Unregistered drone users in Thailand to face jail-time or fine

Drone users must now register their devices in Thailand by January 9 or could face up to five years in jail or a 100,000 baht (RM 12000) fine.

The new regulations was earlier announced in October but only take effect this week and applies to nearly all forms of drone – commercial, recreational or scientific except toy drones weighing under 250 grams (eight ounces).

This new rule comes on-board as Thailand enters its peak tourism season and it will hit tourist and media alike.

According to officials from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office, anyone caught using an unregistered drone after January 9 (today onward) risk a fine of 100,000 baht or maximum of five years imprisonment.

In November, Myanmar sentences three journalist and their driver to two month prison for operating a drone near its parliament while shooting a documentary.

Meanwhile in October, Thai authorities created a no-drone radius of several kilometers during the cremation of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

So if you are heading out to Thailand with your drone, please do remember to register them to avoid complications.

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