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Updated on 4/01/2018 with information that the deadline for registering a radio controlled device with NBTC is 9 January 2018. After that, you face up to five years in prison for non compliance.

If you intend to fly a drone in Thailand, whether as a hobby or for commercial reasons, you have to by law register your drone first. If you don’t you could face a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or even up to five years in prison. They are serious about this, so before you fly, make sure you register your drone with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). In addition, if your drone has a camera (any weight) or weighs over two kilos then you need to obtain insurance and get permission to fly from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Their fine for not doing this is up to 40,000 Baht and up to one year in prison. Before you ask, if you have a toy drone, for example weighing less than 250g, then the NBTC or CAAT are not interested. However, they have specifically said that the small DJI Spark needs to be registered.

Scroll down for how to register your drone and for links to download the forms.

When I first started flying drones in Thailand I hardly ever saw any other drone pilots. I also didn’t face any problems about where I could fly. Security guards would come over if they saw me flying, not because it was illegal, but because they were curious to see the live pictures from above. Sadly, those days are long gone. Security guards are more likely to chase you away or sometimes you will see signs like the one above which prohibits the flying of drones. This is not necessarily because of any new laws, it is mainly because just about everyone decided to get a drone for Christmas. Now, with so many people flying, it is no longer the novelty and people, sometimes quite rightly, are fed up with the buzzing sound of the drones flying low over their heads.

When I attend an event these days, there are usually four or five drones flying. And quite honestly, some of these pilots are very dangerous. They are not keeping their drones in line of sight. They are just watching their screens. Which means the possibility of a collision is quite high. I have seen them go down before, either crashing into buildings, trees and power lines, or just colliding with another drone. I tend not to fly at events any more. Partly because it is distracting to people who might be watching a show, but also it is quite dangerous if there is a large crowd. The number one rule for drone pilots is to make sure you have a wide and clear area in case of an emergency landing. This kind of thing is why the Ministry of Transport came out with a new law about the use of drones in Thailand.

Scroll down for the law regarding drones in Thailand.

Even after you have registered your drone with the NBTC, bought insurance and have permission to fly from CAAT, you still need to obey the following rules. If not, you will be subject to a fine and maybe imprisonment.

Once you have permission from the land owner to fly, you must obey these rules while flying:

  • must not fly in a way that may cause harm to the life, property and peace?of others
  • must not fly into restricted area, limited area and dangerous area?announced in Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand or AIP-Thailand and also at government buildings and hospitals unless permission is given.
  • take-off and landing area must not be obstructed by anything
  • must keep the Unmanned Aircraft in line-of-sight at all times and not rely?on the monitor or other devices
  • must only fly between sunrise and sunset when the Unmanned Aircraft can clearly be seen
  • must not fly in or near clouds
  • must not fly within 9 km (5 nautical miles) from airport or temporary airfield?unless having permission from the airport or airfields operators
  • must not fly over 90 meters above the ground
  • must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
  • must not fly near other aircraft that have pilots
  • must not violate the privacy rights of others
  • must not cause a nuisance to others
  • must not deliver or carry dangerous items or lasers on the Unmanned Aircraft
  • must not fly horizontally closer than 30 meters (100 feet) to people, vehicles, constructions or buildings

For the full regulations, click here, or visit the CAAT website for the latest up to date information.

Before I continue, I should point out something in the above infographic released by CAAT which is contradictory to the regulations. The infographic says you need to have a licence to fly if your drone has a camera, even if it is less than two kilos. But, the regulations do not say anything about that. From what I, and other people understood, if you have a small drone like a Spark or Mavick that weighs less than two kilos, you do not need to get permission to fly from CAAT. As long as you are not using it for commercial reasons and you obey the above rules. However, officials we have spoken to at CAAT insist that you still have to get permission to fly. We asked specifically about the smallest of drones, DJI Spark, and they said yes, we would need insurance and permission to fly.

Scroll down for how to register your drone with NBTC.

If you intend to fly a drone in Thailand, then by Thai law you must register it first with the NBTC before the 9 January 2018 deadline. If you don’t, you are violating the Communications Radio Act. Apparently, only 350 drones have been registered up to now out of an estimated 50,000 drones in Thailand. Which is why there is now a crackdown on drones. Before, we probably would have gotten away with flying without a license if we were discreet. But, now, thanks to all of the publicity, everyone knows that you must register your drone or you will face up to five years in prison. It was front page news in the Bangkok Post (see the article here) and other national newspapers.

The following is what I did to register my drones with NBTC in Bangkok. They have 17 offices around Thailand, and so you don’t need to do this here. Also, you are apparently allowed to register at your local police station. I know people who have done this, but make sure you download the form in advance as they won’t know anything about it. My advice is to go to your local NBTC officer. In Thai it is “????.”, just search for it on google maps. For the one in Bangkok, it is on Soi Phahonyothin?8. Click here for the map link. When you arrive, you will see the big building in the photo above. You need to go to Building 2, first floor. From the front gate, turn right and walk down a path. Don’t go through security. You will see the building on your right near the road.

Before you go, you should prepare the following. If you do so, then you will be in and out in just five minutes. That is how long it took me to register my two drones.

  1. Sign a copy of your passport
  2. Proof of address like house registration, lease, rental contract or work permit (this is new)
  3. Photos of your drone and the serial number on your drone
  4. Two copies of the filled in application form

That’s it if you are just flying as a hobby like myself. If you are media or a registered company, then there are more documents that you need.

NOTES:?

  1. You don’t need to take your drone into the office. Though some people did.
  2. Stick the photos on a piece of A4 paper and then sign the sheet of paper.
  3. You need a set of documents for each of your drones.
  4. The serial numbers are on a sticker on the drone box. I took a picture of that.
  5. Print the application form on both sides of a sheet of paper. Or pick one up at their office.
  6. The filled in form needs to be photocopied. This is what they stamp and return to you.

This is a link to the page on the NBTC page about the regulations. This is a direct link to download the form. It is only in Thai. I will take you through it step by step below. Scroll down.

The first three fields to fill in are for “Day/Month/Year”

The next section is about the weight of your drone. I ticked the first one as my drones are less than 2 kilos. The others are for between 2 and 25 kilos, and for more than 25 kilos.

Number 5 is your first name and number 6 is your family name. Number 7 is your age. Number 8 and 9 is your nationality. I wrote UK.

Numbers 10-12 is your birthday written as Day/Month/Year. Number 13 is your ID card number. I wrote my passport number.

Number 15-21 is your address. 15 is the house number, 16 the Soi number, 17 the road name, 18 the Tambon or kwang name, 19 the Amphoe or Khet name, 20 the province name, and 21 the post code. Number 22 is your telephone number. I didn’t fill in the rest.

UPDATE: They didn’t ask me for proof of address when I went, but now they apparently are. I’m not sure yet what tourists can do about this.

I didn’t fill in Section 2 as I am a private individual. Continue to page two.

For Number 23, I ticked the first box as I just fly for a hobby. The others are for media, businesses etc.

For Number 24, I wrote the name of my drone. For Number 25 it is asking for the number of drones and rotors. I wrote one drone and four rotors. I was registering a DJI Phantom 3 and a DJI Spark. I did this on two different forms. I guess if you have two of the same then use the same form.

For number 26, I wrote the serial number of the drone. As I said before, it is on a sticker on your box. Number 27 is the weight. Number 28 is for what equipment is fixed. I said camera. Number 29 is the maximum height it can go in meters. Number 30 is the frequency. For mine I wrote?2.400 – 2.483 GHz.

