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General Bahamas Drone Laws:
According to the Bahamas drone laws, you are allowed to fly your drone. However, before you can fly your drone legally. You will have to obtain either recreational or commercial permit. Once you obtain the permit, you will be required to pay a security deposit that is equal to 50% of your drone’s value at the airport. When you leave the country, the security deposit will be fully refunded to you. This is done mainly to combat smuggling the electronics into the country which is why the Bahamas have a very high import tax. Therefore, the security deposit is to make sure that people who brings their drone with them are doing it for enjoyment. After you complete these steps, there are several regulations that all drone operators need to follow.
The drone operators must follow these regulations:
- Do not operate higher than 200 feet.
- Do not operate within 5 miles of an airport or in any area where aircraft are present.
- You must maintain at least 50 feet away from any building, person and vehicles that are not part of your flight operation.
- You must maintain clear visual line of sight at all the times with your drone.
- Do not operate your drone during night time or when there is a low visibility.
- Do not fly your drone over military installations, palaces and parks in the Bahamas.
- You must respect the privacy of others and avoid flying over crowded areas.
- Be aware of “no drone zone” signs around the Bahamas and avoid flying your drone in these areas.
- When flying over the ocean, avoid the ships. (Unless you are familiar with that particular ship, it could be military or restricted and you might end up in jail)
- Check the drone regulations at the hotel where you are staying at. Many hotels ban drones due to privacy concerns and loud noises.
Letter of Authorization in Bahamas
Drone Permit: Recreational
Drone permit for recreational use is allowed within this country. To start applying for permit, please apply here.
Bringing Your Drone in Airplane Guide
For detailed guide on how to take the drone with you on the airplane, please read our 15 travel tips article. All the drones and accessories needs to be brought as carry-on if possible. According to the Montreal Convention, the airlines are only responsible for loss up to $1,000 U.S dollars. When you are traveling internationally, it is common for theft and lost luggage to become an issue. Especially when your flight route have multiple connections. If your drone and accessories is worth more than $1,000 U.S dollars combined and the airlines don’t allow you to bring with you on the plane. We strongly encourage you to ship your drone using Fedex, UPS or DHL and insure it fully.
Secondly, never ever put your drone batteries in your checked luggage. Instead, all of the drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery bag as a carry-on. Because Li-Po batteries is considered as “dangerous goods” by airlines and the regulations surrounding this is extremely strict due to multiple past incidents of these batteries catching on fire. Failure to properly secure the batteries will result in being seized, fined or being denied boarding.back to menu ↑