Drone Photography in Thailand – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Q: Is drone photography legal in Thailand?
Q: Do you need a permit to fly a drone in Thailand
Q: What are the regulations for drone use in Thailand?
Q: What are some key dos and don’ts when flying a drone in Thailand?
- Do get permission of the owner of the land to fly (this includes National Parks)
- Do fly in line of sight at all times
- Do respect the privacy rights of others
- Don’t fly higher than 90 metres
- Don’t fly close to manned aircraft
- Don’t fly close to people, vehicles or buildings (the drone should always be a minimum of 30 metres away)
- Don’t fly within city limits
- Don’t fly over any areas where people are gathered
- Don’t fly in or near restricted areas e.g. government offices, state buildings, hospitals etc.
- Don’t fly within 9 km (or 5 nautical miles) of any airport or temporary airfield
- Don’t allow any person under 18 to fly the drone
Q: What are the penalties for breaking drone regulations in Thailand?
Q: Do I need insurance to fly a drone in Thailand
Q: Is it necessary to have a pilot's license to operate a drone in Thailand?
Q: Are there any restrictions on the type of drones that can be used in Thailand?
How can I register my drone in Thailand?
A: To register your drone in Thailand, you must follow the steps below:
- Obtain liability insurance for your drone.
- Submit an application for a drone permit to the CAAT and the NBTC.
- Provide the following information in your application: personal information, information about the drone, and details about the intended usage.
- Pay the registration fee.
- Wait for approval from CAAT and the NBTC.
- The processing time with the NBTC can take 1-2 days, while the CAAT may take 15 days to 4 weeks.
Note: The regulations and restrictions mentioned here may be subject to change, so it’s advisable to check the latest information on the CAAT and NBTC websites before operating a drone in Thailand.