Drone Laws in Trinidad and Tobago

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago agency responsible for drone safety, TTCAA, has provided several details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details, go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Trinidad and Tobago?

According to TTCAA, drones are allowed in Trinidad and Tobago, subject to TTCAA regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Trinidad and Tobago:

In Trinidad and Tobago, drones are divided into five categories:

  • Category 1 UA: maximum take-off weight up to 750 grams.
  • Category 2 UA: take-off weight of more than 750 grams and less than 20 kilograms and a maximum speed of 40 m / s.
  • Category 3 UA: take-off weight of more than 750 grams and less than 20 kilograms and a speed of more than 40 m / s.
  • Category 4 UA: From a weight of 20 kilograms and less than 100 kilograms.
  • Category 5 UA: All other unmanned aerial vehicles that do not fall into the four categories above.

Regardless of their weight or purpose, all drones must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA). The only exception is if you are recreationally flying a category 1 UA multi-copter.

  • The CAA requires that all drones weighing 750 grams (1.6 pounds) or more be registered. 
  • All drone operations require a license, and the type of license needed varies according to the weight of the drone and whether the operation is recreational or commercial. 
  • Except for drones weighing less than 750 grams, drones may not be flown more than 120 meters (400 feet) above the ground (1.6 pounds). In addition, drones weighing less than 750 grams (1.6 pounds) are not permitted to fly higher than 30 meters (100 feet). 
  • While flying, drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drones.
  • Drones used for commercial purposes must be insured against liability. 
  • Without their permission, drones may not be flown over people. 
  • Drones are not permitted to be flown in No-Fly Zones.
  • The maximum altitude for Category 1 drones is 30 meters (100 feet). The copter may climb to a maximum height of 120 feet in all other categories (400 feet). 

Registration requirements for drone flying in Trinidad and Tobago?

For registrations or inquiries please contact the TTCAA at email: drones@caa.gov.tt.

Regardless of their weight or purpose, all drones must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA). The only exception is if you are recreationally flying a category 1 UA multi-copter. 

Otherwise, complete the registration forms and submit them along with a processing fee. You will then receive a Certificate of Registration, which you should always carry with you while flying your drone. 

The current law recognizes foreign registrations. 

Along with registration, you must apply for an operator’s license, which must fall under one of the categories listed above. 

Private users are exempt from this requirement only if they fly in a registered drone club, under the supervision of a qualified pilot, or on privately owned land with the owner’s permission. 


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Trinidad and Tobago

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


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Trinidad and Tobago

Commercial operators are required to hold an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate to conduct business. This certificate may be issued beginning at the age of 18. 

The Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate is only available to residents of Trinidad and Tobago.

Only commercial drone pilots are required to have liability insurance for drones in Trinidad and Tobago.

See general rules above


Useful published information on flying drones in Trinidad and Tobago

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

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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