HAB rules around the world

Following several requests for links to government agencies responsible for permitting HAB flights I’ve started this post which I hope readers can contribute to. It is a list of countries and a link to web pages where HABists can apply to launch their next flight.

  1.  Afghanistan – Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  2.  Albania – Republic of Albania
  3.  Algeria – People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  4.  Andorra – Principality of Andorra
  5.  Angola – Republic of Angola
  6.  Antigua and Barbuda
  7.  Argentina – Argentine Republic[Note 7]
  8.  Armenia – Republic of Armenia
  9.  Australia – Commonwealth of Australia Rules:http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_91039 Permission:
  10.  Austria – Republic of Austria
  11.  Azerbaijan – Republic of Azerbaijan
  12.  Bahamas, The – Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  13.  Bahrain – Kingdom of Bahrain
  14.  Bangladesh – People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  15.  Barbados
  16.  Belarus – Republic of Belarus
  17.  Belgium – Kingdom of Belgium
  18.  Belize
  19.  Benin – Republic of Benin[Note 9]
  20.  Bhutan – Kingdom of Bhutan
  21.  Bolivia – Plurinational State of Bolivia
  22.  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  23.  Botswana – Republic of Botswana Rules:http://www.caab.co.bw/tempx/file/SI-24-23-03-2012-CIV-AIR-TRA-MD.pdf   Application: In writing to the director of flight safety
  24.  Brazil – Federative Republic of Brazil
  25.  Brunei – Nation of Brunei, Abode of Peace
  26.  Bulgaria – Republic of Bulgaria
  27.  Burkina Faso[Note 12]
  28.  Burma – Republic of the Union of Myanmar[Note 13][9]
  29.  Burundi – Republic of Burundi
  30.  Cambodia – Kingdom of Cambodia
  31.  Cameroon – Republic of Cameroon
  32.  Canada[Note 14]
  33.  Cape Verde – Republic of Cape Verde
  34.  Central African Republic
  35.  Chad – Republic of Chad
  36.  Chile – Republic of Chile
  37.  China – People’s Republic of China[Note 15]
  38. China, Republic of → Taiwan
  39.  Colombia – Republic of Colombia
  40.  Comoros – Union of the Comoros
  41.  Congo, Democratic Republic of the[Note 21]
  42.  Congo, Republic of the[Note 22]
  43. Cook Islands → Cook Islands
  44.  Costa Rica – Republic of Costa Rica
  45.  Côte d’Ivoire – Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  46.  Croatia – Republic of Croatia
  47.  Cuba – Republic of Cuba
  48.  Cyprus – Republic of Cyprus
  49.  Czech Republic[Note 23]
  50. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea → Korea, North
  51. Democratic Republic of the Congo → Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  52.  Denmark – Kingdom of Denmark Rules:BL7-9_ud2 (1) Permission:
  53.  Faroe Islands (Føroyar/Færøerne)
  54.  Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat/Grønland)
  55.  Djibouti – Republic of Djibouti
  56.  Dominica – Commonwealth of Dominica
  57.  Dominican Republic
  58.  East Timor – Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste[Note 24]
  59.  Ecuador – Republic of Ecuador
  60.  Egypt – Arab Republic of Egypt
  61.  El Salvador – Republic of El Salvador
  62.  Equatorial Guinea – Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  63.  Eritrea – State of Eritrea
  64.  Estonia – Republic of Estonia
  65.  Ethiopia – Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  66.  Fiji – Republic of Fiji
  67. Finland – Republic of Finland
  68.  Åland is a neutral and demilitarised autonomous region of Finland.[Note 6][Note 25]
  69.  France – French Republic
  70.  Clipperton Island
  71.  French Polynesia
  72.  New Caledonia
  73.  Saint Barthélemy
  74.  Saint Martin
  75.  Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  76.  Wallis and Futuna
  77.  French Southern and Antarctic Lands (includes the Antarctic claim of Adélie Land).[Note 8]
  78.  Gabon – Gabonese Republic
  79. Gambia  Gambia, The – Republic of the Gambia
  80.  Georgia
  81.  Germany – Federal Republic of Germany
  82.  Ghana – Republic of Ghana
  83.  Greece – Hellenic Republic
  84.  Grenada
  85.  Guatemala – Republic of Guatemala
  86.  Guinea – Republic of Guinea[Note 26]
  87.  Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  88.  Guyana – Co-operative Republic of Guyana
  89.  Haiti – Republic of Haiti
  90. Holy See → Vatican City
  91.  Honduras – Republic of Honduras
  92.  Hungary Rules:a light category unmanned weather balloon with the maximum gross weight of 4kg can be launched without any restrictions http://www.complex.hu/jr/gen/hjegy_doc.cgi?docid=A0000014.KOV Application: NA
  93.  Iceland – Republic of Iceland
  94.  India – Republic of India Rules: There is no information on the internet. One needs to get permission from the  Air Traffic Control station closest to the flight, as well as from the Air Force Base in case there is one nearby. If there is any radio transmission then one must get permission directly from the Department of Telecommunications
  95.  Indonesia – Republic of Indonesia
  96.  Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran
  97.  Iraq – Republic of Iraq
  98.  Ireland Rules:http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1999/en/si/0422.html Permission:
