Drone Laws in Saint Lucia

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in Saint Lucia

Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MTCA)

UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Saint Lucia

The Saint Lucian agency responsible for drone safety, MTCA, 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 Saint Lucia?

According to MTCA, drones are allowed in Saint Lucia, subject to MTCA regulations. Read on for details.

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

  • Drone operators must obtain approval from the Civil Aviation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development, Urban Renewal, Housing, Transportation, and Civil Aviation before operating a drone in St. Lucia for any purpose. 
  • Drone operators visiting the island must declare their drone to Customs and state that they intend to bring it home with them. 
  • Drone operators are prohibited from flying within a three-mile radius of the George F. L. Charles International Airport in Castries and the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort; this area is referred to as a No Drone Zone 
  • Commercial operators who want to fly within a No Drone Zone must request permission; applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Flights outside of no-drone zones or within a three-mile radius of airports must contact the nearest airport’s air traffic control (ATC) tower and report their location and duration of the flight. 
  • Flights that depart from airports’ five-mile radius may contact the air traffic control (ATC) tower.

How to apply for authorization to fly a drone in Saint Lucia?

Applications should be made in writing and addressed to the:

Permanent Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation

First Floor, Finance Administrative Centre

Pointe Seraphine, Castries, SAINT LUCIA

Applications can be emailed to: cemmanuel@gosl.gov.lc and cc: eustace.cherry@govt.lc; denis.regis@govt.lc

The following information should be provided when making such an application:

  • The applicant’s name and contact information. 
  • If the pilot is not the applicant, the pilot’s name and contact information. 
  • The drone’s manufacturer, model, and serial number. 
  • The drone’s intended use; and 
  • The specific location where the drone will be used, the date/s, time/s, and duration of the operation/s.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Saint Lucia

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

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Saint Lucia

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

Useful published information on flying drones in Saint Lucia

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

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, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.

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