Jamaica Drone Laws (2019)

Jamaica Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Jamaica

Contents

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

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General Jamaica Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Jamaica, 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 Jamaica,

  • You cannot fly higher than 400 feet (122 meters)
  • You cannot fly farther than 1640 feet (500 meters)
  • You cannot fly within 500 feet (152 meters) of an assembly of people
  • You cannot fly within 165 feet (50 meters) of any person
  • You must keep your drone within visual line of sight at all times, you cannot use range extending equipment such as FPV without permission
  • You cannot fly your drone over private or public property without prior permission from the property owner
  • You cannot fly your drone at night or during times where there is low visibility
  • You cannot drop any item from your drone
  • You cannot fly within 16,500 feet of airports or where aircraft are operating
  • The drone must be equipped with failsafe features such as a “return to home” feature that allows the drone to return home if the signal is lost
  • Be aware of the specific drone rules at the hotel you are staying at – many hotels ban drone use due to concerns surrounding guest privacy and noise

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use. Please adhere to the above General Jamaica 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 Jamaica. Click here 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 Joseph Wilson when flying a drone in Jamaica.

Buying Drones In Jamaica

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

Drone Travel Guide

Jamaica drone laws are up to date as of June, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.

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