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 in Mexico. However, I heard that a few exceptions exist, but unfortunately, I do not know them yet.
Maximum altitude: The maximum ascent altitude is 120 meters in Mexico.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: You must always be able to see your copter with the naked eye during the flight.
Compulsory insurance: No information available yet. Of course, you are always on the safe side if you have drone insurance.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The drone requirements for Mexico are divided into three weight categories:
- Up to 2 kilograms: No approval required
- Over 2 to max. 25 kilograms: approval must be requested
- Over 25 kilograms: Permission and pilot license is required
Distance to airports: 9.2 kilometers distance must be respected between airports and drones. At a heliport, your drone may approach a maximum of 900 meters.
Other safety distances: No data available yet.
Flight bans: Drone flights are prohibited if a group of at least 12 people gathers.
Flight Permits: According to forum reports, special flight approvals are required for flights to archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza.
Operating Hours: Only in daylight can drones be used in Mexico.
Rules for commercial pilots: No data available at this time.
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.
Helpful links: gob.mx, gob.mx
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!