Cuba Drone Laws

Cuba Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Cuba

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

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General Cuba Drone Laws

Drone use is currently banned in Cuba without permission. Do not attempt to bring a drone into the country without prior permission as you will have your drone seized, and could possibly be arrested. If you have received permission, 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 Cuba,

  • 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

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A permit is required for recreational drone use in Cuba.

Before flying an unmanned aerial system in Cuba, legally, you need to undergo a lengthy approval process which requires at least five different authorizations. This paperwork depends on institutions such as Cuba’s Civil Aviation Authority (IACC), the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Interior, the local government in every place you’re filming and even from the Ministry of Science or the City Historian’s Office in some cases. Responses (positive or negative) can take over 6 weeks to arrive.

Currently we are unable to request a permit on behalf of third parties Click here to get information on how to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Cuba.

Before flying an unmanned aerial system in Cuba, legally, you need to undergo a lengthy approval process which requires at least five different authorizations. This paperwork depends on institutions such as Cuba’s Civil Aviation Authority (IACC), the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Interior, the local government in every place you’re filming and even from the Ministry of Science or the City Historian’s Office in some cases. Responses (positive or negative) can take over 6 weeks to arrive.

Click here to get information on how to obtain 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 Cool Travel Videos when flying a drone in Cuba.

Buying Drones In Cuba

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

Drone Travel Guide

Cuba drone laws are up to date as of June, 2019. Please email support@uavsystemsinternational.com , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.