There is a lot of information out there about drones in Thailand and how to get them registered with the NBTC and CAAT. I thought I’d list out what needs to be done. While I’ve been through this process twice now, I’ve used a 3rd party to do the work. More for the ease of it all than anything.
The service I used was from Drone Thai Insure. They set up the insurance and registered the drone with the NBTC and CAAT. If you don’t want to go through the process yourself, give these guys a look!
While drone insurance doesn’t need to be from a Thai company. You do need to make sure that it covers third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1 million baht when looking for drone insurance. If you already have worldwide drone insurance, please check and make sure this does indeed cover third-party liability insurance for Thailand. As when looking I found not all worldwide drone insurance covered this.
You will need your insurance documents before you can register with the CAAT.
Register With CAAT
Registration with the CAAT can be done online, but the site is all in Thai. You will need:
Copy of your passport
Clear photos of your drone, including the serial number
You will need to register in person at the NBTC office. This can be done at any NBTC office, police station or the Civil Aviation Training Centre.
You will need:
A signed copy of your passport
Photographs of your drone and its serial number
Two copies of your registration
It is worth asking the CAAT if they have taken care of this for you. The first time I contacted the CAAT they sent my info over to the NBTC for me.
Drone rules and laws in Thailand
Below is a list of general rules and laws to follow while in Thailand. As with any laws please check these before you fly as they can change.
You must be a minimum of 20 years old to fly a drone in Thailand
Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
You must have drone insurance
Do not fly within 30 meters of people or buildings not associated with the operation of the drone
Do not fly your drone higher than 90 meters (300 feet)
Respect others privacy when flying your drone
Do not fly your drone within 9km (5 miles) of airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
Current regulations only prohibit drones from flying over military installations, palaces, and parks in Bangkok
Do not fly your drone past visual line of sight
Conclusion – Drones in Thailand
Well, there you have it, a little insight into drones in Thailand and what’s needed. As with any laws and rules please check for any updates as these may change over time. This is just a collection of information that I’ve used to get my drones registered in Thailand.
I’ve not yet come across travel insurance that covers the use of drones in Thailand or any other country for that matter. If you know of any, leave a comment below to let us all know!
Below are some videos from YouTubers that I follow that have some really helpful information on drones in Thailand.