Mexico Drone Laws (2019)

Mexico Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Mexico

Contents

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

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General Mexico Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Mexico, 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 Mexico,

  • 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.
  • Watch for any signs posted around many popular tourist attractions that notify you of “no drone zones”
  • Check with the hotel you will be staying at to see if you can fly it there – many hotels ban drones to ensure their guests have privacy and are not disturbed by drones in the air
  • Flying drones over 2kg requires a permit
  • Try and carry receipts for your drone when carrying it into the country to avoid being charged VAT on the equipment.

Each drone with a weigh greater than 250g must be registered with the Mexican authorities, using a drone without registration could lead to a penalty fee for $ 400,000 MXN

 

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use as long as your drone is under 2kg.

If your drone weighs more than 250g you must register it with the Mexican authorities.

Foreign operators:
Only a Mexican citizen can register or request flight permits in the Mexican airspace. If you wish to import a drone, you must pay for the entrance tax in the country.

Please adhere to the above General Mexico Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for commercial drone use as long as your drone is under 2kg.

If your drone weighs more than 250g you must register it with the Mexican authorities.

Foreign operators:
Only a Mexican citizen can register or request flight permits in the Mexican airspace. If you wish to import a drone, you only must pay for the entrance tax in the country.

Please adhere to the above General Mexico Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (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 Irving Reyes when flying a drone in Mexico.

Buying Drones In Madagascar

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

Drone Travel Guide

Mexico drone laws are up to date as of June 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.