Latest Drone rules in Costa Rica

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's 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 Arports.

Drone rules in Costa Rica


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

Main responsive authorities

Contacts / +506 2242 8000

Drone rules in Costa Rica

General Drone rules in Costa Rica

Our advise is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight.

– All drones have to be registered with the DGCA. This registration can be done in the DGAC portal – here.

 – Fly your drone only in good weather conditions. 

 – Never lose your drone from the visual line of sight. 

 – Distance to any buildings – at least 30 meters. 

 – Distance to any Airport – at least 8 kilometers. 

 – Arenal Volcano, La Palma passage, Zurqui Tunnel, el Murcielago Police Training Center, La Reforma Prison, The Presidental House, El Ministerio de Seguridad Publica – are included in No-fly zones and flying drone there is forbidden.

– Flying over people or crowds is forbidden ( only if you have special Permission you can produce drone flights). 

You can check this link for more details.

Requirements to get Certification to fly a drone in Costa Rica.

For the commercial flights, the drone pilot must have an Operation Certificate issued by DGAC and a Certificate issued by the Technical Council of Civil Aviation.


The drone pilot must be at least 18 years old. 

The drone pilot must have a High school diploma. 

More than 10 flight hours. 

The drone pilot must pass a Theoretical and Practical Exam. 

You can find more info in this document created by the DGAC.

We advise you always read official web pages of the authorities to get fresh and acurate information about drone rules in Costa Rica.

Some tourist travel tips for Costa Rica

If there’s one country that knows best how to market and sell, it’s Costa Rica! Everyone has heard of Costa Rica, its amazing nature and greenery everywhere, its idyllic places and its ecological everything. Let’s see what our trip to Costa Rica will be like.

Costa Rica is synonymous with a good time. We were looking forward to getting to know the region and meeting the unique flora and fauna for the first time. We longed for incredible experiences in close connection with nature and the environment.

As you probably know, sometimes we have to pay for beauty. And that’s a lot. Such is the case with Costa Rica. You will enjoy your time there to the fullest, but you will have to pay.

Pura Vida (means pure life) is a slogan that has become a regular greeting between Ticos (Costa Ricans) and visitors. While we fully agree that one can witness the purest forms of life in this country, we have created another slogan, just for fun. King of life. Expensive life.
The hope of the discoverers that in Costa Rica on the “rich coast” (the name translated from Spanish) will be able to find gold treasures is not justified. But Costa Rica is a rich country – of lush forests and wildlife, with amazing species diversity. Here nature is not always favourable to people. The danger comes not only from volcanoes but also from earthquakes that periodically shake the country.

Costa Rica is one of the smallest countries on the American continent. It boasts many different landscapes – from cool and high mountains to tropical hot coastal lowlands. It is bordered by two oceans – to the east by the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. The mountain ranges cross the country parallel to the Pacific coast like a backbone. Many of the most remarkable peaks in the country are of volcanic origin. Along with the numerous extinct volcanoes, there are several that are active and a threat to local people. Temperatures are high – about 30 ° C during the day and rarely fall below 22 ° C at night. There is also abundant rainfall almost all year round, with a clear dry period on the Pacific side.


In addition to the numerous church holidays that are celebrated throughout the country, each region, as well as a large number of villages and towns have their own local holidays, which are organized by the entire population with a high degree of personal commitment.

Bullfighting, music festivals, carnival processions, processions and pilgrimages are just some of the many occasions for Costa Ricans to turn their workday into a holiday.

The Spanish influence is most evident in the music – the guitar, accordion and mandolin are the most preferred instruments in the country.

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