Drone Laws in Singapore

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Singapore

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

Updated July 21, 2022


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. You may fly your unmanned aircraft (UA) at night if you can maintain a visual line of sight with your UA at all times. You will need to ensure that there is enhanced lighting on your UA for greater visibility when flying at night.
  • 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 operating Commercial Drone Services 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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61 thoughts on “Drone Laws in Singapore”

  1. Hi,
    I have a business purpose for project monitoring (using the drone), what should I do for entering Singapore and use the drone for business purposes?
    1. drone registration
    2. permit

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    • You should follow the commercial activity requirements on this page. You will also need to contact the regulator for specific instructions on your project approval.

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  2. is it ok to unlock my DJI in the restricted zones just to get some photographs of my team playing in CCA. the drone will be hovering at less than 10m from the ground.

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  3. After I read the section “pilots must always maintain visual contact with their drones”, I wonder if FPV drone (or a normal drone with goggles) considered have visual contact all the time…

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    • Visual contact refers to being able to see the drone from your position, it does not refer to the control method. There may be specific restrictions on FPV operation. Please check with the regulator.

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  4. Hi, just to check if my compound is out of the no fly zone, can I fly my drone up to 50m building ?
    It is phantom 4, weighs 1380g.
    Are there any permit or requirements I need to comply?

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    • Your drone must be registered.
      Your building must be outside the no-fly zone.
      You can fly a maximum of 400 feet above land.

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  5. Hi

    Thanks for your good advice here. I have a question about drones less than 250g.

    Can they be used around Clarke Quay at a height of less than 5m? I am looking to do aerial shots of some of the statues in the area? It would not be above people etc but I am guessing that because the area is so close to Parliament house that it would be restricted space but does this apply to sub 250g drones?

    Thanks

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    • Ben our understanding is that restricted airspace do not exempt the nano drones from the restriction. We always recommend contacting the regulators for definitive answers.

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  6. It is not drone specific the regulation is referring to. It is for ALL UA (Unmanned Aerial) vehicles that are remotely operated. A home made paper airplane if it weighs more 250g need to be registered and paid for. However, you are not required to go for a one-time operator course (payable) if that paper airplane weighs less than 1,500g. The airspace restriction and airport proximity apply to your paper airplane during operation.

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  7. “The altitude of the small unmanned aircraft cannot be higher than 400 feet (120 meters) above ground level unless the small unmanned aircraft is (1) flown within a 400-foot radius of a structure, and (2) does not fly higher than 400 feet above the structure’s immediate uppermost limit.”
    Most of us early birds followed this FAA guideline until local laws stipulated a height limit of 60 meters (200 feet). This means if we fly at West Coast Park we risk having our drones being snared by kite lines since the legal height limit for kites in Singapore is – you guessed it – 60 meters. Now that some minister has graciously initiated a “dedicated drone park”, perhaps some enlightened civil servant will allow us to fly higher? Please?

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    • Robert, your link was about the USA regulations. In Singapore, the standard maximum altitude is 200ft or 60 meters as indicated above.

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  8. Hi, I note that you suggest that we check with CAAS regarding some queries – implying you are not final authority on such questions – who in CAAS should we write to? Thank you.

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    • Stephen, we are not the regulator, we are a team of volunteers that are trying to make it easier for drone operators to understand the regulations and contact the regulators. We always recommend getting in touch with the regulators for the latest information and definitive advice.

      If you follow the link at the top of the page to the regulator’s website, you will find their latest contact information. Best wishes

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  9. Thanks for your informative article.
    I note that you mention that ” Drones are permitted to be flown only during daylight hours. ” This is my understanding too, however I can’t seem to find any reference to this rule in CAAS’ Rules.
    Could you enlighten me, please?
    Many thanks

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    • Updated: You may fly your unmanned aircraft (UA) at night if you are able to maintain visual line of sight with your UA at all times. You will need to ensure that there is enhanced lighting on your UA for greater visibility when flying at night.

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  10. I want to bring in m drone from another country, drone weight more than 250g, I already bought the CAAS sticker but unable to register it, can I bring in the drone to Singapore?
    I have no plans to fly it in Singapore, just going to bring it to other country to fly.

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    • You should declare the drone on entry. They may allow you to take the drone, or offer to keep the drone at the port of entry for you to pick up on your way to the final destination.

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  11. Do I have to obtain an UA Pilot license for 450 gr drone if I’m not going to fly in restricted areas, and on height higher than 60m?

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  12. Hi, do I follow the one map app as the park I going to fly say it out of no fly zone. But on npark website, it say can’t fly. Can I trust the app? I am confused and don’t wish to involve any trouble.

    Thanks

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    • Parks have their own regulations that may not be reflected in online maps. Follow the park regulations.

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    • Dan, typically the drone regulations apply to outdoor drone use in public settings, and indoor use is generally left to property owners. In our opinion, in this case, flying your drone in your own home would probably be ok. For a legal opinion, you should probably contact your local law enforcement or an attorney.

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  13. Are there any regulations stating that it is required to equip drones above 250g with a GPS tracker issued by CAAS?

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    • We are not aware of any such regulation. Drone regulators have been debating this and it has been implemented in some areas, but we don’t see anything from CAAS yet. Please let us know if you have found any recent regulations.

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  14. Can i take my drone to Singapore without registering the drone. It is above 250 gram but i am not going to use it. I am going to Thailand and stay for 4 days in Singapore. Just want to make sure they do not take it at the airport because of the lack of registration.

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    • Declare it when you arrive and they will either keep it at the airport or let you keep it with specific instructions.

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  15. I have a plan to go to Singapore for view days for holiday and I plan to bring my drones Aerial drone and FPV drone they both less than 249 grams. What should I do coz I do not want to break any regulation.

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    • Drones under 250g don’t have to be registered. Follow the rules laid out above, and visit the regulator site linked above for more details.

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    • Download and Refer to OneMap app for fly zone. Refer to NParks website for park that flying zone is allowed.

      To my best knowledge.

      FPV if u are wearing the FPV goggles is a pretty grey area since at any one time u need to have VLOS ( or up to 400m) so generally u need a person with u to ensure VLOS while flying.

      Btw for class 1 activity permit, total weight exceeds 7kg u need the permit for education and not less than 7kg.

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  16. I have a drone less than 249g. Can fly within in a enclosed multipurpose hall Or any area that has shelter within the area.

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    • In enclosed areas, you should get permission from the owner/manager of that facility. You are not required to register drones under 250g.

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  17. Hi, if I’m flying a drone below 200ft and ≤250g on private property in Singapore (assuming the private property isn’t in a restricted airspace), do I still need a permit?

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  18. I bought new drone weight about 235 grams so register is not required. I already bought UA registration label at SiingPost.. can I keep for future drone if weight more than 250 grams. Thanks

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  19. Drones are not permitted to be flown within a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) radius of an airport.
    Does this applies to drones weighing less than 250grams.

    Thanks

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  20. What is the seller obligation during the sale of the drone? Does Seller requires to remind or request buyer to acknowledge the compliant of local laws as part of the sale process?

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    • Melvin
      There are no specific rules in Singapore requiring sellers to inform buyers of drone regulation compliance. There may be warnings included in the package provided by most manufacturers, but those are not specific to any location.
      In general, the regulators expect the buyers to be familiar with and compliant with the local drone regulations.

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