Line of sight (1500feet)
Register over 250g
No landing in cities
Don't fly over people/animals
Mexico Drone Laws in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
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Can I fly my drone in Mexico?
I will cut to the chase. Yes for a Mexican national and No for a foreigner. Legally you must be a Mexican citizen to get a drone license to operate. There are few cases where the rules may be relaxed, for instance in a case where bilateral agreements between the respective agencies are involved.
In this article, I share an overview of the most recent drone laws in Mexico. Some new changes were introduced back in November 2019 and kicked in this January. If you traveled to Mexico before 2020, a few rules might have changed.
Who do I contact?
If you have any burning questions on drone use in Mexico, contact the Civil Aviation Federal Agency, AFAC. The new body replaced the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil, DGAC following a decree passed on 16 October 2019 but still shares the same website for now. You can inquire in English or Spanish. To get a quick reply, send your message during office hours. AFAC will remain in charge of drones, drone registrations, drones policymaking, and enforcement.
Here is the contact information:
Tel +52 5 687 7660
What are the drone laws in Mexico?
The new laws classify drones into 3 categories:
- Micro weighing less than 2 Kg
- small between 2 Kg and 25 Kg
- large drones weighing over 25 Kg
Turns out there is no medium-sized category for now.
Recreational drone use in Mexico
If you do not have a Mexican ID, you do not qualify. As a Mexican national you only need: