Drone Thailand Part 1: NBTC Registration Process

I wanted to create this post to help answer questions regarding Drone Thailand registration process with the NBTC, Insurance and the CAAT. In this post, I will cover what it took for me to get a permanent certificate of registration with the Thailand National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

Flying a drone in Thailand used to not be such a big deal, but with the increase in people traveling and using their drones, this has caused popular countries to implement regulations like the Thailand drone laws that need to be complied with. These laws are effective for any UAV unmanned aerial vehicle or RPA remote piloted aircraft.

This is not only a way for them to “get more money from Tourists” but it’s a way for those who plan on filming either recreationally or commercially to do so legally. For example, when I went to Japan, they have banned Drones at Himeji Castle because someone recently crashed their drone into it, so for those situations, you will need insurance and approval or potentially be in big trouble. Getting the necessary documentation can help keep you from getting fined and even doing time in Jail.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced that all drones in Thailand need to be registered. If not done:

  • a drone’s owner could face a five-year jail term
  • a fine of up to 100,000 Baht.

Tourists can bring their drones into Thailand. However, they are not allowed to fly their drones here until they have registered their devices with the NBTC or the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).

The drone registration process requires the following: a signed copy of the applicant’s passport, a photo and the serial number of the drone, and two copies of the completed registration form.

Here is the NBTC registration form: English/Thai

Tourists will also want to familiarise themselves with the rules for flying drones in Thailand. Among the key points here are that drones:

  • Must not be flown in a way that could cause harm to life and property, or disturb the peace, of others.
  • Must be flown in line of sight at all times.
  • Must not be flown over gatherings of people.
  • Must not be flown near areas where there are piloted aircraft.
  • Should not be used to violate the privacy of others.

With this all in mind, you are ready to snap some beautiful photographs and shoot some fantastic videos of your travels in Thailand!

For further Drone Thailand information, please contact:
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
87 Phaholythin 8 (Soi Sailom),
Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: +(66) 2670 8888
NBTC Call Center 1200
Website: www.nbtc.go.th

Related Posts:

Drone Thailand Part 1: NBTC Registration Process

Drone Thailand Step 2: Thailand Drone Insurance

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