Maldives Drone Regulations

Published on 21 April 2020 by hassam

We love drones. Who doesn’t love the thrill of taking stunning aerial footage from a drone, right? The Maldives is every drone photographers dream destination. Drones are allowed in the Maldives. However, there are a few Maldives drone regulations to follow before you fly a drone.

Maldives has the worlds largest seaplane fleet in the world. Some of the islands and resorts are hundreds of kilometres away from the main international airport. Seaplanes play an important role connecting all the islands back to the main airport. This means there are hundreds of seaplane trips all across the Maldives on a given day.  Drones are required to fly below 120m (400ft) at all times. This is to ensure safety of everyone involved. The no flying restrictions around airports are to be observed at all times. Please click here and choose Maldives to view restricted zones on the map.

Steps To Follow Before You Fly

The Main regulatory body of aviation in Maldives is Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Below we will summarise the requirements for flying drones in Maldives.

Step 1: Get approval from your hotel or the island council. If you intend to fly your drone, please check with the hotel at the time of booking. Some hotels or resorts do not allow to fly drones. This is done in order to respect fellow holiday makers.

Step 2: Get approval from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). Fill this form and email it back to [email protected]

Step 3: Get approval from Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Fill this form and email it back to [email protected] Please make sure to attach the permit obtained from MNDF in step2 while emailing the form the CAA.

Make sure to give enough time to follow up on the above Maldives drone regulations before your trip. If you are looking to up your drone game next time you visit the Maldives, check out the below drones from our favourite drone manufacturer!

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