Drone Laws in Peru

Flying drones in PeruIn this post, you will find the Peruvian drone laws.

For a long time, the import of a drone to Peru was only possible with the permission of the Ministerio de Transporte y Comunicaciones (MTC). The application had to be made personally on site and will be processed within 5-7 working days.

Meanwhile, it looks as though the authorities have distanced themselves from this rule. According to recent reports, this permission is no longer required, and it is relatively easy to use the drone in Peru.

Note, however, upon entry, that you must specify your copter on the customs form, otherwise threatening US $ 250 penalty. In customs, you have to deposit about 18% of the purchase value as a deposit, which you get back on your departure. The deposit serves as a VAT if the drone should stay in the country. The refund at the airport takes 1-2 hours. So plan enough time at the airport on your departure!

While it may not seem necessary, you should only travel to Peru with valid drone insurance.

At religious sites and on Machu Picchu, flying a drone is prohibited. Anyway, in Peru, there are undoubtedly many beautiful places with beautiful motives.

Helpful Links: Peruvian Times

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Peru 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 Peru!

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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!


  • Dirk | 22.02.2017

    Hi, it seems that there is an update for drone law in Peru. I found the follwing comment & document:

    “Just to share with you guys that effective Oct 31, 2016 there is a new law in Peru, that allows you to take up to 1 drone with non-commercial purpose into Peru.”


  • Kenneth Agee | 13.01.2019

    Any way to get a permit to fly a drone Machu Picchu?
    Can you fly it around the town of Aguas Calientes?
    How long does it take to get tax refund when you leave. We only have about two and half hour connecting when we leave. is that enough time?

  • Gavin Johnson | 08.04.2019

    For what it’s worth I just took my Mavic Pro. No one at the airport said anything coming or going and neither did I. I was fine. Nothing paid.

    • Dylan | 05.07.2019

      They didn’t search your bag at all?

      • BLTraveler | 15.07.2019

        I went with my mavic pro also in December. No one searched that bag and no issues flying the drone.

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