How to register a drone in Thailand

A step-by-step guide to registering your drone (for free) in Thailand for personal/hobbyist use.

Last updated: 5th February 2020

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.

You will need patience as although this registration system, it’s annoyingly complex, time consuming and rarely makes sense. Leave comments below if you’re in need of help.


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Update (1st Oct 2019): If you are planning to register with CAAT before entering Thailand you must have already obtained a visa. After some of you had a problem and commented, I called CAAT and NBTC to confirm what should be done and they told me it is not possible to register online if you don’t have a visa (entering with 30 day visa exemption). They wouldn’t/couldn’t give any further advice.


1. Purchase third-party liability insurance

You need third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of 1 million baht.

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.

The point about the drone model and serial number on the paperwork is important, they will reject the application without it.

2. Register with NBTC (in person)

Documents for NBTC (printed copies):

  1. Photograph clearly showing drone serial number
  2. Photograph clearly showing remote/transmitter serial number
  3. Photocopy of passport, entry stamp, & departure card
  4. Receipt of hotel, condo, house book etc showing where you are living or staying.
  5. Photocopy of drone purchase receipt (not needed if registering as a tourist)
  6. Completed คท30 form – Download here
  7. Completed คท32 form – Download here

NBTC currently have 17 offices in Thailand.

Their locations are divided in to 4 sections on their website (PorPor 1-4), but to summarise:

  • Bangkok
  • Nonthaburi
  • Chanthaburi
  • Suphanburi
  • Prachin Buri
  • Ubon Ratchathani
  • Khon Kaen
  • Nakhon Rachasima
  • Udon Thani
  • Lampang
  • Chiang Mai
  • Phitsanulok
  • Chiang Rai
  • Hat Yai
  • Phuket
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Ranong
  • Chumphon

We used the office in Bangkok (Soi Phahonyothin 8), found here.

Telephone: 02 271 7600
Website: http://nbtc.go.th
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:

Edit: On our second visit to NBTC the officer told us the only problem is that our drone was bought outside of Thailand. To get anything other than a temporary certificate, we must import the drone and pay whatever taxes are due. Bottom line is, you’re better off buying your drone in Thailand even if it’s a little more expensive.

Addition (6th January 2020): Unfortunately Every time I visit the NBTC office I am told something different. Even if you purchased the drone in Thailand AND you hold a work permit, permanent residency, or a Thailand Elite Visa – as a foreigner, you cannot register your drone for more than three months. Thai citizens can of course. This is just another additional frustrating problem in a flawed system.

Update: A few of you messaged us to let us know it was not possible to register ahead of time as they require a copy of your latest visa and/or entry stamp. It’s something you may be able to get around if you have already visited Thailand. This was useful information so thank you for your comments.

3. Register with CAAT (online)

Some websites are reporting that CAAT registration is not needed if the drone is less than 2KG – <strong>This is only true if the drone does not have a camera</strong>

Registering with CAAT takes the most time. Their website states 15 days but from our experience you may be waiting many months – we waited almost 6 months whilst a friend only waited a few days – who knows.

Recently, other travelers and expats have been reporting much faster turn around times of 10-14 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.

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: https://www.caat.or.th/uav/index.php.

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):
https://www.caat.or.th/uav/Announcement-of-the-Ministry-of-Transport.pdf

CAAT stated rules (Thai):
https://www.caat.or.th/uav/Announcement-of-the-Ministry-of-Transport-thai.pdf

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.

Tip: If you’re feeling discouraged by this process and wondering if it’s worth it, check out our videos to get an idea of the amazing landscapes you’ll be able to fly over here. Our Koh Lipe drone video is particularly inspiring 😉

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  • Yasin Hasan Ariyan

    1 month ago

    Can I bring my Mavic Air 2 for entertainment purposes and how can I get permission in one day for flying? I’ll in Thailand for 06 days only! Please response.

  • Ice Liew

    2 months ago

    can you recommend site to purchase the drone liability insurance?

  • din

    4 months ago

    Hi
    I need help to get my two permits before I come on holiday I will be in Thailand for 16 day 3/4 in Bangkok then I will be travelling , can you advise someone who maybe able to help?
    thanks

    • It’s better in Thailand

      6 days ago

      For just 16 days, maybe you can find a service online that will guarantee a turn around time. Getting official help from the office is likely difficult.

  • stefan

    10 months ago

    I prepared both online forms before entering thailand at home. for nbct you need the immigration stamp, so can you only finish when you arrived. it took only a few hours to get back the permission from nbct. the caat form can be done completly from home and i got the permit to download 2 days after apply. so its not impossible with 30 days visa exemption, i got everything i need on 1st day within few hours. i have now permit for use my drone (mavic air2s) for 2 years in thailand.

  • William Nelson

    1 year ago

    please understand my drone is a quadcopter weight is 675 grams the make and modle is JJRC X11 this brand of drone has no serial number. given by the manufacturer, please advise me how to proceed I have contacted the drone manufacture they said currently the drone is not manufactured with a serial number

  • Seb

    2 years ago

    What about registration in the name of my Thai GF ( I WILL buy soon the Mavic Mini 2 )?

    Will it be faster ?
    Is there any downsides except that she can fly away with the drone 😀 ?

    • It’s better in Thailand

      6 days ago

      I tried, technically it has to be registered in the name of the pilot.

  • Pablo

    2 years ago

    Hi! What if my visa ends and I have visa amnesty due the covid-19. I am on samui. What is the alghorytm?

  • Chris

    2 years ago

    Hello!
    I will be visiting Thailand on an visa exempt 45-day stay.
    I have relatives living there – but I myself live in Germany.

    1. Entering without visa: Does that REALLY mean that I won’t get approval of my applications?

    2. When looking at the map of restricted areas, almost the whole country is red: does that mean that there’s no flying in 70% of the country?

  • Salah

    2 years ago

    Can I bring My drone Mavic mini 2 to Thailand (for non use) ?

    The drone will be User only for My flight to indonesia.

    But entering Thailand, I dont want they confisced the drone.

    • It’s better in Thailand

      2 years ago

      You don’t need any paperwork to enter with a drone – only fly. If your drone is not new and not intended for sale, you can bring it in your hand luggage with no issues.

  • Urs Schmid

    2 years ago

    Hi, my NBTC license expired on November 16. I will be in Bangkok on December 15 and will try to get the extension. My CAAT license is still valid. Does anyone know what I have to provide? Of course the expired license and a proof of addres and valid visa. But do I have to take the drone with me to show them? What else do I need?

    • Yasin Hasan Ariyan

      1 month ago

      Can I bring my Mavic Air 2 for entertainment purposes? and how can I get permission within short time for flying? Or is there any chances to be permitted from my country? I’ll stay in Thailand for 06 days only! Please response.

  • Charlie

    2 years ago

    sorry I forgot to clarify the issue in an already flawed system. My view is that I should be able to renew whenever I please and the 3 months starts from the date I renew. NBTC whoever drafted the rules forgot to make a vital distinction between Registration and Renewal. I have already registered the drone. As I see it the legal concept of registration means registering with CAAT and NBTC. Both give you a licence. CAAT for one year, NBTC for 3 months (which is daft) BUT there is silence on what happens is you do not renew. The clueless guy on the NBTC counter simply thought that the failure to renew is the same as not registering. My view is the opposite.
    Part of my complaint is that the Regulations are in Thai not English and I am not sure if they appear on the NBTC website.

