Well there are some things you might want to know before you do so in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Thailand is some of the most beautiful places in the world, it offers so many different landscapes to visit and record with your drone. Temples, cities, islands, endless jungles and so much more are all eagerly awaiting your drone’s lense. It’s pretty amazing let us tell you, but if the Thai government is cracking down on it’s one-time super easy laws regulating flying drones in it’s airspace, then it’s only fair that you’re kept in the loop.
Since drones entered into the mainstream market, they were regulated in Thailand by their flights inside of National parks and government regulated areas. So it was simple, just don’t fly in these designated areas and your all set to go. Now with an estimated 50,000 drones throughout Thailand there danger is much more prolific, there are simply easier and easier to get ones hands on and therefore offer more opportunities for accidents to both pilots or innocent bystanders.
Now with the increase in the number of drones flooding into Thailand, the CAAT (The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand) has unleashed a new round of laws for drone owners and pilots flying in Thailand.
If your drone is over 250Gram (most are nowadays) you must register your drone with NBTC (National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission) or face penalties of up to 100,000thb or one year in jail. Don’t worry though, the process of registering your drone is relatively easy and will avoid a lot of headaches in the long run.
First you want to visit the NTBC website and download the form on drone registration, then afterwards you need download the registration application, then also prepare the following documents:
- Copy your passport and sign it
- Proof of address (house registration, lease, rental contract or work permit)
- Photos of your drone and the serial number on it as well
- two copies of the application you printed from the NTBC website
Then you want to visit one of the 17 NBTC locations throughout Thailand, if you cannot find one of them you can always go to one of the police stations in Thailand such as the Krabitown police station or the Ao Nang or even the Koh Lanta police to register your drone. Once you register the drone you are almost done, then afterwards you need to send a registration application to CAAT which can be downloaded from their website.
The whole process takes about 2 months in total to complete so don’t wait around it’s not worth it as the fines are rather steep.
Some rules to keep in mind when after you register your drone with CAAT and NBTC is that it’s always important to fly safe, always fly in a clear line of sight fly away from crowds of people or traffic and overall keep away from accident prone areas.
Here are some rules to keep in mind prior to pressing take off:
- must not fly in a way that may cause harm to the life, property and peace of others
- must not fly into restricted area, limited area and dangerous area announced in Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand or AIP-Thailand and also at government buildings and hospitals unless permission is given.
- take-off and landing area must not be obstructed by anything
- must keep the Unmanned Aircraft in line-of-sight at all times and not rely on the monitor or other devices
- must only fly between sunrise and sunset when the Unmanned Aircraft can clearly be seen
- must not fly in or near clouds
- must not fly within 9 km (5 nautical miles) from airport or temporary airfield unless having permission from the airport or airfields operators
- must not fly over 90 meters above the ground
- must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
- must not fly near other aircraft that have pilots
- must not violate the privacy rights of others
- must not cause a nuisance to others
- must not deliver or carry dangerous items or lasers on the Unmanned Aircraft
- must not fly horizontally closer than 30 meters (100 feet) to people, vehicles, constructions or buildings
Take care and happy droning!