Drone regulations in the Philippines

Flying drones in the PhilippinesLearn 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.

Maximum flight altitude: A drone can climb up to 120 meters (400 feet) in the Philippines.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: You must operate your drone within the visual line of sight.

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

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Without prior approval, you can fly drones up to a take-off weight of 7kg. 

Distance to airports: The distance to airports must always be at least 10 kilometers.

Other safe distances: A minimum distance of 30 meters must be observed to uninvolved persons.

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

Time of operations: Drone flights during the night time are not allowed on the Philippines.

Regulations for commercial pilots: A licensing at 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.

Helpful links: CAAP

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 a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • 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

        Thanks!

      • 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

      Hi
      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]
      http://www.uavsystemsinternational.com

  • 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
    http://uavphilippines.com/dl/20151208%20-%20CAAP%20MC%2029-15.pdf
    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

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