Drone Laws in Fiji

Flying drones in FijiIn this post, you’ll learn which laws you need to keep in mind for drone flights in Fiji.

In Fiji, drone users have to register with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF). Application Forms are available for registration, which you can fill out in advance and mail to [email protected] or hand in at the airport upon arrival. Special regulations apply to commercial users and drones above 7 kg starting mass. In these cases, you have to be licensed as a pilot.

Maximum altitude: Fiji flights are permitted up to a height of 61 meters (200 feet).

Compulsory insurance: Depending on the classification of your copter you need an aviation liability insurance in Fiji. However, I recommend that you always buy a particular drone liability insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): There are three weight classes in Fiji: Light RPAS (500 g – 20 kg), Medium RPAS (20 – 150 kg) and Heavy (> 150 kg)

Distance to airports: To domestic airports, a distance of 3 kilometers is to be kept. At international airports, a distance of 5 kilometers must be taken into account.

Commercial pilot regulations: Commercial Copter pilots require the approval of the CAA for use in Fiji.

Helpful Links: Fiji Times

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Fiji 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 Fiji!

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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

  • Ayan | 01.05.2018

    Hello, we’re planning to go to FIJI this month. Just a quick question, where did you send the applications form? Is it thru email or when you arrive there? Thanks in advance. I’m glad I found your website.

    • Chad Schultz | 21.06.2018

      Hello friend I’m planning on doing the same and have the same question. Let me know if how it goes. Thanks

      • Ryan | 06.07.2018

        I have the same question.

        • Rhyan | 09.07.2018

          Hi Chad and Ryan, sorry I just recently saw this message on my email. This is what I did: I download the form> OP 137 – Permission to Operate Small RPAS on http://www.caaf.org.fj. Just fill it up, scan and send it to [email protected] . Just wait few days, someone will reply and will give you approval. Just don’t forget to bring the original form and read Fiji aviation rules for bringing drone. I hand carry my drone, they didn’t check or ask me to show the original form on the airport. By the way mine is dji-mavic air. Hope it helps.

  • Jay | 16.01.2019

    Hi Rhyan:

    Thanks for your message here, it is very helpful.
    I have some questions for you to clarify. You said after you send email with your application,
    ” Just wait few days, someone will reply and will give you approval.” Did they just sending an email with approval, then you print it out when you go? Or you get the approval at the airport when you arrive?
    I am going there in a week, so time is limited for me to request approval. Any more info is great appreciated.
    Thanks

    Jay

    • Andy | 18.06.2019

      Jay,

      Can you update us on how it went for you?

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