Costa Rica Drone Laws

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  • Costa Rica Drone Laws
  • Drone Permits In Costa Rica
  • 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.

Costa Rica Drone Law

Drone use is allowed in Cambodia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

Flying drones is banned without approval in the capital, Phnom Penh. However, drone use isn’t prohibited throughout the rest of the country.

Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Cambodia,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Fly at or below 400 feet (120 metres)
  • You must fly stay at least 8 km (5 mi) away from an airport
  • Respect other's privacy when flying your drone
  • The following areas are completely off limits to drones, La Reforma Prison, The Presidential House, El Ministerio de seguridad publica, Arenal volcano, La palma passage, The Zurqui Tunnel, El Murcielago Police Training Center
  • 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
Angkor Wat Temple District

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Best Travel Accessories

Travel Tracking Device

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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.

With a tracking device like an AirTag or SmartTag, you will know the whereabouts of your luggage/drone at all times when transporting it with a tracking device. Possible package loss or time loss due to transport will herewith be nearly minimized to 0% risk.

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LiPo Battery Bags

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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.

Don't wait for an incident to happen and get yours today to ensure the safe transport and storage of your LiPo batteries. Remember: Your safety and the safety of those around you are paramount.

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Don't just see the world, experience it and relive it forever. Get yourself a camera drone or action camera to let you capture your travels in stunning detail, from heart-pounding hikes to breathtaking landscapes.

Get a drone to soar above and see the world from a new perspective. Capture stunning aerial shots of your adventures and transform your travel memories from snapshots to cinematic adventures.

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Sunscreen for Skin Protection

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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! 

World Travel Adapter

Travel Adapter

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As an international traveler, you always want to be sure to be able to charge your devices anywhere, anytime.

Whether it’s the wall plug you need, or the integrated USB slots, all is ready for you to go!

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Money Belt for Extra Safety

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Keep your valuable belongings at safe at all times when traveling.

With this money belt security deposit, you always keep your personal belongings together.

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Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes

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 ±$1,700 USD (1,288 SDR). 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.

Permit Needed For
Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use in Costa Rica.

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

In case you are interested in obtaining one, please contact our permit specialist, or contact the local aviation authority.

Permit Needed For
Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Costa Rica.

Operations with Drones intended for commercial activities may only be carried out by natural or legal persons that have a certificate of operation. Only the operator can request it in person.

One of the requirements to obtain certification is to complete a drone flight course that consists of 48 theoretical hours and 10 practical hours. The training will be facilitated by centers that Civil Aviation will authorize.

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

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 Costa Rica

Read all of our Costa Rica Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Costa Rica. It includes information on drones for sale in Costa Rica, 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.

Costa Rica drone laws are up to date as of June 18, 2024.

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

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