Drone Laws in Cuba

Flying drones in CubaIn this post, you will learn which laws in Cuba apply to the use of drones.

Already several requests to the Cuban Embassy and the Cuban Tourist Office have shown that the import of drones to Cuba is unfortunately not allowed. Upon entry, the multicopter is confiscated at the airport. You can get your drone back on leaving the country if you pay a hefty penalty.

Background of the import ban is probably the fear that spy technology could be smuggled into the country with the drone. However, the use of drones is allowed in Cuba. So you could try renting a drone after you arrive in the country to take aerial photographs. In Havana, there should be companies that offer this service.

Another way to film great videos in the country despite import ban is to use a DJI OSMO handheld gimbal. So you can also capture wonderful footage from the ground.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Cuba 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 Cuba!

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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

  • william | 16.10.2018

    Is there any new news as to what is or is not allowed in Cuba as to drones? i have the DJI spark….

    thankyou in advance

    • CH | 30.11.2018

      i recently went to Cuba and had my drone taken off me at customs. was told i could collect it when i was leaving. i arrived to the airport 2 hours before i was meant to be there to try get it back and just got stuff around the hole time by customs them telling me its coming soon then 10min before i had to board telling me i was at the wrong termal to collect it. end up having to leave it behind. They are the rudest people i’ve ever had to deal with. simalar thing happened to my friend a few days later. he went in 5 hours before he was flying out and only just manage to get his drone back 20min before his flight left. My advice would be to leave your drone at home

  • Moosse | 18.10.2018

    Up, need the same info please 🙂 going to Cuba with a spark

  • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

    Unfortunately no. Two users send me reports that they could bring their drones to Cuba. But at the moment, this is not sufficient enough for me. Will will see what the future brings. When do you want to fly to Cuba?

  • Rafal | 08.01.2019

    Any recent development on this? Is 2019 any better? I’m travelling to Cuba end of January.

    I have a spark and a mavic, GPS drones.

    But I also have a toy drone (tiny whoop fpv camera drone) can I bring that?

    Thank you.

    • Ben Koonse | 10.02.2019

      @Rafal did you bring your drone? I’m going tomorrow and want to know if you got a drone into Cuba.

      • rafal | 25.02.2019

        No I did not…. Not allowed

      • Louie Phillips | 28.02.2019

        Ben, what was your experience? Did you bring your drone?

        • Cool Guy | 05.06.2019

          he’s still in jail

  • Rafal | 25.02.2019

    sorry for the late reply .. but no … not allowed drones in Cuba.

  • Rony de Belgica | 19.03.2019

    Same: drone confiscated at customs, jan. 2019

  • Dinos | 13.05.2019

    Same: drone confiscated at customs, april 2019.

    When i received my hold baggage it was marked on the tag “drone”and a guy guided me to customs.

    Cost of confiscation: the first 5 days is gratis, then every day costs 3,3 cuc. Plus a 1% of the value of the drone that you declare. So declare as minimum as possible.
    I cant understand how the find that you have a drone… Maybe a thought is to remove the propellers and place them in another bag.
    Another solution maybe to remove the drone when you get your hold baggage and put in another’s person baggage.
    Of course in Cuba there is everywhere police even at the beaches, so maybe pointless to try fly it.

    • Randy | 29.05.2019

      every airport xrays your luggage

  • Ramos | 20.05.2019

    Looks like the spanish-speaking central and south american countries are not really drone-friendly. Cuba, Bahamas, and Peru.

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