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Tips for taking photos and videos in the USA

The advent of smartphones has made taking photographs and videos even more simple and accessible. However, be mindful of restrictions on photographs and videos. Generally, photography and videotaping are restricted during theater productions, movies and in designated spots in museums to protect artwork and artifacts from the damaging effects of flashing cameras. Photography on private property can also be restricted.

Also, keep in mind that not everyone wants to have his or her photograph taken. It is best to respect others’ privacy. Some people in the U.S. have deep cultural aversions to photos and videos. For instance, many Amish believe that being photographed violates a biblical commandment, especially if their faces are shown. As such, it is best to avoid photographing Amish people out of respect for them.


If you’re traveling to the USA and want to bring your unmanned aerial vehicle technology (commonly referred to as a drone), the U.S Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requires the following:

  • You must register your drone with the FAA using the FAADroneZone portal.
  • If you are a recreation/hobby drone flier, you must follow the rules and regulations listed here.
  • If you are flying as a commercial operator, you must obtain a certificate from the FAA and follow the rules and regulations for commercial flying listed here.
  • The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not have specific regulations that prohibit drones in carry-on or checked baggage. However, TSA does recommend passengers to check with the airline for policy specifics.

If you share your videos or photos of your U.S. travels on social media, make sure to tag us at #VisitTheUSA.