the PA and grilled me again, even though the Go Pro VR setup was not a drone.
It took us three hours and very detailed questioning to even be allowed to leave the airport at Casablanca and that was before we even met our fixer in Ouarzazate. The officials in both Morocco and Brazil were very aware of drones and unless you have the proper permits, permissions and licenses, not only will your drone be confiscated, you may end up spending some time in the local jail and or prison for espionage. I seriously would hire a fixer there who has experience with drone shooting in Vietnam. Better yet, I would hire a local drone owner/operator and NOT bring a drone and not be the pilot. We hired a local drone owner operator in Sao Paulo who was very reasonable and only did a couple of shots we needed, the rest were landmark shots he had already shot in the past when the weather and lighting were better than when we were there last week and it was cloudy and rainy. Just my experience and advice. IMHO, roaming the world with a drone is not a smart move. As terrorists figure out ways to do bad things with consumer drones, the paranoia and hassles about using drones in other countries will only grow.Always spending money on more gear! It's a sickness.