Drone regulations in Singapore

Drohne fliegen in Singapur

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 This means that the exemption for private drones is no longer applicable.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

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:200 Foot (61,0 Meter) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Resources:CAAS website

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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!

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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

  • Bryan MacKinnon | 18.11.2017

    Drone rules in Singapore (where I live and fly) have more to them than the CAAS regulations. The National Parks do not permit flying over the 100’s of areas they administer which range from larger areas to bicycle paths. The reservoirs are considered national security assets and they ask us not to photograph them and publish on websites.

    • Peter van Dort | 26.03.2018

      Greetings. I am not a drone owner but hope to be one soon. I plan to practice daily (I live in Cairns Qld Aust) and get some degree of control before I go to Singapore for 2 weeks. I was hoping to fly the drone over the Marina Bay and bideo a 360 sequence of the City and surrounds. After reading through your info I think it is not possible. Would it be possible to seek permission from the Singapore Authorities? On an aside I see that you changed over from a DJI 2 to a Yuneec drone. Not having any experience on this subject, could you please advise me on a good drone with potential for improvement in video photography (home movies only)? I sincerely hope that I am not a pest with all these questions. By the way, I am 75 years of age but still keen to learn.

      • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

        Hi Peter,
        It is still possible to use a drone in Singapore. We used a lot of drones in the past. I believe the DJI Spark is an excellent choice for you.

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Bryan,
      That is true: National Parks are always an issue! Happy flying.

  • chandra | 18.07.2018

    I am planning to buy Phantom 3 drone and want to use in Singapore below 200meters. Does it require any license or just use? Please explain.

    • Fabio | 08.08.2018

      Hi Chandra. In Singapore you can fly no higher than 60 meters and you don’t need any license but I suggest to download the OneMap SG App where you can see where you can or cannot fly in Singapore. National Parks, are NO FLY ZONES, you can not fly over any building that belongs to the state ( Ministries, Schools, Religious Buildings etc.), plus you should check the temporary NO FLY ZONES , for example the area of Marina Bay between the last week of July and the 15 of August is a NO FLY ZONE because the preparation and celebration of National Day, same when there is the F1 GP and many more.
      Flying legally a drone in Singapore is very tough but It worth it. Happy Flying

  • Nitesh | 27.10.2020

    Do I need to register DJI SPARK to fly in Singapore?

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