Panama Drone Laws (2019)

Panama Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Panama

Contents

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

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General Panama Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Panama, 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 Panama,

  • 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 were 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?

Official registration is required for recreational drone use in Panama.

Foreign operators:
According to local laws, only the drone operator can request the drone flight permit in person. The operator must take this into account for the days, time and movement before the operation.

Click here to obtain assistance on how to obtain a registration, 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 Panama.

Foreign operators:
According to local laws, only the drone operator can request the drone flight permit in person. The operator must take this into account for the days, time and movement before the operation.

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 View From Above when flying a drone in Panama.

Buying Drones In Panama

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

Drone Travel Guide

Panama 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.

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