Belize Drone Laws (2019)

Belize Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Belize

Contents

  1. General Belize Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Belize
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Belize
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Belize Drone Laws

Drone use is prohibited in Belize without a permit. Once you have obtained a permit the operator must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Belize,

(The Government of Belize currently prohibits the temporary importation of drones by for recreational/personal usage. The Government of Belize is currently developing requirements and regulations for recreational drone travelers to Belize. This process will allow all travelers to Belize to operate their devices after meeting the necessary requirements under the Laws of Belize.)

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly higher than 400 feet (120 meters)
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather 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

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A permit is required for recreational drone use in Belize. At this time we are unable to obtain permits for drone operation in Belize, please contact the aviation authority or the nearest embassy for assistance. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Kindly note that Belize is currently only accepting applications for authorization to operate drones from international drone operators/travelers to Belize who have been commissioned for works/services for an approved local business/organization in Belize.

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Belize.

Kindly note that Belize is currently only accepting applications for Drone authorizations from international drone operators who have been commissioned for works/services from an approved local business/organization in Belize.

What do I need to apply for a permit in Belize?

  1. A letter of request/intent shall be written stating the purpose of the works and services being provided by the drone operator/s from the said business/organization who has commissioned these services in Belize.
  2. A copy of drone operator/s identification card
  3. A letter of approval for works by the Belize Film Commission.
  4. A Drone Application Form.
  5. The operator/s will then need to visit the Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) office on the first floor of Philip Goldson International Airport to pay a $30.00 BZE Currency fee for the PERMIT.Note: Drone authorizations are not issued for areas near 0 to 3 miles of an aerodrome (airstrips). Such places are: Ladyville, Placencia, Caye Caulker and North of San Pedro without written approval from the department.

Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Aviator Zone when flying a drone in Belize.

Buying Drones In Belize

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

Drone Travel Guide

Belize drone laws are up to date as of May 15th, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.