Based on Mexico’s national aviation authority, Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA), to fly a drone is lawful in Mexico. We suggest being conscious of and compliant with the drone laws listed below.

Basic Rules for Flying a Drone in Mexico

According to the interpretation of laws, some vital rules for flying a drone in Mexico are listed below.

  • Flying drones is allowed only during daylight.
  • Flying drones over people or animals are not allowed.
  • Drones should remain 9.2 kilometers that is, 5 nautical miles away from aerodromes.
  • All drones weighing more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) need to be registered with the DGCA.
  • Drones must be maintained within the visual line of sight and not further than 1,500 feet from the operator.
  • Flying drones more than 400 feet above ground level is restricted.
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  • Don’t go beyond the highest operating speed for the drone based on its utmost takeoff weight.
  • Flying drones at historical sites like Chichen Itza is not allowed.
  • Ensure to abide by the drone policies for the hotel or resort where you are residing.
  • Drones are not permitted to drop objects which may bring damage to people or property.

Commercial Drone Laws in Mexico

Most Mexican publications have declared that commercial drone operators will require a license in order to fly a drone in Mexico, and these laws came into effect on December 1, 2018. Hence, the DGCA has not yet shared information on how to acquire a license. To obtain a drone license in Mexico follow the given criteria

  • Minimum age required is 18 years old
  • A person must be Mexican by birth
  • Provide your military release card
  • Should have a high school diploma
  • Must be of sound health.

Watch a video of drone regulations in Mexico: