Drone Laws in Peru

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Peru

Peru’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Peru

The Peruvian agency responsible for drone safety, DGAC, 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 Peru?

According to DGAC, drones are allowed in Peru, subject to DGAC regulations. Read on for details.

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

  • Do not fly your drone beyond your line of sight.
  • Do not fly for more than one continuous hour.
  • Do not fly at night or in bad weather conditions without clear visibility.
  • Do not fly higher than 500 feet.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 30 meters (98 feet) horizontally and 20 meters (65 feet) vertically from any obstacle such as persons, objects, or buildings.
  • Do not fly over people or large crowds.
  • Do not fly within 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of airports.
  • Do not fly within 30 meters (98 feet) of any road infrastructure.
  • Do not fly at speeds faster than 160 kph (100 mph).
  • The drone cannot throw or drop and objects without specific authorization by the DGAC.

Registration Requirements for Flying a Drone in Peru

The drone operator will apply to the DGAC Certification and Authorization Directorate for a registration card on which they will record the equipment’s data. This document may be obtained in person at the MTC’s headquarters (Jr. Zorritos 1203, Cercado de Lima) or the sector’s regional Citizen Service Centers. This is a 48-hour procedure. 

Following submission of the application, if it is approved, you will be issued a registration card, which should be carried at all times.

Note for Foreign Operators

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

  • If you intend to fly commercially, you must obtain a certificate. This procedure is described below. 
  • When entering Peru, you must declare your UAV(s) and pay a VAT or tax based on the value of your drone on your customs form (usually about 18 percent).
  • You will receive a receipt that will enable you to claim back the VAT upon exiting the country.
  • A USD 250 fine may be imposed if you fail to declare your drone at customs.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Peru

You do not need a license to fly your drone recreationally in Peru if you avoid restricted or controlled airspace.

You must follow the following rules: 

  • always keeping your drone’s manual on hand and staying away from urban areas and crowds (you might be authorized if your drone weighs less than 6 kg and is equipped with a drone parachute). 
  • at a maximum altitude of 152 meters and always within visual range. 
  • only during daylight hours and in good weather. 
  • at a top speed of 161 kilometers per hour while retaining at least 20% of your battery’s charge during landing. 
  • a drone weighing less than 25 kilograms (if heavier than 2 kg, you must register it first). 
  • Thirty meters away from any structure or infrastructure, including roads, rails, and energy plants; 30 meters away from crowds or congested areas; and 30 meters away from urban areas. 
  • at least four kilometers from public airports and yield to all other types of aircraft. 
  • away from areas where its use could jeopardize the work of law enforcement or first responders. 
  • avoiding highly sensitive areas, such as government or military installations

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


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Peru

There are several steps involved, as you will need to register your drone and obtain an operator’s license to fly it in Peru.

Most of the process is time-consuming and manual, resulting in significant delays in getting all the paperwork required. 

The process requires sending an email/letter to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation.

If you’re flying a drone for recreational purposes and weigh less than 2 kg, you’re exempt from the registration requirement. 

If you are unsure, you can contact or email rpas-dgac@mtc.gob.pe directly. To complete the registration process, you will need the following documents: 

  • a duplicate of the company’s certificate of incorporation (if applicable) 
  • a copy of the manual for your drone and a photograph of the device (jpg only) 

Take note that the registration process will take approximately 30 days and there is a fee associated with it.

After completing the registration process, you will receive a registration card.

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


Useful published information on flying drones in Peru

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

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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