Same in Canada... foreigners are barred from operating drones here. It seems a shame to exclude techy tourists in this way, but I supposed enforcement of no fly zones (penalties after the fact) would be near impossible. Govt has got to extract their fines somehow.
It’s a shame for sure, and really at odds with pretty much every other western country policies.
I don’t think it would deter me from visiting Canada, but if I had a choice of going somewhere as beautiful like AK, it might be enough to sway me going elsewhere.
2 weeks skiing in Canada I could easily leave a drone out of the bag though.