Can I fly a drone in the Maldives?

Going by the details expressed on their website, approval for flying a drone happens on a case by case basis. 

Contact information

If you would like to reach out with an inquiry here is their information



Phone: +960 3324983

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How do I get my drone approved in the Maldives?

There are three steps involved in gaining drone approval:

  • Get approved from your island or hotel

Recreational video - Get approved by a hotel or local island council

Commercial use - Get approval from the National Centre for the Arts.  


The body charged with regulating and enforcing the use of unmanned aircraft in the Maldives is the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority. 

  • Approval from the Maldive National Defence Force

Here is their Application form 



To save on time you can carry out steps 1 and 2 together.

  • Approval from CAA

As soon as you get approval from the island or hotel, apply directly to CAA here or email at 


The best strategy to get a drone permit is to make an application 3 to 4 weeks early. 

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