Latest Drone Laws in Sri Lanka

A list of drone regulations and links
for drone pilots in the Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Drone Regulation Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

Yes, it is requireed.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Yes, it is allowed.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, with conditioins.

Does the drone need a badge?

Yes, it is required.

Maximum Altitude:

120 meters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from the Airports.

Latest Drone Laws in Sri Lanka


When you decide to travel and fly your drone in Sri Lanka 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


[email protected] / +94 11 2674503

Latest Drone laws in Sri Lanka

Our advice is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight. After that, you must keep also the drone laws in Sri Lanka listed bellow.

General drone Rules in Sri Lanka

The first and very important thing is that all drones are divided into 4 groups.
Group A – drones 25 kg or more;
Group B – drones 1 kg – 25 kg;
Group C – drones 200g – 1 kg;
Group D – drones under 200g.

Here you can check the Requirements for Operation of Pilotless Aircraft (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles /Drones) 

– If your drone is A & B category and has any data capturing sensors, you have to register it with the CAASL. 

 – All drones equipped with any data capturing sensors- need to have authorization from the local Police. 

 – If you have written approval from the airport within that region or the aircraft is operated, then prior authorization is not needed. 

 – Keep the VLOS ( Visual Line Of Sight) during the entire flight. 

 – Max allowed speed – 160 KpH. 

 – The Drones (Category C) who are not equipped with cameras ( data capturing sensors) – need to be with a certified vendor. 

 – The Drones (Category D) who are not equipped with cameras ( data capturing sensors) – have no need to be registered. 

 – Fly only in good weather conditions and perfect visibility. 

 – Flying at night – is forbidden. 

 – You can fly only one drone at a time. 

 – Always give way to the manned aircraft. 

 – Insurance is required for drones that fall into Category A, B, or C.


Registration of the Drone

The Certificate of the drone is valid for 2 years. After that, it needs to be renewed. 

Drone pilots must carry this certificate all the time when flying a drone. 

If the drone is no longer operable for some reason, or will no longer be operated within the country, it must be de-registered by notifying the Director-General of Civil Aviation.

Registration of the pilot

Drone pilots must obtain a registration from the CAASL. They have to pass a Competency check, which is conducted by the CAASL or authorized third-party.

The Drone pilot must be at least 18 years old.

Only citizens of Sri Lanka can apply for normal registration, non-citizens are eligible to apply for a Temporary Registration.

Identification Stamp

Category A, B, and C drones must carry an identification stamp issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation. It must include: registration number, owner’s issued I.D., and emergency contacts.

Commercial Operations

Commercial operations are not permitted regardless of the mass category without the special authorization from the Director General of Civil Aviation.

More information on drone laws in Sri Lanka, you can find here

If you are interested in drone shooting techniques, you may read our article about the Mirror Effect.

Some tourist travel tips for Sri Lanka

Islands, coconut palms, many sights – these are just some of the things that Sri Lanka has to offer. If you are looking for exotics and are wondering what the next place to visit, you will not go wrong if you head to the island nation.
You will not be bored there. On the contrary, you will have the opportunity to do a variety of things, such as sightseeing. They are a hallmark not only of Sri Lanka. And seven of them are under the auspices of UNESCO. Here are some of the places to visit:

The city of Colombo

The largest city and capital in Sri Lanka. There you will have the opportunity to find yourself in a multicultural environment and encounter many ethnic groups (9 goals) and their different traditions and customs. Take a walk and see the difference in lifestyle in a society with different beliefs. Visit the various sights that are part of the cultural history of the island nation.

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