Drones Illegal in Philippines | How to avoid Airport Confiscation

Drones Illegal in Philippines | How to avoid Airport Confiscation

Is it illegal to fly a drone in the Philippines? Are drones illegal in the Philippines? Yes, if you don’t have written permission from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). These are the drone laws in the Philippines.

I contacted the CAAP before I went to the Philippines to request permission to fly my drone also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It will take about 1-2 weeks to get permission from the CAAP so you may need to plan ahead before you leave for your trip.

The CAAP also noted that Airport customs may confiscate your drone if you don’t have written permission from the CAAP to fly the drone in the Philippines. Furthermore, the Airport Customs may charge you an import tax of 100,000 PHP (about 2000 USD). This is video shows you what you need to know bring your drone to the Philippines. I hope this video helps. If you liked the video, please hit that like button and if you want to see other videos, consider subscribing. Hope to see you again.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

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Update: Aug 14 2017 – I received an email from the CAAP today. They’ve changed their policy since the making of this video a few months ago and I wanted to share the good news with you guys.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Greetings from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines!

Please be informed that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and this Authority had a discussion regarding the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or commonly known as drones, to the Philippines.

During the discussion, both government agencies agreed that AUTHORIZATION for the importation of drones to the Philippines is no longer required. However, all RPAS owners and/or operators, whether engaged in commercial or non-commercial operations shall strictly adhere to the provisions stipulated in Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations Part 11; 11.11. (Electronic copy of PCAR Part 11 is attached)

Moreover, this Authority has also requested the BOC to advise all customs personnel in NAIA Terminals and other concerned offices not to require drone importers to secure an import clearance/permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Should you require further inquiries, you may call the Flight Operations Department of the Flight Standards Inspectorate Service at Tel.: (+63) (02) 944-2172.​

Wilhelmino E. Guevara, Jr.
Assistant Aviation Safety Inspector
FOD-FSIS, CAAP
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CAAP UAV Memorandum (latest one I could find on their website – but I did receive a later version from 2015)

For drone inquiries and requests, please contact:
– flightoperations@caap.gov.ph
– weguevarrajr@caap.gov.ph

If you don’t get a response from the above emails you can also try:
odg@caap.gov.ph
els@caap.gov.ph
rsd@caap.gov.ph

For a copy of my request template:

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