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Submitted on Apr 12, 2019 Useful Info

Drone rules to watch out for in the Philippines

In the Philippines, CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) is the regulatory body that has the oversight power over drones, and it's their rules that you need to pay attention to if you want to fly drones in our country


Bottom line

It's completely ok for travellers to fly drones in Philippines, without having to get any kind of permit, as long as you're doing it for recreational purposes, your drones are light, and you follow the rules. Indeed, a simple search on YouTube shows that there are tons of travellers taking drone footage in Philippines all the time.

However, I've heard of people getting find recently in Boracay for flying drones as they have local regulations prohibiting it. I haven't seen any concrete proof of this so I would advise caution if you're planning to use your drone in Boracay.


More details

  • CAAP put out this short video to explain their current rules regarding recreational drone flying (they refer to drones as RPAS, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft System):
  • These are the rules from CAAP as stated in the official video:
  • You do NOT need a permit from CAAP if you're flying recreational drones AND the drone is less than 7 kilograms in weight. Otherwise you need to apply for a permit from them
  • Don't fly in restricted areas:
  • Within 10km of any airport
  • Populous areas, like school, marketplace (this rule excludes you from flying drones in most places within cities)
  • Controlled airspace like around military bases
  • Within 30 meters of children, elderly and pregnant women (basically don't fly when there are a lot of people nearby)
  • You need to make sure the drone is within your line of sight during the entire flight, meaning you must be able to see it with your own eyes directly
  • Don't fly drone at night, unless you have a permit from CAAP
  • For more details and the most up-to-date info, check CAAP's official channels:
  • Website: http://www.caap.gov.ph
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caaphilippines
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHbL-ywbt0wWAcAfHf_L-tg
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaaPhilippines