Drone regulations in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, you have to apply for a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) before the start of a copter. The forms provided for this purpose can be found on the website of the CAA, which is linked below. The permit costs 3,500 Rs for one operation or 35,000 Rs for an unlimited number of places within 30 days.

First of all, all airspaces with the date must be sent to the Defense Office (including the information about the used drone) for the application of the “clearance,” so the airspace query. You can download a template here.

The CAA approves the relevant airfields only after the confirmation of the Ministry of Defense. Depending on how many locations you request at the Defense Office by email (ocds@army.lk), the processing period can take several days.

You can establish contact with the CAA through the Senior Civil Aviation Inspector (scaiais@caa.lk) and the Aeronautical Information Services Officer (aiso1@caa.lk).

If you want to fly at archaeologically relevant locations, you will also need the release of the Director General of Archeology.

Maximum flight altitude: 120 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: In Sri Lanka, you can operate your drone only within the visual line of sight.

Compulsory insurance: You need a valid drone insurance policy in Sri Lanka to register.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): 3 kilograms.

Distance to airports: No information available.

Other safe distances: There are currently no security distances defined in Sri Lanka.

Flight bans: You can not fly over gatherings of people, archaeological or important religious sites, national parks, highways or railways, as long as no authorization from a competent authority exists.

Time of operations: Drone flights at night time require separate permission from the CAA.

Specific regulations: In Sri Lanka, flights within buildings must also be approved by the CAA. Besides, the control of drones is prohibited if you are on a moving object (car, boat, etc.).

Regulations for commercial pilots: The obligation to authorize the use of drones is independent of the purpose of the operation.

Frequency regulations for FPV: Maximum permitted transmission power is 200 mW.

More information: text of the lawCAA info pageSri Lanka flight ban zones

Note: When we were in Sri Lanka, there were no such provisions or no one knew something about them. So we did not have to go through this bureaucratic hurdle.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Sri Lanka to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please 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 or gain experiences with your copter in Sri Lanka!