Drone regulations in the Maldives
In this article, we explain the current rules for the use of drones in the Maldives.
Again and again, we are asked if we know more about the drone laws in the Maldives. The current legal situation in the Maldives differs from that in many other countries.
Drone flights are permitted up to an altitude of 121 meters (400 feet). However, you need some permissions in advance. Make sure you follow the steps we describe further below in order so that there are no delays in getting your permissions.
Overview: Drone rules in Maldives
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The first approval is required from the property owners, for example the hotel or the local island council.
Next, approval from the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) is necessary. You can apply for this one already while you’re still waiting for a response from the property owner. In the application, you must specify the exact time and coordinates for the intended drone operation. So a thorough preparation is necessary. The MNDF application form can be downloaded here from us and you can send it via email to email@example.com. A reader has received permission from the MNDF within five business days.
Once you have obtained approval from the property owner and the MNDF, you can apply for a permit from the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA). In this form, you also have to give details about the intended drone flights. You can find the MCAA form here, and you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know from many other drone users that they were able to fly without difficulty in the Maldives without the permits. Be sure to respect the privacy of others. It is best to ask the staff and the people in the area before each start whether they agree with a short drone flight.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Maldives to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 Maldive Islands!