Costa Rica Drone Laws

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Costa Rican Drone Regulations include that a person shall not operate an unmanned aircraft under the following conditions:

  • In a restricted area, restricted (published in AIP Costa Rica), except with
    permit and the conditions set by the Administrator.
  • In the controlled airspace except with the permission and the conditions set by
    the DGAC.
  • Within a radius of 8 km around an aerodrome, except with the permission and
    conditions set by the Administrator. So that could be an obstacle to
    another aircraft approaching or leaving a trail or landing area of ​​an aerodrome.
  • No person may operate an unmanned aircraft close enough to another
    aircraft so that it can become a danger of collision.
  • Can not operate above 400 feet (120 m) above the ground in the
    uncontrolled airspace except with the permission and the conditions set by the
    DGAC.
  • Air activities can be performed with unmanned aircraft and one day
    visual meteorological conditions, making night flights is subject to the
    approval and conditions of the DGAC.
  • unmanned aircraft can only operate in areas outside agglomerations
    buildings in cities, towns or settlements, meeting people outdoors in
    uncontrolled areas.

Last Updated: July 2015