That’s it. Sign your name and then write your name clearly in the brackets below. The other signatures are for the officials. Hand them into the officer at the reception. It took them about five minutes to check everything and stamp it. The registration is free at the moment.

UPDATED: When I went to the NBTC office, the official said that there was no need for me to do anything else. They said they would forward my application to CAAT. But people who went later are reporting that NBTC officials are now saying that you also need to get permission to fly from CAAT. This is because at NBTC you are just registering your radio communications device. I rang CAAT and an official there confirmed this. They also added you need to get insurance first before they would accept your application. The whole process will take about two months. Maybe longer now as over 1,300 drones were registered at NBTC in the first week alone. Some people in the comments below have said that after they registered with CAAT, they were told that they would pass on their registration to NBTC. So, no need to do both.

If you want to do that yourself, then click here for the forms and regulations in English. If you search for Thai drone insurance on Facebook you will find some companies that offer it.? If you have experience of registering your drone in Thailand, or you have any questions, then please feel free to post them below in the comments. Please remember, if you do fly your drone in Thailand, please do so responsibly. It only needs one person to fly over the Grand Palace or crash into an aircraft for drones to be banned for everyone.

PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS BELOW FOR SOME USEFUL ADVICE.?

829 thoughts on “How to register your drone in Thailand

  • July 20, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    Well,ur not allowed to fly anyway in built up areas and around people so flying on or around Bangkok city is breakin the rules.like I said just be polite and if possible ask for permission,be discreet and don’t do anything silly or anything that could endanger people or property.havin said that though.if u do choose to fly without the permits make sure u don’t crash and wreck anything or anyone else u will probably be in a spot of bother.

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      • August 19, 2018 at 11:10 am
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        Hi All. I read through this very informative article and comments. Well done and thank you. I just today purchased a DJI Spark for the sole purpose of bringing it to Thailand during my visit October 6-15. Then I stumbled upon this posting :(.

        1. Can I buy insurance and register online, remotely?
        2. Do you think its possible to get registered and insured by October 6?
        3. Does anyone have the latest and up-to-date process for registering with NBTC and CAAT? Is CAAT necessary since the Spark is so small (but it does have a camera)
        4. Do you know of a reputable online company that can do all this for me in the next 7 weeks remotely?

        Thank you very much.

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        • September 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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          You dream my Friend ….

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      • December 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm
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        Hello !
        All bangkok area is prohibites under VTD
        Note authority have incresed the radius of all restricted areas
        I am very supprised, I built movie to shown AIP MAP NER 5.1 and nobody did any comments
        I am not shure finally the movie have been viewed !!

        Insurance ( MITARE ) confirm any accident ou incident will be not covered if the fly is located inside restricted area swhow by AIP MAP as per the law

        again here the AIP MAP NER 5.5 movie …https://www.dropbox.com/s/ji5elxews0ze560/AIP%20NER%205.1%20NO%20DRONE%20FLY%20AREAS%20THAILAND.AVI?dl=0
        cordially

        Email autority

        Dear sir

        I have received your email and I want to clarify about red area in Google Earth map.

        Red area in Google Earth map is :
        1. Restricted Area, Prohibited Area, and Danger Area that Published in AIP-Thailand ENR 5.1
        2.The area within 5 nautical mile (9 KM.) from airport or temporary airfield (Red circle)

        in case of unable to comply with article 5 of The Announcement of the Ministry of Transport on Rules to Apply for Permission and Conditions to Control and Launch Unmanned Aircraft in the category of Remotely Piloted Aircraft B.E.2558 (attached file) you shall notify Director General in written document (according to article 17)

        Best Regards,

        ???????? ???????????
        ????????????????????????????????
        ?????????????????????????????

        Mr Apiwat Chanrueang
        Air Traffic Management Standards Division (TS)

        Air Navigation Services Standards Department (ANS)

        Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)
        333/103 Moo 4, Laksi Plaza Building, 7th Floor, Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd.,
        Talat Bang Khen, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 , Thailand
        Website : http://www.caat.or.th , Tel : 02 5688824, email : apiwat.c@caat.or.th

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  • July 20, 2018 at 7:38 pm
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    Well,its the same as anywhere.u wouldn’t be able to fly anywhere near Buckingham palace in the UK or say The Whitehouse in America.like I said just be sensible,only an idiot asking for trouble would be stupid enough to fly strictly prohibited areas such as the royal palace or around airports.im not tryin to pick hairs,ive been to Thailand afew times now and i love the thai people and they clearly have enough on there plates without having to deal with wreckless drone pilots.just use ur common sense and ask permission if possible and whatever they say weither its a yes or a no abide with it and be polite.thats my thoughts anyway

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  • July 21, 2018 at 1:43 am
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    Hello,

    I receive my license after to many control and clarification with the CAAT !!! ….
    If people do not receive from CAAT this new document You will wait longtime ….
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/73gin1wkth13inv/Self-Declaration%20blank%20form.pdf?dl=0

    Total process duration 7 months !!!!
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/nwpga6ylwhfde1h/No%20ID%20Official%20drone%20license%2017%20JULY%202018.JPG?dl=0
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0z81sijowbc4tmo/No%20ID%20Official%20assignation%20drone%20license%2017%20JULY%202018.JPG?dl=0

    May be I can talk with you and others people now ?….
    I insist about the areas restricted or forbidden as per the law article
    2. Do not fly into the restricted areas and hazardous areas as declared in the Thai Aviation Press Statement. (Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand or AIP – Thailand)

    It is the major document !!!
    Never you talk about the AIP-MAP ( NER 5.1 ) the map is contractual confirmed by CAAT/AIS
    This AIP map is clearly notified in the 2015 law …

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  • July 21, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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    Bought my Mavic Air yesterday from official DJI store in Siam Discivery.
    1) they are selling insurance for 1.5k THB but for a surprise they have promotion and gave it for free (from Falcon, 1 year)
    2) you can fill all registration papers in the store (CAAT and NTBC)
    3) they said I can use my drone starting from the next day as I applied on registration and have insurance. I asked the same question several time and from m different shop assistants – the answer is the same. You can flight…
    So now I’m curious what is who is wrong.

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    • July 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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      Sorry, do not take those few words, but I think I’ll do you a favor by reminding you of the facts ….
      They will not kill the goose that lays the golden eggs !!!
      What you can be naive my friend …
      remember in thailand the national exercise is the denation by telephone and as they are all cousins ??the day when it will happen to you do not come to cry ……
      You know very well that there is a regulation and that as long as you have not received your license to fly you are in violation
      note that your insurance is invalid even if you are not responsible for an accident your liability will be incurred and the above Thais know how to believe me … ….
      it’s really desperate to see how foreigners can interpret and believe the versions of Thais who in the end do not care about your mouth and do not know their own legislation …
      Finally, do as you wish, and I do not see too much interest to intervene on forums
      regards

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    • July 25, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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      so if i dont have the permit i cant fly?

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        • September 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm
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          Hello !
          After many intervention in your blog for pertinent information
          My question is :
          Why you do not talk and do not dispatch the AIP ENR 5.1 MAP ? ( drone fly areas)
          this Application issued by authority CAAT/AIS is official !!!
          This map have juridic power ( national & International ) shall be used by all drone operator as per the law drone of 2015 clearly indicated !!!!

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    • September 9, 2018 at 8:58 am
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      do you know anybody in Thailand that would register the Drone and file the paperwork for you before we come over to that country

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      • September 9, 2018 at 5:45 pm
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        You can do it online.
        The link to registration online is here:
        https://www.caat.or.th/uav/index.php
        There is a pop-up that you have to click away, there is an X in the top right corner.
        Scroll down to the bottom and there is a button on the right side “Drone Register”
        Hope it works.
        /Martin

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        • September 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm
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          it’s not possible to register from outside Thailand. If you’re non-Thai you have to upload your Passport Entry Visa and Passport Entry Stamp with your other documents

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          • September 9, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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            I have submitted my application back in November 2017 and amendments that were requested after 6 months (self declaration or something like it) and so far have not received the license yet :-). So its been almost a year since my paperwork has been submitted….So this is the info for those expecting a quick turn around. And I submitted as a resident in Thailand.

          • September 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm
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            You can still do it. If you go through the procedure it ask for your passport if you are Other nationality.
            /Martin

        • September 9, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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          Yes, you have to upload your passport,
          plus you must upload Entry Visa stamped, it is mandatory. If you don’t upload your Entry Visa you will not receive your license.
          So you must have an Stamped Entry Visa into Thailand before you can apply.
          Once you have applied to can come and go to Thailand with your licence.

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          • September 9, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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            That doesn’t stop you from using the online procedure… I get so tired….

    • September 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm
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      Ah ! Ah ! You naif and do not the rule that is clear …
      You cannot fly before to have your official license from CAAT and Isurance will be invalid during the process registration ( call insurance …be care !!!! )
      please, investigate if the shop People have summit your candidature to CAAT
      You will wait long time……………….. and never you will receive you Official license from CAAT
      Please, call CAAT an officer in charge of inscription will explain some thing detail condition

      Regards

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  • July 31, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    I approached some insurance companies in Thailand about insurance and they all thought I wanted to insure a helicopter. Could get them to understand what a drone is. ???????

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  • August 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    Trying to source insurance cover to meet the Thai CAAT requirement. Can anybody recommend? I have googled drone insurance thailand and read a lot of info but nobody really talks price except 3000thb which I feel is over the top for someone who is only trying to do the right thing and will probably fly a few times a month (maybe)

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    • August 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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      Yup you will be looking at least 3,000 Baht for 12 months of drone insurance.

      Over the top? maybe
      Necessary ? absolutely!

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  • August 21, 2018 at 9:53 am
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    Hi Richard,
    I plan to bring my Spark to Bangkok next week, if I didn’t have any registration for my drone. Will the immigration confiscate my drone when I arrive the airport?
    Many thanks for your reply.
    /Toby

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  • September 3, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    Follow @johngowland

    I have given up trying to find a place in Bangkok to fly that is safe and away from people and the local enforces, they are everywhere, parks, street corners.
    Were can I fly that is close but outside Bangkok? Where can I fly that is of interest a few hours from Bangkok. I am trying to organise a day or two day trip to Kanchanaburi. I am thinking of hiring a taxi for the day so I can take a P4P, Mavic Pro 1 and try out a new Mavic 2 zoom. Any help with suggestions for close to Bangkok and within a few hours. Or even inside the city?
    Appreciated.

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  • September 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm
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    Gentleman,

    Please, check the site CAAT
    https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/31657

    Translation of the process drone registration process infography
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ezpi9h8yg3x1l1k/Drone%20Registration%20procedure%20CAAT%2013-11-2017.pdf?dl=0

    Original of the drone registration process
    https://www.caat.or.th/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CAAT-dronenew13-11-2017-1.pdf

    MAP AIP NER 5.1 to be used for fly as per the law
    AIP NER 5.1 Diagram showing prohibited area or release area.
    Diagram showing prohibited area or release area.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/yzidl1n4kcke1ae/AIP%20NER%205.1%20CAAT-AIS%20fly%20permission%20around%20Bangkok%20permission%2030%20km%20minimum.JPG?dl=0

    You can free download application kmz working with Google Earth

    Prove my legal license ( I am long stay resident in Thailand )
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0z81sijowbc4tmo/No%20ID%20Official%20assignation%20drone%20license%2017%20JULY%202018.JPG?dl=0

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  • September 29, 2018 at 1:22 am
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    Hi !

    What I need if I stay juste one week in bangkok without flighting with my drone. I will make an escale. The drone is for New Zealand, not thailand. What should I do ? Will they ask me something to the airport ?
    Many thanks !

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  • September 29, 2018 at 6:33 am
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    Follow @johngowland

    I think the question most of us want to know the answer to is, Richard and Martin, how do we register with the least amount of hassle and hard work to enable us to fly in Thailand for a week or two as a tourist.
    I am hoping we can do it online and it only take a month or so.
    Help!

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  • October 5, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    Question on the topic.. I plan on leaving my current drone at home while on holiday in Thailand, but I’ve been eyeing the new Mavic 2 Pro. I was thinking if I can get one same price / better price than at home, I would purchase there directly. Would I have any issues bringing it home after? Obviously I would fly discreetly in rural areas – but better than bringing one into the country and not having it registered, I would only be leaving the country with it. What are your thoughts? Oh, and I have business insurance that I use to fly locally, but my insurance also protects me in all countries except a select view. So I assume that would be adequate for “insurance” in Thailand, or do I need specific, Thai insurance?

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    • October 5, 2018 at 1:09 pm
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      Follow @richardbarrow

      No-one is reporting problems bring in or taking out drones. So you should be fine. However, if you choose to fly here, you should be aware it’s illegal without the proper licenses. Your decision. I cannot advise you either way.

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  • October 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm
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    Hi Richard,

    How do you think, are the customs officers will confiscate my drone when I land in Thailand and I do not have a license to show them? Or they will let me go to the country with drone..

    Thank you!

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      • October 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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        You mean, I’m not going to have any problems at customs to enter the country with unlicensed drones? After that, I have to look out for the police officers and let drone fly on lonely beaches and away from crowds? Who would have bothered me once I had enter to Thailand and form whom to protect?

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        • October 10, 2018 at 6:00 am
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          Follow @richardbarrow

          I didn’t say that. I said no-one has reported a problem with customs so far. You might be the first! As for flying illegally while in Thailand, there have been reports of people being charged for flying without a license. Though in all the cases I’ve seen it was because they broke the law of flying too high or too near airports or other restricted zones. So, if you obey the restrictions and you are discreet, your risks are low.

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    • October 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm
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      Hello,
      As régulation, the customs officer do not have the power to confiscate your drone but they can force you to leave it in storage area at the airport.
      You will receive an official receipt which will allow you to recover your equipment upon your departure. If such a thing happens expect 2 more hours before your departure because it takes some time to find the equipment at the detention stock
      You will be charged for the stockage time periode off course
      Cordially

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  • October 10, 2018 at 9:57 am
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    These regs and insurance apply to even the tiniest of drones like a Tello that fits in the hand? How much can I buy a compatible Tello in Bangkok for with all the laws complied with?

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  • October 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    Hi Richard! Thanks for all the great info thus far. My husband and I are are going to Thailand for Christmas this year, and we would like to fly our drone while we are in Khao Sok and Khao Lak. I submitted an application to CAAT and received an answer back that our application is incomplete because we do not have an immigration stamp (they gave us this reply within about 10 days of submitting the application). Does that mean we can only apply once we’ve already been accepted into and are officially in the country? How to tourists go about flying drones if this is the case? Your response is greatly appreciated!

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    • October 11, 2018 at 2:22 am
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      Hello,
      Please lok AIP MAP 51
      kHAO SOK and KAO LAK National park are VTD restricted areas as per the law
      You cannot fly !!!

