Drone regulations in Bermuda

In Bermuda, you can use your drone relatively easily.

Exceptions are botanical gardens and other government properties, as long as you have not obtained permission from the administration. If you only want to film landscapes, you do not need to get a license as a private pilot. Approvals for commercial users are costly and take at least two months to obtain.

Overview: Drone rules in B

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Further requirements for drone pilots in Bermuda

Drones up to a maximum weight of 20 kilograms are allowed to take off in Bermuda. Your copter must always be within line of sight.

If you want to fly a drone in Bermuda, you must have an aviation liability insurance amounting to at least 1,100,000 BMD.

Safety distances and flight bans

On the website linked above, you will find a map showing the no-fly zones. A distance of 50 meters (165 feet) should be kept to people and buildings. Flights over populated areas are not permitted. Permits for flights on public government properties can be requested at (441) 236 5902.

Regulations for commercial pilots

Commercial pilots must apply for an Aerial Work Permission. For this, you have to pay 3,200 BMD (around 3,000 euros), but you can get back a small part of it if the approval process takes less effort. The certificate itself costs 2,500 BMD. As part of the approval process, you must demonstrate your skills to representatives of the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). You should be prepared that the entire process could take at least two months. Once the BCAA has issued the permit, it is valid for one year and can be renewed for 500 BMD.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Bermuda to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 Bermuda!

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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 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!

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