Colombia Drone Laws

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  • Colombia Drone Laws
  • Drone Permits In Colombia
  • Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes
  • Best Travel Accessories
  • Drone Travel Guide Articles
  • Traveling with Drone Batteries on a Plane
  • Contact Us with Questions 

Drone laws are constantly changing. Always verify using multiple sources to be sure you're rightly informed.

Colombia Drone Law

Drone use is allowed in Colombia but are subject to CAAC regulations. Drone Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Bulgaria,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect other's privacy when flying your drone
  • Before any drone flight in Colombia, authorization from the CAAC is required
  • Do not operate your drone at a higher altitude than 152 meters (500 ft) from the point of ascend
  • Do not fly closer than 50 meters (164 ft) of any person, object, or structure while operating the drone  
  • You must fly stay at least 5 km (3.1 mi) away from an airport
  • Do not operate your drone in rough weather conditions such as rain, strong winds or foggy conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
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Best Travel Accessories

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Did you know that airlines only have maximum liability coverage for flights by the Montreal Convention of approximately 1,288 SDR (±$1,700 USD)? This is the most that airlines must pay a passenger or company for a lost, damaged, or delayed package or bag.

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Make LiPo bags an essential part of your travel and battery handling routine.

Batteries are a necessity for powering our electronics on the go, but can pose a hidden danger. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries, commonly found in RC drones, laptops, and camera equipment, are prone to overheating and even catching fire if damaged or mishandled.

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SPF is not just for sunny and the summer months. Whether it's the colder months, being on the ski slopes or going out in the forest in the spring, or laying on a sunbed at the beach.

Always have yourself covered with sunscreen. Before going on holiday, be sure to get the best bank for your buck. Order your sunscreen now prior to your trip!

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Bringing Your Drones on Airplanes

Carry-on is Key:
Whenever possible, pack your drone in your carry-on luggage. Airlines are only responsible for limited amounts (SDR 1,288, around $1,700 USD) for lost checked baggage according to the Montreal Convention. This means lost or stolen drones in checked luggage can be a big financial headache, especially with international flights and layovers.

High-Value Drones:
Consider Shipping: If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and can't fit in your carry-on, explore shipping options like DHL, FedEx, or UPS. Be sure to fully insure the shipment for peace of mind.

Battery Safety is Paramount:
Absolutely DO NOT pack drone batteries in your checked luggage. Lithium-ion batteries are considered hazardous materials by airlines due to past fire incidents. Pack them in a fire-resistant LiPo battery bag, and bring them in your carry-on.

Strict Rules, Big Consequences:
Airlines have strict regulations for lithium-ion batteries. Improper packing (like skipping the LiPo bag) can lead to confiscated batteries, fines, or even denied boarding. Don't risk it!

Permit Needed For
Recreational Drone Use?

Colombia classifies drones into three separate categories:

  • Class A:
    Drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms
  • Class B:
    Drones weighing between 25 and 150 kilograms, and Class A drones flying in violation of at least one of the rules.
  • Class C:
    Drones weighing more than 150 kilograms and flights involving a high degree of risk.

Class A flights do not require approval.

However, by Colombian law it is required to register the drone with the aviation authority using the owner’s name, document number, address, e-mail address, phone number, make, model, and serial number of the drone.

Class B and C flights do require prior approval.

However, please always adhere to the above General Colombia Drone Laws when flying your drone.

Permit Needed For
Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Colombia.

In case you are interested in obtaining one, please contact the local aviation authority directly.

Are you interested in obtaining a permit yourself for your holidays or business trip?

To obtain a permit contact the local authorities yourself directly.

However, if you try to contact us about a permit for your destination, we will only respond if there is a way for us of helping you with the permit within 1-2 business days.

We do not guarantee permits to any destination due to the constantly changing domestic drone laws and only respond if help can be provided.

Buying Drones
in Colombia

Read all of our Colombia Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Colombia. It includes information on drones for sale in Colombia, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Traveling with Drone Batteries
on a Plane?

Please check with the airline or carrier about which batteries you can take in your carry-on luggage.

This drone law page is up to date as per June 24, 2024.

Drone laws are constantly changing. Always verify using multiple sources to be sure you are rightly informed.

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