      Here the list of restricted areas extract from MAP AIP5.1 provided by CAAT

      It is not completed more area are concerned

      No Fly Drone AIP MAP5.1 Thailand as per Law
      Island,Bond,Beach,National Park Thailand
      Sources / CAAT https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/20455

      Ko Born Ao Ang Krapon Ao Mahatchai Ao Tung Plong Budo Su Ngai Padi montain Range National
      Ko Chang Ao Bang Sare Ao Makham Ao Udom Chae Son Waterfall
      Ko Katen Ao Bai Lan Ao Manao Ao Wai Chaek Dawn at Phanomrung History Park
      Ko Khoei Ao Ban saen Ao Luk Ao Work Tum Doi Luang National Park
      Ko Khram Yai Ao Bang Bao Ao Muang Ao Yai Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
      Ko Kut Ao Bang Kradan Ao Muang Thon Noi Ao Yai Haui Nam Dang National Park
      Ko Lan 8% Ao Bang Prong Ao Na Chom Thian Ao Yai Ki Kaeng Khrung National Park
      Ko Mai Thon Ao Bang Pu Ao NaKlua Ao Yang Khao Luang National Park preservation
      Ko Mak Ao Bang Saphan Ao Noi Ao Yon Khao Sok National Park (VTD59)
      Ko Payang Ao Bang Suk Ao Pathiu Ao Yuang Khao Yai National Park
      ko Phaluai Ao Bangtau Ao Patong Khao Lak (VTD 16) Khlong Lan National Park
      Ko Phangan Ao Bann Son Ao Patthaya Khlong Phanom National Park
      Ko Phi phi Don Ao Bnag Pit Ao Phak Waen Ko similan National Park
      Ko Phra Thong Ao Chalok Lam Ao Phra Laem Sun National Park
      Ko Phuket 90% Ao Chalong Ao Po Lamnam Kra buri National Park
      Ko Prayam Ao Chek Ao Puddesawan Lum Nam National Park
      Ko Ra Ao Chuksamed Ao Raet Mae Wong National Park
      Ko Samae San 25% Ao Chumphon Ao Rang Chorakhe Mu Ko Chang National Park
      Ko Samui Ao Dhung Ga Ao Salak Khok Mu ko Chumphon Nationa Park
      Ko Similan Ao Hat Chang Ao Salat Mu Ko Phetra National Park
      Ko Sukon 20% Ao Hat Khuat Ao Sammuk Nam Kong National Park
      Ko Surin Nua Ao Hat Rin Ao Sapparot Nam Nao National Park (80%)
      Ko Surin Tai Ao Hat Wai Nam Ao Satahib Bay Ngao Waterfall
      Ko Ta Ru Tao 60% Ao Hat Yao Ao Slukpet Op Luang National Park
      Ko Tao Ao Hua Hin Ao Swi Pang Sida National Park
      Ko Tasai Ao Kalang Ao Ta Nit Phanom Rung Historical Park
      Ko Thalu 20% Ao Kham Ao Tang Chen Phu Chong Na Yoi national Park
      Ao Khlong Chao Ao Tha Rua Phu Luang Wildlife ( 80%)
      Ao Khlong Na Ao Thong Nian Phu Phang Nationa Park
      Ao Khlong Phrao Ao Thong Ta Tan Sai Yok National Park
      Ao Kho Ao Thung Kham Si Lanna National Park
      Ao Khram Ao To Nung Si phang Nga National Park
      Ao Kluai Ao Tong Krok Sikiet Waterfall National Park
      Ao Kong Kang Ao Tong Wo Ta Phraya National Park
      Ao Krasu Ao Tong Yai Tarutao National Park
      Ao Krut Ao Trat Thap Lan National Park
      Ao Kung Ao Tung Kaitea ThapLan National Park
      Wang Taikraia Parc waterfall

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  • October 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    These regs and insurance apply to even the tiniest of drones like a Tello?

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      • October 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm
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        Apparently, if you rip of the camera, then it doesn’t. If your Tello has the camera onboard, it does.

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  • October 22, 2018 at 1:02 am
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    Hello CAAT want our immigration stamp and copy of passport. And then it takes 15 business days to get the approval. We are in Thailand from 10.11. – 25.11.18. so it can be that we get the approval when we are back in Europe. So what can we do? Do anybody had the same problem? We are going to the Nbtc office in Phuket on 12.11.18. but what is whit the CAAT? we dont want to fly illegally. Who can help?? Kind regards katy

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    • October 22, 2018 at 10:44 am
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      In Thailand there are 2 government entities in charge of drones
      NTBC only deals with the registration of the telecommunication system and nothing more
      CAAT is the aviation authority that gives permits to fly after registration in their database
      There are regulatory requirements including the requirement to have a certified address called
      the Ngor Thor 14 or 13 to obtain this document you must have on your passport a NON-MIGRANT visa long stay
      The government did not want to communicate properly for the issuance of licenses to tourists because to this day if we follow the regulationtaion you can not fly if you are not resident long stay a priori
      The reasons are obvious the market of drones in Thailand is in full expansion and especially juicy financially
      For your info to enter a drone in Thailand since the first of March 2018 it is necessary to produce a declaration in Customs with a certificate of import of conformity
      still information that has not been properly deployed to the general public …

      I am resident in Thailand (retirement) and it took me more than 8 months to get my license after contacting CAAT who asked me a lot of additional documents including the insurance of the mandatory drone to record the machine
      You are thousands to ask questions to fly in Thailand
      you doubt that the case is delicate for the Thai authorities who do not want to communicate clearly in this area for fear of crying visitors
      It has set up a regulation like all countries and the rules are very clearly established
      Note that by registering electronically on the CAAT website you issue your identity and especially the serial number of your Drone is interested in the authority when you issue a license you must not dream too much still waiting for their license and I’m afraid they will wait a long time …….

      Please note that I have a license in good standing and the mastery of the AIP 5.1 MAP that drives all authorized flight space in Thailand it is time law what can pilot drone know
      Which means that if you fly in a VTF VTR VTD space defined by the map named in the 2015 Drone Law text any authority can punish you without you having committed any incident or accident and Thailand the phone call is the national exercise

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      • January 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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        hello sir
        may i contact you by Email?
        i have some questions about Drone fly

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    • October 22, 2018 at 10:51 am
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      Hello,
      Please look this process registration here
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/ezpi9h8yg3x1l1k/Drone%20Registration%20procedure%20CAAT%2013-11-2017.pdf?dl=0

      In Thailand there are 2 government entities in charge of drones
      NTBC only deals with the registration of the telecommunication system and nothing more
      CAAT is the aviation authority that gives permits to fly after registration in their database
      There are regulatory requirements including the requirement to have a certified address called
      the Ngor Thor 14 or 13 to obtain this document you must have on your passport a NON-MIGRANT visa long stay
      The government did not want to communicate properly for the issuance of licenses to tourists because to this day if we follow the regulationtaion you can not fly if you are not resident long stay a priori
      The reasons are obvious the market of drones in Thailand is in full expansion and especially juicy financially
      For your info to enter a drone in Thailand since the first of March 2018 it is necessary to produce a declaration in Customs with a certificate of import of conformity
      still information that has not been properly deployed to the general public …

      I am resident in Thailand (retirement) and it took me more than 8 months to get my license after contacting CAAT who asked me a lot of additional documents including the insurance of the mandatory drone to record the machine
      You are thousands to ask questions to fly in Thailand
      you doubt that the case is delicate for the Thai authorities who do not want to communicate clearly in this area for fear of crying visitors
      It has set up a regulation like all countries and the rules are very clearly established
      Note that by registering electronically on the CAAT website you issue your identity and especially the serial number of your Drone is interested in the authority when you issue a license you must not dream too much still waiting for their license and I’m afraid they will wait a long time …….

