National Air Sports Policy
Drone Import Policy 2022
Prohibition of import of completely built-up drones


2022 witnessed significant milestones in the aviation industry. This article, part of a series explaining the industry's 2022 developments, outlines the policy-related updates that took place.(1)

National Air Sports Policy

The final version of the National Air Sports Policy was published on 7 June 2022 after a draft version was released on 1 January 2022. The policy aims to make India one of the top air sports nations by 2030; it sets out the aims, objectives, coverage and governance structure of the air sports ecosystem and authorities in India.

Drone Import Policy 2022

The Drone Import Policy, published in February 2022, aims to boost the "Make in India" initiative and promote the Indian drone industry by banning the import of drones. The ban has certain exceptions – following due clearances, drones may be imported for:

  • defence;
  • research and development (R&D); or
  • security.

The import of drone components is also allowed, in a bid to boost domestic drone manufacturing.

Prohibition of import of completely built-up drones

On 9 February 2022, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry prohibited the import of completely built-up, semi-knocked-down and completely knocked-down drones with immediate effect, except for:

  • defence;
  • R&D; and
  • security.

However, no restrictions were imposed on the import of components required for the manufacture of drones.

For further information on this topic please contact Syed Tamjeed Ahmad or Rakhee Biswas at Spaviatech Law​ by telephone (+55 21 2276 6200) or email ([email protected] or [email protected]). The Spaviatech Law​ website can be accessed at www.spaviatechlaw.com.

Endnotes

(1) For earlier articles in this series, see: