Sri Lanka Drone Laws (2019)

Sri Lanka Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Sri Lanka

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

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General Sri Lanka Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters
  • Do not fly your drone within 50 meters of any building, person, or vehicle not associated with operation of the drone
  • You must fly your drone within visual line of sight at all times
  • You must have insurance for your drone
  • 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
  • Do not fly your drone over archaeological sites, communication towers, electrical lines, highways, national parks, railways, and religious sites
  • You must be at least 18 years old to fly a drone
  • All drones must be registered, and any drone over 1kg will need permission for each flight

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

Mandatory registration is required for all drones in Sri Lanka, and a permit is required for any drone 1k

Approvals are required from the following entities:

-Drone registration with aviation authorities

- Chief of the Defense Staff -Flight

-Permission of the aviation authorities (different from the registration)

For this, we suggest applying for a permit at least 4 weeks in advance (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Sri Lanka.

Approvals are required from the following entities:

-Drone registration with aviation authorities

- Chief of the Defense Staff -Flight

-Permission of the aviation authorities (different from the registration)

For this, we suggest applying for a permit at least 4 weeks in advance. 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 Sri Lanka.

Buying Drones In Spain

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

Drone Travel Guide

Sri Lanka 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.