Macau Drone Laws (2019)

Macau Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Macau

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

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General Macau Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Macau, 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 Macau,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • You cannot fly your drone higher than 30 meters without government permission
  • Do not fly your drone within 50 meters of buildings, people, or vehicles not associated with the operation of the drone
  • Do not fly within 100 meters of gatherings of people
  • Do not fly your drone farther than 100 meters, or past visual line of sight, whichever is sooner
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 1km of 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
  • Do not fly your drone near power plants, or around the Amizade bridge
  • Drones over 250 grams must have a sign attached to the drone with the owners' name and contact information in either Chinese, English, or Portuguese. The fines for not doing this are around $20,000 USD

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use.

Please adhere to the above General Macau Drone Laws however when flying your drone. Despite this, the rules for drones without a permit are quite strict, so if you need to fly above 30 meters you will require a permit. To obtain a permit contact the local aviation authorities or (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Macau. 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 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 Cps2014 when flying a drone in Macau.

Buying Drones In Macau

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

Drone Travel Guide

Macau 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.