      Please note that I have a license in good standing and the mastery of the AIP 51 card that drives all authorized flight space in Thailand it is time law what can pilot drone know
      Which means that if you fly in a VTF VTR VTD space defined by the map named in the 2015 Drone Law text any authority can punish you without you having committed any incident or accident and Thailand the phone call is the national exercise

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  • October 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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    Follow @johngowland

    The link to the Thai application form is broken
    This is a link to the page on the NBTC page about the regulations. This is a direct link to download the form. It is only in Thai. I will take you through it step by step below. Scroll down.

    Is there a way to get the Thai form? I have the one in English. I have no hope of getting approval but if I fill the form in English and Thai and sign it, it would be better than nothing if I am engaged even though I am going to be a long way from people or public places. I may even visit the local police station in Phuket and attempt a negotiation, with a boss for some sort of stamp.

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  • October 23, 2018 at 12:08 am
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    Yes indeed, the current procedure obstructs an Aeo (CAAT) registration for a tourist because of the need to register at CAAT there is a lot of confusion on the part of expatriates because of the fault of the two authorities who did not not coordinated with the 2 existing laws

    The official way to obtain a legal license to fly is unique by CAAT which allows online registration
    Note that it is useless to declare to the NBTC because the CAAT also takes into account the telecom radion on behalf of the NBTC

    You must try your luck by registering online at the only CAAT eligible to provide the flight license however they require a minimum insurance of 1 million and must prove a Certificate of Resistance in the Kingdom or a Tabien ban Thor TS 14 Many have done the request and have not received anything so far except someone who says that CAAT asks him for a photocopy of his passport (certainly to see what type of visa he has and as he does not have you see they played it fine …)

    I give you the official online registration link CAAT is not too bad and understandable
    https://www.caat.or.th/uav/condition.php

    Here the official form of declaration obligatory if you hold a drone in the realm ca has nothing to do with a license of flight it is for reasons of security on the communication even if you do not use the drone you must declare !!

    Form ww30 UBC Radion NBTC (Thai – English) https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ec23hq10wluheu/%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%B3%E0%B8%82%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%82%E0%B8%B6%E0%B9%89%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%97%E0%B8%B0%E0%B9%80%E0%B8%9A%E0%B8%B5%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%9C%E0%B8%B9%E0%B9%89%E0%B8%9A%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%87%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%9A%E0%B8%AB%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B7%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%9B%E0%B8%A5%E0%B9%88%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%AD%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%81%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A8%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%AF-%28%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%97-30%29.pdf?dl=0

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  • October 23, 2018 at 1:28 am
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    I came walking to the sea today and just where I was planning to fly from, there was a police officer. He was 10m from me when I saw him and I had my Fatsharks on my forehead and one of my quads and the transmitter in my hand and my registration papers were at home. Turning back would not be an option.
    I smiled at him and and he smiled back and I flew two packs standing 3m from him.
    So… not all police officers see drone pilots as evil!
    Here it is: https://youtu.be/v5v0dgZT-UE
    Happy flying.
    Martin

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  • October 30, 2018 at 2:24 am
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    I have a couple questions for anyone (hopefully) with knowledge/experience registering *in-person* in Bangkok

    1) I understand that when you register via CAAT on their website, it may take months (i.e. >=4) to get a response. But when registering at the CAAT office in person, presuming you have all the necessary paperwork (i.e. insurance, etc), do they give you something on-the-spot that entitles you to start flying? Or does that simply start the same x-month process as registering online, and any receipt/document they give you that day is NOT valid to allow you to start flying until after the x-months have elapsed?

    Basically, I am arriving in Bangkok for a ~3 week trip, and am trying to determine if it would be worth physically going to CAAT on the first day to register. If the office doesn’t actually give any kind of documentation that entitles you to start flying right away, there would be no purpose & I just wouldn’t bring my drone. But if they *may* give documentation during an on-the-spot registration, then it’s definitely worth at least trying.

    2) Similarly, I’ve read in many places that you can also register your drone at a police station. Is this still possible? If so, same question as above: does it give some evidence that can be used to fly right away, or it’s still not legal to fly until I receive some follow-up determination? If it is possible, does anyone know of any specific police stations (preferably in the vicinity of DMK) where they were able to do this?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who might know! ??

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  • November 7, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    First ,thanks Richard and everyone else for all the info here.
    Its pretty crazy really ,i just dont think i will bother now ,maybe only fly when I visit Australia etc.
    From what i gather its at least 3000bt insurance ,one year .
    Takes about 7 months to get license ,so insurance is good for 3 months and then
    Pay 3k again ,one company out there thai drone insurance will do it all for you
    Reg inc ,for 7k+ they quoted me .
    Shaneo

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    • November 7, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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      I feel the same. I have no problem with sensible regulations. But it has gone past that.

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      • November 8, 2018 at 10:27 am
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        Follow @johngowland

        Very sad and frustrating. I like many just want to record the incredible beauty of the country. That’s all. Not for any monetary gain, just the pleasure of recording beauty.
        What on this sweet planet is wrong with that? It’s just taking stills and video from the air.
        Some of us are experienced and qualified RPAS pilots.
        So you have three basic choices.
        1 Don’t fly at all. Not my option, sorry.

        2 Fly as carefully and respectfully as possible, preferably where no one can see. This option has become extremely difficult in the last 2 or 3 years. Its as if everyone knows the new laws to some degree and wants to make some gain from it? But Thais have become very aware of drones in the air. 2 or 3 years ago no one cared, they took no notice other than an interest. This has become very noticeable.

        3 Pay people, local powers of various kinds.

        It’s one of the main reasons I go to the LOS. I am looking at alternatives now.

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        • November 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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          John,
          I am facing the same frustrations.
          One really annoying thing is paying insurance for almost a year and not being able to fly,
          Goodluck.

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          • November 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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            Almost a year since I submitted my paperwork and no license yet. Numerous promises and requests from CAAT with the last one saying that they cannot provide the license since the insurance is expired already…:-) Perhaps for those seeking for answers I would submit the necessary docs to the authorities and fly with caution and respect while waiting.

  • November 10, 2018 at 8:27 am
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    Follow @ezythaiger

    Valdas
    My point exactly,sounds like its just becoming an insurance scam .
    Wait a year now ,and no licence ,and cant give you one ,because they where to
    Slow to process it .
    Meanwhile ,like my wife says ,half the cars out there on the road have no insurance .nearly every Thai family member we have is in that category.
    Also my wife has been reading a Thai forum and says a Thai dude had the same problem as you ,insurance expired before license approved.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 8:48 pm
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    Hi, thanks for the info! I’m trying to get my drone approved and do have 2 questions about the papers:
    1. It asks for registration marks and serial NO. What are the registration marks?
    2. Requested operating location: what is safest to put here?

    Kind regards ??

    Felix

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  • November 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    Update ,
    I got a quote for insurance and they said i would have to register with NBTC my self as i bought it second hand in Oz .
    So today went all the way to NBTC in our area Khon Kaen to do it .
    They said i needed a reciept of purchase ,i said I didn’t have one and they said I needed it.
    I said what if someone gave it to me ,they said I needed to register it when i bought it into the country at the airport .
    So this really getting out of hand ,i want to do the right thing but its harder than getting a car license.
    Im gonna give up and sell it.over it .

