Drone Laws in Uruguay

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay

National Directorate of Civil Aviation and Aeronautical Infrastructure of Uruguay (DINACIA)


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Uruguay

The Uruguay agency responsible for drone safety, DINACIA, 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 Uruguay?

According to DINACIA, drones are allowed in Uruguay, subject to DINACIA regulations. Read on for more details.

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

In Uruguay, drones are divided into three distinct categories: 

  • Menores (Small, up to 25 kg total weight)
  • Medianos (Medium, 25 kg – 260 kg)
  • Mayores (Large, over 260 kg). 

Private drone users do not have to register in the Menores weight class.

  • DINACIA does not require the registration of drones weighing less than 25 kilograms (55 pounds). 
  • Allow your drone to fly within your line of sight. 
  • Avoid flying your drone over densely populated areas (cities, towns, or isolated neighborhoods) or densely populated areas. 
  • Never fly your drone above 120 meters (400 feet). 
  • Avoid flying in or near airport or aerodrome traffic zones. 
  • Avoid flying in restricted or prohibited areas. 
  • To fly commercially, you must be insured for civil liability or aeronautical risks. 
  • All commercial drone operations require a permit. 
  • Throughout the flight, it is critical to maintain eye contact with the aircraft.

Registration and Permit Requirements for Flying a Drone in Uruguay

Registration

Drones weighing 25 kilograms (55 pounds) or more must be registered. Register your drone on the DINACIA Drone Registration website.

Permit

A permit is required for all commercial drone operations. The process includes:

  • Online registration
  • A theoretical exam
  • A practical exam

Permits for commercial drone operations are reserved for Uruguayan-owned companies that are DINACIA-registered. 

However, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation may temporarily authorize foreign companies’ operations on national territory.

Visit this page on the DINACIA website to learn more about obtaining a permit for commercial drone operations in Uruguay.


Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Uruguay

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


Notes for Commercial Drone Services operations in Uruguay

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


Useful published information on flying drones in Uruguay

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

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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