Drone regulation in Chile

In Chile, you are only allowed to operate a multicopter without registration if you just fly in uninhabited areas. Otherwise, you will need to register your drone with the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). When registering, the following information must be provided:

  • Manufacturer of the copter and production country
  • Brand, model, and serial number
  • Number of rotors
  • The maximum takeoff weight
  • Details of the technical equipment (e.g., camera)
  • Autonomous flight functions
  • Colored photo of the copter in the image size 10 x 15 cm in jpg format

After registration, you will receive a registration card, which you should always carry with you in Chile. The registration is valid for 12 months and must be renewed afterward.

Maximum Altitude: In Chile, your drone must not ascend above 120 feet (400 feet) above ground.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: The use of multicopters in Chile is only possible within sight.

Compulsory insurance: In Chile, you are obliged to have drone insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Up to a take-off weight of 750 grams is not required for private purposes registration with the DGAC, as long as you do not fly in the public / endanger anyone and not higher than all obstacles within a radius of 50 meters.

Distance to airports: Your drone should not approach an airport closer than 2 kilometers in flight.

Other safety distances: Unaffected persons must always be at a vertical distance of 20 meters and a horizontal distance of 30 meters.

Operating hours: No restrictions known.

Special rules: The operation of drones is prohibited if manned aircraft are used for firefighting at the specific location.

Regulations for professional pilots: No specific rules known.

Good to know: In Chile, you are required to deal with the current NOTAM before starting your drone.

Helpful Links: Overview for Chile (with contacts), Reglas del Aire (relevant is article 91.102), Reglas del Aire

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Chile to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Chile!