What you need to know about Drone Insurance in Thailand

Drone insurance in Thailand can range from hobby drones, photo and video drones with cameras, and larger commercial drones. You will need to obtain drone liability insurance for almost all types of drones when flying in Thailand.

There are rules and regulations you must follow when flying a drone in Thailand, one of these requirements is to obtain drone liability insurance cover. We will guide you through what you need to know about flying your drone in Thailand:

  • General rules for operating Drone in Thailand
  • Requirement for Drone registration in Thailand
  • Minimum requirement for Drone Insurance in Thailand

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Legalities of flying your drone in Thailand

According to Thailand’s national aviation authority, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), flying a drone is legal in Thailand, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

General rules for operating Drone in Thailand

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Thailand.

  • All drones must be registered and insured if they:
    1) Have a camera, and
    2) Weigh 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) or more.
  • Drones weighing more than 25 kilograms (55 pounds) must be registered with the Minister of Transport.
  • Drone pilot must be older than 18 years of age unless under control of the legal representative (Drone weight under 2 kg) or 20 years of age for drone weight between 2 kg and 25 kg
  • Drone pilot must maintain a visual line of sight with their drone at all times.
  • Drones must not be flown close to manned aircraft
  • Drones must be flown between sunrise and sunset only when the drone must be clearly seen.
  • Drones must not be flown close to any person, vehicle, construction, or buildings at distance less than 30 meters (100 feet) horizontally for drone with weight not over 2 kg and at distance less than 50 meters (150 feet) for drone with weight over 2 kg but not exceeding 25 kg
  • Drones must not be flown in restricted areas without authorisation.
  • Drones must not be flown within 9 kilometres (5 miles) from an airport or temporary airfield except with special authorisation.
  • Drones must not be flown higher than 90 meters (295 feet).

If you’d like to contact CAAT directly, before you fly your drone, with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: email: info@caat.or.th / or call on +66 (0) 2568-8800.

This information may get updated from time to time and we strongly recommend that you review the website for the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

In the event of any accidents involving your drone, you must immediately notify the accident/incident to CAAT, working hours 02 538 8800 # 1504, Fax 02 568 8848 outside working hours 081 839 2068 or email uav@caat.or.th

Requirements for Drone registration in Thailand

  1. Must register at two agencies: The National Broadcasting Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) and Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)
  2. NBTC is for registering the frequency used by drones
  3. CAAT is for registering the persons who control and in charge of the drone

Register at NBTC

Registration can be done easily at one of the NBTC offices and needed to be done in person and may only take 10-15 minutes. No appointment is needed. The approval granted is valid for the same duration as your visa, similar to Thai citizen that the approval is valid up to 90 days.

Documents required for drone registration with NBTC

  1. Completed UAV’s Radio Equipment Registration and Owner’s Declaration of Conformity (ODoC) Form
  2. Signed copy of identity card or signed copy of your passport and entry stamp for tourist
  3. A copy of registered address or proof of address in Thailand (e.g. booking confirmation from the hotel for tourist)
  4. Photo of the drone showing Model, trademark (brand), serial number, controller, quantity, and the performance of the Drone including devices installed (You don’t have to take the drone to the NBTC)

Fine for unregistered Drone with the NBTC is 100,000 baht or five years in prison or both.

The regulations apply to all drones fitted with cameras including hobby use. If the drone is used for commercial, please review further regulations required from the CAAT.

Register at CAAT

All kinds of drone with camera must be registered with CAAT.

You can only register with the CAAT once you have the approval of the NBTC. However, Registration with CAAT first is viable and can be done online (uav.caat.or.th) while registering with NBTC is required to be done in person.

Documents required for drone registration with CAAT:

  1. A completed and certified self Declaration form
  2. Signed copy of identity card or signed copy of your passport and entry stamp for tourist
  3. A copy of registered address or proof of address in Thailand (e.g. booking confirmation from the hotel for tourist)
  4. Photo of the drone showing Model, trademark (brand), serial number, controller, quantity, and the performance of the Drone including devices installed (You don’t have to bring the drone to the CAAT)
  5. A copy of the Drone Insurance Policy, which covers damages caused to the body, life and properties of the third parties, and also the minimum sum insured is not less than one million baht per time
  6. Purpose of using the Drone
  7. Area specified and geographical position to fly
  8. Contact information of the applicant

The result of the application will be announced within 15 working days (provided that all documents are received).

Copy of Drone Insurance, Drone registration issued from NBTC and CAAT must be carried with you at all time while flying your drone.

The penalty according to CAAT’s regulation is imprisonment is a maxmium of one year and fine  of no more than 40,000 Baht, or both.

Minimum requirements for Drone Insurance in Thailand

Drone insurance can be liability insurance and drone hull insurance.

The Drone Liability Insurance is strictly required by CAAT. Without this cover to your drone, your drone will not meet the requirement imposed by the CAAT. Minimum liability limit at 1,000,000 Baht

Drone Insurance covers you for the damage your drone might cause to other people’s property or bodily injury and also, in some cases, if you physically damage your own drone. Coverage depends on agreement between you and the Insurance company.

Information required to be shown on your Drone Insurance Policy:

  • full name of the policyholder
  • brand, model, serial number and weight of the insured drone(s)
  • Validity in Thailand must be clear
  • Insurance coverage of at least THB 1 million

Please see the following link if you would like Insurance coverage for your drone: https://www.feic.co.th/get-a-quote/#drone-insurance

Contact our expert team in Bangkok with any enquiries:

enquiries@feic.co.th or call +66 2 670 3902