You travel several countries with one backpack. Some of them restrict drones, some do not. You are NOT going to fly in the country where drones are illegal, but you want to take it with you to another country and fly there, where drones are legal. Will it help to temporarily disassemble the drone, propellers, maybe legs, for the custom check?

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    If this is about smuggling, it is about asking us how to break the law. If not, the question is badly written. Voting to close. – o.m. Jun 7 '20 at 17:59
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    Is possession of drones illegal in any of the countries in question, or only operating them? – Patricia Shanahan Jun 7 '20 at 18:00
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    I’m voting to close this question because we don't support illegal activities. – o.m. Jun 7 '20 at 18:00
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    A better phrased question would be "How can I legally bring a drone into country X". Without specifying the country, I don't see a general way in which this can be answered. Now it's like: how can I bring cocaine into a country without border security noticing. – Bernhard Jun 7 '20 at 18:12
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    @o.m. This question should not be closed, since a legal method is being asked for. Since such a method not only exists but is also an everyday method used by customs and a legitimate answer can be given. Starting 2021 all goods transports from or to Ireland through the United Kingdom will use such methods. – Mark Johnson Jun 7 '20 at 19:30

The term that you are looking for is called Customs Transit. Mostly done in a form of a Customs Seal applied in the country of origin and checked by the customs of the country in transit during transport to a country where it is allowed and where it is then unsealed.

Not common for individual travel in most cases, but a legal method to transport an object through a third country in transit.

It would probably be better to ship the drone using this method with a Poste restante service as address.

Such methods are an everyday affair for transport firms. Many are authorized by customs authorities to seal such containers (called: Trader sealing).

Precondition is, of course, that the object is allowed for transport in the sending and receiving countries and not on an absolute forbidden list of the country of transit.

Starting 2021 all goods transports from or to Ireland through the United Kingdom will use such methods.


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    This procedure is not only uncommon for individual travel (as you point out yourself in a comment), but usually plain impossible. It is rather used for large-scale commercial freight transport through intermediate countries and not at all appicable for a single item in a tourist's luggage. From the UK laws you are linking to: The applicant must both be established in the UK and regularly use the transit procedure to get an authorization. This is clearly not what OP is looking for. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jun 8 '20 at 12:51
  • @Tor-EinarJarnbjo City Sprint, Royal Mail, Amazon Logistics, Parcelforce, Hermes, DHL, Fedex, UPS and DPD are only a few of the delivery services available in the UK which will use a Customs Seal when needed. So this might not be clear to you that this answers the How to bring a drone through a country that does not allow them? , but please do not assume is is not clear to others, many of whom often use such services. – Mark Johnson Jun 8 '20 at 16:42
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    I have no idea why you think delivery service's use of custom seals is in any way relevant to the question. It is also generally not possible if you are travelling from country A, via B to C to mail arbitrary tings from A to C to prevent customs issues in country B. It is not obvious that you have an adress in C, to which you can mail anything, delivery times may prevent such a solution and for more expensive items like a drone, you would probably have to pay import duties in country C. Duty excemption for travel luggage usually only apply if you carry the luggage when entering the country. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jun 8 '20 at 17:14
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    well, althought the correct answer was givern, it doesn't solve my(and many other's) situation. You speak about UK, I speak about Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and other countries where half of regular mail's get lost, not mentioning sensitive and expensive electronics...so, once more, I consider your answer correct, but real world needs real solutions. For now, I stick with dissasembling, as I'm electronic engineer. Still, I'll be happy to find better solution without screwdriver. Many backpackers will thank – JZK Jun 8 '20 at 20:38
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    I don't think that the whole concept with POST it's acceptable. I propose to keep topic around keeping your drone with you, but have it either, sealed, or dissasembled, or anything else. If for nothing more, than for the sake of flexibiity – JZK Jun 10 '20 at 6:46

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