Dominican Republic Drone Laws (2019)

Dominican Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Dominican Republic


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

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General Dominican Republic Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in the Dominican Republic, 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 the Dominican Republic,

  • Do not fly over property unless you have consent from the property owner
  • You must keep at least 50 feet laterally and 100 feet vertically from any person
  • You cannot fly a drone weighing over 15 kg unless you have received permission from the aviation authorities
  • Do not operate your drone in a careless or reckless manner
  • You must maintain an unobstructed visual line of sight at all times with your drone
  • Do not fly higher than 400 feet
  • Only operate your drone during daylight hours
  • You cannot operate within 8km (5 miles) of an airport or in any area that aircraft are present
  • Do not fly your drone into restricted airspace
  • Do not fly your drone near military installations, power plants, or other areas that could concern local authorities

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone registration is required for recreational drone use in the Dominican Republic. Please click here or contact the aviation authority to obtain a permit. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A drone permit is required for commercial drone use in the Dominican Republic. 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" data-src="//" 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 (Non-Amazon customers can buy the Lipo Battery Bag from us directly by Clicking Here). 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 Juan Rodriguez when flying a drone in the Dominican Republic.

Buying Drones In Dominican Republic

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

Drone Travel Guide

Dominican Republic 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.