Drone Laws in Colombia

Flying Drones in ColombiaOn this page, you will find a summary of drone laws in Colombia.

In Colombia, it is challenging to get a copter up into the air. Pilots have to train at a school that is registered with the air traffic control and to collect 40 hours of flight practice. The content of the training courses are topics such as meteorology, aerodynamics, and communication in the airspace. The training costs depending on the school between 400 and 900 euros.

In addition to the training, you need an aviation liability insurance, which covers a loss amount of at least 1.2 million euros. During the drone flights, you have to carry a radio receiver with you to listen to the aviation communication. 5 kilometers around airports is a restricted zone, for which, however, individual permits can be issued.

15 days before the flight, you must apply for Aerocivil maneuver and a drone flight permit. However, as the agency is unable to handle requests due to staff shortages, your application will be considered confirmed if you do not receive any feedback. Public services, media, and universities can also apply for a permanent permit.

Personally, I would not burden myself with the effort, and I would leave my drone at home when I travel to Colombia.

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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!

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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

  • Evan Snow | 21.06.2017

    Laws. Those pesky, usually arbitrary rules made by ill-informed politicians to give the appearance of doing something useful for the public.
    Here in Colombia the police don’t know anything about drones or drone laws. Almost every time I fly my Mavic Pro I get questions from police and other people. They want to know how high and how far it can go. How much it costs. And of course, can I send them the video link. No questions about license or permission to fly.
    I have been asked on one occasion not to fly in an office park in Bogotá. Of course I immediately brought my drone down and complied with request of the property manager. He was very polite and there was no hint of confrontation.
    Be smart, be reasonable and be safe.

    • ivana | 27.10.2017

      hi Evan, did you have any problem entering Colombia with the drone? I know once you are in the city noone would care but i just have some concerns at the airport

  • Mike | 10.07.2018

    I am in Colombia now, visiting from NYC. I have had no problem entering Colombia with my Mavic Pro which I carry in my carryon back pack with all my other electronics such as a laptop, phones, iPad, etc. I have taken three domestic flights too and no airport security officer has even asked me to open my bag.

    I have flown with no problems at all in Cartagena, near Tayrona Park, the rainforests near Sierra Nevada, and Bogotá.

    Please be smart and considerate so these conditions remain. If the laws the author describes are indeed on the books, I imagine they would be applied to you if you have an accident where someone gets hurt or an authority witnesses and recognizes risky flight behavior, but that’s just conjecture.

    • Francis Markert | 13.07.2018

      Hello Mike,
      Thank you very much for your detailed report! I appreciate it. It sounds like you’ve had a good trip. Happy landings, Francis

    • Gabor | 24.08.2018

      You say you flew near Tayrona Park. Do they allow drones in the park? I’m going to go there this November. Do they check the bags at the entrance? (I have a small Mavic Air). I’m afraid they might take it away, and I don’t want to let it in the car. I know you cannot fly in national parks, and if it is not allowed I won’t. I just don’t want them to take it away from me.

      • giuseppe | 24.12.2018

        Hi! I am going in Colombia in two days! Did they allowed the drone in Tayrona Park? In other places? thank you!

  • Darren Clarke | 23.01.2019

    I wonder where I can get more info of the UAV Schools in Colombia.

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