Drone laws in the Dominican Republic
Last update on 29.07.2021 | 13 Kommentare
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
Drone labels can be ordered here
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!
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
Thank you for your comment!
Did you have any bad experiences with flying in Dominican republic?
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?
no, you do not need the permission. Enjoy the country!
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
As far as I know, you don’t need a permission since your drone weights less than 2 kg.
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?
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
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.
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
yes you need a permit but it will take you more than 2 weeks to get it
Hi, does this info concern commercial flights aswell as recreational?