  • Charlie

    2 years ago

    Hi anyone know the new regulations from September 2020?
    I registered 23 March, renewed once in June and did not renew in September because (a) I was not told that renewal in September was necessary and (b) I was not using the drone.
    So I pop into NBTC on Friday 13 (bad mistake) and this guy on the counter produces a leaflet about registration and tells me that I have to pay a fine between 5k to 7k.
    I leave in a huff and this smelt of corruption and as a lawyer I did not want to argue that his leaflet does not mention ‘renewal’ only registration.
    So I have done a letter of complaint as this will probably be binned I am thinking of selling the drone on eBay

  • Will

    2 years ago

    Hello, i am moving permanently to thailand shortly, having all our possessions sent in a shipped container. i have a cheap MJX Bugs 2 drone that i purchased some time ago. i read im able to take itinto thailand, but to use i need to register it ?
    it does not have a visible serial number at all
    i will be living in Prachuap Khiri Khan {Pranburi } and there is no office near there
    are all these regs for the ” serious ” drones or do they cover these toy type drones as well
    thanks

    • It’s better in Thailand

      2 years ago

      Hi Will, yes you can bring it in but to fly it you’re supposed to have it registered.

      All drones with a camera require registration but if there’s no serial number, I am not sure if it will be possible.

    • Will

      2 years ago

      Thanks for your reply
      i dont want to be fined or loose the drone, ive tried asking the consulate here, but they just went blank

  • Mr. Expat

    2 years ago

    There are not enough links on the caat website to upload all the documents they require individually. The only way to do is to make a collage of the pictures. I found adobe spark very useful and it’s an online and free.

  • Mari Simpson

    2 years ago

    Can you tell me how much the total cost was for both registrations?

    • It’s better in Thailand

      2 years ago

      Registering is free

    • andrei

      1 month ago

      Now register is 124thb

    • It’s better in Thailand

      6 days ago

      Thanks for the update.

  • John

    2 years ago

    Can someone point me in the direction of the 800b insurance for my Mavic Mini please.

  • Uwe Bergwitz

    2 years ago

    As of today, the NBT permit is issued for the duration of the valid visa. A fee of 214THB is now required for this.
    It’s nice to have an annual visa 🙂

    • It’s better in Thailand

      2 years ago

      Thanks for the update. Was this in Bangkok? Is this an official change that just happened today?

  • Leslie Pearson

    2 years ago

    Wow thanks for your information, I bought a drone not thinking about the paperwork, it’s taken me hrs to complete, a cheap drone no serial number so insurance was a problem fixed the serial number issue then CATT over the interned downloading the paperwork etc etc.
    If it was not for your helpful advice I’d of given up so Many thanks, I await CATT now.

  • Bill

    3 years ago

    I was wondering if you had any thoughts of registering the drone in a Thai spouses name.

    I have a drone I brought from the US, but it sounds like getting anything longer than a 3 month CAAT registration is impossible for a foreign drone owned by a foreigner.

    But what if a Thai tried to register it?

    Could I still fly it? What if it was the other way around and I bought a drone in Thailand and got all of the registration done, would a Thai citizen be able to fly it?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi Bill, I had a similar problem.

      I also have a drone from the US. I tried to register under a Thai name but was told it is not possible without officially importing the drone (which I assume is expensive, I didn’t check). I guess that’s why a Thai needs proof of purchase.

      They also told me the registration is for the pilot, not the drone so I guess it’d still be technically wrong if you were the one flying, but not registered. I don’t have any proof – that’s just what I was told before I wrote this post.

      If you buy a drone in Thailand, it could be registered by a Thai, and registered by yourself (but only for 3 months).

  • Greg

    3 years ago

    This is a great info. Thanks !
    How much did you pay for your insurance ? Is it for 1 year ? What company ?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I use BMFA (https://bmfa.org/), cost £30-40 per year.

    • Greg

      3 years ago

      Good !
      I just found insurance for 800 baht, for Mavic Mini. Other drones are about 1200 baht.

    • Vikram

      3 years ago

      Hi Greg, can you please let me know where you got the 800 THB insurance from? I live in Bangkok and I’m looking to buy the insurance for my Mavic Mini. Thank you

    • ENM2020TV

      3 years ago

      Hi Greg!, can you tell us that where did you got that 800THB insurance for Dji Mavic Mini from? Thanks.

    • Ercument

      3 years ago

      Hi Greg. yes, please text here where got insurance from.

  • Alfredo Brock

    3 years ago

    Thanks for the information i dont know how to register so this information is so much helpful to me.

  • Adam

    3 years ago

    I submitted my registration back on 3rd January and its finally updated to “Requested approval” and gives me a print option. Is this the last step? Has approval been given, or is this a form that they use internally that now needs the official “stamp”?

  • Matt Haggis

    3 years ago

    Hi, Still waiting confirmation and its been 20 days with CAAT. I have read I can register my drone for NBTC at police stations is this correct? I am flying to Trat and staying to the west of there and the closest office is some distance is this true?
    Thanks

    Matt

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Technically it was supposed to be possible but I don’t know anyone that’s done it. The only stories I have heard were people who went, but the officers in the station were very confused.

  • sakis kaliakoudas

    3 years ago

    Thanks for this useful page.
    Does anyone have any handy insurance page links to provide please? I have a DJI Mavic Air, looking to go to Thailand in 2 weeks.

  • Amit Patel

    3 years ago

    Hi, just need help with NBTC forms, I am currently in Thailand on my way to Chiang Mai today, I have registered my DJI Mavic Air online with CAAT last month and the latest is ‘waiting for approval’, I also want to register with NBTC in person by going to the Chiang Mai office tomorrow. I understand I need to complete both forms before I go to the office but when I clicked the link to download the คท30 form from your link above it says error? I looked online including the NBTC website for it but no luck and need help downloading the คท30 form, can you provide an alternative link please or maybe send the required NBTC forms to my email address please?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, thanks for letting me know about the link – it seems as though they keep changing it.

      I’ve updated the links above and sent you a copy.

    • Amit Patel

      3 years ago

      That’s great thank you so much for your help, very much appreciated!

  • VAN STEENBERGE

    3 years ago

    Impossible d’ouvrir le “Form 30” de NBTC. Existe-t-il encore ?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, I’ve updated the links.

  • Iuliia

    3 years ago

    Hi. I’m foreigner, have a plan to buy a used drone from thai person, does anyone know, will I have a problems to register it properly in NBTC and CAAT if I will not have a purchase receipt? Thai guy told me he register it already, but I guess I need to reregister it to myself. Thanks a lot.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      You would have to register yourself yes. You only need to have the receipt if you want to prove it was purchased in Thailand, but as a foreigner it won’t matter anyway as NBTC won’t hand out registrations longer than 3 months for tourists or expats.

    • Iuliia

      3 years ago

      Thank you for answer. Excuse me, I looked the entire website of CAAT and can’t find anything about just 3 months permission for foreigners, are you sure it’s an actual information?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      That’s for NBTC, not CAAT.

      NBTC seem to tell everyone something different but in my experience going there 5+ times – They refuse to let me register for more than 3 months because I am a foreigner.

