Drone laws in the Dominican Republic

Flying a drone in the Dominican Republic

In this post, you will learn everything you need to know about flying your drone in the Dominican Republic!

Theoretically, according to the current law, a permit for drone flights in the Dominican Republic is only necessary if the copter weighs at least 2 kilograms. However, several of our readers have been informed by the Instituto Dominicano de Aviacion Civil (IDAC) that they also need permission for lighter drones. Apparently, this is supposed to prevent problems with customs when entering the country and the authority wants to ensure that drones are not operated in prohibited areas. This means you should allow some time for the application, as processing time can take up to 25 business days.

The procedure has been changed. This form is now available. Unfortunately, there is little information about the application process beyond this. The government websites are often inaccessible. Some readers have been asked to submit further documentation, such as a map showing the planned flight areas, plus copies of the drone registration and license. It is possible that a foreign drone registration and license will be accepted.

Overview: Drone rules in Dominican Republic

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 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? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

Instituto Dominicano de Aviacion Civil: [email protected]

Further regulations for drone pilots in the Dominican Republic

Drones always have to be operated within visual line of sight. Specifically, this means that the multicopter can not be more than 455 meters (1,500 feet) away from you.

For using your drones in the Dominican Republic, you normally need special liability insurance. In the IDAC’s official forum, there are several questions about light drones for hobby purposes. According to this, insurance is not always compulsory. Nevertheless, we recommend having insurance.

Safety distances and flight bans

Keep a distance of at least 8 kilometers (5 miles) to flight lanes and airports and at least 50 meters to buildings, vehicles and people.

Drones may only be flown during the day between sunrise and sunset.

Special rules for drone pilots in the Dominican Republic

Drones weighing less than 2 kilograms must not fly faster than 30 knots (55 km / h).

Regulations for commercial pilots

In our understanding, drone operations in the Dominican Republic are classified primarily by weight and not by type of use.

Good to know

According to some posts in forums, police and army personnel may question you about your drone flights. However, this is probably due to the curiosity of the locals, so you do not have to be afraid. Nevertheless, you should of course be careful and follow the rules.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic!

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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!


  • RAFAEL D GRULLON | 29.04.2018

    Thank you for the valuable information. going down in october 2108. I don’t want any surprises. I don’t want my drone confiscated and pay an arm and leg to get it back. Truly appreciate this blog. awesome

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hello Rafael,
      Thank you for your comment!

    • Jim Moyer | 18.01.2019

      Did you have any bad experiences with flying in Dominican republic?

  • Mark | 10.10.2018

    I’m traveling to Dominican Republic in about 2 weeks with go pro karma it weights little less then 2 kg do you think i need that permit?

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Mark,
      no, you do not need the permission. Enjoy the country!

  • Emmanuel Pinedo | 03.01.2019

    Landing in Puerto Plata on the 5th and leaving from punta Cana the 20th
    I’m taking my DJI Mavic Pro, do I need a permit??
    Any helpful tips when flying or getting my drone thru TSA

    • Francis Markert | 07.01.2019

      As far as I know, you don’t need a permission since your drone weights less than 2 kg.

    • Jim Moyer | 18.01.2019

      Hi, I am also taking my Mavic Pro to Dominican republic in February. I was wondering if you had any issues that I might need to know?
      Thank you

  • Jeff | 21.02.2019

    Thanks for your post.
    I leave tomorrow in the Dominican Republic I knew for more than 2 Kgs but your information is appreciated. thank you so much

    • Phil | 12.03.2019

      Hi All, did you run into any trouble with you Mavic Pro in the Dominican? I’m leaving in 2 weeks an someone told me you need a permit now, even for recreational use.

  • Jack | 16.06.2019

    I’m going in 2 weeks to dominican Republic (samana) and i want take my drone (Mavic pro) there ….do i need any permits for flying around the resort ….thank’s

  • Marek Kondrak | 30.06.2019

    yes you need a permit but it will take you more than 2 weeks to get it

  • tom | 05.07.2019

    Hi, does this info concern commercial flights aswell as recreational?


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