Brazil Drone Laws (2019)

Aerial Photography In Brazil

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

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General Brazil Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Brazil, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Brazil,

  • For tourists, consumer drones that are for recreational purposes ONLY and are smaller than a DJI Phantom do not need to be registered. For Brazilian locals, all drones over 250 grams must be registered with Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, ANAC
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • 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
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters
  • Do not fly your drone within 30 meters of anyone who is not associated with the operation of the drone
  • You must be at least 18 years old to fly a drone
  • You must operate under 400 feet and under 200 feet in urban areas
  • Do not use FPV equipment, and keep your drone within visual sight at all times

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use. Model aircraft operated in a visual line of sight up to 400 feet above ground level must be registered and in such cases, the model airplane’s remote pilot must be licensed and qualified. Please adhere to the above General Brazil Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Brazil, The proposed regulation for non-experimental operations of remotely piloted civil aircraft in segregated areas, such as event filming, photo services, surveillance, inspection and commercial use in general, is under construction by the Agency and should be submitted to the hearing process public soon. Although there is a possibility of a case-by-case evaluation, for the time being, non-experimental civilian RPA operations are not permitted in Brazil. Click here to obtain assistance on how to get 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 View From Above when flying a drone in Brazil.


Buying Drones In Brazil

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

Drone Travel Guide

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