All Drone Laws in the Philippines for 2020 (Complete Guide)
This is a guide for the Philippines drone laws in 2020 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying a quadcopter anywhere in this country.
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Can I fly a drone in the Philippines?
Drone laws here are governed by The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines which has the
Exclusive oversight powers in regards to drones and drone-related policymaking.
How do I keep up with the latest communications on drone policy in the Philippines?
The CAAP mainly relays its latest policy instructions through these channels:
CAAP Telephone:+63(2)944 20 30
How are drones classified in the Philippines?
The regulatory body CAAP classifies drones as commercial (RPAS) and recreational.
What are the Drone Laws in the Philippines?
The rules depend on how much your drone weighs, and if it's a recreational or commercial endeavor.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some questions that you might want to have answered before you fly a drone in the Philippines.
Can I bring a drone into the Philippines?
As a foreigner, you do not need to have a permit to fly your drone. However, this is only limited to recreational use. The drone must also be regarded as ‘light’ and adhere to all other rules laid out by the Philippine authorities.
Are there restrictions on drone flying?
- Do not fly over 400 feet
- Keep off heavily populated areas
- Do not go within a 10 Km radius of an airport
- Keep off prohibited airspaces
- You cannot fly a commercial drone without receiving an RPA certificate
- Over 150 Kg drones need special certification i.e Certificate of Air Worthiness
- Only fly drones during the day
- Drone shows or air flying displays need CAAP permission.
Rules for commercial drone operators (RPAS)
To receive the RPA certificate, one must:
- Show an organizational structure that meets the CAAP threshold
- Display their qualifications and credentials that meet the task requirements
- Have the right facilities and equipment.