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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