  • Laci.

    3 years ago

    CAAT cannot be personally?Not faster?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I don’t think there’s a faster way.

  • Hannah

    3 years ago

    Hello Henry,
    We are in Thailand now, for 30 days. We went to the NBTC office and got the registration certificate.
    Is that enough to fly the drone? Or do we need the CAAT registration as well.
    How does it work, if that might take up to many weeks and we are here only for 30 days.
    I would be very happy, if you could provide us with some information.
    Thank you

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, technically you neet CAAT as well. There are some websites reporting that you don’t need CAAT if your drone is less than 2KG – but I called them myself and there are no exceptions. If the drone has a camera, it has to be registered with them too.

      Hope that helps

  • Laci

    3 years ago

    CAAT and NTBC registration how much does it cost?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      It’s free

  • Gary

    3 years ago

    Guys,
    A recent post by Drone Traveller dated 12th Jan 2020 states one must register with the NTBC but only the CAAT if the drone is over 2kg or to be used commercially. Is this true as it would certainly ease things for holidaymakers. It seems to imply similar on the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington D.C. website and the more recent dated websites. Can anyone comment on recent experience or how to get definitive advice.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Any drone with a camera is supposed to be registered. There’s been a few sites stating the same thing though so I think I’ll call them on Monday to confirm.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I did call them for you. As I expected – Drone Traveller are misinformed. There are no exceptions, the drone must be registered with CAAT if it has a camera, regardless of weight.

  • Gary

    3 years ago

    I am planning a holiday in Thailand in November 2020 and particularly want to fly my drone to get some pictures of the lovely scenery, but at the moment totally confused with the process. The procedures seem to require proof of a visa, but I will be visa exempt for my holiday as I am from the UK and my holiday is only 1 week. Can anyone give advice of the current situation or possibly the name of an agent who can advise me?

    • Matt Haggis

      3 years ago

      I am in UK going this month. If it all works i’ll email you

  • Peter

    3 years ago

    After submitting your documents to CAAT, be sure to check “history” on their website to see that they will have actually processed the receipt of your documents. You will always receive an email with a receipt confirmation but very often the website does not work correctly and will not process your registration. I uploaded everything 6 times (!), I received 6 emails stating that they had recei ved everything, and only the 6th time my registration appeared on the history page. If you do not see your registration on the history page, then they will not process anything! Check this!!

  • Vit

    3 years ago

    Hi, could you please suggest an online insurance company that will be good enough to get the registration approved? I need the insurance only for 2 weeks so looking for a budget option. Thailand only would be fine for me.
    Many many thanks for your reply.
    Vit

    • Ian

      3 years ago

      I’ve used an Insurance company in the name of ‘Masii’ as I purchased the drone from a BKK shop it came with free registration, you complete all the docs needed for CAAT & NBTC & pay for the Insurance, submit everything to Masii, they then Inure you very quickly and send off all your docs, but with the NBTC they need all the original docs and drone receipt sent via post, I’m guessing Masii are a broker as my policy is from JP Insurance

  • wco

    3 years ago

    I’ve tried for months to register with CAAT. Got stuck on the insurance requirement and the visa stamp requirement. Also they ask for things like home registration number, which must be a thing in Thailand.

    I gave up a couple of months ago, figuring I just wouldn’t fly while I’m there. Then I tried emailing CAAT, asking how foreigners could get registered in advance if they need the visa stamp and they’re only staying for a week or two.
    Also issue with Americans who get liability coverage through their homeowner’s insurance but typically these policies don’t specifically list individual items of personal property, like drones.

    So the response I got was that I didn’t need a visa stamp and just had to show insurance had over 1 million THB coverage.
    Of course every time I email, I get a response from a different person. Who knows if these answers will hold. In any event, I completed my online registration at the CAAT site a few days ago by uploading a copy of these email answers for some of the documents they asked for.
    This person claimed there were plenty of foreigners who’ve been able to register for CAAT before visiting. Again, I don’t see how that could be if they have to wait until they got the visa on arrival to Thailand.
    Anyways, all I can do is wait and see.
    Some people on drone forums have said a lot of the time, drone fliers wouldn’t be confronted and asked to show a permit. Of if they did, they could just give the police “tea money” but not something I would rely on.
    This will be my first visit so maybe I’ll just concentrate on taking normal pictures and videos.

    • Mr Stephen Perry

      3 months ago

      What email address did you chat to CAAT on please?

  • George

    3 years ago

    So where does one simply buy insurance in Thailand? Checked axa and didnt see anything interesting.

    • Tommaso

      3 years ago

      Try at https://masii.co.th/thai-en/insurance/drone you can get basic insurance for less than 1000 thb and they are very helpful. For me it took about 3 days

    • paul clare

      3 years ago

      Pattaya insurance center has it for 1.200 baht

  • Tommaso

    3 years ago

    Just to update everyone:
    I’ve applied for CAAT on 13th of December but as expected no answer yet.
    I went today ad NBTC office in Chiang Mai and the lady told me that, when applying for temporary permit, NBCT authorization is enough.
    She said that for a tourist with a regular 30 days Visa is impossible to get CAAT authorization in time.
    Regarding of what the CAAT website says she insisted that the permission she gave me was enough.
    She just told me the general rules, to fly carefully and to avoid causing any harm.

    Temporary permit expires with VISA

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the update. Although I think the advice she gave is technically incorrect, it’s good advice.

      It’s very difficult for tourists (and expats) to get registered properly.

    • Tommaso

      3 years ago

      I agree, I’m usually the type that likes to stick to the rules but from my little experience here seems like they just care about common sense. I’ve seen someone kindly asking to fly a drone in a big temple, I was thinking -no way they will let him do that-, but instead the guy at the information desk was really kind and asked to take just a picture of the drone then he could fly.

    • Tommaso

      3 years ago

      Further update, I just received my CAAT authorization, it took about 4 weeks, I still have a few days in Thailand so now I’m fully compliant 😅

      I confirm that a previous visa entry stamp is valid for CAAT so if you ever visited Thailand in the past I suggest you to apply for CAAT as soon as you can!

  • Gleb

    3 years ago

    Hi Henry.
    Have you seen updated pictures on CAAT website? It shows a smaller fines and years in prison 🙂 also it shows that application can be proceed in 14 working days. May be they improved process a littke
    I’ve applied being here in Thailand. But tell me please. Can I flight before I got my approval? Because I think Ill be back home before they will approve me. 🙁
    Any advices? Have you seen or heard anyone being caught for using it?
    Thanks for your help!

  • Greer

    3 years ago

    I shipped a drone from Amazon in the US without knowing all the rules and regulations (yes I should have known, but my son wanted one for Christmas and I just bought one there) But it is now in the UPS station at the airport and they won’t release it. They say I have to have a license, WHAT LICENSE, and then they asked for my passport, work visa, etc. I gave it all to them and now they won’t even answer calls or emails from anyone. VEry strange. What to do?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi there, that’s unfortunate. I don’t have much experience importing into Thailand, I’ve only done it once. However, I don’t think the license they are talking about is for flying/registering a drone. In theory, you should just need to pay the import tax.

