Unmanned Aircraft Abroad

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Regulations and Safety Considerations

Princeton has an excellent resource page for those operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (a.k.a., drones). 

Travelers planning to operate UAS abroad are encouraged to review Princeton's procedures and policies to learn about safety and operational standards, as well as other best practices for students and researchers operating UAS.

Not all countries allow drones or unmanned aerial vehicles to be flown.  Those that do may require registration, permits, and/or other authorizations.  Please keep in mind that it is the responsibility of individual users to know and follow all applicable local, state, federal, and international laws if planning to operate a UAS.  In addition, international travelers should abide by any policies and procedures set forth by their host institution or local partners and always operate the aircraft in a safe and responsible manner. 

For additional information regarding UAS safety abroad, please contact the UAS Management Team at drones@princeton.edu

Insurance Coverage for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

If you are planning to fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) off-campus, please forward the following information to the Office of Risk Management, attention Missy McGinn at hmcginn@princeton.edu to determine insurance coverage available:

  • Flight description/purpose
  • Any local laws or requirements
  • Detailed location for takeoff and fly zone
  • Pilot’s information including certifications/licenses (if appropriate)
  • Any agreements for use of the facility or property for the flight
  • Any other pertinent information

Risk Management will review the flight details provided to determine if and what type of insurance coverage is in place.  Please note that the University has NO coverage for damage sustained to a UAV while being transported or flown.