How to register your drone in Thailand

Updated on 4/01/2018 with information that the deadline for registering a radio controlled device with NBTC is 9 January 2018. After that, you face up to five years in prison for non compliance.

If you intend to fly a drone in Thailand, whether as a hobby or for commercial reasons, you have to by law register your drone first. If you don’t you could face a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or even up to five years in prison. They are serious about this, so before you fly, make sure you register your drone with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). In addition, if your drone has a camera (any weight) or weighs over two kilos then you need to obtain insurance and get permission to fly from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). Their fine for not doing this is up to 40,000 Baht and up to one year in prison. Before you ask, if you have a toy drone, for example weighing less than 250g, then the NBTC or CAAT are not interested. However, they have specifically said that the small DJI Spark needs to be registered.

Scroll down for how to register your drone and for links to download the forms.

When I first started flying drones in Thailand I hardly ever saw any other drone pilots. I also didn’t face any problems about where I could fly. Security guards would come over if they saw me flying, not because it was illegal, but because they were curious to see the live pictures from above. Sadly, those days are long gone. Security guards are more likely to chase you away or sometimes you will see signs like the one above which prohibits the flying of drones. This is not necessarily because of any new laws, it is mainly because just about everyone decided to get a drone for Christmas. Now, with so many people flying, it is no longer the novelty and people, sometimes quite rightly, are fed up with the buzzing sound of the drones flying low over their heads.

When I attend an event these days, there are usually four or five drones flying. And quite honestly, some of these pilots are very dangerous. They are not keeping their drones in line of sight. They are just watching their screens. Which means the possibility of a collision is quite high. I have seen them go down before, either crashing into buildings, trees and power lines, or just colliding with another drone. I tend not to fly at events any more. Partly because it is distracting to people who might be watching a show, but also it is quite dangerous if there is a large crowd. The number one rule for drone pilots is to make sure you have a wide and clear area in case of an emergency landing. This kind of thing is why the Ministry of Transport came out with a new law about the use of drones in Thailand.

Scroll down for the law regarding drones in Thailand.

Even after you have registered your drone with the NBTC, bought insurance and have permission to fly from CAAT, you still need to obey the following rules. If not, you will be subject to a fine and maybe imprisonment.

Once you have permission from the land owner to fly, you must obey these rules while flying:

  • must not fly in a way that may cause harm to the life, property and peace of others
  • must not fly into restricted area, limited area and dangerous area announced in Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand or AIP-Thailand and also at government buildings and hospitals unless permission is given.
  • take-off and landing area must not be obstructed by anything
  • must keep the Unmanned Aircraft in line-of-sight at all times and not rely on the monitor or other devices
  • must only fly between sunrise and sunset when the Unmanned Aircraft can clearly be seen
  • must not fly in or near clouds
  • must not fly within 9 km (5 nautical miles) from airport or temporary airfield unless having permission from the airport or airfields operators
  • must not fly over 90 meters above the ground
  • must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
  • must not fly near other aircraft that have pilots
  • must not violate the privacy rights of others
  • must not cause a nuisance to others
  • must not deliver or carry dangerous items or lasers on the Unmanned Aircraft
  • must not fly horizontally closer than 30 meters (100 feet) to people, vehicles, constructions or buildings

For the full regulations, click here, or visit the CAAT website for the latest up to date information.

Before I continue, I should point out something in the above infographic released by CAAT which is contradictory to the regulations. The infographic says you need to have a licence to fly if your drone has a camera, even if it is less than two kilos. But, the regulations do not say anything about that. From what I, and other people understood, if you have a small drone like a Spark or Mavick that weighs less than two kilos, you do not need to get permission to fly from CAAT. As long as you are not using it for commercial reasons and you obey the above rules. However, officials we have spoken to at CAAT insist that you still have to get permission to fly. We asked specifically about the smallest of drones, DJI Spark, and they said yes, we would need insurance and permission to fly.

Scroll down for how to register your drone with NBTC.

If you intend to fly a drone in Thailand, then by Thai law you must register it first with the NBTC before the 9 January 2018 deadline. If you don’t, you are violating the Communications Radio Act. Apparently, only 350 drones have been registered up to now out of an estimated 50,000 drones in Thailand. Which is why there is now a crackdown on drones. Before, we probably would have gotten away with flying without a license if we were discreet. But, now, thanks to all of the publicity, everyone knows that you must register your drone or you will face up to five years in prison. It was front page news in the Bangkok Post (see the article here) and other national newspapers.

The following is what I did to register my drones with NBTC in Bangkok. They have 17 offices around Thailand, and so you don’t need to do this here. Also, you are apparently allowed to register at your local police station. I know people who have done this, but make sure you download the form in advance as they won’t know anything about it. My advice is to go to your local NBTC officer. In Thai it is “กสทช.”, just search for it on google maps. For the one in Bangkok, it is on Soi Phahonyothin 8. Click here for the map link. When you arrive, you will see the big building in the photo above. You need to go to Building 2, first floor. From the front gate, turn right and walk down a path. Don’t go through security. You will see the building on your right near the road.

Before you go, you should prepare the following. If you do so, then you will be in and out in just five minutes. That is how long it took me to register my two drones.

  1. Sign a copy of your passport
  2. Proof of address like house registration, lease, rental contract or work permit (this is new)
  3. Photos of your drone and the serial number on your drone
  4. Two copies of the filled in application form

That’s it if you are just flying as a hobby like myself. If you are media or a registered company, then there are more documents that you need.

NOTES: 

  1. You don’t need to take your drone into the office. Though some people did.
  2. Stick the photos on a piece of A4 paper and then sign the sheet of paper.
  3. You need a set of documents for each of your drones.
  4. The serial numbers are on a sticker on the drone box. I took a picture of that.
  5. Print the application form on both sides of a sheet of paper. Or pick one up at their office.
  6. The filled in form needs to be photocopied. This is what they stamp and return to you.

This is a link to the page on the NBTC page about the regulations. This is a direct link to download the form. It is only in Thai. I will take you through it step by step below. Scroll down.

The first three fields to fill in are for “Day/Month/Year”

The next section is about the weight of your drone. I ticked the first one as my drones are less than 2 kilos. The others are for between 2 and 25 kilos, and for more than 25 kilos.

Number 5 is your first name and number 6 is your family name. Number 7 is your age. Number 8 and 9 is your nationality. I wrote UK.

Numbers 10-12 is your birthday written as Day/Month/Year. Number 13 is your ID card number. I wrote my passport number.

Number 15-21 is your address. 15 is the house number, 16 the Soi number, 17 the road name, 18 the Tambon or kwang name, 19 the Amphoe or Khet name, 20 the province name, and 21 the post code. Number 22 is your telephone number. I didn’t fill in the rest.

UPDATE: They didn’t ask me for proof of address when I went, but now they apparently are. I’m not sure yet what tourists can do about this.

I didn’t fill in Section 2 as I am a private individual. Continue to page two.

For Number 23, I ticked the first box as I just fly for a hobby. The others are for media, businesses etc.

For Number 24, I wrote the name of my drone. For Number 25 it is asking for the number of drones and rotors. I wrote one drone and four rotors. I was registering a DJI Phantom 3 and a DJI Spark. I did this on two different forms. I guess if you have two of the same then use the same form.

For number 26, I wrote the serial number of the drone. As I said before, it is on a sticker on your box. Number 27 is the weight. Number 28 is for what equipment is fixed. I said camera. Number 29 is the maximum height it can go in meters. Number 30 is the frequency. For mine I wrote 2.400 – 2.483 GHz.

That’s it. Sign your name and then write your name clearly in the brackets below. The other signatures are for the officials. Hand them into the officer at the reception. It took them about five minutes to check everything and stamp it. The registration is free at the moment.

