Drones Illegal in Philippines | How to avoid Airport Confiscation

Drones Illegal in Philippines | How to avoid Airport Confiscation

Is it illegal to fly a drone in the Philippines? Are drones illegal in the Philippines? Yes, if you don’t have written permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). These are the drone laws in the Philippines.

I contacted the CAAP before I went to the Philippines to request permission to fly my drone also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It will take about 1-2 weeks to get permission from the CAAP so you may need to plan ahead before you leave for your trip.

The CAAP also noted that Airport customs may confiscate your drone if you don’t have written permission from the CAAP to fly the drone in the Philippines. Furthermore, the Airport Customs may charge you an import tax of 100,000 PHP (about 2000 USD). This is video shows you what you need to know bring your drone to the Philippines. I hope this video helps. If you liked the video, please hit that like button and if you want to see other videos, consider subscribing. Hope to see you again.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
– http://www.caap.gov.ph/
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Update: Aug 14 2017 – I received an email from the CAAP today. They’ve changed their policy since the making of this video a few months ago and I wanted to share the good news with you guys.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Greetings from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines!

Please be informed that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and this Authority had a discussion regarding the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or commonly known as drones, to the Philippines.

During the discussion, both government agencies agreed that AUTHORIZATION for the importation of drones to the Philippines is no longer required. However, all RPAS owners and/or operators, whether engaged in commercial or non-commercial operations shall strictly adhere to the provisions stipulated in Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations Part 11; 11.11. (Electronic copy of PCAR Part 11 is attached)

Moreover, this Authority has also requested the BOC to advise all customs personnel in NAIA Terminals and other concerned offices not to require drone importers to secure an import clearance/permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Should you require further inquiries, you may call the Flight Operations Department of the Flight Standards Inspectorate Service at Tel.: (+63) (02) 944-2172.​

Wilhelmino E. Guevara, Jr.
Assistant Aviation Safety Inspector
FOD-FSIS, CAAP
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CAAP UAV Memorandum (latest one I could find on their website – but I did receive a later version from 2015)
– http://www.caap.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/send/115-2014/443-mc-35-14-amendment-to-pcar-part-4-11unmanned-aerial-vehicle-uav

For drone inquiries and requests, please contact:
– flightoperations@caap.gov.ph
– weguevarrajr@caap.gov.ph

If you don’t get a response from the above emails you can also try:
odg@caap.gov.ph
els@caap.gov.ph
rsd@caap.gov.ph

For a copy of my request template:
https://www.tokyozebra.com/blog/drones-illegal-in-philippines

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50 Comments

  1. Leo Fajardo on October 11, 2021 at 8:22 am

    You’re lucky, you got to fly it in bora. I think it is not allowed anymore due to the close proximity of the airport.

  2. Andrea D'Altoè on October 11, 2021 at 8:25 am

    with mavic mini no problems!! πŸ™‚ https://youtu.be/Hgi-wyujxQ4

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  5. 9328808 on October 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

    if you do read this thing that i have posted you should have put a video on what to watch out and what you bring to Japan a guide on what is allowed and what is not in immigration that has not been done there is only one but still not enough need more information about that. Example I know that porn is not allowed so what else is not allowed.

  6. assorted vlogs on October 11, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Hi I hope can I mate u sone

  7. fernandez shaw on October 11, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Do scanners not pick up drone images when going through customs? I have a DJI mini which is very small. I wonder can that be detected? Did you just have your drone in a regular bag? Thanks for the video.

  8. SylkaChan on October 11, 2021 at 8:35 am

    This is weird.

  9. PNOYPWR on October 11, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I just came back from Philippines on vacation from January and February 2019 with my DJI Mavic Pro. Yes, they did not check my baggage coming in. Going out of the country, the X-ray operator ask me if that’s a drone inside. I told him "Yes" and just told me, Ok and let me take my baggage straight to the check in.

  10. MrBon on October 11, 2021 at 8:36 am

    BINIGYAN MO LANG NG IDEA YUNG GOVERNMENT ONNGOY……!

  11. ANGUS JOHNSON on October 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    hello i plan to go to the Philippines in sept.and i want to fly my mavic air 2 as i want to get into youtub and show all the people in Canada how beautiful it is there

  12. ML LoyalGaming on October 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    What email did you message

  13. Ger 13 NunYah on October 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Nice

  14. Little Drone in the Sky on October 11, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I can’t wait to fly my drone in the Philippines.

  15. NJ Dimla on October 11, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Do you have rules and regulations about bringing drones to japan and flying? for the new mavic mini users.

  16. JOHN HEWITT on October 11, 2021 at 8:43 am

    This video is not good anymore, check the new rules. Rules that more than 15 pounds need to be registered.

  17. Rogelio Raguindin on October 11, 2021 at 8:43 am

    What’s the email of caap to send the request

  18. reversecourse on October 11, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Dude, you’re a pussy. You went through all that trouble for nothing. Asking for permission from the government?? It’s a drone, dude. Nothing special.