      It might be worth finding out if you can send it back to the US – it’ll be easier if you have a Thai contact them on your behalf. If you don’t have someone who could you that for you, send us an email through our contact page and I’ll reply with a contact.

    • scott neil

      3 years ago

      No, unfortunately, not strange at all. UPS in Customs at the airport is absolutely famous for this and it’s not just drones. They will snatch almost any incoming package that looks interesting, and email you, saying you must come to BKK with your passport to get the package. If you do that, they’ll discover that they need more forms. So you go and get those forms. Then they want more forms. You’ll pay an array of mysterious fees, and if they simply don’t like your looks, they’ll start charging you from $3 to $10 storage PER DAY and it starts the day they received your item at the airport, even if they didn’t email you for a few days after that. If you are rude to them for what is essentially corruption, they’ll add more fees. If you give up and try to send your item back to Amazon, they’ll often refuse to return it, or claim you must pay an outrageous fee to initiate the return, usually as much or more than the cost of the item, and they know this full well; it’s calculated. They’ll offer to have your original passport picked up and delivered to them. I did that once, and of course they lost it. On their latest scam I got fed up and told them I was creating a website on an American server (which they can’t touch) to detail what they were doing, including names, email addresses and phone numbers of the people doing it. They could sue me and put me in jail for that in Thailand (they could sue me and jail me but they can’t touch the website), but then their scam would be revealed in court. They immediately dropped all charges and fees on that particular item. I lost six semi valuable shipments over 18 months (about $150 each). They simply vanished in Customs. It’s all just a huge, huge scam. I recently bought an iPhone from Amazon for my Thai girlfriend. They snagged it as usual. I refused to play their game and I filed a claim with Amazon. Amazon tried to get it back but never did. Luckily Amazon refunded to me. I have a sense that, especially in UPS at the airport, they simply take things they personally like, and they hope to frustrate the customer to such an extent that they give up on the item. Then some employee at customs takes it home. This has been going on for, actually, a generation or two — since farangs started coming here and ordering cool things from home countries. Decades. It seems there will never be a stop to it. But people keep trying to bring things into Thailand, and when this happens, and it will, who ya gonna call? Ghost Busters? It “seems” there is less trouble with Fedex but that’s not documented. There definitely is less trouble with the Thai post, but it’s still not immune. I know people who have screamed bloody murder at the Thai post customs department over some missing package, and someone in customs will sometimes grudgingly relent and go get the item out of their car. The is Thailand. This is SE Asia. This is the Third World. I am always amazed at people (myself included) who tend to think ANYTHING can proceed normally, or honestly here. If it does, it’s generally a fluke. You MIGHT be able to go to BKK and retrieve your item after paying whatever they dream up on any given day, and if you’re not far from BKK its worth a try. In my case it’s 2.5 hours each way and Homey don do dat no mo’. I’m on the teetering edge of leaving Thailand because of a decade of exactly this. I bring 240,000 baht a month into their economy. They are just about to lose it all.

    • VAN STEENBERGE

      3 years ago

      I had exactly the same problem with UPS and the customs. I was travellling in my country, Belgium when one of my hearing aid failed
      I gave it to the shop for repair and the man sent it back by UPS. (Why not by DHL, TNT, …) The package (less than 20 grams) stayed in UPS-Customs 2 months. Impossible to get it back. The first dayI went to UPS Bangkok, they difn’t want to tell me where is my package. During 2 months I have been in touch with them every day, by email and by phone. With all the connected expenses, it costed me 26 000 THB. UPS, I didn’t chose it and never again. I is not the first time I see that. Please would you be so kind to send me the text of your mail to my email address ? Thank you. bovan2350@gmail.com

    • VAN STEENBERGE

      3 years ago

      Be careful with UPS, unlike to help you and make your parcel kept a long time in the customs and every day they keep your drone you pay. I sent an hearing aid by post (10 grams) to Europe for repair and they sent it me back by UPS. The customs kept it during 2 months and it costed me thousands of baths.

  • massimo

    3 years ago

    Hi there so I have received my Ntbc certificate thanks to Danny who I provided all the paperwork while I was still here in Ireland. I applied for the Caat registration twice already in a month and was refused twice because 1st time need to sign self-declaration by hand and not e-signature and 2nd time because of drone serial mistake on the insurance policy. At least they seem to be fast enough 2- 3 weeks. Make sure you have a photo of the entire drown visible and a close up of it’s serial number. Check all documents like insurance policy that there are no mistakes. Mittare insurance have a drone policy at 1500 baht.

    • Mario

      3 years ago

      Did you need a visa for registration at caat?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, you need either a visa or the visa exemption stamp after you arrive in Thailand.

      You’ll need a visa of you plan to apply before you arrive.

  • Malcolm McClen

    3 years ago

    Registered my Mavic Mini today with the NTBC, very easy process with the correct documentation. Slightly confused as they said I dont need to now register with CAAT. Asked why but got no response. Any thoughts

    • Eugeniu

      3 years ago

      I hope will be true. But maybe because drone is light weight compare to another one ?

      Also what insurance company did you use ?

    • Malcolm McClen

      3 years ago

      You don’t need insurance to redgister with NBCT. Only needed for the CAAT. But DJI in Thailand can do for 1000 baht for 1 year or 1500 baht for 2 years. But currently I dont have

    • Eugeniu

      3 years ago

      Ow, that’s nice then. Because I was thinking where I can find a insurance company there. Still all this stuff with papers makes me think to leave my drone home (just 2 weeks not sure is worth it)

    • VAN STEENBERGE

      3 years ago

      Please do you have the DJI data for that insuramce it could help me a lot. Thnsk you

    • Vit

      3 years ago

      Can you please share a link for such insurance? Many thanks
      Vit

    • VAN STEENBERGE

      3 years ago

      Please would you be so kind to send me the address of DJI for the insurance ? Thank you. Bob bovan2350@gmail.com

    • Timur Shafiev

      3 years ago

      Could you please help us to register it? Really need some help with it, cause we will go to SAMUI at Feb 2nd.

      Thanks in advance!

  • Eugeniu

    3 years ago

    Hello guys,
    Henry I remeber you wrote one day that you are using British company for insurence. Can I use it too even if im living in Norway ?
    Also what is the name or site of that company ?

    Tried today to register on CAAT website, everything was going nice except whe I was suposted to upload documents, like visa…..and of course insurence that I don’t have.

    What if all this I will do in Thailand, after that can I fly or I need to wait for documents, email ? (2 weeks holiday)

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, I’m using BMFA (https://bmfa.org/) – I’m not sure if non-uk citizens can buy – I am assuming yes but it might be best to email them and ask. I contacted them in the past and they replied within a day or two.

      Officially you’re supposed to wait until you get your documents approved – can be quite difficult for a 2 week holiday, especially if you’re coming as “visa exempt”.

    • Eugeniu

      3 years ago

      Henry, last time when you did it, they gave you some papers after registration (same day). Also have you ever checked by someone if you have this papers ?

  • Julian

    3 years ago

    Hey,
    I am traveling through Thailand but I have visa free entry for 30 days, Is there anything I can do to get the licenses? everywhere it seems that I need to register with a visa. But I have no Visa to register with…
    Also, how risky would it be to fly in some less visited areas without getting the licenses? does anyone have experience with that?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      The problem with visa exemption is not being able to register before you arrive, but you can technically register.

