Drone regulations in the Philippines

Flying drones in the Philippines

Learn all about the drone rules in the Philippines.

You may use your drone for private purposes in the Philippines. It is much more complicated if you pursue commercial interests.

Overview: Drone rules in P

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact informationCivil Aviation Authority of the Philippines: [email protected]

Further rules for drone pilots in the Philippines

You must operate your drone within the visual line of sight.

Without prior approval, you can fly drones up to a take-off weight of 7kg. Heavier drones require approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

We recommend protecting your flights with a drone insurance which bears the costs for third-party damages.

Safety distances and flight bans

The distance to airports must always be at least 10 kilometers. A minimum distance of 30 meters must be observed to uninvolved persons.

The operation of unmanned aerial vehicles in a populated area such as schools and marketplaces is not permitted.

Drone flights during the night time are not allowed on the Philippines.

Regulations for commercial pilots

A license from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is necessary for commercial flights. For this, several tests must be completed and appropriate flight experience must be demonstrated.

Good to know: A new regulation of the law has been expected for a long time. So be prepared for your trip that something could change quickly.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Philippines 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 on the Philippines!

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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!


  • Brian | 14.04.2017

    Anyone with experience bringing a Mavic Pro into the Philippines (Cebu) through Hong Kong? Thanks!

    • Braus | 18.04.2017

      I did not bring through HK… but Singapore and I had no problem at all. I contacted them first to make sure.
      I went there in March 2017
      You should be fine, but please don’t take my words for granted. Just double check.

      • Brian | 19.04.2017


      • WK | 06.06.2018

        hi, appreciate if you could share the information on who or which authority you check with

        • Odo Windhof | 06.06.2018

          CAAP – Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
          see also links in the comments below

      • Ralph G | 20.05.2019

        Brought my Mavic Pro in October 2018. No issues at all as long as the batteries are in a Lipo safe bag and contacts taped.

  • Ignat | 11.11.2017

    Here’s some new stuff from 25 october 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXKAYDhy9o8
    It is published officially on CAAP main site: http://www.caap.gov.ph/#publications
    Chears from Free Sky Solutions 😉

  • Chetan Vaidya | 01.12.2017

    I am planning to go to the Philippines shortly for a vacation with a drone. I just want to know the basic regulations or documents required for the same. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Henrik Hansen | 13.12.2017

      I contacted UAV yesterday to ask if I could bring my Mavic and use it on my holiday at Cebu
      And got this message back today.
      I’m bringing my Mavic 🙂

      Alonso (UAV Systems International )
      Dec 13, 08:58 CST
      Hi Hbh,
      The Philippines allowed the drone use in recreational situation, you just need a permit if is commercial purpose
      Alonso C
      Customer Service Representative
      1 (855) UAV – 4002 | [email protected]

  • Ganotox | 18.02.2018

    Maximum take-off weight is below 7 kg. Any drone as heavy as 7 kg and more is considered as a “large RPA” and requires licensing.
    Time of flight: Night time flights need permits
    This link shows the latest regulations as far as I know.
    Just took a look at the YT link from Ignat… which confirms my findings.

  • Scott | 03.03.2018

    I am a US Citizen. My wife is Filipino. We prefer to live in the Philippines. I currently hold the US FAA Part 107 commercial drone pilot license. Would that hold any credentials or do I have to go through the whole process and if so how long does that take?

    • Peter Bell | 22.03.2018

      Scott, have you read the document referenced in the post directly above yours?

    • Ganotox | 27.03.2018

      Scott – I am afraid that your license will not hold much water here in PH, as a PH license would not be acknowledged in the US. But regulations here are comparatively droner-friendly.
      If you don`t use your drone commercially and is below 7 kg, you have only to watch for basic rules and regulations, as no night flights, no flights over crowds and populated areas, airports within a 10 km area and not above 400 feet hight.

  • Burel benoit | 15.06.2018

    Thanks Francis for all this bullet points precious information, have a nice trip.

