Drone Laws in Singapore

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Singapore

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Singapore

The Singapore agency responsible for drone safety, CAAS, 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 Singapore?

According to the CAAS, flying drones is legal in Singapore, but certain regulations must be strictly followed. Read on for more details.

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

All drones weighing more than 250 grams must be registered in Singapore. 

Recreational pilots operating drones weighing between 1.5 and 7 kilograms must complete UA Basic Training. 

A permit is not required to fly a drone that weighs less than 7 kilograms (15 pounds) and is flown at a height of less than 200 feet. 

A permit is required if the drone weighs more than 7 kilograms (15 pounds) or is flown above 60 meters (200 feet).

  • Drones are not permitted to fly over people or crowds. 
  • Drones must avoid interfering with emergency response personnel or flying over vehicles where their presence could distract the driver. 
  • Drones are not permitted to be flown within a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) radius of an airport. 
  • Drones are permitted to be flown only during daylight hours. 
  • Drone pilots must always maintain visual contact with their drones.

Drone Registration Requirements in Singapore?

Only individuals aged 16 and older are eligible to register drones. 

Two steps are required for registration: 

Singapore requires drone pilots to obtain a permit to fly in any of the following circumstances: 

  • Flights greater than 200 feet 
  • Aeronautical flights in restricted airspace 
  • For all business-related flights (i.e., commercial flights)

Additional Note For Foreign Operators

You can order the registration label online, but it cannot be shipped to international addresses. 

If you do not have a Singapore address, you can purchase the label at a selected SingPost branch. Bring the completed application form (docx file), your passport, and a photocopy of your passport. 

Each label is $15. Anyone who is not a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident may order only one label and will be required to apply for additional labels. 

As a tourist, you must create a UAPass Account through the online portal to register, as you will most likely lack a SingPass or CorpPass. This account will be activated within three to five business days. It is therefore recommended that you open the account before you visit Singapore.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Singapore

Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.

If the total weight of your UA exceeds 1.5kg but weighs less than or equal to 7kg, you will need to obtain a UA Basic Training Certificate or a UA Pilot License.

If the total weight of your UA exceeds 7kg, you will require a UA Pilot License.

If the total weight of your UA does not exceed 25kg, you will need a Class 2 Activity Permit if you are flying your UA outdoors:

i. above 200 feet above mean sea level; or

ii. within any restricted/danger/protected area; or

iii. within 5km of any airport or military airbase.

If the total weight of your UA exceeds 25kg, in addition to registering your UA and holding a UA Pilot License, you will also need both an Operator Permit and a Class Activity Permit regardless of the location and height at which you fly your UA.

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


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Singapore

Register your UA if the total weight exceeds 250g.

Permits for activities are classified into two categories: 

Class 1: Commercial use of a drone, private use of a drone weighing more than 25 kg, and educational use of a drone weighing less than 7 kg. 

Class 2: Flying a drone (less than 7 kilograms) for private or educational purposes above the height limit or near airports or other prohibited areas. 

Regardless of the weight of your UA, the location, and the height at which you fly your UA, you will need a UA Pilot License, Operator Permit, and Class Activity Permit.

Commercial pilot permits require a fee of at least 600 Singapore dollars (around 400 euros). Allow approximately two weeks for processing.

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


Useful published information on flying drones in Singapore

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

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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