Sarah Nilsson JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah NilssonJD, PhD, MAS






Department of Civil Aviation


UAS Permits and operations

Drone Registration




UAV Rules:

CATEGORY 1: Used for hobby or other recreational use such as entertainment or sport. CATEGORY 2: Used for TV news, movie making etc

If you have a drone in Category 1 that weighs less than two kilos and you are 18 years or older, than you don’t need permission to fly from the Ministry of Transport.

  1. Before flight (a) Check that the drone and remote control is in a good condition to fly (b) You have permission from the owner of the land where you wish to fly (c) You have checked the environment and airspace of the location you are flying (d) You have an emergency plan in case of an accident
  2. During the flight (a) It is forbidden to fly in a way that may cause harm to the life, property and peace of others. (b) It is forbidden to fly in restricted zones as announced in “Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand” and also at government buildings and hospitals unless permission is given. (c) The take-off and landing must not be obstructed by anything (d) You must keep the drone in line-of-sight at all times and not rely on the monitor or other devices (e) You can only fly between sunrise and sunset when the drone can clearly be seen (f) It is forbidden to fly in or near clouds (g) It is forbidden to fly within nine kilometres of an airport or in the flight path unless you have permission from aircraft control. (h) It is forbidden to fly higher than ninety metres above the ground. (i) It is forbidden to fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered. (j) Do not fly near other aircraft that have pilots (k) Do not violate the privacy rights of others (l) Do not cause a nuisance to others (m) Do not mount anything dangerous or lasers on the drone (n) It is forbidden to fly closer than 30 meters to people, vehicles or buildings


If your drone is in Category 1 but weighs more than two kilos but less than 25 kilos, you must be at least twenty years of age, not a threat to national security and never been imprisoned.Drones in Category 2 have to be licensed and insured



Drones in the news

January 2015 - Unlicensed drone pilots in Thailand could spend a year in jail under new law 

February 2015 - Thailand is cracking down on drones

August 2015 - Quick look at drone law in Thailand

September 2015 - New laws for use of UAVs/drones in Thailand



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