  99.  Israel – State of Israel
  100.  Italy – Italian Rules: Italy You should fill the appropriate form (page 13 and 14) and send it to the competent Enac Airport Division. The address can be found at http://www.enac.gov.it/La_Comunicazione/Amministrazione_trasparente/Organizzazione/Articolazione_degli_uffici/Direzioni_Centrali/info-459362178.html
  101. Ivory Coast → Côte d’Ivoire
  102.  Jamaica Rules:http://www.jcaa.gov.jm/Act_Regulation/CIVIL%20AVIATION%20REGULATIONS.pdf Permission:
  103.  Japan
  104.  Jordan – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  105.  Kazakhstan – Republic of Kazakhstan
  106.  Kenya – Republic of Kenya
  107.  Kiribati – Republic of Kiribati
  108.  Korea, North – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  109.  Korea, South – Republic of Korea
  110. Kosovo → Kosovo
  111.  Kuwait – State of Kuwait
  112.  Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz Republic
  113.  Laos – Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  114.  Latvia – Republic of Latvia
  115.  Lebanon – Lebanese Republic
  116.  Lesotho – Kingdom of Lesotho
  117.  Liberia – Republic of Liberia
  118.  Libya – State of Libya
  119.  Liechtenstein – Principality of Liechtenstein
  120.  Lithuania – Republic of Lithuania
  121.  Luxembourg – Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  122.  Macedonia – Republic of Macedonia
  123.  Madagascar – Republic of Madagascar
  124.  Malawi – Republic of Malawi
  125.  Malaysia
  126.  Maldives – Republic of Maldives
  127.  Mali – Republic of Mali
  128.  Malta – Republic of Malta
  129.  Marshall Islands – Republic of the Marshall Islands
  130.  Mauritania – Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  131.  Mauritius – Republic of Mauritius
  132.  Mexico – United Mexican States
  133.  Micronesia, Federated States of
  134.  Moldova – Republic of Moldova
  135.  Monaco – Principality of Monaco
  136.  Mongolia
  137.  Montenegro
  138.  Morocco – Kingdom of Morocco
  139.  Mozambique – Republic of Mozambique
  140. Myanmar → Burma
  141. Nagorno-Karabakh → Nagorno-Karabakh
  142.  Namibia – Republic of Namibia
  143.  Nauru – Republic of Nauru
  144.    Nepal – Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  145.  Netherlands
  146.  Aruba
  147.  Curaçao
  148.  Sint Maarten
  149.  New Zealand Rules:http://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/Rule_Consolidations/Part_101_Consolidation.pdf Permission: No permission required https://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/Part_101_Brief.htm
  150.  Tokelau
  151.  Cook Islands
  152.  Niue
  153. Nicaragua – Republic of Nicaragua
  154.  Niger – Republic of Niger
  155.  Nigeria – Federal Republic of Nigeria
  156. Northern Cyprus → Northern Cyprus
  157. North Korea → Korea, North
  158.  Norway – Kingdom of Norway
  159. Bouvet Island
  160. Peter I Island[Note 8]
  161. Queen Maud Land[Note 8]
  162.  Oman – Sultanate of Oman
  163.  Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  164.  Azad Kashmir
  165.  Gilgit–Baltistan
  166.  Palau – Republic of Palau
  167.  Palestine – State of Palestine
  168.  Panama – Republic of Panama
  169.  Papua New Guinea – Independent State of Papua New Guinea
  170.  Paraguay – Republic of Paraguay
  171.  Peru – Republic of Peru
  172.  Philippines – Republic of the Philippines
  173.  Poland – Republic of Poland
  174.  Portugal – Portuguese Republic
  175. Pridnestrovie → Transnistria
  176.  Qatar – State of Qatar
  177. Republic of Korea → Korea, South
  178. Republic of the Congo → Congo, Republic of the
  179.  Romania
  180.  Russia – Russian Federation
  181.  Rwanda – Republic of Rwanda
  182. Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic → Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
  183.  Saint Kitts and Nevis – Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  184.  Saint Lucia
  185.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  186.  Samoa – Independent State of Samoa
  187.  San Marino – Republic of San Marino
  188.  São Tomé and Príncipe – Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
  189.  Saudi Arabia – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  190.  Senegal – Republic of Senegal
  191.  Serbia – Republic of Serbia
  192.  Seychelles – Republic of Seychelles
  193.  Sierra Leone – Republic of Sierra Leone
  194.  Singapore – Republic of Singapore  http://www.caas.gov.sg/caas/en/Regulations/Airspace_Management/Air_Navigation_Hazard_x_Obstruction_Policies/Helium_Balloon_Release.html#
  195.  Slovakia – Slovak Republic Rules: L2_pravidla_lietania  Application:
  196.  Slovenia – Republic of Slovenia
  197.  Solomon Islands
  198.  Somalia – Federal Republic of Somalia
  199. Somaliland → Somaliland
  200.  South Africa – Republic of South Africa
  201. South Korea → Korea, South
  202. South Ossetia → South Ossetia
  203.  South Sudan – Republic of South Sudan
  204.  Spain – Kingdom of Spain Rules:RCA Globos Libres No Tripulados Apendice S Permission : No permission required under 4kg payload
  205.  Sri Lanka – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  206.  Sudan – Republic of the Sudan
  207. Sudan, South → South Sudan
  208.  Suriname – Republic of Suriname
