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Drone Laws in Sri Lanka

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Sri Lanka.

drone laws in Sri LankaSri Lanka Drone Regulations

According to Sri Lanka’s national aviation authority, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA), flying a drone is legal in Sri Lanka, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

If you’d like to contact the CAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: slcaa@sltnet.lk / +94 11 243 3213

flying a drone in Sri Lanka

Why fly a drone in Sri Lanka? To get great aerial shots like these!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Sri Lanka

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Sri Lanka.

  • All drones that weigh 200 grams (.44 pounds) or more, or that have a camera attached to them (regardless of weight) must be registered with the CAA. Access the registration portal here, and you can learn more about the registration process in this document issued by the CAA.
  • Fly only during the day with clear weather and visibility.
  • Keep the drone within your visual line of sight.
  • Keep a ground speed of 87 knots (100 mph) or less.
  • Do not operate from any elevated ground, building, or object, such as a rooftop.
  • Do not operate from moving vehicles.
  • Do not fly over people or congested areas.
  • Do not fly along or over roadways or railways.
  • Do not fly below or above open electricity power lines, or close to communication towers.
  • Do not fly within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of any airport.
  • Do not fly over national parks, archaeological sites, protected areas or security establishments.
  • Carriage or dropping of objects from any drone is prohibited.

For more information on Sri Lanka’s drone laws, see this page on the CAA website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Sri Lanka? Send us an email at support@uavcoach.com. We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in Sri Lanka can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Sri Lanka? Here you go: