Further to the Unmanned Vehicles Technology Innovation Experimentation Act, which entered into force on 1 June 2019, a new regulation for drone use under the latest amendment to the Civil Aviation Act will take effect on 31 March 2020. Under the new act, drone operators in Taiwan will need to register with and pass an exam conducted by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to obtain an operator licence.
As the registration authority empowered by the amendment to Civil Aviation Act, the CAA has set out the following rules for drones:
- • Privately owned drones weighing 250g or more must be registered with the CAA.
- • Drones owned by government agencies, schools or legal entities must be registered with the CAA, regardless of weight.
- • A registration code is valid for two years and must be attached to the drone while in operation.
- • Type approvals are required for the design, production, modification and import of drones. Drones that weigh 25kg or more must receive additional inspection approval from the CAA, which will be valid for up to three years.
- • Private owners of drones that weigh 2kg or more and government agencies, schools and legal entities that operate drones must have remote pilot licences. Individuals must be at least 16 years old to own a drone.
The regulation does not differentiate commercial and recreation drone use. Further, foreign citizens with foreign government-issued remote pilot licences who travel to Taiwan with a drone will be required to have their licenced official recognised before operating the drone in Taiwan. The recognition will be valid for six months from the date of issuance.
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