Last updated: 21st November 2018

It is absolutely fine to enter Thailand with a drone. However in order to fly your drone, you must be registered with paperwork from two different corporations: CAAT (Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand) and NBTC (National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission). We assume your drone is for non-commercial use, is under 2kg and has a camera.

Fines for not complying range from 40,000 baht to 100,000 baht and 1-5 years in prison.

For rules and advice flying your drone in Thailand, see our advice for flying your drone in Thailand.

1. Purchase third-party liability insurance

You need third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1 million baht. We have insurance from the United Kingdom with the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) which costs £34.00 per year.

There are many options available both within Thailand and internationally. It will depend on your personal preference and the level of cover you want. It is important that your insurance paperwork is in English and states your name and drone serial number.

2. Register with NBTC (in person)

Documents for NBTC (printed copies):

  1. Photograph showing drone serial number
  2. Photograph showing remote/transmitter serial number
  3. Copy of passport, entry stamp, & departure card
  4. Copy of drone purchase receipt
  5. Completed คท30 form – Download here
  6. Completed คท32 form – Download here
  7. For tourists: air ticket showing when you’ll depart Thailand

NBTC currently have 17 offices in Thailand. We used the office in Bangkok (Soi Phahonyothin 8), found here.

Telephone: 02 271 7600
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30PM

You do not need an appointment at the NBTC office. If you’re visiting the office in Bangkok, you can walk from Ari BTS station. Turn up with a pen and your paperwork. They’ll check the document and issue your certificate in 15 minutes.

Arriving at NBTC in Bangkok you’ll see this building:

NBTC Bangkok

Enter the gates and turn immediately right. The building to register your drone is this one:

NBTC Bangkok

Extra notes:

3. Register with CAAT (online)

Registering with CAAT takes the most time. Their website states 15 days but when we telephoned them we were told 30 days.

We registered with CAAT first, however the officer at the NBTC office and other documents in Thai said that we should register with NBTC before CAAT. If you’re traveling for a short period of time this will not work as you need to register in person for NBTC and would need to register with CAAT several weeks, or months ahead of time.

CAAT registration form

Documents for CAAT (digital):

The CAAT website states that the application form only works in Google Chrome.

This is the link for their free online registration:

The website has some bugs and usability issues with a few broken features. We couldn’t make the save progress button work, sometimes the uploads would not work, and we were able to see other people’s applications alongside our own.

To start the process, access the menu and start an “Individual” application. Scroll down and look for the “Drone register” button where you’ll be guided through creating a new account. Read and accept the 3 tabs/pages of conditions and press continue. If you’re prompted with “กรุณากดยอมรับเงื่อนไขก่อนทำการบินก่อนค่ะ”, you forgot to click “accept” on one of the pages.

Continue the registration process but do not send the application until it is complete, it is not currently possible to change your form after submission.

After we submitted the application, the page stopped responding and we had to reload the website, visit our account and submit the documents separately from the main form. If this happens, don’t forget to go back to upload your supporting documents.

4. Know the drone rules and laws in Thailand

There have been many public cases of prosecution which ended in large fines being paid so familiarize yourself with the rules and laws for flying drones in Thailand. You can read our advice here and use the resources we have linked below.

CAAT stated rules (English):

CAAT stated rules (Thai):

We recommend carrying a copy of your insurance, registration documents and rules from the CAAT and NBTC website with you when you are traveling with your drone. Don’t expect every guard, police officer or other person to know the rules.