Drone Laws in Mexico
In this post, you will find all relevant regulations for the use of drones in Mexico.
The bad news right at the beginning: Foreigners are not allowed to fly drones unless their country has a special agreement with Mexico. There are exceptions for scientific purposes. Permission must be sought from the Defense Agency (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional).
Overview: Drone rules in Mexico
Drone labels can be ordered here
Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
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Further drone rules in Mexico
You must always be able to see your copter with the naked eye during the flight.
The drone requirements for Mexico are divided into three weight categories:
- Up to 2 kilograms: Drones over 250 grams must be registered
- Over 2 to max. 25 kilograms: Registration is required
- Over 25 kilograms: Permission and registration are required
9.2 kilometers distance must be respected between airports and drones. At a heliport, your drone may approach up to 900 meters.
Drone flights are prohibited over a gathering of at least 12 people.
Drones can only be used in daylight.
According to forum reports, special flight approvals are required for flights to archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza.
Good to know: From several sides, I have already heard that drones were confiscated in Mexico. That’s why I would always follow the rules. Supposedly some securities even have jamming devices that allow them to take over the control of your drone. No idea if it’s true, but I would not risk.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Mexico 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 Mexico!