UPDATED: When I went to the NBTC office, the official said that there was no need for me to do anything else. They said they would forward my application to CAAT. But people who went later are reporting that NBTC officials are now saying that you also need to get permission to fly from CAAT. This is because at NBTC you are just registering your radio communications device. I rang CAAT and an official there confirmed this. They also added you need to get insurance first before they would accept your application. The whole process will take about two months. Maybe longer now as over 1,300 drones were registered at NBTC in the first week alone. Some people in the comments below have said that after they registered with CAAT, they were told that they would pass on their registration to NBTC. So, no need to do both.

If you want to do that yourself, then click here for the forms and regulations in English. If you search for Thai drone insurance on Facebook you will find some companies that offer it.  If you have experience of registering your drone in Thailand, or you have any questions, then please feel free to post them below in the comments. Please remember, if you do fly your drone in Thailand, please do so responsibly. It only needs one person to fly over the Grand Palace or crash into an aircraft for drones to be banned for everyone.

PLEASE READ THE COMMENTS BELOW FOR SOME USEFUL ADVICE. 

534 thoughts on “How to register your drone in Thailand

  • January 15, 2018 at 8:52 am
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    About the polemic All Drone equipped with camera must registered or Not ( wrong) !!!!!

    Only Drone without camera and weight less-2Kg do not need CAAT record but need Radio registration to NBTC as per the law

    Do not need to amend the Act BE 2558 Announcement regulation !!!! because Ministry have the power by Article 23 and 24 of the Air Navigation Act B.E. 2497 amended 2009 !
    What is wrote in the Act ?
    Section 23. No person shall use a photograph apparatus in or from an Aircraft by any means whatsoever unless written permission has been obtained from the Competent Official.
    It is Why CAAT request all drone with camera must be registered Included Class 1A (-2kg) …
    https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/27220
    ”Drones has to register every case.”
    Drones weighing more than 2 kg must be registered in all cases.
    Drones weighing more than 25 kg must be approved by the Minister of Transport.

    The simple conclusion is that the weight is no more than 2 kg. Used for hobbies No registration required. But if the camera is installed must register all cases. If there is no camera, but weigh between 2 – 25 kg, must register. The case weighs 25 kg or more. Must be approved by the Minister of Transport.

    Section 24 – Section 24. No person shall control or release a pilotless Aircraft
    or release a Parachute unless written permission has been obtained from the Minister and the conditions specified by the Minister are complied with.

    Concerning NBTC registration it is fully different All Drone (with or without camera ) shall be register by possessor as per Section 23 of the Radio Communications Act, BE 2498 ( Do not need to fly !!! ) if you are possessor shall be done by NBTC office or Police station Chanel )
    If you want to fly with camera you have to record to CAAT !!!!!!

    Note that NBTC do not have power and do not give any permission to Fly only to have Radio

    If you record your Drone to CAAT you do not need to record again to NBTC !!! ( confirmed by Caat)

    The last point shall be considered is AIP ENR 5.1 !!!!
    As per Act BE 2558
    Article 5 (2) b must not fly into restricted area, limited area and dangerous area
    announced in Aeronautical Information Publication – Thailand or AIP- Thailand and also at
    government buildings and hospitals unless permission is given.;

    AIS/CAAT Autority have give us AIP Map to check where you can flight !!! https://ais.caat.or.th/
    Please look and take in consideration VTP/VTR and VTD Buffer have been increased by Authorities
    Be car some Island are under restriction !!!!
    This is the list where the fly drone is not permitted !!!
    No Fly Drone AIP
    ISLAND Thailand
    No Fly as ar AIP
    Ko Chang
    Ko Prayam
    Ko Ra
    Ko Phra Thong
    Ko Surin Tai
    Ko Surin Nua
    Ko Tasai
    Ko Born
    Ko Similan
    Ko Payang
    Ko Phuket 90%
    Ko Mai Thon
    Ko Phi phi Don
    ko Phaluai
    Ko Samui
    Ko Katen
    Ko Phangan
    Ko Tao
    Ko Thalu 20%
    Ko Lan 8%
    Ko Khram Yai
    Ko Samae San 25%
    Ko Ta Ru Tao 60%
    Ko Sukon 20%

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    • January 18, 2018 at 2:24 am
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      Hey guys,

      So after more thought, I am actually considering being a bad ass and going to Thailand next week without a drone permit and flying my drone. The three places I am going are Khao Sok National Park, Khao Yai National Park, and Koh Phangan. Does anyone know if they are strict on drones or what the laws are for drones in Koh Phangan? And I heard they do not allow drones in national parks but I have seen so many youtube videos with drone footage of Khao Sok. So what do you think? Will I be able to get away in any of these places?

      I tried clicking on the link for that map and got a strange website.

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      • January 18, 2018 at 6:17 am
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        I am goin to take mine aswell.ive previously commented on this thread and explained back in October I put forward all documents fully complete including valid insurance.they confirmed they had all the info they needed and they would be intouch as and when they process my application.3 months on and ive heard nothing.ive emails 5 different people at caat trying to get some sort of response and not one of them has answered me.its ridiculous,im really disappointed,they put in a system and u try your hardest to abide and comply.i intend to take it anyway and all being well I’m going to goto caat hq in Bangkok and speak to them directly.im also takin prints of all my documents including the insurance and all the reletent forms so I have them at hand if nessessary.its really annoying,i went to a lot of effort to endure all paperwork was present and correct and to not get any kind of response is kind of unfair.

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        • February 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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          hi how did you go did your permits turn up

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      • January 19, 2018 at 7:31 am
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        Hello !
        this strange Site Web is Government Agency AIS/CAAT in charge of AIP Map for Thailand
        never mind I give you a direct link of App google provided by Thai Agency it is more comfortable access you need google Earth in your computer because is it KMZ file
        here https://www.dropbox.com/s/qbbqpd4jsf2dlnx/ENR%205%20AIP%20THAILAND%20%20CAAT%20Application%20Google%20Earth%20Kmz%20.pdf?dl=0
        The legal official source in Thai is here ( Thai) you must to click where is write in green color
        https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/20455
        ถ้าอุปกรณ์ของท่านไม่มีโปรแกรม Google Earth สามารถ Download และติดตั้ง ได้ตาม Link https://www.google.com/earth/
        —–> คลิ๊กที่นี่!! เพื่อทำการตรวจสอบพื้นที่
        Translation
        If your device does not have Google Earth, you can download and install it by following the link https://www.google.com/earth/.
        —– > Click here!! To check the area
        or https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/20455 Click here!! To check the area
        Please, look and take in consideration VTP/VTR and VTD Buffer 5NM have been increased by Authorities out of the point Airport …
        https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=483663

        I did an hard new extraction of no Fly list areas as per AIP restriction about very popular areas
        that is the minimum you have to consider others areas red color moe and more …. !!!
        Note that Authority have increased and added largely the radius Buffer 5 NM for VTD from point anywhere and not only Air port !!!!
        Good fly
        Please you can pick up the list here

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      • January 28, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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        Hi Eddie,
        did you end up having any problems? curious to know how it went… i am leaving March 29th, was going to stop by CAAT and NBTC in Bangkok to see if i can register once i arrive
        have you tried flying in Khao Sok yet?

        Thanks
        Emilie

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      • January 30, 2018 at 12:00 am
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        Hi Eddie,
        did you end up having any problems? curious to know how it went… i am leaving March 29th, was going to stop by CAAT and NBTC in Bangkok to see if i can register once i arrive
        have you tried flying in Khao Sok yet?