  • Nat

    3 years ago

    Just in case someone is going to register a drone with NBTC in Chiang Mai here is my experience. I prepared all the copies and applications as per recommendations from the article above and headed to their office as per GoogleMap, but it recently moved to a new place. Now it’s in Airport Business Park, Building D (the one with green stripes), 2nd floor, to the right from the elevator. ABP is just across the road from the Chiang Mai Immigration Office, somewhat 200m to the right (further from the airport). You’ll get a pass slip at the entrance, have it stamped at the NBTS office and return it back when exiting the area. It took me 5 min to apply and receive the registration. PS: still emailing CAAT about my 2nd application (for some reason the system didn’t re-attach my passport and Thai visa pages). Keep my fingers crossed.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the update!

    • John

      3 years ago

      May I ask where you got insurance?

    • julian

      3 years ago

      Im curious about insurance too,

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I personally use BMFA (from the UK)

    • Nat

      3 years ago

      My case may be not the best solution. I am on 6 months escape from winter colds in my homeland, so I preferred to have an insurance valid for several countries. And since I am not British/American (actually Belarusian, so some EU options are out as well) some nice and reasonable solutions are crossed out for me. I settled with https://www.coverflight.com/, pricey but all info on the web-page and 10 mins to apply, pay and have it done.

  • Bartek

    3 years ago

    Hi,
    On October 24, 2019, I registered with CAAT for the second time. In the previous registration I was missing a visa in my passport. Would anyone be able to call CAAT and ask on my behalf at what stage is my registration? I will be on Phuket on November 6.

  • John

    3 years ago

    Hi,
    Do the CAAT office staff speak English by phone number : CAAT: +66 (0)2-568-8800

    Can someone on my behalf call them and ask at what stage is my registration? I registered for the second time because I didn’t have a visa in my passport. I submitted the application on 24.10.2019

  • Roberto

    3 years ago

    Hello Guys, I’m Italian and I’m looking around web to find a cheap drone insurance for recreational use ( I don’t know but is very hard to find it ). Someone che suggest some company ? I would bring with me my new Mavic Air in my next travel in Thailand 😀

  • Georgi

    3 years ago

    Hi Danny,
    Im a travel drone photographer and im doing a World trip at the moment.
    Thailand is my next stop and my flight is in few days from now but i just stumbled online upon something that worries me a lot.
    I’ve read that it is a huge hustle to register my drone to fly in Thailand and apart from being expensive it is also time consuming so most probably everything wont be ready in time.
    Also there seems to be a lot of no-flight zones, most the places i visit actually so to be honest i do not intend to fly at all …
    What worries me is if ill have problems with the authorities if i just carry it with me (ill be flying from Chiang Mai to Phuket and most probably one more flight which means airport securities as well.
    Could you please advise if it is ok to just bring it with me (no filming) while in Thailand and if if there are any fines if it is not registered.
    Thanks in advance

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hey Danny. Don’t worry, you won’t have any problem traveling with your drone, even if it is not registered. There are no restrictions bringing your drone in to the country if you do not intend to sell it. It is quite a pain to register – there are two authorities to register with – one only takes a day but you must visit in person, the other can take 1 to many weeks and can be applied for online.

      There are lots of no fly zones – though if you’re seeing them from maps online – they’re a little unrealistic. The truth is that you will be ok to fly outside of cities and national parks and certainly away from any temples or religious places such as temples.

      If you fly discreetly away from built up areas, you will be fine. If you intend to fly somewhere and you not sure if you are allowed, you can always just ask to avoid any trouble with guards or owners of the place you are flying.

    • Georgi

      3 years ago

      Hi Henry,
      Many thanks for the detailed information, much appreciated.
      Well, fingers crossed then for no issues 🙂
      Have a great day!
      Cheers

  • Christoffer

    3 years ago

    Hi Henry,
    This should be shared a lot more – I see a lot of questions about Thailand around social medias and this epxlains it very well.
    Anyway, I’m going to Thailand in January and have some trouble understanding everything 100%.
    I’ll stay at Koh Samui – and their website doesn’t state any office where I can register it but if I search for กสทช (NBTC) in thai it shows up in the maps. Do you have any info about these offices or if I’m doomed about taking my drone?
    Have a great day Henry!

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi! I haven’t heard of any NBTC office in Koh Samui but it’s possible. Best option would be to call, or have a Thai friend call and see if it’s possible to register there. Let me know once you find out 😀

      Thanks!

  • Ruggero Varisco

    3 years ago

    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot for the detailed info, really appreciated!
    I am going through the CAAT application form now, but I struggle to understand what they mean for “Controller”. Do they mean an adult, in case the person applying is below 18 yo?
    Thanks

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, by controller, they probably mean the ‘transmitter’ (the hand held component controlling the drone).

    • Ruggero

      3 years ago

      Hi,
      Thanks for the quick reply.
      It’s weird if they mean the trasmitter because it’s under “type of insurance” and you can only select Identified or Unidentified controller.
      When selecting Identified, another box to fill will appear with the title “Detail identified controller”.
      Also on the page where you have to attach all the scanned docs, it seems that the Controller need to provide a Self declaration.
      I am literally going mad with this, I don’t want to mess it up since I don’t have much time.
      Could it be the main “controller” (parent company) of the insurance company?
      Any help from users would be greatly appreciated.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I think you were right. It looks like it changed since I used it last. The controller is the person flying the drone – though they should probably be called the pilot.

    • Ruggero

      3 years ago

      Thank you very much again, you guys are saviours!
      Going to Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kood in 3 weeks, I hope to get all sorted in time but I am worried about the VISA thing.
      Hopefully all will go well.
      Thanks!

  • Szarik

    3 years ago

    Hi Henry,
    I got this message from CAAT website. What picture should I take to make it correct? Can I add two drone photos?

    “Your registration is rejected and it will be deleted after. Please register again under different registration number regarding your documents are not completed as follow:
    1. Missing Immigration arrival stamps or Visa showing that you are not one of the blacklist before entry into Thailand.
    2. Photo of the whole aircraft need to be attached together with the photo showing Serial Number clearly. – 11/10/19”

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, #1 – did you send a copy of your visa and/or arrival stamps? #2 – send photos of the whole aircraft and then a closeup of the serial number – they want the serial number to be easily readable when printed.

  • Manuel

    3 years ago

    Good afternoon, I registered online in the caat but I do not receive an answer, I did it on September 20, 2019. Do I stuff it again or do I have to wait?
    I travel on November 11
    Thank you

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, calling them or sending an email to follow up might be a better option than sending another application. Good luck!

  • Kei

    3 years ago

    Hi Henry,
    When I went to NBTC for the registeration they are not accepted my document said that I need to show / declair our drone at immigration for customer or tax payment.
    Sometime i feel confuse with the step of work and I heard from the agency that i’m going to hire that from now on we need to renew our registeration every 90 days.
    Do you have any idea for this renew?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, yes I had the same issue. I added this as an edit under the NBTC section a few months ago.

      If your drone was not bought in Thailand, you can only get a certificate for as long as your stay in Thailand, basically temporary registration / registering as a tourist even if we are not. I tried for a long time to fix it and they would not change their mind.

