India amends drone rules, waives mandatory passport checks for drone pilots

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has officially introduced the Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023 aimed at supporting further industry growth. Among new content, the rules remove the requirement for a passport for drone operators, instead accepting government-issued proof of identity or proof of address, to apply for a remote pilot certificate. Previously a passport was mandatory for a such an application.

Industry observers welcome the changes. It is widely expected to encourage industry expansion in domains such as agriculture, site inspection and monitoring.

View the Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023 here

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