Drone Laws in the Dominican Republic

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics, or Instituto Dominicano de Aviación Civil  (IDAC)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic agency responsible for drone safety, IDAC, 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 the Dominican Republic?

According to IDAC, drones are allowed in the Dominican Republic, subject to IDAC regulations. Read on for more details.

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

In the Dominican Republic, drone operations are classified primarily by weight, not by the type of use.

As of April 2018, you will not need a permit if your drone weighs less than 4.4 pounds (two kilograms). 

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

  • Drones weighing more than 4.4 pounds must be registered and insured with the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC). 
  • Drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds are not required to be registered. 
  • You must not operate your drone in a manner that endangers people or property or violates privacy rights. 
  • Avoid flying your drone in inclement weather. The operator must maintain visual contact with the drone. 
  • Avoid changing operators of the drone while it is in flight. 
  • After sunset, do not operate the drone unless you get special authorization. You must illuminate the drone to be seen at a distance of at least one nautical mile. 
  • Never operate a drone carelessly. 
  • Within five nautical miles of any airport or airfield, do not operate drones. 
  • Operate only over dangerous or restricted areas with prior authorization from Air Traffic Control. 
  • Never operate more than one drone concurrently. 
  • Never operate a drone while impaired by drugs or alcohol. 
  • Avoid launching objects from drones. 
  • Avoid flying drones over areas where firefighters are operating. 
  • Drones weighing more than 4.4 pounds may not be operated more than 1,650 feet away from the operator or 400 feet vertically. Drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds are not permitted to fly more than 1500 feet away or 400 feet vertically. 
  • Drones weighing more than 4.4 pounds cannot fly faster than 87 knots (100 mph), and drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds cannot fly faster than 30 knots (34 mph). 
  • Drones may not be operated from a vehicle, except for a watercraft.

Notes For Foreign Operators 

We recommend you obtain permission from IDAC before entering the country, as the airport’s customs department frequently holds this type of item to charge duty taxes. Getting a letter of permission in advance of your arrival will facilitate your entry into the Dominican Republic. 

Allow some time for the application process, as it can take up to 25 business days to complete.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in The Dominican Republic

See general notes above.


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in The Dominican Republic

See general notes above.


Useful published information on flying drones in The Dominican Republic

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

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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