        Thanks
        Emilie

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        • January 30, 2018 at 5:59 am
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          Love to hear more on US bought drones too in Thailand. As long as you get them registered I thought it was ok…

          I had to cancel my trip because of baby hospitalization so bummed but didn’t have drone registered anyway.

          So I’m looking for right places to go about registering now and HOW LONG it’s good for. To plan ahead for a future trip.

          Thanks for all great content on this thread. Happy flying 😃

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  • January 16, 2018 at 10:59 am
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    Has anyone had experience registering drones in the south? I like in Surat Thani province but not anywhere close to the NBTC office (5+ hours away). It looks like there aren’t any offices for CAAT outside of BKK. Since the 9th Jan deadline has passed, I assume I just need to email the required info to CAAT directly? Has any compiled a list of insurance providers? I’ve emailed a few. Thanks!

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  • January 16, 2018 at 12:50 pm
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    Do I still need to register even I will not be flying in Bangkok, like I’m just in transit in Bangkok since my destination is in Myanmar? Bangkok will be my entry and exit point but I will not fly my mavic there and I only have few hours to spare in Bangkok.

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    • January 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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      You are allowed to fly drones in Myanmar? Be careful as a group of people were recently arrested for not having permission to fly. And to answer your question, there are no reports of people with drones having problems while in transit.

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      • January 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm
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        Just to double-check, were they flying a drone without permission or just owned it?

        I am going to Thailand at the end of Feb and planning to take my Mavic with me. My application is in progress, but, there are no guarantees that it will be done in time.
        Will I face any troubles if I will take it with me and will start flying as soon as my registration will be approved? (in case it will be approved at the middle of my residence or 1 week before I leave, etc)

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        • January 17, 2018 at 5:26 am
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          At this moment in time, I’ve not heard of anyone having problems for owning a non-registered drone. The deadline only passed last week. We don’t know yet if they will question you at the airports.

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          • January 17, 2018 at 5:43 am
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            I flew out of BKK on Jan 12th with my unregistered MAVIC stowed in my carry-on without any issues. I removed the batteries when going through security but wasn’t challenged regarding registration of the drone.

          • January 17, 2018 at 6:05 am
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            Why did you remove batteries when going through security?

          • January 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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            They usually want to inspect them. The same as for power banks. For myself, I put my drone batteries in a fire proof bag. Sometimes they ask to see, sometimes not.

          • January 29, 2018 at 9:42 am
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            Hello Richard,

            In spite of all my efforts to explain on your forum certain points of the regulation 2015 RPA TH and conditions of flight
            Here is the response of the AIS / CAAT Authority Answer Mr Apiwat Chanrueang
            Air Traffic Management Standards Division (TS)
            Air Navigation Services Standards Department (ANS) Air traffic
            Dear sir
            I have received your email and I want to clarify about red area in Google Earth map.
            Red area in Google Earth map is :
            1. Restricted Area, Prohibited Area, and Danger Area that Published in AIP-Thailand ENR 5.1
            2.The area within 5 nautical mile (9 KM.) from airport or temporary airfield (Red circle)
            in case of unable to comply with article 5 of The Announcement of the Ministry of Transport on Rules to Apply for Permission and Conditions to Control and Launch Unmanned Aircraft in the category of Remotely Piloted Aircraft B.E.2558 (attached file) you shall notify Director General in written document (according to article 17)

            Best Regards,

            อภิวัฒน์ จันทร์เรือง
            กองมาตรฐานการจัดการจราจรทางอากาศ
            ฝ่ายมาตรฐานบริการการเดินอากาศ

            Mr Apiwat Chanrueang
            Air Traffic Management Standards Division (TS)
            Air Navigation Services Standards Department (ANS)

            Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)
            333/103 Moo 4, Laksi Plaza Building, 7th Floor, Kamphaeng Phet 6 Rd.,
            Talat Bang Khen, Laksi, Bangkok 10210 , Thailand
            Website : http://www.caat.or.th , Tel : 02 5688824, email : apiwat.c@caat.or.th

            So ! I am surprised you make no comments on this subject a concrete example you made a video on the famous temple Ayutthaya this area is under restriction and moreover almost 80% of this Province too !!!
            It would also be good to explain to drone pilots in good standing with their license and insurance that any incident or accident that occurs in a VTP/VTR:VTD restricted area as defined by MAP will not be covered by your insurance …. .!!!!
            So please, find here the (partial) list of all the most popular tourist areas including National Parks … which are under restrictions (eg Ko Samoui and its related islands completely forbidden)
            Thank you for trying to address the topic that affects the conditions of flight in the Thai airspace that is regulated like most countries by the AIP ENR 5.1 for reminder the ” GRD ” = GROUND = 0 means to part of the ground which implies even if you are on a private property you are not allowed to fly even at 30 m an important point and very little known .. !!!!

            Here the partial extraction of VTD not fly permitted as per AIP ENR 5.1No Fly Drone AIP ENR 5.1 MAP Thailand as per Law RPA 2015 ADV Article 5 (b) 2
            Island,Bond,Beach,National Park Thailand
            Sources / CAAT https://www.caat.or.th/th/archives/20455
            Ko Born
            Ko Chang
            Ko Katen
            Ko Khoei
            Ko Khram Yai
            Ko Kut
            Ko Lan 8%
            Ko Mai Thon
            Ko Mak
            Ko Payang
            ko Phaluai
            Ko Phangan
            Ko Phi phi Don
            Ko Phra Thong
            Ko Phuket 90%
            Ko Prayam
            Ko Ra
            Ko Samae San 25%
            Ko Samui
            Ko Similan
            Ko Sukon 20%
            Ko Surin Nua
            Ko Surin Tai
            Ko Ta Ru Tao 60%
            Ko Tao
            Ko Tasai
            Ko Thalu 20%
            Ao Ang Krapon
            Ao Bang Sare
            Ao Bai Lan
            Ao Ban saen
            Ao Bang Bao
            Ao Bang Kradan
            Ao Bang Prong
            Ao Bang Pu
            Ao Bang Saphan
            Ao Bang Suk
            Ao Bangtau
            Ao Bann Son
            Ao Bnag Pit
            Ao Chalok Lam
            Ao Chalong
            Ao Chek
            Ao Chuksamed
            Ao Chumphon
            Ao Dhung Ga
            Ao Hat Chang
            Ao Hat Khuat
            Ao Hat Rin
            Ao Hat Wai Nam
            Ao Hat Yao
            Ao Hua Hin
            Ao Kalang
            Ao Kham
            Ao Khlong Chao
            Ao Khlong Na
            Ao Mahatchai
            Ao Makham
            Ao Manao
            Ao Luk
            Ao Muang
            Ao Muang Thon Noi
            Ao Na Chom Thian
            Ao NaKlua
            Ao Noi
            Ao Pathiu
            Ao Patong
            Ao Patthaya
            Ao Phak Waen
            Ao Phra
            Ao Po
            Ao Puddesawan
            Ao Raet
            Ao Rang Chorakhe
            Ao Salak Khok
            Ao Salat
            Ao Sammuk
            Ao Sapparot
            Ao Satahib Bay
            Ao Slukpet
            Ao Swi
            Ao Ta Nit
            Ao Tang Chen
            Ao Tha Rua
            Ao Thong Nian
            Ao Tung Plong
            Ao Udom
            Ao Wai Chaek
            Ao Work Tum
            Ao Yai
            Ao Yai
            Ao Yai Ki
            Ao Yang
            Ao Yon
            Ao Yuang
            Budo Su Ngai Padi montain Range National
            Chae Son Waterfall
            Dawn at Phanomrung History Park
            Doi Luang National Park
            Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
            Haui Nam Dang National Park
            Kaeng Khrung National Park
            Khao Luang National Park preservation
            Khao Sok National Park
            Khao Yai National Park
            Khlong Lan National Park
            Khlong Phanom National Park
            Ko similan National Park
            Laem Sun National Park
            Lamnam Kra buri National Park
            Lum Nam National Park
            Mae Wong National Park
            Mu Ko Chang National Park
            Mu ko Chumphon Nationa Park
            Mu Ko Phetra National Park
            Nam Kong National Park
            Nam Nao National Park (80%)
            Ngao Waterfall
            Op Luang National Park
            Pang Sida National Park
            Phanom Rung Historical Park
            Phu Chong Na Yoi national Park
            Phu Luang Wildlife ( 80%)
            Phu Phang Nationa Park
            Sai Yok National Park
            Si Lanna National Park
            Si phang Nga National Park
            Sikiet Waterfall National Park
            Ta Phraya National Park
            Tarutao National Park
            Thap Lan National Park
            ThapLan National Park
            Wang Taikraia Parc waterfall

  • January 17, 2018 at 1:11 pm
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    My wife and I will go on our honeymoon end March.