  209.  Swaziland – Kingdom of Swaziland
  210.  Sweden – Kingdom of Sweden http://www.transportstyrelsen.se/sv/Luftfart/Flygplatser-och-flygtrafiktjanst/Flygtrafiktjanst/Ballonger/
  211.   Switzerland – Swiss Confederation In Switzerland, the authority in charge of air traffic control is the Bundessamt Luftfahrt (Federal Office of Civil Aviation). There were three articles that needed to be followed – Articles 16, 19 and 20.Article 16:This article states the restrictions of launching free balloons. The article says that it is forbidden to launch free balloons with a payload of more than 2 kg or with gas more than 30 m^3 volume. The second part says that it is forbidden to launch free balloons with more that 1 m^3 gas at a distance of less than 5 km from a civilian or military airbase to avoid any fatal aircraft crashes.Article 19
    This article states the cantonal regulations of flying unmanned aircrafts. The article says that all unmanned aircrafts should be less than 30 kg to minimize environmental impacts and risk for people and property. Since this article was not related directly to my project, it wasn’t followed as closely.Article 20
    This article states that the third parties on the ground should be insured by a liability insurance policy with a guaranteed amount of at least 1 million Swiss Francs. The second part of this article says that liability insurance is not required for parachutes weighing less than 1.0 kg and a have a vertical height of less than 60 m. Balloons with a payload of less than 0.5 kg and a volume of less than 30 m^3 and model aircrafts weighing less than 0.5 kg do not require liability insurance. The third part says that proof of liability insurance must be kept at all times during the operation.
    All these rules and regulations were considered while creating my balloon – the payload of my balloon was much less than 2 kg, the balloon contained only 3 m^3 helium and the balloon was launched about 8 km away from the Basel Airport. Our payload was more than 0.5 kg but we were insured by a liability insurance policy and proof of this was kept at all times during the operation.
  212.  Syria – Syrian Arab Republic
  213. Taiwan (Republic of China) → Taiwan
  214.  Tajikistan – Republic of Tajikistan
  215.  Tanzania – United Republic of Tanzania
  216.  Thailand – Kingdom of Thailand
  217. Timor-Leste → East Timor
  218.  Togo – Togolese Republic
  219.  Tonga – Kingdom of Tonga
  220. Transnistria → Transnistria
  221.  Trinidad and Tobago – Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  222.  Tunisia – Republic of Tunisia
  223.  Turkey – Republic of Turkey
  224.  Turkmenistan
  225.  Tuvalu
  226.  Uganda – Republic of Uganda
  227.  Ukraine
  228.  United Arab Emirates
  229.  United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Permission:http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=33&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=4409   Rules:
  230.  Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  231.  Anguilla
  232.  Bermuda
  233.  British Indian Ocean Territory (disputed by Mauritius and Seychelles)[4]
  234.  British Virgin Islands
  235.  Cayman Islands
  236.  Falkland Islands (claimed by Argentina)[4]
  237.  Gibraltar (status disputed by Spain)
  238.  Montserrat
  239.  Pitcairn Islands
  240.  Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  241.  South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  242.  Turks and Caicos Islands
  243.  British Antarctic Territory[Note 8] (disputed by Argentina and Chile)
  244.  Guernsey, with three dependencies:
  245.  Alderney
  246.  Herm
  247.  Sark
  248.  Isle of Man
  249.  Jersey
  250.  United States – United States of America Application: Rules http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=14:2.0.1.3.15&idno=14
  251.  American Samoa (including Swains Island, disputed by Tokelau)
  252.  Guam
  253.  Northern Mariana Islands
  254.  Puerto Rico
  255.  U.S. Virgin Islands
  256. Baker Island
  257. Howland Island
  258. Jarvis Island
  259. Johnston Atoll
  260. Kingman Reef
  261. Midway Atoll
  262. Navassa Island (claimed by Haiti)
  263. Wake Island (claimed by the Marshall Islands)
  264.  Marshall Islands – Republic of the Marshall Islands
  265.  Micronesia – Federated States of Micronesia
  266.  Palau – Republic of Palau
  267.  Uruguay – Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  268.  Uzbekistan – Republic of Uzbekistan
  269.  Vanuatu – Republic of Vanuatu
  270.   Vatican City – Vatican City State
  271.  Venezuela – Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  272.  Vietnam – Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  273.  Yemen – Republic of Yemen
  274.  Zambia – Republic of Zambia
  275.  Zimbabwe – Republic of Zimbabwe

Other states

Abkhazia – Republic of Abkhazia

Cook Islands

Kosovo – Republic of Kosovo

Nagorno-Karabakh – Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Niue

Northern Cyprus – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Somaliland – Republic of Somaliland

South Ossetia – Republic of South Ossetia

Taiwan – Republic of China[Note 15]

Transnistria – Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic

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