Drone regulations in Singapore
In this post you will find the current laws for the use of drones in Singapore.
Since January 2020, all drones over 250 grams have to be registered in Singapore. This means that the exemption for private drones is no longer applicable. From April onwards, you will face severe penalties if you are caught with an unregistered drone.
Additional rules will come into force in Singapore later this year. From June, recreational pilots whose drones weigh between 1.5 and 7 kilograms will be required to undergo UA Basic Training. If you are unsure whether you need to register your drone or need additional documents, you can visit this page and use the “User Identification Wizard” (on that site, click on the link below the table), which shows you the right category after you’ve answered a few questions.
Registration in two steps
Only people aged 16 and over can register drones. Registration consists of two steps: First you have to order a registration label and attach it visibly on the outside of a non-removable part of the drone (not on the battery, propellers). After that, you can register online.
There are some peculiarities for foreign drone pilots. You can theoretically order the label online, but it can not yet be sent to foreign addresses. If you do not have an address in Singapore, you can alternatively purchase the label locally at a selected SingPost branch. You can find a list of the branches here. You should take the completed application form (docx file), your passport and a copy of the passport with you.
The cost is $15 per label. Anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Singapore may only order one label or will have to submit an application for more.
As a tourist, you have to create a UAPass Account in the online portal to register, as you probably do not have a SingPass or a CorpPass. It can take three to five working days for this account to be activated. It is therefore advisable to open the account before you travel to Singapore.
Overview: Drone rules in Singapore
Drone labels can be ordered here
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Additional rules for drone pilots in Singapore
In Singapore, drones may only be operated within line of sight.
You are also prohibited from flying within 5 kilometers of an airport. There are other restricted zones that you can see on the OneMap app.
In general, you should not fly over bystanders, crowds, public events, or near troads or emergency response operations.
We also recommend that you only fly with a valid liability insurance in Singapore.
Rules for commercial pilots
Commercial pilots must obtain an Operator Permit and activity permits (valid for the planned maneuvers) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The activity permits are divided into two classes:
- Class 1: Use of a drone for commercial purposes, for private purposes if drone weighs more than 25 kg, for teaching purposes from 7 kg.
- Class 2: Use of a drone for private or educational purposes (less than 7 kilograms) above the height limit or near airports or other prohibited areas.
Commercial pilots must therefore apply for an activity permit class 1.
For the permits as a commercial pilot, you have to plan at least 600 SGD fees (around 400 euros). Registration can be done online here. Allow about two weeks processing time.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Singapore 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 in Singapore!