Drone Laws in Macau

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Macau)

Macau Civil Aviation Authority (AACM)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Macau

The Macau agency responsible for drone safety, AACM, has provided a number of internet-accessible details on flying a drone for fun or for work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Macau?

According to AACM, drone use is allowed in Macau, subject to strict AACM regulations. Read on for more details.

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

If you comply with the following guidelines, you can fly your drone in Macao without a permit.

  • UAV weighs 7kg or less
  • UAV flies no higher than 30m above the ground surface
  • Flying takes place in the daytime
  • UAV does not carry dangerous substances or tow/discharge any objects
  • The operator is on-site, within 100m of the UAV, and keeps visual line of sight operation (VLSO) and direct control over it
  • UAV does not fly within 100m of a gathering of 100 persons or more
  • UAV does not pass within 1000m of any airport/landing location nor the aircraft flight path area
  • UAV does not fly within 50m of protected buildings

Whether authorization is required or not, the UAV must be labeled with the owner’s phone number and name in Chinese, Portuguese, or English

If you want to deviate from any of the above, you must request authorization of the AACM.

How can you apply for authorization to fly a drone in Macau?

Residents, tourists, or organizations can apply the following two methods:

Method 1: Register an account, log in and submit the application through the “Online application for unmanned aircraft activities” with link https://uav.aacm.gov.mo.

Personal Account User Manual
Organization Account User Manual

Method 2: Download and fill in the “Application Form for Unmanned Aircraft Activities” (Application / Reporting Session), and submit it to the Civil Aviation Authority by mail, fax, email, or in person.

Applicants should submit detailed information no less than ten working days in advance. No fee is charged. The evaluation and approval process takes no more than ten working days.

Penalties

Anyone who violates the existing rules must expect penalties of up to 23.200 euros (20,000 MOP).


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Macau

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Macau

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Useful published information on flying drones in Macau

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

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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