    So where do I send that filled in form to register then?
    I live in the UAE.

    Kind regards
    Frederik

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  • January 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm
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    Received my licence from CAAT today. Valid for 2 years. Applied end of September.

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    • January 19, 2018 at 6:58 am
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      Hello !
      Very good new for you !!
      could you shown the picture of your license ( without you name if you want off course)
      interesting for all people …
      Thank you

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      • January 19, 2018 at 7:06 am
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        No option for showing images here as I can see.

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  • January 19, 2018 at 7:05 am
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    I received my licence from CAAT yesterday. It’s valid for two years. I applied at the end of September.

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    • January 19, 2018 at 7:07 am
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      Apologies for the repost. Original post made from my phone and wasn’t showing on the page when I made the second post…

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      • January 19, 2018 at 7:12 am
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        Congrats Craig!
        Good to see that the long waiting period does pay off! Happy and safe flying!

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    • January 19, 2018 at 7:20 am
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      Congratulations Craig, enjoy the sky

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      • February 2, 2018 at 10:27 am
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        Hi Stuart
        I emailed you for a quote on drone insurance. I have a phanotm 3 Professional. CAAT does not accept home insurance liability cover for drone. Only found this out after waiting the 60 days and then calling to see if my drone had received approval!!! Now I need to wait another 60 days for approval once I submit insurance. urggggh

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        • February 2, 2018 at 10:52 am
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          Hi Margaret , yes got your email this morning. Sorry to hear that but not unexpected. We did send you the necessary insurance details in October. No Home policy will cover an aviation risk. I’m finishing a meeting and will send the details again shortly.

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          • February 2, 2018 at 10:57 am
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            Thought you would have but I could not find it today. Thanks again

  • January 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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    What do you put on the CAAT form for requested operating location if you want to fly in various areas around Thailand?

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    • January 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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      Alfred, just put few places where you intend to fly, however you can take off wherever is allowed, my personal opinion is just a formality to ask, hope it helps

      Cheers

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  • January 26, 2018 at 11:28 am
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    Does anyone know that if and when the drone is registered that if you then sell the drone, the registration goes with the drone?
    Obviously the insurance and license will need to be renewed in the new owners name.

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    • January 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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      Good question, and is it true that when you buy a new drone all the registration paper work must be completed in store before take it home?

      Thinking about the new Mavic Air but waiting for at least a quarter of a year (3 months) to get permission to fly is putting me off.

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    • January 26, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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      my point of view … It is an evidence !!!
      New owner shall be request license transfer and provide Insurance (the best way is to use same insurance to simplify the transfer ) because all documents are attached with the name Owner owner not with Drone related the serial number is necessary only to find the owner operator in case infraction or accident or incident ….

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  • January 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    Just FYI If you purchased you drone in the USA it is illegal to fly in Thailand. Something with the wifi or radio frequencies being different. Thailand aligns with european standards.

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    • January 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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      Steve

      I don’t recall this being mentioned in the thread yet – interested to hear response and comment from Richard and others and where you found this documented. We’ve scoured the Thai and English documentation but only from CAAT and didn’t see any reference (but reading did put us to sleep).

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      • February 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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        I applied to CAAT registration. When calling they mentioned I had a USA drone and something about frequencies. No full details. Just wait or call back. They did say I needed to register at the NBTC office in Ari. I went there and they said I can not fly in Thailand because of the different frequency of my USA bought drone. They gave me some paperwork on the frequencies not explaining it well cause they spoke almost no english.

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        • February 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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          Hi Steve, could you provide the drones name and Radio frequency,

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        • February 23, 2018 at 8:29 am
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          DJI drones will switch frequency based upon their location to comply with local regulation. Each time you change geographic location you get a warning when you open Go 4 app and connect to the drone. This when acknowledged will reboot the droneand charge to the locally required frequency.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    Hi, I will be in Thailand at the end of February.
    There are no chance to take my DJI Spark with me?

    Thank you

    Reply
      • February 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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        Can I take my drone but not fly?

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  • January 31, 2018 at 9:45 am
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    We visited Chiang Mai from 27 to 29 Jan 2018. We brought 2 x phantom 4 and 2 x Mavic with a total of 12 batteries. We also had a osmo and x3 camera from the inspire 1. All in 2 x think tank airport bags. Landed atChiang Mai international airport. Was instructed to checked through 1 bag with 1 x phantom 4 with 3 batteries and 1 x mavic with 3 batteries into the X Ray. The guy at the x Ray screen called out “drone”. And that’s it. Nothing happened. We were on our way the next second. Took a Turk TIL to our hotel near Hard Rock Cafe Chiang Mai.

    Note Huay Tung Tao Reservoir must not be flown at. We almost flew and a helicopter came hovering about. We cancelled all flying at the reservoir.

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    • January 31, 2018 at 9:51 am
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      Thanks for your comments. So far I haven’t had a problem with my drone at airports in a Thailand. Though there maybe a time when they will start asking to see your license. The problem at the moment is flying it as so many places are illegal. Like 9 kilometers from airports. Not over national parks or historical parks. Also police stations, hospitals, army camps, palaces etc. You will be arrested and fined. If you don’t have a license or insurance the penalty will be higher.

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      • February 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm
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        Hello Richard!
        Why did you not comment all legal information from Authority provided by me ?
        5NM ( 9 km from Airport is insuffisant !!) to many buffer have been added !!
        I am very surprise ..
        typical example from the last comments
        ”Huay Tung Tao Reservoir must not be flown at” all areas around Chiang Mai are illegal
        Finnaly The Chiang Mai province you can’t fly !!!!
        Please check AIP MAP ENR51 provided by AIS/CAAT as per Law drone and confirmed by
        Mr Apiwat Chanrueang
        Air Traffic Management Standards Division (TS)
        Air Navigation Services Standards Department (ANS)

        Advanced Aviation Co., Ltd., South Rim, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
        ID 35
        Temporaly_Location Advanced Transportation Company, South Rim, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
        F3 18
        F4 54
        F5 38.62
        F6 98
        F7 55
        F8 57.06
        F9
        Latitude 18 ° 54 ‘38.62 ”
        Longitude 98 ° 55 ‘57.06 ”
        X 98.932517
        Y 18.910728
        F14
        F15
        F16
        F17
        BUFF_DIST 5

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          • February 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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            Hello
            I have inscription with an other name Sir but your blog do not shown …
            never mind! it is not necessary to know my name Sir ( you have by inscription)
            I provide to many information have the legal and official source and can be verify any time what I say !!!
            What is inside my comments long time I wrote big and major information sophisticated details and you do not have any reaction with others bloggers …..