      I signed a power of attorney document and let someone else go there every 90 days to renew the certificate for me. It was not ideal but it worked.

      I don’t have any experience with paying tax on the drone – I don’t think it would be worth it.

  • francis

    3 years ago

    im tourist i have a drone not register yet in thai.is there any chance to fly it here?land or sea?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Technically, it should be registered.

  • clive freedman

    3 years ago

    Hi
    Iam traveling to Thai in 2 months i have a spark 300gms plus camera – do i only need to register with NBTC – and will do once in Phuket it is purely for recreational usage. I believe i do not need ot register with CAAT – is this correct?- please advise.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      You should register with both NBTC and CAAT. Some of the wording is confusing but from the officials I’ve spoken with, if it has a camera, it must be registered, no exceptions.

  • Bartek

    3 years ago

    Hi Henry

    I got this message on the CAAT website. How can I check which documents are missing? I can’t click the status button because it’s not active. I have one more question. Can I take my drone without CAAT registration according to Thai law?

    “Your registration is rejected and it will be deleted after. Please register again under different registration number regarding your documents are not completed. Please click status to see comment in the box.
    ขอ ขึ้น ทะเบียน “

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hey, yes you can bring your drone. You will not have any problems bringing it in to Thailand.

      It’s strange that there’s no indication why it was rejected. Are you sure you had everything they asked for including visa or entry stamp, insurance with drone serial number on it?

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      I do not have a visa in my passport. I suspect that this document is missing. I have insurance purchased in Poland with visible drone serial numbers. Do you see any sense in taking the drone to Thailand without registering with CAAT? I thought about taking the drone and registering it on the spot with NBTC and immediately after arrival at CAAT with a stamp right after arrival. I am flying out on November 5 for 2 weeks and I am depressed by the situation 🙁

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Without a visa, it seems impossible to register before arriving. Hopefully they fix, or change the situation soon. It’s difficult for everybody.
      You should bring your drone, register with NBTC first and then submit documents (with NBTC certificate) to CAAT. After that, just follow the rules by not flying in cities, near temples, people and national parks.
      Find a quiet place to fly and land from – you won’t have any problems.

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      Henry, thank you very much for your help.

      After landing in Phuket, go to the NBTC office, complete all documents and register it? How long does it take and what documents do I need? When I can register, send the application to CAAT with all documents? Are you sure I can take the drone with me to Thailand without any permission / registration? I would not like to be taken from me (DJI SPARK). Do you think that if I register successfully in the NBTC and wait in CAAT I will be able to fly a drone in places where there are not many people etc.?
      I apologize for such a large number of questions.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      You will absolutely have no problem bringing the drone in to Thailand. I have flown in to Thailand maybe 100 times, as well as my friends and I’ve never heard of anybody being asked for documents. The only story i’ve ever heard is related to import tax because the drone was in brand new packaging.

      You can read above how to register with NBTC. I’ve never used the NBTC office so I can’t give any specific advice on that but in Bangkok the registration takes 20-30 mins on the same day – just walk in with the documents.

      Don’t worry too much. The best you can do is try, and then enjoy your holiday.
      For less risk, follow 4 rules… Don’t fly in Bangkok, don’t fly near people, don’t fly near religious monuments, don’t fly in National Parks.

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      I wonder what if I have a drone registered in NBTC but in CAAT registration will be only in progress. What if I would fly a drone and someone from control (soldier, police) would approach me. I will show him insurance and registration documents at NBTC. Should I tell him that the drone is being registered in CAAT? Arrives for 2 weeks. from November 5 to November 20. I am afraid that during this time I will not get a positive response from CAAT.

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      Henry,

      Hi, there was a message on the CAAT website. I can’t check what documents are missing in any way. The status of the application appears as requested. How can I find out what documents I need to provide?

  • Ivan

    3 years ago

    Can someone provide me a phone number of CAAT, I have NBTC registration and insurance and submitted a CAAT registration on the 3rs of October, I arrive on the 31st. I have a tourist visa, but I fear I wont get the response in time 🙁 do they speak English on the Phone?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      CAAT: +66 (0)2-568-8800
      I’m not sure if they speak English. If you need someone to contact on your behalf, please send a message on our contact page.

      How did you get NBTC registration if you haven’t arrived yet? From a previous trip?

    • Ivan

      3 years ago

      Hi, many thanks for the response! I used dronethaiunsurance services as I also signed a power of attorney so that’s how they made it and I have the certificate already, however CAAT are not responding until now 🙁

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      Hi Ivan,
      Do they speak English at the CAAT office?

  • massimo

    3 years ago

    Hi I need an insurance for my parrot anafi drone. I found an insurance company JP Insurance that insure drones for around 1399Baht. Has anyone applied for this insurance? I have a single entry tourist visa , will that make the registration easier? Thank you and I love all your drone videos :))))

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, having a visa should make your application process possible before you arrive. I don’t have any experience with JP Insurance but keep us updated. 1399 seems like good value compared to other local solutions I found, but it is possible to get international insurance for a similar price.

  • Jerry

    3 years ago

    Dear friends, I am not a tourist. I am here in Thailand on a retirement visa. I have a Thai ID and house certificate. My drone was a gift from my son. I do not have a receipt for the drone. Is it possible to legally register the drone here?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, you can register the drone but you may only be able to register it temporarily, or for as long as your current entry stamp is valid. NBTC will likely ask for proof of purchase if you want to register permanently – they told me this was to prove tax has been paid on the drone.

    • Jerry

      3 years ago

      As I mentioned above, the drone was a gift, I do not have a receipt. So, are you saying it is not possible to register without a receipt? No way to register a drone that was a gift? Secondly, if my son bought it here from outside Thailand, then how does one “pay taxes” on it?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      As I mentioned, from personal experience they will allow you to register the drone but probably only temporarily. I had the same issue and had to renew the certificate every 3 months. The best option would be to have a Thai friend call NBTC for a definitive answer. CAAT should not be a problem.

    • Jerry

      3 years ago

      P.S. my retirement visa is good for a year at present. So then, can I get a temporary permit for a year?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      From the experience I had – yes. To be honest everyone seems to of had different experiences, and when calling them to answer some of the questions in this thread I got different answers from different people so it’s hard to say for sure.
      I definitely didn’t have a receipt for my first drone though and I was able to register.

  • Xavier

    3 years ago

    Thanks for the very informative article. Can I know the fee for CAAT registration and NBTC registration. Is it charged by per day or one off payment? I am planning for commercial purpose for drone under 2kg

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, there is no fee. Both registrations are free.

  • Szarik

    3 years ago

    Hi,

    I’m going to Thailand in November. I completed the application in caat. I have purchased the required DJI SPARK drone insurance. At this point I am waiting for an answer. I have heard that before sending documents online to caat I need a visa in my passport. Is it true ? I get a visa for 30 days at the airport.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      A few people have reported being denied as they don’t have a visa. I called CAAT and they said it was not possible to register without a visa. That said, someone else commented that they were accepted so the only thing you can do is wait for a response. Maybe they’re making some exceptions – I’m not totally sure.

    • Szarik

      3 years ago

      Currently the application status is requested. I made her on September 19. We’ll see how long you have to wait for an answer. I hope it will work. How long have you been waiting for an answer?

