Drones in Thailand 2019

This is an informational video explaining what you need to do to legally use a drone in Thailand in 2019.
If you’re coming on holiday to Thailand or for any other reason and wish to bring along a drone/drones to capture the stunning scenery it would be advisable that you understand the laws regarding drones, as the penalties for breaking the law with a drone/drones can be very harsh with fines up to 100,000 Thai baht or a prison sentence from 1 – 5 years or both depending on the circumstances it pays to know your responsibilities as accidents can happen and electronic devices can and often do go wrong which could leave you in a mess over here in Thailand.

As far as I’m aware the information given in this video is correct as of the 20th May 2019 however i would always recommend you double-check any information give out is still valid at the time of your visit as laws can be changed without warning.

Drone registration and insurance can be done via this company :
Dronethaiinsurance: https://www.dronethaiinsurance.com/

Registering online: https://www.caat.or.th/uav/

You may also need to register your drone with the NBTC of Thailand this is depending on the weight of the drone.

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42 Comments

  1. Benjamin Jinn on April 16, 2021 at 1:14 am

    What if my drone doesn’t have a serial number? It’s a homebuilt FPV drone. Thanks

  2. ElDukeAy on April 16, 2021 at 1:17 am

    It’s pretty obvious they don’t want you to fly drones, with all the bullshit they make you go through. Dunno what their hard-on is in opposing it, but it’s best to just consider Thailand a no-fly zone. Fuck spending all that money just to have your nuts in a vice on where, when, and how you can fly.

  3. Fraser McDonald on April 16, 2021 at 1:17 am

    I’m currently getting my drone shipped to Thailand from the UK and I just got a phone call from UPS stating that my drone will be kept in Bangkok with Thai Customs until I register the drone (I’m in Phuket). But how can I register it without the drone… so annoying mate haha!

    Contacted the lady you spoke about so hoping she can help me out with this.

  4. Roberto Bazzanella on April 16, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Hey ciao Tony. I would like to ask to u some help for bring my DRONE in Thailand. I am traveling in thai from many years.. but this time i want to bring my DRONE so i really would like to find the good way to do it.

  5. Fling - Urban Drone Solutions on April 16, 2021 at 1:18 am

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  6. Jake S Thompson on April 16, 2021 at 1:19 am

    Well that’s a pain in the ass

  7. Mark Rotherham on April 16, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Hello Tony. I just recently bought a Mavic Mini. Is your Lawyer friend still extending the offer of assisting with registration/insurance etc without her fee. Cheers

  8. Rafik Jabbour on April 16, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Thank you Tony for the descriptive video. I’m traveling to Thailand, Koh Samui next Friday (in 7 days)

    Will I be able to get my Mavic Air registered within this time? Or do you think it’s impossible to do so?

  9. Pierre Pocs on April 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Where in Thailand are you located. Can i hire you for some aerial clips in Ban Peh Rayong in start of november 2019? 3-15 nov. My own drone stays in Sweden 😊

  10. szarikson on April 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Hi,

    I’m going to Thailand in November. I completed the application in caat. I have purchased the required DJI SPARK drone insurance. At this point I am waiting for an answer. I have heard that before sending documents online to caat I need a visa in my passport. Is it true ? I get a visa for 30 days at the airport.

  11. Silver Fox on April 16, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Tony,
    You provide great info and I thank you for it.
    I have emailed the lawyer for assistance but have had no reply and I can’t get the website to load. Tried 2 different computers just in case that was the issue but to no avail..
    I note your info on the lawyer is possibly over a year old and wonder if they are still assisting Drone registrations etc as I would like someone to handle it all for me.
    Thanks again.

  12. Don Pattanapong Thongsomboon on April 16, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Hello, can I bring my drone through Thailand without paper? I have no plan of using my drone in Thailand. Is that okej or will my drone be taken away from me at the airport if I dont have any paper. I am going visit Bali after Thailand

  13. Lucas Bueno on April 16, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I am going to Thailand in 35 days and i dont have the enought time to do this. If i Go to the ntbc adress or police station, can i Get the authorization?

  14. Booly FPV on April 16, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Within a month i go yo thailand and i want to bring my FPV drone. I can not registrate it because i have build it my own and there is no registration of product number on it. I have got a camera in front of it where i can look trough with my FPV goggles. And i can put a hd gopro camera in front of it for filming. My drone dont work on wifi such as dji drone mine flys on a 900mhz link. Can i bring it with me or do you say dont even try it because they are going to take it in costudy?

  15. Paul 509 on April 16, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hi Tony,thankyou very interesting this,will help guide some tourists to take aerial photos or videos safely,knowing that they are complying and, following the proper proceedures set by Thai law.
    Look forward to your next video Tony,all the best to you and your family.
    Sawadee kap Kop Ku Kap….👍👍

  16. Our Thai Journey on April 16, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hi Tony, I think this is where they got their info about going to the police from. https://drone-traveller.com/drone-laws-thailand/ I am in the process of registering my drone and only have the NBCT step left to do. Mavic Pro Platinum. Any changes to regulations to your knowledge, and do you know of any no fly zone maps. Near airports, Military etc are obvious, but there is so much airtraffic here in Thailand even though we dont fly high.