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    • November 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm
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      Follow @johngowland

      I fly out for Phuket tonight, and not being able to fly free of any recriminations is the reason this may be my last trip to Thailand for quite some time. Awful shame I love the place, Thailand.
      ??So, for my next jaunt abroad I am looking at other far East Asian places to go where I can fly, within the sensible law, and with ease.
      Does anyone know of an Asian country that have reasonable laws?
      I was thinking of Vietnam or Cambodia.
      I am going to start some research but a little help from you guys would be appreciated.
      I am going to pop into the local police station, with my drones, and have a chat with the boss to see what can be done for a three-week holiday.
      I am going to take in the form in English but need the one in Thai.
      Thanks to SPREX 64 for the link but it was in a strange format I could not print. Could someone post a Thai registration form that is easily printable? I will take the forms in the station and be very open and honest I will break none of the general Drone laws. I know it’s a long shot, but I think it is worth a few hours of waiting around and having a chat with some big copper.
      It’s odd that I can fly in so many places within a few minutes’ drive of my house where it is completely legal and acceptable to fly without any worry at all.

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      • November 22, 2018 at 6:45 pm
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        Good evening John Gowland
        I believe you have not understood the process to obtain a radio communication detention license (NBTC) and permission to fly (CAAT license) You are not resident with a Tabien Ban Ngor TS 13 or 14 certified address; No need to go in RPI Royal Thai Police they have no power except to register your device for the possession of the radio communication as provided by the law which has nothing to do with the law Drone and it does not give you the right to fly you need a flight license provided by the authority in Charge CAAT to get this lincense it is necessary to abor ensure before not after THais are not stupid people
        As far as you are concerned, I’m afraid you can not get a license even if you register on the CAAT website.
        Many non-residents have made this registration and have received nothing from CAAT who does not communicate with users.
        personally I am resident and it took more than 8 months for him to give me my license require more insurance with a discharge payment so I lost 8 months of insurance

        For all those who read me I repeat again that CAAT does not wish to see drones in the hands of tourists it is an obvious why for months the eternal discussion in this subject
        try to register your Drone that way you could not start if you do not have an IP in the US I did the test using a VPN and were able to access the online registration but they request documents that I can not have if I am not in the US ;;;

        For vietnam or Camboge there are also difficulties …

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        • November 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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          Follow @johngowland

          It is because I do understand what I need to do that I am not going to even try to go through a process that is designed to fail. I have long known what I need to do and have seen many over the last year try and fail. I know the local police can not grant me the right to fly in Phuket.
          To fly a drone in Thailand, without a licence, is illegal as is prostitution.
          So no one flies a drone without a licence and no prostitution takes place, anywhere in Thailand.
          I understand the situation very well.

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          • November 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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            Welcom to Vietnam !!!
            Vietnamin UAV Laws ( you kown very well probably and Know what you need to do …)
            This is the partial information offcourse

            The 2008 decree on management of unmanned aircraft and ultralight aircraft gives authority over the flight of unmanned aircraft to the Ministry of Defense. These duties include the organization of aviation clubs, establishing airfields and flight zones, and managing and supervising the flight of unmanned vehicles.
            The flight of UAVs is not legal without a license from the Operations Bureau of the General Command Post, and applications for licenses must be recieved at least 14 days in advance of the proposed flight.
            Licenses will be issued within 10 days of submission of the application.
            One license can be valid for multiple flying events, as long as users list places they plan to fly their drones in their application.
            Filming or taking photographs in the air using a UAV is not permitted without a license and. Penalties for violation are not specified in the 2008 decree but there have been incidents where foreigners were deported upon violating rules and drones with cameras have been confiscated upon flying in restricted areas.

            Good look !

        • November 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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          very true CAAT do not communicate with applicants.
          Only after Thai friend contact CAAT several times on my behalf did they email me to ask for new drone photos and my latest copy of my Thailand Visa Entry Stamp, since then no further contact, nearly 9 months since I applied.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    I have 2 CAAT licence applications, one on paper forms 8 months ago for MavicAir, one via CAAT website 3 months ago for Mavic2Pro. Still no licence.
    I contacted CAAT and they said they would check, about 2 weeks later they asked me to send my latest visa entry stamp, but for 2 weeks now I’ve heard nothing. My GF called CAAT for me, they said backlog is 4 to 6 months on website applications, they suggested I send my entry visa stamp each time I enter Thailand because they reject applications from foreigner if your visa has expired. Seems like a waste of time trying to get a licence, by the time you get the licence your insurance needs renewing and you’ve probably left Thailand, or bought a new drone which will take another year to get licence. It’s a crazy system to need a separate licence for each drone, it should be like a car driving licence where the pilot is licensed and each drone registered and insured separately.
    I’ve been flying the whole time in South and never had a problem, except once in national park but BiB weren’t interested in license just the fine 2000THB (1000 each in their pocket, they wanted more but my GF had a argument with them and told them 2000 was enough), the park wardens had tipped off the BiB I’d been flying so they were waiting for us on the road out of the park.
    I think it is important to have NBTC certificate because you shouldn’t bring drone through the airport without one. But now NBTC is more difficult to get for tourist because they only issue a temporary import certificate to match the dates of your round trip air ticket or 60 day tourist visa. Best thing definitely is to buy your drone in Thailand when you arrive and then go straight to get your NBTC, or the shop can do it for you.
    Certainly my enthusiasm for drone flying in Thailand has dropped to near zero. Turkey is my new favourite drone destination, no registration and just obey the code, but I’m sure they will soon get stricter like everywhere else is doing.

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    • November 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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      Follow @johngowland

      I wasn’t aware that you needed a licence to bring your drone through the airport. I have been bringing them in with out problem so far. Looks like I won’t be even bringing them any more.
      That’s it then, game over, if you are a tourist. I know quite a few residents who have a licence and fly all the time.
      If your a tourist the only real option is to possibly wait till some enterprising persons create a business that charge a lot to do it for you. Or some variant of that.
      As a tourist you can not bring in or fly a drone into Thailand.

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      • November 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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        technically you need NBTC certificate to bring a drone (as it is radio frequency broadcast device) into Thailand, you don’t need CAAT license. But the airport customs don’t enforce this, or I’ve not heard of any report of drones being detained. I have my NBTC certificate because I bring a lot of camera gear and two drones, and customs might ask questions, I just feel more comfortable having an NBTC certificate.
        There are some enterprising business for insurance and NBTC, but you can’t get around the CAAT backlog as fas as I know.
        Seems impossible for tourist to get CAAT licence because you have to upload your Entry Visa Stamp with your application so you can’t apply from outside Thailand, and then it takes longer to get licence than the 90 day visa lasts so when CAAT consider your application your visa will have expired so they’ll reject it.
        As i mentioned above, CAAT told my GF that I should send them my new Entry Visa Stamp each time I enter Thailand so my visa should be current when they consider my application.

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    • November 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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      For Turkey country !!!!
      All UAV up 500 g shall be registred !!!!!

      General Rules for Flying a Drone in Turkey
      Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Turkey.

      All drone pilots who wish to fly a drone weighing more than 500 grams must register with the Turkish government prior to flying. Register here.
      Approval is required prior to all commercial drone flights.
      Drones cannot fly above 120 meters (394 feet).
      Drones cannot weigh more than 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) for private/personal flights.
      For more information on Turkey’s drone laws, see this document issued by the government of Turkey.

