Tourists must register their drones if they want to fly them on holiday in Thailand

With the fast growing popularity of drones, advancements in the technology they use and their increasing consumer accessibility, more tourists now want to take their drones on holiday with them. This is not surprising, when you consider the spectacular holiday pictures and/or videos that can be taken from a flying drone with a camera attached.

Like various other popular spots around the world, Thailand has in place certain rules and regulations concerning the bringing of drones – also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) – into the country, and their use while here.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that all drones in Thailand need to be registered. If not done, a drone’s owner could face a five-year jail term or a fine of up to 100,000 Baht.

Tourists can bring their drones into Thailand. However, they are not allowed to fly their drones here until they have registered their devices with the NBCT or the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

Also, if a drone is being brought into Thailand for commercial use, then permission must also be requested from CAAT (see below infographic for details)

Forms can be downloaded from the NBTC here (in Thai) and from the CAAT here (in English).

The drone registration process requires the following: a signed copy of the applicant’s passport, a photo and the serial number of the drone, and two copies of the completed registration form.

Tourists will also want to familiarise themselves with the rules for flying drones in Thailand. Among the key points here are that drones:

  • Must not be flown in a way that could cause harm to life and property, or disturb the peace, of others.
  • Must be flown in line of sight at all times.
  • Must not be flown over gatherings of people.
  • Must not be flown near areas where there are piloted aircraft.
  • Should not be used to violate the privacy of others.

With this all in mind, you are ready to snap some beautiful photographs and shoot some fantastic videos of your travels in Thailand!

For further information, please contact:
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
87 Phaholythin 8 (Soi Sailom),
Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: +(66) 2670 8888
NBTC Call Center 1200
Website: www.nbtc.go.th

Press Release: Tourism Authority of Thailand

6 thoughts on “Tourists must register their drones if they want to fly them on holiday in Thailand

  • October 25, 2017 at 10:16 pm
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    Does this go into effect immediately of the first of the year?? I was planning on taking my DJI Mavic to Koh Phi Don island this December. I will complete the forms and submit them. however, I don’t have any faith that I will be approved in 6 weeks! This is Thailand after all. Guess I better bring some extra Tea Money when I go flying.

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    • October 25, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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      It started already. The law goes back two years but they are only just starting to get strict as there are so many unregistered drones now.

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  • October 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm
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    Im going to reg under gf name, as it dosent mtter is it? I can still fly.
    She dont needs passport just her thai id will do?, Will send he to cops in pattaya

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  • January 10, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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    Hi Richard, just to confirm with you that it is ok to bring drone into Thailand, as long as I have no intention to fly it there. I am going to Malaysia, Thailand and then back to Australia, and thinking of bringing my DJI Spark along. If it is illegal to bring drone into Thailand even if i am not flying it, then i might just leave the drone at home.

    Cheers,
    jw

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    • January 10, 2018 at 6:36 pm
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      At this moment in time I have received no reports of anyone having problems at the airport. And I’m keeping a close eye on this.

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      • January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am
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        Thanks for the reply, Richard. I had asked my Thai friend as well, he said there should not any issue at all bringing in.

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