Drone Laws in Colombia
On this page, you will find a summary of drone laws in Colombia.
The current drone laws make it easier for most private users to legally fly in the country as long as they adhere to certain regulations.
Commercial pilots will need to have a certificate.
Overview: Drone rules in Colombia
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Regulations for drone pilots in Colombia
Colombia distinguishes three classes of drones:
- Class A: drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms if the following rules are followed.
- Class B: Class A drones if at least one rule is not followed and drones between 25 and 150 kilograms.
- Class C: drones over 150 kg and high-risk flights.
No approval is required for Class A flights, but the law states that registration with the aviation authority is needed using the name, document number, address, e-mail adress and phone number of the owner and make, model and serial number of the drone.
The following regulations are the most important for drone class A.
The maximum take-off mass is 25 kilograms and the maximum speed is 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour or 22 meters per second).
There must always be direct visual contact with the drone and it may fly within a radius of 500 meters.
Flights may only take place in daylight, i.e. from 15 minutes after sunrise and up to 15 minutes before sunset (in uninhabited areas, flights are possible at night with appropriate lighting).
Flights may take place at a maximum height of 400 feet and only in uncontrolled airspace.
Drones must not be flown over people, crowds, metropolitan areas, cities and other populated areas. Drones must not be used within 2 kilometers of the whereabouts of the president and other heads of state. A distance of 1 kilometer should be kept to military bases, police stations, prisons, critical infrastructure and aircraft in operation and border areas should be at least 3.6 kilometers away. There is a safety zone of 9 kilometers around airports and 3 kilometers around heliports.
Each pilot can only control one drone at a time and must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drones must not be controlled from moving objects (i.e. moving cars or boats).
The drone liability insurance must cover a total loss of 33,333 grams of pure gold, i.e. around 1.6 million euros.
Drones must be visibly marked with the name, address and phone number.
Special rules for commercial drone pilots
Anyone pursuing commercial purposes with their drone flights in Colombia must obtain a Colombian license from a registered flight school.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Colombia 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 Colombia!