To see how drones are being regulated around the world, we compiled data on drone-related legislation for 210 countries. We looked at drone-related legislation for specific countries and analysis of drone-related legislation from sources such as UAV Coach, RAND Corporation, UAV Systems International, and the Library of Congress.

We found that drone regulation in each country generally fell into one of six categories -- outright ban, effective ban, visual line of sight required, experimental visual line of sight (experiments where drones fly beyond the line of sight are allowed), unrestricted, and no drone-related legislation. We assigned each country a category status based on its legislation as of October 2020.