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Drone use is allowed in Costa Rica, 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 Costa Rica,
A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use in Costa Rica at this time. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A drone 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.
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" data-src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=uavsystemsint-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B007V9MN44" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> 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 Stealth Goose when flying a drone in Costa Rica.
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