Drone Laws in Argentina

Flying drones in Argentina

In this post, we have summarized for you the current drone laws in Argentina.

Basically, flying drones for private purposes is allowed. However, things get more complicated if you want to use a drone for commercial purposes in the country. In both cases, we will explain what to do if you want to use a drone in Argentina.

New rules from July 2020

Argentina has revised the old rules from 2015 and written a new law that will come into force on July 1, 2020. Here is an overview of the changes for drone pilots.

Drones are divided into several categories, the most relevant are the classifications by purpose and weight.


  • Recreation: Use for recreation, hobby etc, without any profit intentions
  • Commercial: Use for profit


  • Class A: up to 500 grams
  • Class B: more than 500 grams to 5 kilograms
  • Class C: more than 5 kg to 25 kg
  • Class D: more than 25 kg to 150 kg
  • Class E: more than 150 kilograms

Drones must be registered, with the exception of Class A for recreational use. So if you travel to Argentina with a light drone, you can avoid this bureaucratic hurdle. There should be a registration portal for all other drones. When entering the country with your copter, you should prove that you have at least started the registration process.

All registered drones, with the exception of those weighing less than 500 grams for recreational use, should have a mark that is supposed to indicate the intended use due to its color.

All commercial pilots and recreational pilots with drones in classes C, D and E require liability insurance. There is no compulsory insurance for recreational drones in classes A and B.

Recreational pilots may only use their drones in uncontrolled airspace and must maintain direct visual contact. Flights are only permitted in daylight, i.e. from the beginning of dawn to the end of dusk.

Overview: Drone rules in Argentina

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Resources:Legal text

Additional regulations for drones in Argentina

In Argentina, your drone may ascend up to a height of 120 meters (400 feet). In controlled airspace, multicopters are only allowed to fly 43 meters (140 feet) high. You are only allowed to operate your drone within the direct visual line of sight.

In Argentina, the minimum age for operating drones is 16. Copter pilots who are under the age of 18 must be monitored by an adult guardian during the drone flights.

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

Drones are forbidden in national parks.

Safety distances and flight bans

You must keep a distance of 5 kilometers from airports. In addition, your drone must not be closer than 1 km to helicopters and 500 meters to heliports.

Your copter may approach a bystander 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.

Flying drones is prohibited in national parks.

The operation of drones in Argentina is only permitted in daylight.

Regulations for commercial pilots

There are three things you need to do to legally operate 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 weighing up to 10 kilograms.
  • Permission to operate the drone: 2,700 pesos.
  • Permission to operate a drone in Argentina: 1,100 pesos.

During the flight, your drone must have a sticker with your name and address on it.

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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About the author

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 several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • 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


    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…


  • Ley | 05.11.2019

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

  • Matias | 02.08.2022

    Hello Veronique. Did you have yo go through any kind of registration for recreational flights with over 500g? I’m going to Bariloche next week and I’m unable to complete the registration without an adress in Argentina. I own a DJI air 2s and I want to take it with me 🙁

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