How to register a drone in Thailand

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The days of you flying your drone carefree in the skies above Thailand are over.

Last week, the Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that all drones in Thailand need to be registered.

The NBTC said the move came after only 350 drones out of an estimated 50,000 had previously been registered in Thailand.

Owners have until January 2018 to get with the program or face up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of Bt 100,000.

In addition, if you are flying a drone for commercial purposes then you be insured and have permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

If you don’t, you could be sentenced to one year in jail and fined Bt 40,000.

You can register your drone at any NBTC office, police station or at the Civil Aviation Training Centre [location].

If you register your drone at a police station or NBTC office you need the following:

  • Signed copy of your passport
  • Proof of address (house book, rental contract, work permit)
  • Photographs of your drone and its serial number
  • Two copies of this form [which is in Thai]

If you register your drone at the Civil Aviation Training Centre you need the following:

  • Signed copy of your passport
  • Proof of address (house book, rental contract, work permit)
  • Photographs of your drone and its serial number
  • Copy of this form [English]

Rules for flying a drone in Thailand

Once you register, you might want to familiarise yourself with the rules for flying drones in Thailand.

These rules have been place for a number of years now and are covered under Article 5 of this PDF from the Ministry of Transport.

Key points include:

  • Get permission from the landowner before flying your drone
  • Must not fly in a way that may cause harm to life, property, and peace of others
  • Only fly in daylight
  • Drone must be in line of sight at all times
  • Not fly higher than 90 metres
  • Must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
  • Must not fly near aircraft that pilots (goes without saying)
  • Must not violate privacy rights of others
  • Must not cause a nuisance to others

Here’s an infographic from CAAT on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) regulation

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