In the present days, you can use flying drones to take aerial pictures and videos in the Kingdom of Thailand; but before that, you would need to officially register the drones with an authority first. If you are a beginner to this and want to operate drones, but also don’t know exactly what to do first, then some research is imperative. So today, we are taking this opportunity to share more details with you about the registration of unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) in this article.    

The types of drones you need to register for

In most cases, drones are required by law to be registered before their employment. Currently, there are two authorities in Thailand which are in charge of drone registration: the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). And there are two main registrations of drones: 

  • The owner of all types of drones must first register their drones with the NBTC.  
  • For drones with the following specifications, they must also be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT):
    • Drones which weigh more than 2 kilograms but not more than 25 kilograms must in all cases be registered with the CAAT. Registration is not needed for drones weighing less than 2 kilograms. 
    • Drones which weigh more than 25 kilograms must in all cases be registered with the CAAT, and must obtain the permission of use by the minister of the Ministry of Transportation.
    • Drones which have been installed with a camera for photography and recording purposes must in all cases be registered with the CAAT.  

What documents will I need for registering a drone?

When registering for your drones, there are some documents you need to prepare for completing your registration process smoothly: 

  • A third-party insurance, with the insurance limit of not less than 1 million Thai Baht
  • The owner’s verification document, which is downloadable from the CAAT’s website: https://uav.caat.or.th/
  • A copy of your ID card or passport
  • A copy of your residence registration
  • A photograph of the serial number of the drone

Once you have prepared all required documents, you can directly register online with the NBTC without having to travel to their physical office. 

Things you should know before using a drone to take aerial pictures

For beginners, some might think they can fly their drones anywhere and anytime they would like—it’s not the case. There are certain rules applied to flying drones which you are required to follow strictly. For the person operating a drone, they:

  • Must not fly it at the height of over 90 meters above the ground 
  • Must not fly it within the 19 meters radius of the Victory Monument to the Royal Residence areas. 
  • Must not fly it over any governmental establishments, such as in governmental offices and hospitals, unless otherwise permitted.
  • Must not fly it over towns, communities, villages, or in crowded spaces. 
  • Must not fly it close to or through the clouds, and they must fly from the time of sunrise to sunset where there is clear visibility of the drone.
  • Must not invade or disturb others’ rights, privacy, or cause inconveniences or annoyance unto others while flying the drone. 

These are the must-know details about the use of drones for aerial photography and recording purposes in Thailand—before you go on and begin your journey! It is best to strictly follow these rules and regulations in order to avoid any future hassles relating to the use of your drones. 

If you are needing help with a registration of any sort within the Kingdom of Thailand, or need someone to streamline the complicated document processes for you, then reach out to us at Actio! With our helpful experts, Actio offers a start-to-finish supporting service for every possible kind of registration here in Thailand. Learn more about our services at: Legal Consultancy