Drone Laws in Jamaica

Flying drones in Jamaica

In this post, you will learn which rules currently exist in Jamaica for the use of drones.

Using a drone for private purposes is quite easy in Jamaica.

However, to make your flights as safe as possible, you will have to follow a few rules, which we have summarized here.

Overview: Drone rules in J

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Further requirements for drone pilots in Jamaica

You must always keep your drone within visual line of sight. The use of a first-person view system is not allowed. The distance between the pilot and the drone may not exceed 500 meters.

As far as I know, you do not need a multicopter insurance in Jamaica. Nevertheless, we recommend having one.

Safety distances and flight bans

Keep a distance of 5 kilometers (3 miles) to airports.

Drones are not allowed to fly over organized open-air events. Such crowds must be at least 150 meters (500 feet) away. A distance of at least 50 meters should be kept to bystanders. Only during take-off and landing may this distance be shorter. In these situations, a minimum distance of 30 meters applies.

Multicopter may only be used in daylight in the airspace of Jamaica.

In Jamaica, drones must always be equipped with a failsafe mechanism, which automatically causes the aerial vehicle to land when the connection is lost.

Pre-programmed flights are not permitted.

Rules for commercial pilots

Before each flight, commercial drone pilots must apply in writing for a Special Aerial Work Permit to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA). This permit may include additional restrictions.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Jamaica 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 Jamaica!

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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!


  • Paul | 23.01.2019

    Hi Francis,
    Nice Blog, very handy as i have some questions about Jamaica Drone Law.
    I make and fly fast 220mm 4S racing Acro Quads, i use fatshark goggles and fly FPV only, from the look of your blog it looks like FPV is not permitted?
    Is FPV totally banned? i was going to take my quad on holiday to Jamaica next month.

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