Drone Laws in Belize

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in Belize

Belize Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Belize

The Belizian agency responsible for drone safety, BDCA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Belize?

According to BDCA, drone use is only allowed for commercial operations in Belize, subject to CAAB regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Belize:

Belize has strict regulations regarding the use of drones. Currently, only commercial users are permitted to bring an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Belize if they have been contractually obliged to do so by a Belize-based company or organization. 

Unfortunately, using a camera drone to capture vacation memories in Belize is not currently possible. However, after a change in the law, it should be possible to introduce a drone into Belize for private purposes in the future. 

Drone operations are generally not permitted within Belize without prior approval from the BDCA.

Note For Foreign Operators

If you’re traveling to Belize and intend to bring your drone, the BDCA recommends the following special considerations for foreign visitors who wish to fly drones: 

Belize currently authorizes foreigners to fly UAVs only if they are contracted to perform work or provide services by an approved local business or organization in Belize. 

When you have approval from a local business or organization to conduct work in Belize, you must submit a letter to the Director of Civil Aviation outlining the purpose of the works and services performed by the drone operator on behalf of the said business or organization. Send your letter to both the info@civiaviation.gov.bz and elizabeth.regaldo@civilaviation.gov.bz email addresses. You should include the following information in your letter: 

The business or organization that has requested the work. 

The date on which you arrived in Belize. 

The specific locations for the proposed flight(s). 

A completed Drone Application Form, which you can get by contacting info@civilaviation.gov.bz via email. 

If you wish to contact the BDCA directly before traveling with any questions, the following contact information is available: 

+501 225 2052 / info@civilaviation.gov.bz


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Belize

Not allowed currently. See above.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Belize

For Belizean Drone Operators:

Complete the Application for Drones 

Provide copies of government-issued identification (Passport, Social Security) 

The operator/s will then be required to pay a $30.00 BZE Currency fee for the PERMIT at the Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) office on the first floor of Philip Goldson International Airport. 

Important note: Drone permits for areas within 0-3 miles of an aerodrome (airstrips). Flying is not allowed without prior written approval from the department in these locations, including Ladyville, Placencia, Caye Caulker, and north of San Pedro.

Drone operations are prohibited within three miles of any airport or airfield

Foreign Commercial Drone Operators in Belize:

Belize currently authorizes foreigners to fly UAVs only if they are contracted to perform work or provide services by an approved local business or organization in Belize. 

When you have approval from a local business or organization to conduct work in Belize, you must submit a letter to the Director of Civil Aviation outlining the purpose of the works and services performed by the drone operator on behalf of the said business or organization. Send your letter to both the info@civiaviation.gov.bz and elizabeth.regaldo@civilaviation.gov.bz email addresses. You should include the following information in your letter: 

The business or organization that has requested the work. 

The date on which you arrived in Belize. 

The specific locations for the proposed flight(s). 

A completed Drone Application Form, which you can get by contacting info@civilaviation.gov.bz via email. 

If you wish to contact the BDCA directly before traveling with any questions, the following contact information is available: 

+501 225 2052 / info@civilaviation.gov.bz


Useful published information on flying drones in Belize

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Belize…

NOTE: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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