      Taking a Drone Through Customs in Turkey
      Foreign nationality citizens cannot register as a drone pilot in Turkey. Moreover, your drone will be seized by customs unless you have received technical confirmation for your UAVs from the Turkish DGCA.

      To apply for technical confirmation, use Form-336 found in the forms section of the Turkish DGCA website. You may also be required to submit your criminal record from your embassy.

      Turkish citizens who wish to bring a UAV through customs must apply for a Technical Compliance Certificate. The application form and details of the application can be found here. Once the UAV has passed through customs, the vehicle is added to the General Directorate UAV Registry System.

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      • November 28, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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        cross Turkey off the list then, thanks for that.
        I went in June and had no problem, flew all over the Lycian Coast. All the advice I read at the time was that there was a code of conduct and no registration for small hobby drone.

        Do you know which country is ok? How about Mexico?

        I fly a lot in Greece for my work, technically illegal but they really don’t care about small Mavic drones for real estate work, so long as you obey the code and don’t fly near airport etc. So many people use drones in Greece for travel and real estate work and police aren’t bothered by it as far as I’ve experienced.

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        • November 28, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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          Follow @johngowland

          From another list Indonesia, in practice, is very relaxed about people flying drones and I have read reports of many doing so without issues. I am unsure as to the written public laws. Again if you adhere to the usual flying guidelines.

          Here in Thailand if only you could be certain of paying a fine to the BiB I would be happy with that. ai would not even mind a 1,000 fine if I was caught. I know of one case where a pilot was not given the option and taken to the local station. He was forced to register but was a resident.
          So how much can one rely on paying a on the spot fine?

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          • November 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm
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            If I didn’t have my GF with me when I was stoped by the BiB I would have been in a lot more trouble, she owns a bar and knows how to deal with the BiB and how the ‘fines’ should be handled.

            I wonder if you have insurance document and your NBTC certificate, both fairly easy to get, and you’ve applied for CAAT and printed the filled in application form, then if you’re taken to Police Station you might get away with it.

            Bigger problem for photography, all the beautiful beaches and islands in the South where I want to film is No Drone Zone, so I wonder if it’s worth it.

      • December 2, 2018 at 5:38 am
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        I was just in turkey and had no issues with customs. I didn’t know about these rules.

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  • November 29, 2018 at 12:44 am
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    I’ve read all the above but didn’t find the
    the answer for my question – our company was invited to shoot a private property. In that case, do we need to register our drone and pilot or not? Thank you in advance.

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  • December 3, 2018 at 10:46 am
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    If i am passing through Thailand and don’t intend to fly my drone in the country, do i still need to register it just to carry it around with me? Please confirm.
    I will be visiting Philippines and Singapore which have relaxed rules in terms of drone flying, so i’d like to fly it there but i will be in thailand for a certain duration, i’m just worried if i should even bother taking it or not. I don’t intend to fly in Thailand due to the intricate process.

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    • December 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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      Excellent question see major!
      just ask the question to the authority in charge …
      To help you in thailand identity service called the registrar or if you want the Bora-Dopa Ministry of the Interior requires addesse certification for any administrative transaction of government agencies
      No Thai can escape this certification of address let alone a stranger
      Which means more clearly that you can not register outside the Kingdom
      If you are in the kingdom you will have to produce this document
      either the Tabien ban Ngor 14 blue book of the owner of Thai nationality who hosts you or a Tabien 13 ban yellow color if it is a stranger with more constraints
      It is also possible to produce a residence certificate issued by the immigration office knowing that certain offices refuse if you do not have a NON-MIGRANT visa …

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  • December 5, 2018 at 10:23 pm
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    Does anyone know where I can find the cheapest drone insurance which will cover me with public liability worldwide? (I only need it for one month for my trip to Thailand).

    I understand all the regulations around flying my drone in Thailand, but I am just wondering where the cheapest place to buy the required insurance will be (The quotes from the dedicated Thai Drone Insurers seem higher than I expect general worldwide cover would be).

    Thanks

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    • December 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm
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      I don’t know about the cheapest or world wide but I just renewed mine (Bangkok Insurance) and it was THB 2500 for 2019 so it has been dropped from THB 4000 for 2018.
      My contact person at Bangkok Insurance is:
      Jintareeya Chasombat
      jintareeya.c@bangkokinsurance.com

      I don’t think CAAT will accept any world wide insurances. At least they only had two approved companies when I applied my registration a year ago.
      /Martin

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      • December 6, 2018 at 2:03 am
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        Okay that’s helpful to know, thank you Martin

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      • December 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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        Would you advise that it would not be worth it to purchase the insurance and submit the application for my trip in 3 weeks time? The Thai embassy in London says on their webpage that the application should take between 1 & 2 weeks but if that is unachieveable it doesn’t make sense to buy insurance

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        • December 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm
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          I think the time estimation of the Thai embassy in London is inaccurate.
          I would say 6 months and that is if you call CAAT and nag them every two weeks…
          I think the best way is that you call CAAT directly and ask. That’s first hand information but even that information tends to drift over time.
          /Martin

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    • December 24, 2018 at 6:33 am
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      coverdrone.com these guys seem cheap and you can actually cover it even for a day.

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  • December 22, 2018 at 9:37 am
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    Anyone want to buy a near new Mavic air ,2 battery’s and carry case for 4 batts charger and drone ?
    Im over it ,cant be bothered with all the hassle and dont wont the fines .
    Or any advice on best place to sell ,Facebook,or bahtsold etc.

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    • December 22, 2018 at 9:58 am
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      Follow @johngowland

      I am so sad I’m angry for you Shane it’s such a shame the Thai government could sell people a license and then there be no consequences as long as you stick to the basic rules of not flying within 5km of an airport or meters of people and machinery or doing silly things like over people it would increase tourism so much and in the time of decreasing tourism Thailand it’s really silly of them. Makes no sense whatsoever however Shane I don’t think you should give up I fly in Thailand almost every day a long way from anyone no one bothers me sometimes I ask a farmer or landowner sometimes they let me with pride the beauty of their land sometimes I pay them sometimes I give them my line number and they even warn me if there’s anything suspicious going on and protect me. The Thai people are very good but they’re also very poor. It’s the laws that are stupid. This is a golden opportunity to help Thai tourism. They should say come to our country fly your drone for a small fee obey the rules and you’ll be ok enjoy your holiday. What on earth is wrong with that?

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      • December 22, 2018 at 11:18 am
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        Follow @johngowland

        Yes its a shame mate,I couldn’t even register at the NBTC for a start .
        Because I bought second hand and didn’t have a reciept.
        Other dudes register there homemade jobs ,i said what if someone gave it to me ?
        They said i had to declare it at the airport on arrival ,wtf ,how are u supposed to know that.
        Im going to Indonesia next year ,some remote spots ,i might just keep it for that,but kinda hard when taking a few surfboards as well .
        Any extra luggage is gonna be a struggle and not much electricity for recharging.
        Thanks John.

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  • December 24, 2018 at 6:33 am
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    Hi Richard, thanks a ton for such a great post explaining everything! However, the NBTC links are broken and I had no luck to find it on their website. I’ve seen in your update that there is no need to do both, but would you be able to find it in case it’s still needed?