  • February 2, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    Hi,
    I am trying to fill out the CAAT forms to send out.. i am pretty confused on how to fill them out!
    if anyone has any advise that would be very helpful!

    unmanned aerial vehicle registration application form
    1. current address. asks for house/room #, building #, road and sub district, -* not to sure what to put for those if i live in Canada
    2. Juristic person- I don’t even know what that means to be honest.. wants corporate name and business details- is that for insurance? they want a current address for that too.
    3. government agency is that where i put the drone insurance info?..

    part 2- info of pilot who releases UAV – is that who will be flying it?

    part 4- unmanned aerial vehicle info-
    3. what is registration marks?
    6. equipment list?
    8. radio controller frequency/additional equipment ?

    Part 5 asks for insurance info

    *other form
    Consent to the disclosure of personal info
    not to sure what to put down for contact address as it asks again for home/room# and sub distract #?

    in the process of getting my insurance through “mittare insurance from thailand ”
    on Facebook look up “drone thai insurance” super helpful, fast replies, said he will have my insurance done within 3 working days

    Thanks

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    • February 2, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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      Hi Emilie,

      1. Your msg is a bit confusing about how to fill in the CAAT forms as the service company you mention is normally advertising they will do that? Or am I wrong ?

      2. FYI , re the Mittare insurance product, what you are not being told is that it does not provide any cover for legal liability in a Thai court. Yes I know what it says on the cover of Mittares policy and the insurance plan details however you will not find any benefit in the actual policy document or the plan details stating and confirming that cover exists for legal defence in court if you are sued. The Mittare product is, despite this, sufficient to get you your license as understanding of liability insurance is very poor in the Thai market including amongst the agents / brokers selling it and the government people looking at your policy. A separate, local drone liability insurance product is available which gives legal liability insurance cover WITH legal defence in court, at a slightly different premium of BHT 3500, only BHT 500 more. We do offer both products and take care to explain the difference + supply the actual policy documents , so that you can read and make an informed choice and be aware of the protection difference before you buy. Anyone can confirm these details by calling Mittare’s drone insurance manager – who speaks english – including the agents who are selling. This is just FYI for everyone’s understanding.

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  • February 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    Hi, I want to know, if I buy a dji spark from Thailand and bring back to my country, is there a problem at the airport or not.?
    I bought dji spark last month, and not register yet. I have to go back next week.
    That’s I want to know.

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    • February 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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      JOHN no worries at all, went in and out with mavic pro not issues just make sure batteries are discharged at least 50% or less as well remote controller if you have one as safety reason, have a safe flight

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      • February 3, 2018 at 2:47 am
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        @Juan Bodan you mean they don’t really check at customs whether your drone is registered or not? I will be going to Phuket in 3 days and I will be bringing my Spark without license/permit whatsoever.

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        • February 3, 2018 at 7:21 am
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          JOHN, they do check your drone and they know what it is but they don’t look for the papers to fly, if that was the question, ( also make sure to ask airlines about batteries allowed, some allow two or three) airline don’t check about permission neither, hope it helps happy flying

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          • February 3, 2018 at 7:35 am
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            Who checks it? Security when it goes through x-ray or customs? My only experience the last few years is flying domestic with my drone (so I don’t know about customs other than to say no-one has reported a problem). When I fly my drone is in my carry on bag which goes through x-ray. They have never physically checked it or asked questions.

          • February 3, 2018 at 11:24 am
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            SECURITY, customs rarely gets involved

  • February 3, 2018 at 12:38 pm
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    Hi guys,

    Given the long list of restricted areas, most of them the best places to fly, is it still worth flying in Thailand even with a registered drone ?

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      • February 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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        Indeed !
        All the beautiful islands are now no fly zone.
        Is the list above up to date ? i didn’t see Koh Yao Yai, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Hong, Koh Lanta, Mu Koh Ang Thong Marine Park, Koh Khai (Chicken Island), Tup island…..and maybe more.

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  • February 4, 2018 at 8:26 am
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    I went toto NBTC Chiang Mai to get my drone registered. Guess what . They told me to do it in Bangkok. LOL..

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  • February 5, 2018 at 8:04 am
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    Hi

    One Thailand insurance and istructor agency doing registration for me .
    I hope help for everyone ….
    Here is the email :

    Step 1 insurance,

    Please see attachment for insurance application form for your consideration.
    For requirement documents, please see in #4 of insurance application forms.

    Please fill in all the form and prepare all requirement documents in #4 of insurance application forms, then please email back to us. We will sent Pay Pal payment request to you.

    Within next 3 working days you will get soft copy of insurance policy.

    Hard copy will be ready within next 2 weeks and waiting for your pick up at our office in Bangkok,
    Or additional service we can sent to your hotel. Please confirm again for arrangement.

    Step 2 Registration

    Our services are, to assist your CAAT apply process, issue document for “Power of Attorney”, and running to handling directly to CAAT, sent a CAAT received copy back to you, finally sent an original license to you after CAAT release it, after next 2-3 months, (For Thailand address only. For customer from abroad, soft copy will scan and email to you, if request), etc,.

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    • February 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm
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      Hello

      What is your email ?

      I arrive in BKK on February 13 with a new DJI Mavic Air. I need insurance and registration. Staying in Phuket for 30 days. Are you able to assist me in registration and insurance ?

      Thank you

      Richard

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  • February 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
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    Happy and Sad I found this website. On my way to Phuket next week for a month, was going to take my DJI Mavic Air with me, but figure it is probably not worth it now.

    Will they expedite the process for tourists if I arrive and fill out paperwork and apply for insurance while I am there?

    Let me know if there is any way to be properly registered and insured upon arrival.

    Thanks !!!!

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    • February 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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      you will just have to wait like every one else.
      I have been waiting almost 90 days. And I am still waiting…

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  • February 7, 2018 at 1:11 am
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    Just to give you an update: I just got here in Phuket now and Customs didn’t even bother to check my backpack. Didn’t even asked me to put it down and pass it through xray haha! Inside my backpack are: dji spark, dji mavic, anker 20000mah powerbank, macbook pro, gopro and cables. Hoping to fly on the islands tomorrow without security checks.

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    • February 7, 2018 at 5:24 am
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      ackeeee – depends on the island(s), some are national parks so you will be in automatic violation, the other islands are aware of the registration and insurance enforcement (dunno if you got all that taken care of). We were on Koh Lan in Jan and the owner of the resort was aware of the tighter control coming into force.

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      • February 7, 2018 at 5:26 am
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        Yes, if you’re flying without proper registration and insurance you are risking a fine and/or confiscation of your drone. And as Tim says, there are plenty of places now where you cannot fly even with a license.

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  • February 7, 2018 at 10:23 am
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    So if we have proper registration and insurance we can legally fly?

    Do we need to also have the licence (permission to fly) from CAAT?

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  • February 10, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    Hello! I must say that I am a bit confused about all the drone registration stuff.
    I am going in Thailand in 4 days and I just got a new drone Yuneec Breeze 4k for my birthday (so it wasn’t possible to register it before). I would like to create some shots for my Instagram.
    What to do? Where? I will be in Bangkok for the first 2 days.
    Is it ok, just to go in the NBTC office in Bangkok?
    Many thanks for your help.

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    • February 10, 2018 at 6:41 am
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      It takes 2-3 months to register your drone and get permission to fly with CAAT and you must have insurance first. NBTC is just to register a radio controlled device.

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  • February 10, 2018 at 9:41 am
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    Thank you all for this helpful information. I’ve filled out (most) of the required forms, however, I still have not purchased the insurance. Does anyone have a suggestion on the best place to get the insurance? I am a USA citizen traveling to Thailand for a few weeks in May.

    Thanks!

