Drone regulations in Ecuador

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Ecuador

Ecuador's Drone Regulations Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, it is allowed.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.

Does the drone need a badge?


Maximum Altitude:

120 metters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Airports.

Drone rules in Ecuador


When you decide to travel and fly your drone in Ecuador you need to be informed about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.

Main responsive authorities


 dacsis@ramt.com / +593 2 294 7400

Drone regulations in Ecuador

Important information for foreigners

If you intend to travel to Ecuador with your drone, you have to keep in mind the following:
There is a limit of drone value – $500. Drones bought in Ecuador – over $500 can be taxed with up to 35%. When you exit the country this tax may be refunded or may not. You may avoid this tax only if you can prove the drone will be used for professional purposes in Ecuador.

General drone regulations in Ecuador

  – Drone flights must be performed only in good weather conditions and only in Day-time. 

  – You need to have good and clear visibility. 

  – Max allowed Altitude – 120 meters (400feet). 

  – Visual contact with the drone- during hall flight. 

  – Distance to any Airport or Airfields – at least 9 kilometres. 

  – Flying over Military objects and facilities- is Forbidden. 

Important Note – Galapagos Islands are absolutely forbidden for drones. Only in cases if Scientific purposes drones can be used. 

Plenty and rich information you can read in this document issued by the DGCAE.  Don’t forget to read carefully all informations about drone regulations in Ecuador in advance.

Some tourist travel tips for Ecuador

A colorful world full of different ethnicities and unique cultures – this is how we can briefly describe the colorful South American country of Ecuador. It is located in the northwestern part of the continent on both sides of the equator between Colombia, Peru and the Pacific coast. It is divided into three geographical regions – Sierra, Oriente and Costa, each of which represents a different and picturesque world. To these we add the famous beautiful Galapagos Islands, which are located about 1000 km inland in the Pacific Ocean.

Although small in size, Ecuador enjoys an abundance of natural contrasts that are a real delight for the eyes and soul. Dense Amazon jungles alternate with the divinely beautiful snow-capped Andes and erupting flaming volcanoes, among which is Kotopahi – the highest active volcano in the world, which is a real challenge for lovers of strong adventures.

Not to mention the intriguing history of the Latin American country. It was originally inhabited by Indian tribes until it passed in the 15th century under the rule of the Inca Empire. In the early 16th century, the Spaniards discovered the country and made it their colonial possession for two centuries. It is no coincidence that today Ecuador is a unique mix of so many different cultures and ethnicities that give it this unique look. Everyone who knows the country has a special place for it in their heart.

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