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 in the Indian Ocean Republic up to an altitude of 121 meters (400 feet). However, you need some permissions in advance.
The first approval is required by the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF). 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org email. A reader has received permission from the MNDF within five business days.
Once you have obtained approval from the MNDF, you can apply for a permit to fly to the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA). Also in this form, you have to give details about the intended drone flights. You can find the MCAA form here, and you can send it to email@example.com.
Once you have received the two permits, you still need the consent of the property owners (especially at hotels/resorts). You are not allowed to use a drone near airports. You can find a map with airports on the MCAA website.
We know from many other drone users that they were able to fly in the Maldives without the permits without difficulty. 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 flight round.
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!