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  • February 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    Update following Meeting with CAAT Head of Licensing on Wed Feb 7th

    1. Processing Time

    They have the expected mess. We were informed that 45-60 day processing which CAAT staff had stated to everyone earlier is unachievable. I am still waiting to find out what the real processing time is (they did not say) but its at least 90 days +. They have some 500 applications not yet processed from October. We sent client’s applications from December and these have not been received.

    2. One-stop Shop.

    It was advised in the past by CAAT staff and on the CAAT’s website that they provide a one-stop service between themselves and the NBTC i.e. no need to go to the NBTC separately. This was true however when I asked whether CAAT would then of course give approved operators 2 papers i.e. one from the NBTC and one from the CAAT, the answer was no. CAAT stated that it was known between the CAAT and NBTC internally that the CAAT registration was sufficient and would be recognised by both agencies however only a CAAT paper / flying license is being given to an operator with no mention of NBTC approval at all. This means that when checked / asked by local police for evidence of NBTC registration when you are out flying and don’t have any, the operator is exposed to immediate arrest and fine or jail until the matter is sorted. CAAT’s response was that the operator should just ask the police to call the CAAT then. Yea right.

    I suggested that the CAAT might like to get an instruction out to the police agencies to avoid this problem. They agreed it might be a good idea and think about it.

    3. New NBTC Ruling Jan 19th

    An announcement was made in Thai on this date on NBTC’s website to the effect that only drones using approved frequencies will be allowed to fly. This makes the problem stated in point 2. above thankfully null and void as CAAT are going to withdraw from being a one-stop service and will take this message off their website. So it is necessary from Jan 19th to go separately to the NBTC then CAAT for registration and flying license. It is not yet known what frequencies will be permitted or what the NBTC will do for drones given approval already on a frequency that becomes banned. After Jan 19th you will have to go to the NBTC (or go back again) and they will register your operating frequency or not. When making CAAT applications, you will have to send the NBTC registration papers in addition to the other info requested for CAAT registration + insurance.

    CAAT said an english announcement about the NBTC Jan 19th ruling is expected sometime on the Thai Foreign Affairs website.

    CAAT also said that, regardless of when CAAT received an application or when a license was issued by them, any CAAT approvals / flying license given after Jan 19th are null and void as far as the NBTC part of the approval goes.

    4. Our Insurance & Registration Service

    We will no longer assist any overseas applications from today with the NBTC or CAAT registration and license process. If people want insurance that’s fine and takes 7 working days usually. Overseas people who have sent money and have an application in process will be asked if they still want to wait for an uncertain outcome for use of their drone on holidays or want a refund.

    Thai residents will still be helped that are prepared to wait through the process who aren’t in a hurry.

    Interestingly, CAAT advised that resident applicants should be processed quicker for their CAAT license than overseas applicants as additional police & immigration checks would not be necessary because this had already been done to get residence or visas to stay. CAAT did not say how much quicker. I’ve asked and waiting an answer on that.

    The End. Hope this all ‘helps’ everyone.

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    • February 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm
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      I checked with DJI online support regarding radio operating frequencies. Here is the copy of my communication with them:

      Hello I’m Bea, What can I do for you?

      Thank you for contacting DJI Pre-Sales Customer Support, my name is Bea. How may I help you today?

      Hello, i have a question about DJI drone operating frequencies. If to purchase a drone in the USA or in Thailand for example, would those frequencies be different?
      14:07

      Do you mean the transmission distance?

      No, remote and aircraft communication operating frequencies

      radio frequencies
      14:09

      No it will not change Valdas

      But let me double check it

      sure, will wait
      14:11

      Upon double checking it will change Valdas due to the location.

      Since the drone has GPS it will automatically detect and change the frequency.

      Let me double check it
      14:24
      It is because of the regulations also in a specific country

      The radio frequencies will change if you move to another country.

      So you saying that DJI drones are in compliance with national laws and adjust radio operating frequencies based on local regulations, correct?
      14:30

      Yes Valdas.

      Your response will be used as a official DJI response communicating with local drone registration authorities. Is that all right?
      14:32

      Yes Valdas the radio frequencies will change because of the location and the regulations of the country

      thank you.

      You’re welcome. Is there anything else I can help you with today?

      no. Good by

      Thank you for choosing DJI, again my name is Bea. Have a great day!

      End of the message.

      So here is more mystery in to the flame….

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  • February 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm
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    Hi Stuart
    Many thanks indeed for the CAAT update. I am still waiting for a “license to fly” 90 days +
    I am resident in Thailand.

    Regarding your comment ” CAAT also said that, regardless of when CAAT received an application or when a license was issued by them, any CAAT approvals / flying license given after Jan 19th are null and void as far as the NBTC part of the approval goes. ”

    Can you clarify ? If I already have an accepted NBTC registration ( submitted personally and stamped by NBTC Chiang Rai – not via CAAT) on 7 November and submitted this with my application to CAAT including valid insurance, plus the security clearance permission, is the NBTC approval still valid ?

    Submission to CAAT on 08 November – receipt acknowledgement by them via email and phone , but no license as yet received.

    So the insurance is now valid since 02 November and 3 months effectively ‘wasted”.

    Look forward to your feedback. The renewal process should be interesting…any thoughts on that.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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      Hi Trevor, what I understood is that as far as NBTC registration given as part of CAAT’s work is concerned , that NBTC element will not be valid after Jan 19th if it came from the CAAT. If you have the NBTC registration already separately then you would need to refer to the Jan 19th announcement and check with the NBTC again as to whether your drone is using a frequency they are going to allow or disallow going forward from Jan 19th.

      Not sure what you mean about renewal ? If insurance, that’s easy. If you mean NBTC & CAAT , I didn’t have time to get into that. The CAAT head of licensing kindly promised to reply to an email of mine about some points including some outstanding applications so I can try to ask about that too when I get an answer.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 7:40 am
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    Regarding frequencies here is the official email response from DJI support that I received today:

    John Jay (Support)
    2月12日 CST04:33

    Dear Valdas,

    Greetings!

    Thank you for contacting DJI Technical Support.

    We appreciate your time bringing this to our attention about how can you tune to different frequencies of your drone. We will be more than happy to assist you with that. We are happy to let you know that frequency of your drone will be set up automatically, by the help of the GPS. Once the GPS detected your location, the frequency will be set to local rules of the country you are in and no need to manual set it up.

    Travelling around the world with your DJI drone will be no hassle, not need to set up to comply every countries rules. Just fly the drone right away and capture great moments. Please remember, fly safe.

    Should you need any further information/assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Best regards,
    John Jay
    DJI Customer Support
    Website: http://www.dji.com/support

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  • February 12, 2018 at 11:38 am
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    I just went to the NBTC office with my Mavic Pro. All DJI drones except the new Mavic Air are NOT allowed due to the output which is higher then -20 mDB.

    Also the forms on this website our outdated.

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    • February 13, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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      This is indeed hard to believe.
      Sent my application middle of October, provided insurance paperwork beginning of November last year.
      I got my licence from CAAT for a DJI P3 Pro 1st of February 2018.
      Why would they issue a license for a drone other than Mavic Air after January 19?

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      • February 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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        Maneer is talking about NBTC who deal with radio frequencies. CAAT is only for permission to fly. You need a license from BOTH to own and fly drones in Thailand.

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        • February 13, 2018 at 2:45 pm
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          Thanks for your reply Richard, I registered my drone middle of October last year at Police station of our Amphoe, as mentioned at that time in the respective article of Bangkok Post.
          I’m living up-country and there is no NBTC office around.
          Does it mean I have to register once again after Jan. 19… it’s very confusing, isn’t it?

