Drone regulation in the Dominican Republic

Drone flights in the Dominican Republic require approval from the Instituto Dominicano de Aviacion Civil (IDAC) as soon as the copter reaches a weight of at least 2 kilograms. The application will be issued within 25 working days and can be transmitted electronically.

Maximum Altitude: The maximum permitted ascent altitude is 120 feet (400 feet) in the Dominican Republic.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones must always be operated within sight. Specifically, this means that the multicopter cannot go more than 455 meters (1,500 feet) away from you.

Compulsory insurance: For the use of drones in the Dominican Republic, you need special liability insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): From a take-off weight of 2 kilograms you need a permit from the IDAC and you have to pay attention to additional requirements.

Distance to airports: Flight lanes and airports must be at a distance of 8 kilometers (5 miles).

Other safety distances: A vertical distance of 20 meters (66 feet) and a horizontal distance of 30 meters (99 feet) shall be provided to obstacles and people.

Operating Times: Drones may only be flown between sunrise and sunset.

Special features: Drones weighing less than 2 kilograms must not fly faster than 30 knots (55 km / h).

Requirements for commercial pilots: In my understanding, drone operations in the Dominican Republic are classified primarily by weight and not by type of use.

Good to know: According to forum reports, police and army members may question you about your drone flights. However, this is probably due to the curiosity of the locals, so you do not have to be afraid. Nevertheless, you should, of course, be careful and follow the rules.

Helpful Links: Link to online registration

We have researched the listed drone regulations for the Dominican Republic 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 the Dominican Republic!