Thailand Drone Laws
There are two authority’s in Thailand that you need to register your drone with, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)
You must complete two forms and submit them to the CAAT for registration – UAV Application Form and Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information
You will also need to send a copy of your passport and proof of drone insurance when submitting your registration.
Once you have the completed forms and documentation you will need to send this to [email protected] or if you have any questions, please call CAAT on 0066 (0) 2568 8815
You will need to register in person at the NBTC office. This can be done at any NBTC office, police station or the Civil Aviation Training Centre.
You will need to bring a signed copy of your passport, photographs of your drone and its serial number and two copies of your registration.
It is worth asking the CAAT if they have taken care of this for you as part of your registration.
There is a lot of information out there about drones in Thailand and how to get them registered with the NBTC and CAAT. I thought I’d list out what needs to be done. While I’ve been through this process twice now, I’ve used a 3rd party to do the work. More for the ease of it all than anything.
While drone insurance doesn’t need to be from a Thai company. You do need to make sure that it covers third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1 million baht when looking for drone insurance.
If you already have worldwide drone insurance, please check and make sure this does indeed cover third-party liability insurance for Thailand. As when looking I found not all worldwide drone insurance covered this.
You will need your insurance documents before you can register with the CAAT.
Register With CAAT
Registration with the CAAT can be done online, but the site is all in Thai.
You will need:
The CAAT online registration is – here
In the past, I’ve filled out the UAV Application Form and Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information form and sent them to [email protected]
Register with NBTC
You will need:
- A signed copy of your passport
- Photographs of your drone and its serial number
- Two copies of your registration
Drone rules and laws in Thailand
Below is a list of general rules and laws to follow while in Thailand. As with any laws please check these before you fly as they can change.
- You must be a minimum of 20 years old to fly a drone in Thailand
- Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
- You must have drone insurance
- Do not fly within 30 meters of people or buildings not associated with the operation of the drone
- Do not fly your drone higher than 90 meters (300 feet)
- Respect others privacy when flying your drone
- Do not fly your drone within 9km (5 miles) of airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
- You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
- Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
- Current regulations only prohibit drones from flying over military installations, palaces, and parks in Bangkok
- Do not fly your drone past visual line of sight