    • Francis Markert | 13.07.2018

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Talz | 21.06.2018

    I’m a Filipino and I have a 4 Day Vacation plan to Melbourne Australia this coming August 2018. Some of my Friends Say that it is Okey to bring Hand Carry with me my DJI Mavic Air, Do I need to Register or Apply anything please let me know.

  • Sebastian | 02.11.2018

    I just landed in Manila and took a transfer flight to Puerto Princessa. No problems at all! (DJI Mavic Pro in my carry on luggage)

    • Sebastian | 16.11.2018

      BUT. You’re not allowed to fly your drone in Boracay anymore. At least not at the beach! Started it again later from within the Resort,- no problem.

    • Francis Markert | 19.11.2018

      Hi Sebastian,
      Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeff | 25.01.2019

    I am just a hobbyist do I need a license to fly drone in provinces or remote areas in the Philippines?

  • Ben | 28.06.2019

    Is there any drone updates for 2019 I’m thinking of taking my Mavic air in October

  • Adriaan | 04.09.2019

    My neighbor put pictures of my property on social media with irrelevant information against me.
    Something I can do about?

    • Francis Markert | 05.09.2019

      If your neighbor really is invading your privacy, you should go to the police. Most drone pilots will obey the law. But unfortunately there are also people who are not so careful with the new technology.

  • dani | 08.09.2019

    is there by any chance to apply permit online (caap)

  • Rudi | 18.12.2019

    Hi, wanted to fly my Mavic Pro 2 at Rizal Park in Manila, but was not permitted as there is some new directive from the Manila Police Department that says even for recreational purposes, flying a drone in Manila required CAAP certification. I understand the certification also involves completing a course with a registered provided. Can anyone please recommend a course provided that can also liaise with the CAAP for certification – preferably in Manila? Thanks in advance.

  • Peter | 01.01.2020

    Hello I am Peter and I live since 2010 in the Philippines. Every now and then I travel back to the Netherlands and now I am back in the Netherlands. I have now also bought a drone the Mavic pro 2 with a lot of accessories. I live in manila and went to look for things.
    Of course you should not break the law and stick to the rules then there is little to worry about. Do not think it is a no fly zone here but it is possible for a photo because it is not possible.
    For the rest I can say there are many beautiful places in the philippines so a very nice country to fly with your drone.
    So enjoy everyone with his drone and greetings from Peter / Manila

  • Jhonrich | 12.01.2020

    Do we need an import clearance for Drones if we buy it from abroad? Will the BOC put it on hold? Thank 🙂

  • Geofz | 12.01.2020

    excited to be back my home country Philippines this summer bringing my drone dji spark. Hope can fly freely with abiding the rules. Thanks for the info above it’s helps a lot.

  • Geofz | 12.01.2020

    excited to be back my home country Philippines this summer bringing my drone dji spark. Hope can fly freely with abiding the rules. Thanks for the info above it’s helps a lot.

  • Froclon | 30.09.2020

    I order my drone in lazada yesterday.
    Drone name “YUE SG901”
    I order this drone for only P3,700.
    It Can fly only in a remote distance of 100 meters.
    And the airport distance from my Barangay is about 6kilometers.
    Do I need a cirtificate to fly or permission for CAAP to fly or what ever from the government.?
    What should I do.

    Please u can reach via email.
    [email protected]

    God bless

  • Anding | 21.01.2021

    My friend wants to bring drone when he come to visit me maybe June 2021.What documents he needs to bring?
    Thanks you in advance

    • Drone Traveller Team | 22.01.2021

      No license is needed unless your friend intends to use his drone for commercial purposes or if the drone weighs more than 7 kg. Our readers have also reported no problems when bringing their drone into the country, but there could always be someone at Customs who wants additional documentation. If you want to be sure, we recommend contacting the Bureau of Customs beforehand to find out which documents your friend should prepare.

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