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  • December 24, 2018 at 9:18 pm
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    Dear John Gowland

    I have provide to many legal document from the official notification from philippines CAAP authority if you prefere to believe commercial website no problème for me …
    Please, read here more !!! and look the amendement ….
    http://uavphilippines.com/dl/20151208%20-%20CAAP%20MC%2029-15.pdf

    UAV Laws

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has released Memorandum Circular 29-15 titled “Amendment to the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations (PCAR) Part 2, 4 and Part 11” dated December 8, 2015. It states that regulations on Remotely Piloted Aircraft are now part of the Philippine Civil Aviation Regulation (PCAR) and is in effect. MC 29-15 supersedes previously issued MC 35-14 and MC 21-14. The term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been changed to Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) in compliance with ICAO.

    The new regulation amendments has been disseminated through a conference with RPA/UAV Operators during the 2nd CAAP UAV Stakeholder Conference at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on May 4, 2016.

    Download a copy of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) – Memorandum Circular 29-15 – Part 2, 4 and Part 11. – (PDF) Link: (Official – CAA Philippines) (Mirror – UAS)

    UAV / RPAS Controllers (Pilot):

    Drone owners and/or operators are now required to register their equipment with the CAAP, and secure a certification to operate from the agency. To be certified as a RPA “controller” (pilot), an applicant;

    PCAR 2.13.3 – Eligibility for RPA Controller CertificateHas completed an RPAs training course as conducted by the RPA manufacturer in the operation of the type of RPA that he or she proposes to operate; and
    Has at least five (5) hours experience in operating RPAs outside controlled airspace.
    Has passed RPAS Exam
    Has passed the demonstration flight conducted by the authorized personnel of the Authority.

    UAV / RPAS Controllers (Foreign Controllers):

    PCAR 2.13.10 – Validation of Foreign RPA Controller Certificate, License or Authorization.Note: This new provision provides a mechanism for foreign companies that possess a current and existing certificate or authorization from their country to be validated in order to operate in the Philippines.

    UAV / RPAS Operators (Company/Organization):

    PCAR 11.11.6.4 – No person may operate a RPA for commercial operations unless the person holds an RPAS Operator Certificate.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    What if only buy drone in Thailand and then want to take it back to europe without registering with NBTC and CAAT? Would there be any problems at the airport? Thank you

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    • January 14, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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      No problem to live thailand
      but after you have on arrival your national country tariff custom rule…..
      and may be you will have to pay Taxe for this goods ( it is classified as per table international tarif table
      It is a classic and standard way

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      • January 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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        No probs for me my is not registered at all ,i live in Thailand,take it in and out a lot ,don’t really fly here .

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  • February 1, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Hey buddy, really nice article. I am flying to Bangkok next week and will bring my parrot anafi with me (similar to the mavic air). I will have to register in Bangkok with the NBTC and CAAT authorities it seems (correct me if I am wrong). However I will travel to Myanmar and stay there for 1/2 months before coming back to thailand . My question is how long does the offical permit lasts (if I can even get it)? since I plan to travel in SE for around 1 year and will do multiple reentries in Thailand.
    Pedro

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    • February 1, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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      Follow @richardbarrow

      At this moment in time, there has been no crackdowns on bringing drones in and out of Thailand, although officially you need an input license. So, if you are not flying it here, no need to register.

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      • February 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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        Thank you for the quick answer.
        Really glad to know!
        How long does the official permit to fly the drone lasts in Thailand since I will be Travelling from and to Bangkok in the next year?

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        • February 28, 2019 at 11:06 am
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          HI Pedro,
          wanted just to confirm with you you did not have trouble with getting your unregistered drone in Thailand….how was it at the airport? were you bothered? asked for any license?
          I will fly into Thailand from Vietnam and as it is a real complication I decided not to fly it there but still will need to take it with me into the country and do not want to take the risk to have it confiscated…
          thanks for your feedback.

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          • March 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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            Hey Juan. No one asked me anything or even looked at the drone. No problem coming in with a drone to the country

    • February 13, 2019 at 5:02 am
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      Hi Perdo,

      was it possible for you to get the drone licence in the office of the CAAT directly?

      I’m leaving next week for thailand but I haven’t applied for the licence.

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      • March 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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        Havent tried yet. So far ive been flying without permit but only in remote places ??

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Hi
    I will be stopping in Bangkok for 3 days in July enroute to Bali. Any advice on taking my M2P. I am not planning on flying in Bangkok.

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      • February 10, 2019 at 2:31 am
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        Hello everyone
        Demo ……
        So here is a night flight performed during a Buddhist prayer ceremony
        Big Buddha Area (Piyapha Mongkhon) Ubon Ratchathani Khuangnai District

        https://youtu.be/Vy40AxWCJ6E
        This video is not commercial

        Office of Buddhism in every province Can download files Public relations label inviting Buddhists Attend Buddhism propagation week On the Makha Bucha Day, year 2019

        Legale Conditions
        Private flight DJI FANTOM 3 ADV
        – Restricted area as per MAP AIP ENR 5.1 red code VTD44
        – CAAT flight license
        – Insurance Mittare
        – Administrative authorization
        – Chief Monk’s Authorization of the Big Buddha
        – district communal authorization

        Beware of people who fly without permission on a Buddha …….
        As a reminder, night flights are forbidden ……

        cordially

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      • February 11, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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        Thanks Richard

        This is reassuring that my Mavic will not be impounded by customs.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    I have a friend who is going to Bangkok in April for 3 weeks. He wants to fly a drone discreetly, because he has no Thai licence. Obviously he can not fly in the Bangkok area and he has flown in Phuket extensively and done the Erwin National area once. Can someone let me know, so I can pass on the information to him where he can fly where the population and or BiB are low in numbers that is pretty to record? He is well aware of the history and current situation and consequences of flying a drone as a farang without a licence and will carry “sorry notes” at all times, two or three “M” in case. I was thinking of Chiang Mai in the north or Phetchaburi seem to be have isolated places. It is surprisingly cheap to travel within Thailand once you are there.

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      • March 1, 2019 at 7:31 am
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        Thank you very much Bernard,
        Someone has put a great deal of work into that presentation and I am grateful. But it is not quite what I was asking. There is for example a massive area just north of Perth WA that is a red area, CASA Australian Authority) have not answered why this area is marked as no fly zone. Thousands of people live and fly in this area every day. No one has ever been prosecuted for flying in this area. This is not the same in Thailand at all. If you fly anywhere in Thailand without the correct documentation you are in jeopardy of a big fine and possible imprisonment.
        If you have no Thai licence you can not fly anywhere in Thailand. So it does not matter about red areas. I hope you get my question. If not no problem.
        So my friend is looking for areas of beauty which are thinly populated.
        john.gowland@gmail.com

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  • March 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    I just came back from NBTC office in Bangkok. As of February 07, 2019 the requirements for documents to bring, changed. Now you need to bring:

    1. Drone Registration Forms
    – Registration Form
    – Owners declaration of conformity Form
    2. Copy of passport (Your details) as well as copy of Visa/Visa stamp
    3. Notification of staying in the kingdom of Thailand (Expiry date of stay permit/Visa in your passport or others) – A copy of it
    4. Notifications of residence for foreigners (copy of booking hotel or others)
    5. Photo of drone
    – Serial Number of drone
    – Serial Number of Remote Control

    Fill out every form and sign every piece of paper. In the Bangkok office they DO NOT offer the service of copying or printing anything. You have to bring everything – if you don’t, you need to come back a second time.

    Registration of CAAT still remains and is NOT done by them.

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    • March 8, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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      Thank you Patrick CAAT had been and will be the only place we need to deal with to obtain license to fly

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    • March 18, 2019 at 9:34 am
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      Can these forms be download? if yes thanks in advance.
      – Registration Form
      – Owners declaration of conformity Form

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