  17. Piyush Pinjani on April 16, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Thankyou tony for your help 👍

  18. Siamect on April 16, 2021 at 1:37 am

    I just renewed my registration because it expires after two years. CAAT do not charge anything for online registration. You also need to register at nbtc and that registration doesn’t expire as far as it was stated two years ago. NBTC didn’t have any online procedure two years ago.
    The are contradictory info if you look at the actual regulation and the graphical info sheet both available as PDF on CAAT home page. I assume that any incident will be easier deal with if registrations are done and insurance is paid so that’s what I did.
    I have been flying almost daily for 4-5 years, sometimes standing two meters from police officers and there has never been any questions asked and no check what so ever. But I guess it is just a matter of time before someone wants to see the registration.

  19. Jaume Gonzalez Sauret on April 16, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Hi there! I’m flying to Thailand on the 4th september (in a month), and I am now filling in the 3 papers that I am supposed to send back to them but I’m wondering what can I do to accelerate the process… and on the other hand, I am only planning to use the drone in a very small island (Koh Lipe) and always respecting the rules and not flying close to people etc… do you think It’s still worth it to try and bring the drone to Thailand even if they haven’t answered me once I’m there? In case they confiscate the drone at the customs, do they give it back to you when you leave the country? I was in Morocco a month ago, they confiscated it when we first arrived but they gave it to me the last day before getting the flight to get back home (after paying 20 bucks). Thanksss

  20. Mr Esterhouse on April 16, 2021 at 1:39 am

    On the CAAT website https://uav.caat.or.th/faq_en.php it says if the drone is under 2kg there is no need to register, so either the laws have been updated since you made the video or you missed this little point.

  21. Emmanuel George on April 16, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I’ve been to Thailand in May 2019. Traveled with my mavic pro, no questions asked about the drone, they didn’t even ask me to take it out, it’s as if I didn’t have one.. no issues. I just wasn’t reckless with flying it

  22. Shehree Paw on April 16, 2021 at 1:41 am

    I have mavic mini do i have register it too? Because i plan to visit too. I can’t register Mavic MINI in US

  23. Paul Clare on April 16, 2021 at 1:42 am

    any idea how much does caat charge registration?

  24. PTK Styles on April 16, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Thanks for the straight forward information. Hopefully, I can get my paperwork ready before September when I go visit! Thanks!

  25. ttasd1 on April 16, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that. I was planning to buy a drone for my next Thailand trip. When I buy a drone in Thailand can the shop/seller take care of all the paper work?

  26. Gary Ezard on April 16, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Very informative tony 👍

  27. Travelstagram on April 16, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Amazing video!! Thank you for sharing it ✈️

  28. Bobby W on April 16, 2021 at 1:51 am

    How much is a permit? Thank you

  29. Filmbase Bangkok on April 16, 2021 at 1:54 am

    We have been offering Commercial Drone services in Thailand since 2015. Tony’s video above is a very valuable resource. You can find more resources at our website such as restricted areas and drone regulations throughout Asia including Thailand and much more. Remember also that if you are making a commercial video you also need a work permit and filming permits.

  30. Wayne Carter on April 16, 2021 at 1:58 am

    Thanks Tony but which company cannot find link.

  31. Mikael Stålnacke on April 16, 2021 at 1:59 am

    dont belive this….only to get money…international rules is enough..fly with your brain and learn the International rules… using your drone for personal use and not business use is big difference…

  32. Jason Tietnan on April 16, 2021 at 2:00 am

    You could smell the b.s possibly 🙂

  33. Broomerang TV on April 16, 2021 at 2:02 am

    The serial number part could be tricky cause several people make their own drones specifically for FPV drones.

  34. swapnil sapkale on April 16, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Channel name brayns Thailand

  35. Vukasin Rankovic on April 16, 2021 at 2:04 am

    I am too late to register drone but I will have to bring it with me as I am visiting other contries before where I can fly it. Will I have any trouble getting the drone into the country if I say I have no intention of flying it?

  36. Behzad Bhandari on April 16, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Hi.. I’m going to Bangkok.. Phi phi islands.. Etc.. I have heard the mavic mini is a nano Drone.. That can be flown without a permission or license. Plz clarify.

  37. Khawaja Ameer Hamza on April 16, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Rules are rules, and they are to be followed. Thanks for clearing it out. I m leaving for Thailand in few days and I guess I m gonna leave my drone at home this time.

  38. martin savage on April 16, 2021 at 2:11 am

    If you live in Thailand you know what the police who issued the “permit” were up to.

  39. swapnil sapkale on April 16, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Hello sir , I am from India, next month I am going to Thailand, can I purchase dji from there local dji shop and fly? They provide all insurance and Caat certificates with drone to customer, I saw on YouTube pattaya dji shop video , is it true??

  40. Ragnarok8 on April 16, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Thank you. You have saved me lots of problems. How does it work if you buy a drone in thailand and want to bring it home. I am thinking of getting a dji mini in thailand.

  41. khalifa al on April 16, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I would recommend this app which show you the restricted areas anywhere in the world

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  42. Mark Donoghue on April 16, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Hi Tony. Great video. I spend the winters in Thailand and the summer in the UK. Can you recommend an insurance company I can use in Thailand for the drone?

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