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        • February 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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          Since last year CAAT send information to NBTC, did all with CAAT no any other entity, neither received any email from CAAT that something had changed, being flying without any problem

          Happy flying guys

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          • February 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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            The fact that you’ve been “flying without any problem” doesn’t mean you have been flying legally! However, I do agree with you that if you registered with CAAT last year that they passed on your registration to NBTC. That is what CAAT told everyone and I see no reason to disbelieve them. However, it would seem that they are no longer doing this in every case.

            Out of interest, did CAAT give you a receipt to show your remote controlled device had been registered with NBTC? I only ask because the fuss in the newspapers was all from the guys at NBTC and not CAAT. They weren’t as vocal. And the penalty for CAAT isn’t as serious as NBTC.

          • February 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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            I understand from the discussion with CAAT’s head of license that there is no evidence whatsoever in the CAAT license issued to operators that it includes NBTC license / registration which the CAAT has (said) they arranged. It is simply understood internally between the two agencies. But the operator is given no piece of paper to prove that from the CAAT.

          • February 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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            Which is exactly what worried me and exactly why I went to NBTC and registered with them myself. Ive been in Thailand long enough not to trust bureaucrats

          • February 13, 2018 at 4:56 pm
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            GUYS when we register in the form there is place where they ask for those details, of the radio frequency, and yes I had been flying legally at some point where I did show the documents to police in pahonyothin area and was all good, but of course every one has their own opinion, cheers ya all

  • February 13, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    Only the Mavic Air is allowed to fly in Thailand???

    Can someone please explain.

    More information is required !

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    • February 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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      Heart Broken: sounds like urban legend to me, got P4P license since last year and been happy flying it, the best we as users can do is contact the people who sell insurance or CAAT directly, the rest is just speculations

      I don’t meant to be disrespectful please understand that, we are here to share and communicate, cheers all

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  • February 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    Thanks for your reply Richard, I registered my drone middle of October last year at Police station of our Amphoe, as mentioned at that time in the respective article of Bangkok Post.
    I’m living up-country and there is no NBTC office around.
    Does it mean I have to register once again after Jan. 19… it’s very confusing, isn’t it?

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  • February 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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    My good Thai friend just got off the phone with the NBTC.

    This is what she was told…

    Drones registered with the NBTC BEFORE 19 January 2018 are OK.
    Drone insurance & Permission from CAAT is still required before flying.

    The NBTC is having a board meeting today to decide if drones registered with the NBTC AFTER 19 January 2018 will be allowed to fly or not.

    If the NBTC decides that drones registered AFTER 19 January 2018 are not allowed to fly, drones registered BEFORE 19 January 2018 will be allowed to fly.

    That’s all I know….

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    • February 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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      Thank for sharing this information which means, at least for me, best news of day.

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    • February 23, 2018 at 11:19 am
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      Just bought a drone, i dont believe it will be not allowed to register a newly bought drone. I assume that the registration deadline was for previously purchased drones in order to make users comply with law. new drones should be still able to register fresh

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:56 am
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    We called CAAT today (in Thai) to ask about my application status sent to them 2 months ago. It was still in processing but then we asked if there are any new rules concerning NBTC and if we need a separate permit from NBTC. We where assured that there is no need to contact NBTC and their permit when we receive will cover both organizations. So business same as before….

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    • February 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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      Suggest to call and ask for the Head of Licensing K. . Jarupha Fueangsanga . New info may not have been passed onto staff and they are still figuring out what to do, so yes the existing practice continues but it’s going to be changed post Jan 19th announcement from the NBTC according to the boss but as always in Thailand who knows.

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    • February 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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      Hopefully that is correct. Particularly as you submitted before NBTC’s 19 January deadline. But my own experience of dealing with Thai bureaucracy is that you need to ask at least three different people the same question and then go for the majority.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm
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    On 8 December I sent an email to CAAT to register my drone. Now finally got a reply.

    “For your information, you should plan ahead before you bring your UAV to Thailand Since you have been registered for UAV, I will send your personal information to National Intelligence Agency, Immigration Office and Office of Narcotics Control. get the result before I can process the approval. ”

    Just wait and see

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  • February 15, 2018 at 9:11 am
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    Progress report . . .or lack of it.
    13 Feb 2018 called to follow up my application submitted Nov 8 2017. I was told “Security Clearance” had not been received and it could still take a while because of the large number of applications to check. As to any timescales – none given.

    I also asked if it was legal ( while waiting for my permit to fly ) to fly over my own property only. The answer to that was “OK as long as you stay within the rules, particularly the altitude rule (90m) and do not fly over the community “. So at least can check batteries etc !!

    I hope I get my permit before the insurance is due for renewal . . .

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  • February 19, 2018 at 11:36 am
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    Great artical, thanks for the information:
    I have a question that I hope someone can help me with, How do I go about registing my drone up here in Chiang mai?
    Do I just email my application, post it to Bangkok somewhere of is there an office here in Chiang mai

    many Thanks

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    • February 23, 2018 at 11:17 am
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      Im also curious about registration in Chiang mai. NTBC office is here near the airport but CAAT isnt.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    im leaving on the 24th may to go phuket was going to do all the paperwork tomorrow ,but by what i have read it will be a waste of time,still think ill take it but ill be carefull where i fly it,,thanks for all these post they were very helpful

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  • February 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm
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    OK, just inquired about registering a Phantom 4 Pro. No longer possible! The controller version imported into Thailand is/was the FCC version spec’d at: 2.400 – 2.483 GHz = 26 dBm = 398mW (MAX 100mW ALLOWED) and 5.725 – 5.825 GHz = 28 dBm = 630mW (MAX 1,000mW ALLOWED).
    The “allowed” values I quote, are from the NTBC website.
    Apparently the controller can be submitted for modification/downtuning for a fee of 20,000 Baht!!!
    SO, an electronic device that the Thai authorities granted an import licence for only last year has now been deemed ILLEGAL by NBTC to possess/use (unless you registered it in a 3 month window that has just closed).
    Can someone please advise WTF the Thai government are up to, as to make myself feel better, I am about ram a now completely useless 60,000 baht drone up some NTBC official’s rear quarters.

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    • February 23, 2018 at 4:46 am
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      Is this the same for all of DJIs drones or just the Phantom 4 Pro?

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    • February 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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      Check if your drone has CE sticker. If it has CE then then it conforms to 100mW/20dBm at 2.4 GHz. They

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  • February 23, 2018 at 4:45 am
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    Is this the same for all of DJIs drones or just the Phantom 4 Pro?

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  • February 23, 2018 at 5:03 am
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    Oh no… so drones registered AFTER 19 January 2018 are not allowed to fly?

    Drones registered BEFORE 19 January 2018 are allowed to fly?

    I hope the NTBC confirms this publicly soon as this new ruling will effect 100s if not 1000s of people.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 5:23 am
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    Oh and this would mean the end to buying a new drone in Thailand?

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    • February 23, 2018 at 7:36 am
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      Once again the best will be to call CAAT and inquire about it they are the one on the top of the food chain.

      Is very obvious that authorities will try to get a piece of the pie in one way or another by charging us as user for whatever they decide ( changing frequency on the controllers)

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  • February 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    OK, the plot thickens.
    NBTC now say they WILL review applications on a case-by-case basis, suggesting that if the equipment (with the higher transmission power) was purchased BEFORE new requirements were announced (which it was), they would still “consider” the application.
    BUT…. they NEED from the product retailer:

    1) An SDoC – Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity
    2) Copy of the Import slip
    3) Purchase receipt.

    Without No.1, they said they will NOT entertain the application.

    The authorized DJI dealer that I purchased the equipment from has told me that he is “UNABLE” to supply 1 & 2 above.