  • Chaw

    3 years ago

    hello!
    I’m from france and i’m going to Thailand next month. I took an insurrance and i would like to finish the form with caat, but they want “A copy of applicant’s passport and on arrival visa”. What can i do please? do you know where can i do this ? thanks

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      When I spoke with CAAT they informed me that it is not possible to register in advance if you will get a visa on arrival or a visa exemption stamp. That said… someone else commented here they were able to get approved so this is something that needs looking in to further.

    • Chaw

      3 years ago

      Thk you. I took an Appointment with the thaï ambassy in paris next week. I will let you know. Khop Khoun Krap 🙏🏼

  • Brad Stallard

    3 years ago

    This great, wish I had found it before I worked the process. My CAAT application was approved in 2 months, no big dramas, finding an insurer was a bit of pain but eventually I used Mittare Insurance Public Company in Thailand for 3000B.

    Please note the link to NBTC form 30 was not working and do you have the English /Thai version of these forms

  • Vincent HUYNH

    3 years ago

    Is it too late to register NOW ( oct 1st 2019 ), I will arrive in Thailand the 22 october 2019 ? ( I HAVE A DJI MAVIC AIR )

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      It shouldn’t be too late if you can cover all of the requirements including a copy of a visa. You’d have to register at NBTC once you arrive though.

      Let us know how you get on.

    • Vincent HUYNH

      3 years ago

      I won’t have a visa because I stay less than 30 days … it will have only the stamp at the airport when i enter in Thailand…

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      I called CAAT on behalf of another commenter yesterday and was simply told that it’s not possible to register in advance if you’re entering on the 30 day exemption. In my opinion, I wouldn’t waste time trying.

    • Brad Stallard

      3 years ago

      Hi Henry, I got approval from CAAT and I’ll be on a Visa on Arrival coming from Australia in April next year.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Great news. What did you submit for proof of visa? Thanks!

  • Jakub

    3 years ago

    My application got rejected today because I did not provide arrival stamps or visa to prove that I am not blacklisted from entering Thailand. Obviously I am not, never been there before. What documents can I possibly submit? I have British passport, therefore I’m subject to visa exemption and will get my stamp and visa on arrival. Please help!

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      A few people have had a similar issue so I will call them tomorrow and find out for you.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Ok I called for you but unfortunately they said that registering is not possible and couldn’t give me any more information. The process and results seem to be different for everyone. CAAT require a visa or entry stamp in order to process the application and that obviously makes it impossible for quite a lot of tourists.

  • Aaron

    3 years ago

    Can I submit NBTC online?
    I am going to Krabi, Ao Nang and found out that is not any office in Krabi
    Any ideas?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Unfortunately not. As far as I am aware NBTC must be done in person at one of their offices.

    • Geoff

      3 years ago

      You can take a boat to phuket from krabi and register there

  • Gabriel

    3 years ago

    Hi. Is there any drone Insurance company that you’d recommend for “DJI spark “

  • Gabriel

    3 years ago

    Hi. I’m from Japan and I like to know if there is any insurance company that you recommend for “dji spark“??

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, have you looked locally in Japan? I use. British insurance company. It costs around £40 per year and covers me internationally. That’s a better option if you’re flying in other countries as well as at home.

      One thing to remember is the model and serial number needs to be on the paperwork. My insurance didnt have that but you could either add it yourself or ask the company to do it.

    • Brad Stallard

      3 years ago

      I used Mittare Insurance Public Company, see attached applications. 3000B Her contact details are Noppawan Sarima (noppawans@mittare.com)

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hey Brad, thanks for the update. Does the insurance cover you internationally?

  • Kevin Waite

    3 years ago

    My CAAT application was rejected as they wanted to see a visa to cover my visit for 2 weeks in November. I’m from the UK and I will not get my visa until my passport is stamped when I arrive in Bangkok, how do you get around this. Will sending them a copy of my return airline ticket be acceptable? Any ideas?

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the update. That’s strange… I really don’t know how they expect tourists to be able to register if they’re requiring a visa. What you’re doing is not a visa, you’re entering with a ‘visa exemption’ stamp as you don’t require a visa to visit for 30 days. You could contact them and say how you intend to enter and see what they say. Don’t let it put you off bringing your drone though. Having insurance and any paperwork you can will be useful – just fly with caution, away from people and anything religious or royal in nature.

    • Jon Kaiser

      3 years ago

      I’m running into the same issue – not much info given from them unfortunately. If anyone finds out how to resolve that, it would be much appreciated!

    • Bartek

      3 years ago

      Hi Kvin. Did you solve the problem? I am also going to Thailand in November.

  • Darian Haefner

    4 years ago

    I am travelling to Thailand at the end of the month with my DJI Spark. I am happy to register with the NBTC, however I live in South Africa and do not plan on purchasing drone insurance as it is completely unnecessary here, and therefore this limits me from registering with CAAT. As per several sources it seems it is only necessary for tourists to register with NBTC and not CAAT, as even their self declaration is worded in a way that seems it is for residents only as it mentions things towards breaking the law of Thailand: “meet the required
    qualification, and without prohibited characteristics from either of the following;
    Not a threat to the national security.
    Never been sentenced by the final judgement to imprisonment for an
    offense under the law on narcotics or customs. ”

    Do you think I will be fine off not registering with CAAT as it also seems I will not have enough time regardless? Also, do you think anyone would be suspicious if you can at least produce the NBTC documents if asked? Surely you can either mention that you did try register with CAAT but were never approved, or say that you were only made aware that you had to register with NBTC from several sources? It just seems illogical to require tourists do so much admin prior to a trip as this seems like something that may push them away. Any thoughts?

    • Darian Haefner

      4 years ago

      Also i noticed on the rules for flight on CAAT you have to agree with, ‘9.’ on “before blight” states that the pilot must carry around a usable fire extinguisher with them. Surely they are not expecting hobbyist flyers to carry this around with them. It sounds shady, and most drones are not more than 2kg, i expect that it is mainly focused on the 2kg and above drones and not hobby drones.

    • Henry

      3 years ago

      Thai Nationals and Tourists technically have to register. As you’ve experienced, it’s not easy and there are some weird rules. I am quite sure nobody is carrying around a fire extinguisher. I guess there’s a line you have to draw as to what is reasonable.
      Anyone flying safely away from people and tourist hotspots will be fine.

    • Alex

      6 months ago

      Hi!
      Please, help me, what should I write in self declaration form “Written at..” (on the top).

  • Brian Hung

    4 years ago

    Is it true that I can register my drone with NBTC Phuket office? As I am flying directly to Phuket and won’t stop by Bangkok. Thanks
    Brian

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Yes as far as I am aware you can use any NBTC office.

  • yan

    4 years ago

    May I know where to buy drone insurance? Can I do drone registration in NBTC without issurance?

    • Dean

      4 years ago

      Yes you can register with NBTC with no insurance. You can walk in with all your paper work completed. The process takes only about 30 min if they are not busy. Once this process is done you will still have to register with CAAT and provide drone insurance to them. Any luck with finding drone insurance?

