Drone Laws in Uruguay

Flying drones in Uruguay

In this post, you will find the current laws for the use of drones in Uruguay.

In Uruguay, drones are divided into three distinct categories: Menores (Small, up to 25 kg total weight), Medianos (Medium, 25 kg – 260 kg), Mayores (Large, over 260 kg). The Menores classification applies to most widely available drones. Private drone users do not have to register in this weight class.

Overview: Drone rules in Uruguay

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

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Further drone rules in Uruguay

During the flight eye contact with the aircraft must be ensured.

If you want to fly a drone for commercial purposes in Uruguay, you must obtain a permit from the DINACIA (“Permiso de Operador de Dispositivo Aéreo Operado a Distancia”).

Safety distances and flight bans

Drone flights in controlled airspace and near airports are only possible after clearance from air traffic control.

Generally not allowed are the transport of persons, international air traffic (i.e., border crossings) or flights over populated areas and crowds.

I have not heard anything about other safety distances. Always fly safely so that you do not endanger anyone with your multicopter.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Uruguay to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, 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 Uruguay!

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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!

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