Drone Laws in Argentina

Flying drones in ArgentinaIn this post, we have summarized for you the current drone laws in Argentina.

Basically, flying drones for private purposes is allowed. On the other hand, it becomes more complicated if you want to use a drone for commercial purposes in the country.

Maximum altitude: In Argentina, your drone may ascend to a height of 120 meters (400 feet). Below controlled airspace, multicopters are only allowed to fly 43 meters (140 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: In Argentina, you are only allowed to operate your drone within the direct line of sight.

Compulsory insurance: Compulsory insurance exists in Argentina only for professional users. In my opinion, you should still insure your drone so that all your travel destinations are covered.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): For private flights without registration, the upper limit is 10 kilograms.

Distance to airports: To airports, you have to keep a distance of 5 kilometers. In addition, your flying drone can not approach closer than 1 kilometer of helicopters and 500 meters of heliports.

Other safety distances: Your copter may approach a non-involved person no more than 30 meters horizontally and 10 meters vertically. Flights over populated areas or crowds are prohibited. You must be at least one kilometer away from settlements during your drone operations.

No-fly zones: In national parks the operation of drones is prohibited.

Flight Permits: No information found yet.

Operating times: Operation of drones is only permitted in daylight in Argentina.

Commercial pilot regulations: Three things have to be done for the legal operation of commercial drones in Argentina:

  • Registration of the Multicopter in the National Aircraft Register: The costs depend on the size of the drone and start at 800 pesos for unmanned aerial vehicles up to 10 kilograms.
  • Permission to operate the drone: 2,700 pesos.
  • Permission to operate a drone in Argentina: 1,100 pesos.

Registration takes place via this platform. Please allow a processing time of at least 5 working days.

During the flight, your drone must be provided with a badge bearing your name and address.

Good to know: In Argentina, a minimum age of 16 years for the operation of drones. Copter pilots under the age of 18 must be supervised by an adult guardian during drone flights.

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We have researched the listed drone regulations for Argentina to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Argentina!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Rudi | 08.10.2018

    Dear Francis,
    your information about Argentina drone laws is not sufficient. Please not that -beside some max and min rules of distances- in Argentina all drone have to be registered at a special register at the “Registro Nacional de Aeronaves” (http://www.anac.gov.ar/anac/web/index.php/1/1248/vehiculos-aereos-no-tripulados-vant/pasos-para-la-registracion)
    For this you have to pay three fees: to register your drone (800 Pesos), get a permission for operation (2700 Pesos) and a personal permission for operating the device (1100 Pesos) which as about 100 US $ today. (http://www.anac.gob.ar/anac/web/index.php/1/1247/vehiculos-aereos-no-tripulados-vant/aranceles)

  • Sparky1298 | 06.12.2018

    Thanks for sharing, very helpful. Currently been flying my DJI spark around Buenos Aires and only ran into an issue when flying near the Puente De La Mujer – federal security came and said this was a no fly zone without a permit which seems to follow the process detailed above. For now planning to keep flying in “ok” areas until told otherwise

    • Ivan | 15.03.2019

      Hello. Is there any “ok” areas near Palermo ? Looking forward to test my drone and don’t know where exactly i am able to do this)

  • Rüdiger Brause | 10.12.2018

    I do not think that a discussion about “recreational” translated by Google(!) is helpful.
    I have visited Argentina (Patagonia and Andes) during 4 weeks. In all national parcs drones were excplicitely forbidden (as in Buenos Aires).
    Additionally, in Patagonia the wind was so terrible that all drones will have problems catching good stable records.
    In fact, you have to wait for a good day – and this will take take time (which you normally do not have).
    My recommodation: leave your drone at home unless you want to use it professionally.

    • Cole | 08.01.2019

      the original post was regarding general drone laws in all of argentina. Like anywhere else, the laws will vary in certain areas such as national parks, but in barring additional restrictions drones can be flown anywhere in the country for recreational purposes.

  • Francis Markert | 08.01.2019

    Thank you guys for your help and the discussion. Please excuse me, that I could only react now. I just updated the post. Let me know if you think I should add or change something. I try to be faster the next time 😉

  • Fernando Rodrigues | 22.05.2019

    I have a Spark. I’m going to Bariloche next July. Anybody knows if it permitted flying for recreational purposes there? Besides, at the AR airport immigration I do need to show any document of the drone (like Anac Registration)?

  • Véronique | 07.09.2019

    Hello,

    I still do not understand if we are supposed or not to register a drone for recreation flight. (I have a mavic pro, 750g)
    I tried to write to anac,but I had no answer…

    Véronique

  • Ley | 05.11.2019

    Hi Veronique, Did you receive an answer? I’m still confused too haha.

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