Drone Laws in Ecuador
On this page, you will find the current laws for the use of drones in Ecuador.
In Ecuador, flying a drone is allowed. However, upon entry, substantial import taxes (amount of tax equal to the replacement value of the drone) must be paid. Drones with a value of up to US$500 are exempted. You can also be exempt from tax if you can prove that you are using your copter for professional purposes. The following statement is from the Embassy of Ecuador:
“If the person uses a drone as working equipment, they must prove that the equipment is also intended for it. Therefore this person has to carry a document with him, which shows which activities are planned. If the photographer is a photographer, he/she must have proof of qualification or a copy of the diploma indicating that he/she is dedicated to the profession. It should be emphasized that the drone must leave the country as soon as the work is completed.
If the person does not wish to use the drone for professional purposes, the drone will not be exempt from duty, and the taxation will have to be continued.
We recommend that you contact the International Arrivals Hall:
Guayaquil: (04) 2924454/2924519
Quito: (02) 3945830-305 “
Overview: Drone rules in Ecuador
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Rules for flying drones in Ecuador
The following minimum coverage amounts are set for liability insurance:
- MTOW 2 to 25 kilograms: US$ 3,000
- MTOW more than 25 kilograms: US$ 5,000
Operating a drone is allowed in Ecuador only within the direct line of sight and between sunrise and sunset.
Around airports, drones should be at a distance of 9 kilometers (5 miles).
There is a strict drone ban on the Galapagos Islands.
Automatic maneuvers may only be used if you can intervene as a pilot at any time during the operation.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Ecuador 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 Ecuador!