    So, it looks like I am completely stuffed. My 60,000 baht drone (with 50,000 baht’s worth of spare batteries) is unregisterable and illegal to fly in Thailand.

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    • February 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm
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      What drones does the NBTC consider to have high transmission power?

      Any ideas?

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      • February 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm
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        NTBC regulates radio transmissions.
        allowed:
        2.4Ghz at max 100mW (<= 20dBm)
        5 GHz at max 1000mW

        Most drones have theoretically both frequencies, but only the 2.4 GHz frequency is used in remote controller, and this one is usually the critical one as it has low limit.

        FCC regulation for radio transmitters on 2.4GHz says 26dBm max, which is over 100mW and therefore not allowed in Thailand. However CE conforming devices (with CE sign/sticker) conform to the Thai regulation of max 100mW. Most DJI drones (and others) have FCC number that shows it conforms with 26dBm, but they also should have CE sign which you can point out to the officials.

        This allows you to register the drone presently (end Feb 2018) IF your supplier provides you SDoC (Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity) and import slip, plus your purchase invoice.

        If they cant provide it, return drone, ask for refund. (NTBC has hinted to me that import of non conforming devices is anyway against regulations 😉 )

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    • February 23, 2018 at 1:41 pm
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      Martin, I am not an expert but try to apply directly with CAAT, not harm, at the end after you register with NBTC you need to go CAAT if you really want to fly. Good luck

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    • February 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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      If supplier can’t provide S-Doc, they must accept back the item and refund. Otherwise they violate import regulations.

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  • February 23, 2018 at 4:27 pm
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    Current development:
    Sitting at NTBC, they inform me that CAAT does not send registration to NTBC after 9. Jan. Currently no NTBC registration possible as there is no regulation applicable.

    They may make exception if drone has NOT been imported by buyer, that means if drone has been purchased from shop within Thailand. ONLY CE Certified drones (2.4Ghz, <= 20dBm) are from now on accepted. (Even if it has FCC number, check for CE sign on drone sticker), Supplier must fill in S-Doc ( suppliers declaration of conformity, it’s specific form).

    Required: NTBC form 2x, ID/Passport copy, adress certificate/workpermit, drone purchase invoice (buyer), S-Doc (supplier).

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  • February 23, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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    Drone registration news:

    – CAAT no longer sends documents to NTBC because there is no valid drone radio regulation at NTBC anymore. the regulation expired 9. Jan (which was therefore the deadline for submitting requests).
    – NTBC does not accept new registrations, yes also not for newly purchased drones!

    There is one exception:
    – your drone has a CE certificate and has radio transmitter with 2.4GHz at max 20dBm (=100mW) transmitting power (FCC spec is 26dBm and therefore over the limit, but if drone has CE sign, then it conforms also with CE regulation and therefore falls under max 100mW, which is Thai limit for 2.4GHz),
    – your supplier is a company in Thailand and they have imported the drone,
    – supplier must send you the S-Doc Form filled in. (supplier document of conformance, i have sample of it)
    – supplier provides import slip.

    Additional Documents (provided by you, buyer)
    – purchase bill (invoice)
    – NTBC form 2x
    – ID card/ passport copy, signed
    – address certificate (house registration, workpermit, signed)
    – picture of drone AND detail picture of drone sticker with serial number.

    if you do not provide the documents, you cant register now nor in near future, no matter if drone was purchased before or after 9. Jan.

    Future solution: call NTBC at phone number 1200 and request info how to proceed with registration. (in probably one month or two they will make new regulation for drones)

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  • February 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    Richard Barrow is flying his drone. Got his drone registered before 19th of January.

    He’s still flying.

    Does Richard have CAAT permission to fly?

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    • February 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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      Excellent question?

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      • February 24, 2018 at 1:17 am
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        Seriously? Anyone with NTBC & CAAT can fly.

        Richard is so kind to provide info for everyone easy accessible and understandable. I think it’s safe to assume that he got CAAT certificate and he isn’t the only one who received it. I don’t see what’s the big deal is.

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        • February 24, 2018 at 8:05 am
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          Tibor, since last year when this topic was open, he didn’t have the license, we never meant the information is useless, we appreciate the information and is valid

          The only point is anyone can talk the talked, but to walk the talk is different

          My apologies didn’t mean to offen with all the respect to ya all

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          • February 24, 2018 at 8:21 am
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            That’s right. I’m only asking because I’m already registered with the NTBC and just waiting on my permission to fly from CAAT.

            If Richard is flying with only NTBC registration then so too will I. As I haven’t been flying at all.

            Sorry if anyone thought I was being negative towards Richard.

            I just wanna fly….

    • February 24, 2018 at 7:14 am
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      This is simply just a question.

      I’m just wondering if Richard is flying only with NTBC registration or he also has CAAT permission to fly.

      This isn’t a big deal or a negative comment. I’m just curious.

      I totally agree that Richard provides us all with vital and important information with his Tweets and Blogs.

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      • February 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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        Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been traveling all day. And I will be on the road for a few more days. Yes I’m fully legal to fly my drone. But I’m not exactly in the same boat as the average tourist when I fly. This is because I’m recognized as a member of the media and I get special permission to fly at events and attractions. I’ve also flown in national parks where you cannot normally fly. So don’t just presume you can fly and get the same pictures as me. Even if you are fully licensed. The license is only step one. You have to then get permission to fly from each location. Sometimes I can do that myself, but other times I use my contacts in the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Department of Parks to help me. I also contact the PR people at attractions in advance to get permission.

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        • February 24, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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          Thank you for you reply. We all appreciate it.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 9:30 am
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    Going to Phuket in April on my way to Singapore with my Mavic Pro. From the sound of all this, I won’t be flying in Thailand at all since it’s way too late to apply for anything now, and the requirements seem to make it extremely unlikely for a tourist to be able to comply with all the requirements to fly legally anywhere in the country.

    Hope that Thai customs won’t be asking for CE certification in order to just “transit” a drone temporarily during a week long vacation.

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    • February 24, 2018 at 9:58 am
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      Greg. Ask the hotel or resort manager, if it is possible to fly, and you might be able to get a nice sunset or sunrise, good luck and happy flying.

      I am saying this because I had done it, here and in New Zealand cheers ya all

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      • February 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm
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        Asking the hotel/resort manager for permission to fly is bad advice.

        If your drone is not registered with the NBTC you could face a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or even up to five years in prison.

        Did obtain drone insurance and get permission to fly from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)?

        Their fine for not doing this is up to 40,000 Baht and up to one year in prison.

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        • February 24, 2018 at 7:05 pm
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          Feeling lucky, if the owner of property allows you to fly won’t be a problem, no harm as I said, if the answer is not then is NO.

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          • February 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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            I (used to) earn part of my living aerial videoing but I really don’t enjoy flying like I used to, especially within earshot of people, due to attitudes I’ve encountered. A significant % of folk are fascinated by the drone, but the rest can/have been very vocal, and on occasions seem to want to make as much trouble as possible for me and my life as difficult as possible. Really stressful. I guess if the registration doesn’t come through, then I won’t have to worry any more.

          • February 24, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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            Yes in the early years everyone was interested including security guards. Not so much these days. When I fly I try to fly high so not as to disturb anyone.

          • February 24, 2018 at 9:59 pm
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            So you are saying that if the land owner tells you it’s ok to fly over their land then ….

            you don’t need NTBC registration?

            You don’t need drone insurance?

            And don’t need permission to fly from CAAT?

          • February 24, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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            I didn’t say that. I’m not sure what you’re trying to do here. I’ve clearly said that to be legal you must register your radio controlled device with NBTC, get permission to fly from CAAT, obey all bylaws, and get permission of the landowner. If you don’t do all of that then you are flying illegally. Your choice. Your risk. The end.

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