  19. reyzuna on October 11, 2021 at 8:46 am

    today most areas that prohibit you from flying your drones here in Philippines are, near Airport or plane zones, near buildings and crowded people but sometimes you can if you have authority or permit, inside exclusive areas, near military barracks and other places that have private or security surveillance. Spots or areas where you can fly your drones are, inside a yard, some certain area with securities sometimes let you fly drone like inside the cemetery but sometimes they tell you that it’s not Ok even without a reason, your own home balcony. But if you’re on a mountain, beach resorts 100% they let you play with you drone

  20. Cain Marco on October 11, 2021 at 8:48 am

    i never knew that using drones are regulated here in the Philippines. i don’t own one but i always wonder why i seldom see them flying when it’s the rage these days. i know at least two people who own these damn expensive drones. LOL.

  21. δ»Šζ‘ζ΅η† on October 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

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  22. emmjhey alagao on October 11, 2021 at 8:52 am

    i am traveling with my dji spark, tello, parrot bebop 1, and some small toy drone, the the spark and parrot bebop1 is on hard case it is okey?

  23. Babis Kotrokois on October 11, 2021 at 8:53 am

    in 10 days i fly to Philippines….i can bring my drone dji mavic mini.??

  24. ai4k Website Design To Start Your Business on October 11, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Change the title of video

  25. Paolo fromTOKYO on October 11, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Update: Aug 14 2017 – I received an email from the CAAP today. They’ve changed their policy since the making of this video a few months ago and I wanted to share the good news with you guys.

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    Greetings from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines!

    Please be informed that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and this Authority had a discussion regarding the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or commonly known as drones, to the Philippines.

    During the discussion, both government agencies agreed that AUTHORIZATION for the importation of drones to the Philippines is no longer required. However, all RPAS owners and/or operators, whether engaged in commercial or non-commercial operations shall strictly adhere to the provisions stipulated in Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations Part 11; 11.11. (Electronic copy of PCAR Part 11 is attached)

    Moreover, this Authority has also requested the BOC to advise all customs personnel in NAIA Terminals and other concerned offices not to require drone importers to secure an import clearance/permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

    Should you require further inquiries, you may call the Flight Operations Department of the Flight Standards Inspectorate Service at Tel.: (+63) (02) 944-2172.​

    Wilhelmino E. Guevara, Jr.
    Assistant Aviation Safety Inspector
    FOD-FSIS, CAAP

  26. NJ Dimla on October 11, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Question.. if im from the philippines. Do i need gov’t permission to fly or just the local people who live in the area. Do i need an app like airmap in the philippines to fly it in open airspace?

  27. John Michael Umbac on October 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

    What if for entertaiment toy drone is it okay no licensed

  28. JsieDUnGzXk TV on October 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Nice drOne

  29. KENNEDY'S LIFE on October 11, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Correct matched!😊

  30. motorist cake on October 11, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Panu magapply permission

  31. Jeremy Cruz on October 11, 2021 at 9:01 am

    i brought my mavic air (handcarry) in hong kong and back with no problems.

  32. John Maduro on October 11, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Hi sir pao can u show me ur example letter that will send to the caap, please heres my email cholomangubat288@gmail.com, I’m planning to flew my drone at the boracay please thankyou

  33. QZX_VibesPlayz on October 11, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Where i can buy these drone please

  34. NO CAP on October 11, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Wait what, so You’re a Filipino?

  35. ASL 1978 on October 11, 2021 at 9:06 am
  36. jsarahina on October 11, 2021 at 9:07 am

    This is misleading. I own a DJI drone since 2016 and I was able to travel anywhere even without me having a license.

  37. Mayk Time on October 11, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Thank you sir Paolo for this video and advice. Sa wakas no worries to buy a drone at pwede kong i-uwi ng Pinas.

  38. FLYING DRONES PRODUCTION on October 11, 2021 at 9:08 am

    A lot of information in bringing your drone and fly it the legal way in the Philippines.

  39. Essex Dela Paz on October 11, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Hey paolo, i live at the edge of runway 13 here in manila & ive been flying my drone for almost a year now without any issues.

  40. Victor Caguing on October 11, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Bruh when i go to a wedding in phillipines they used drones

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  42. Richard Par on October 11, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Its is not illegal the caap says if your drone is up to 7 kilos you will need to register your drone to the caap

  43. tonijr santos on October 11, 2021 at 9:12 am

    thanks for sharing hope i can bring my drone when i come back in Phils, this year ..

  44. baxter dequito on October 11, 2021 at 9:13 am

    u can fly your drone anywhere in the Philippines… the authorities here are not really so fussy with respect to drone restrictions unlike in the US and Europe…

  45. Russell Pelobello on October 11, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Anybody know about drone law in Mexico? I’m going for a vacation in two week, Aug. 1 to 5 this year 2019.

  46. Child Star on October 11, 2021 at 9:14 am

    y do u sound like u have phlegm in ur throat?

  47. RANDOMLYvi on October 11, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Man I saw your videos only because of your wife is it legal? Or illegal?

  48. RoyalLoveFall on October 11, 2021 at 9:15 am

    where is tihs place? somewhere in boracay?

  49. SolisOutdoors on October 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

    It’s forbidden to fly a drone anywhere in Boracay, as it is within the Caticlan Airport’s Airspace. Boracay is 4-9km inside Caticlac Airport Dome airspace.

  50. Japong's Hero Studio on October 11, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Im here in Japan and using mavic air

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