  • Brian

    4 years ago

    From my interpretation of the laws, it appears that the hobby tourist only needs to register with NBTC. If shooting for commercial purposes you also need to register with CAAT. Your post makes it sound like commercial and hobby tourists need both. I found this wording on the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington D.C. “Tourists can bring their drones into Thailand. However, they are not allowed to fly their drones here until they have registered their devices with the NBTC or the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
    Also, if a drone is being brought into Thailand for commercial use, then permission must also be requested from CAAT (see below infographic for details)”
    Thoughts?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hi, yes I saw the same wording on thaiembassy.org but according to CAAT: “RPA with camera installed must be registered with no exceptions.”.

  • Simon

    4 years ago

    I have 3 Drones, a 250mm a 500mm and a 1650mm non have serial numbers. The only serial number is my TX unit. I’ve started the online registration but cant complete it because of the serial numbers, 2 months and 3 emails and no response from CAAT. I spend half the year in Thailand but looks like I wont be flying my Drones there. Not legally anyway unless I remove the cameras from the 2 smaller Drones.

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hey Simon, custom builds? I don’t know how they go about that. I still have one of my drones unregistered from an application in 2018. How about the receiver on the drones? Do any of the individual parts have a serial number?

      I think there must still be a way for you to fly 🙂

  • adrian

    4 years ago

    very hard to register, once one document is off the will tell you to re register.. but don’t tell you which document.. So how can you finish.. I assume the don’t register outside drones maybe because the have stronger signals setting, but those will be anyways limited in some countries, only in the US full power.
    I hope there will be affordable agencies to do this for you.. Like everything complicated in Thailand need to be done trough agent.

    • adrian

      4 years ago

      have to correct it, actually it said that my insurance document was not in English.. rest seems like got accepted 🙂 took 2 weeks !

  • Filip Vandamme

    4 years ago

    Hi Guys, I have planned to live permanently in Thailand soon. But that could be with short periods of return to Europe because I don’t have a permanent visa yet. So a solution could be to register my drone under the name of my girlfriend (Thai). Is that allowed ? I mean, to register under my GF’s name while I would be the pilot flying the drone ?
    And another question. If I buy a drone online and have it delivered in Thailand, does that count as a drone bought in Thailand ?
    Thanks a lot. Filip
    PS : thanks a lot for all your info here on the blog, Fantastic !!!! It makes it all so much easier, much appreciated.

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hey Filip, thanks for your comment.
      I can only advise based on what I was told in person at the NBTC office.
      – I also tried the same approach by registering the drone in a friends name but they would not let me do that at the NBTC office because my drone was American and my friend was Thai – they would first have to import the drone. So if you have a Thai bought drone, this should work – although I am quite sure that officially, the pilot must be registered.
      – I don’t recommend buying and sending a drone to Thailand, you will have problems with import tax. Online within Thailand or at a DJI store here would be fine.

  • Lenbert

    4 years ago

    Good afternoon!
    If I buy a drone in Thailans and doesnt need to enroll in liability insurance, can it be possible?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Registering a drone purchased in Thailand is easier, but it still has to be registered the same way.

    • Johnny

      4 years ago

      Why Thai drone is easier to register?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      It doesn’t need to be imported for a longer registration.

  • Danielle

    4 years ago

    Hi Long,
    I have the same issue with CAAT, how did you get on in the end? My plan is to go to the offices in Bangkok to see whether or not they will process the application.

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hi Danielle, I think the best thing to do is apply online and then chase them up by telephone if they take a long time.

  • Long

    4 years ago

    Hello,
    I was just reading your website regarding “How to register a drone in Thailand.” I’m already planning to register in person with NBTC when I arrive. However, I’m running into ongoing and delayed issues with CAAT. I’ve submitted everything but now they say I need to submit a VISA or immigration stamp. I leave in 2 days and it’s now impossible for me to get either one to submit before I arrive! I’ve emailed them multiple times if I could go register in person at their CAAT office in Bangkok as well when I arrive but they’ve stopped responding. Do you have any idea if I can possibly go register in person as well at the CAAT office? Would greatly appreciate your assistance please.

    Thank you,
    Long

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hi Long, you can’t register in person for CAAT, their only process is via their website. Thank you for updating me on the issue regarding a visa or stamp though – seems to be almost impossible for tourists on holiday to register in time at the moment. I recommend just resubmitting your application when you arrive and have a copy of your entry stamp.

    • Long

      4 years ago

      Oh my, such a hectic and complicating process!!! It’s literally impossible to get registered and everything then!!! Wow. Such a long and frustrating process. If I resubmit my application with my entry stamp upon arrival, how am I supposed to get approved if it takes more than 15 working days to get approved? Do I just start flying without an approved CAAT and hope they eventually approve?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Yes it does seem to be impossible for anyone on a short stay… At the moment I don’t have any recommendations. If they absolutely require a visa or an entry stamp and you are entering on a 30 day exemption, it seems unlikely you’ll get registered within 15 days.

      Hopefully they change the process as they’re making a lot of work for themselves processing applications that will never get used.

  • Pierre-Louis Bourbon

    4 years ago

    Hello
    If i have go to Thailand but i don’t use my drone during my journey, it’s ok ? After i go to Bali and here i want use my drone. So, in Thailand my drone stay in my luggage, you think is a problem ?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      No problem if it is in your hand luggage.

    • Pierre-Louis Bourbon

      4 years ago

      But at the take off, i need to put my drone in checked baggage ?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Any batteries must be in your hand luggage (bag you take in to the cabin) – not checked baggage (stowed under the plane).

    • Pierre-Louis Bourbon

      4 years ago

      Yes i know, but my drone need to be in hand luggage or checked baggage ? At my arrival in Thailand, customs don’t do problem ? (sorry for my english, i’m French)

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      I think either would be fine. The only problem is if it looks like you are trying to sell the drone (maybe if it is in new packaging).
      I recommend you keep the drone in your hand luggage – it is more likely to be broken in checked baggage and hand luggage is less likely to be scanned when you leave through customs.

    • Pierre-Louis Bourbon

      4 years ago

      Can i contact you on Messenger or WhatApps if its possible ?
      Thank a lot

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      We have a Facebook page https://facebook.com/itsbetterinthailand

  • Antonio

    4 years ago

    Hi, I am just writing with a query about traveling to Thailand with a drone. I have contacted CAAT and they have asked for insurance that show my devices serial number and the date of my travel.hower my insurance from “Drone cover club” doesn’t show this information.I m happy to do another insurance for my trip in Thailand if it can satisfy this request. Thank you.
    Best regards Antonio

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      Hi Antonio, have you asked your insurance provider to add the serial number to the notes on your insurance? Can you add the serial number by yourself?

  • Melissa

    4 years ago

    Hello,
    So , If I come for 3 weeks and that I want to use my drone. It’s impossible Due to the delay of CAAT ?
    Or he give us a temporary doc?

    • Henry

      4 years ago

      You should be able to apply ahead of time for CAAT but the wait time seems unpredictable at the moment. You could then register with NBTC when you arrive.

  • Steve

    4 years ago

    Hi :),
    Is it possible for the person from Serbia (as myself) purchase third-party liability insurance from BMFA? It would be really helpful and it would save me a from lot of hassle. The information you provided above is highly appreciated. Thank you and have a great one!

    • Henry Brown

      4 years ago

      Hey Steve, I’m not totally sure but their staff were really helpful when I spoke to them – I’d recommend just getting in contact and asking: admin@bmfa.org

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