To fly a drone in the Maldives for commercial purposes, you need to have a permit from the police. There’s no limit on how many times you can apply or how long it takes for your application to be processed. However, the permit only allows you to fly the drone 121 metres above ground level. It only covers coverage of public locations and personal or private places.
The process is straightforward: You fill out an application form and pay an initial fee of 1000 Rufiyaa ($2) plus 500 Rufiyaa ($1) per day until your permit has been issued (which could take up to 10 days). Once that’s done, simply show up at any police station with your drone and register it with them. A process that usually takes just five minutes.
Generic Resort Rules for Flying a Drone in the Maldives
For your ease, we’ve made the rules easy and straightforward. Here are these in easy language:
- You must be at least 18 years old to fly a drone in the Maldives
- You must have a valid licence to fly a drone
- You must have a valid permit to fly a drone in the Maldives
- if needed so that it doesn’t crash into anything when landing (or taking off).
Drone use in Maldives Resorts
In the Maldives, drone use is allowed only in certain areas and locations.
- You may not fly your drone over or near any buildings or structures (including hotels and resorts), as well as on beaches where there are people swimming.
- You must stay at least 200 metres away from any kind of sensitive areas such as airports, hospitals, schools, or airports.
Here’s the list of Resorts that Allow drones
You can fly your drone between sunrise and sunset only if you follow these rules:
- You must stay within line-of-sight of the operator. If something happens that prevents them from seeing what’s happening with your drone. They’ll have no way of knowing how safe it is for themselves either so make sure everyone knows what they need before trying anything like this out.
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