Singapore would have to be one of the best places in the world to fly a drone. If you follow the rules you will have the best time capturing views of Marina Bay, Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and many more fun places.
Drone rules vary greatly from country to country so I recommend researching the one you are visiting before flying. For current Singapore laws for drone flying click here: CAAS.SG. I was quite surprised to find the rules are pretty good for recreational flying in Singapore.
- Don’t fly your drone over people or crowds.
- Drones must not be flown within 5 Kilometres of an airport.
- Drones must not interfere with emergency service providers
- Don’t fly your drone over vehicles where their presence may distract the driver.
- Only fly your drone in good visibility and conditions
- Pilots must maintain visual line of sight with their drone at all times.
NO PERMIT required if you meet below conditions:
- Total mass of drone including payload is 7kg or below
- Drone is flown at 200ft (60.96 metres) above mean sea level or below
- Flown outside of restricted, danger, protected, prohibited areas
- Not flown within 5km of an aerodrome/airbase
CLASS 2 ACTIVITY PERMIT required for below conditions:
- Drone is flown higher than 200ft (60.96 metres) above sea level
- Drone is flown within restricted, danger, protected, prohibited areas
- Flown within 5km of an aerodrome/airbase
OPERATOR PERMIT AND CLASS 1 ACTIVITY PERMIT required for below conditions:
- Total mass of Drone exceeds 7kg
Below are some handy images from the CAAS website for the basic Do’s and Don’ts. I still recommend you looking at the website for up to date information.
Regardless of the above conditions, if you plan on operating under conditions that are Non-recreational or Non-research in Nature, you will need to obtain an OPERATOR PERMIT AND CLASS 1 ACTIVITY PERMIT. You can obtain one here.
If you would like to fly outside of the basic recreational conditions, for example flying higher that 200ft you can obtain a CLASS 2 ACTIVITY PERMIT here. But you will need to submit your application at least 2 weeks prior to your intended flights, to give time for your application approval. As at 2019, the cost is $60 for each activity and valid for one year.
As well as CAAS regulations other permits may be required. For example Singapore Police Force may require permits for aerial photography and/or overflight of security sensitive locations.
A great resource for finding the security sensitive locations, danger and restricted areas, private properties, parks with no fly zones, current no fly zones and drone friendly areas can be found here at the flywhere.sg site. This site is easy to use with colour coded sliders you can click on and off for various fly and no fly zones. Below is an example of the map on the flywhere.sg site.
Temporary Restricted Areas
Temporary restricted no fly zones are in place at various times in Singapore. For example we visited during the National Day Parade Rehearsals. There was a temporary restricted area over the Marina Bay area. This was due to low flying jets and fireworks displays. Temporary restricted areas can be found in news releases on the CAAS website here.
Marina Bay Sands
The Marina Bay Sands stands at 207 meters tall so if you plan on getting images at the top, you will need to apply for a permit. CAAS is very aware of the height of this building. As a result they have issued many fines for images posted that are clearly above the 60.96 metre height restriction.
If you would like some more information about things to do in Singapore have a read of our blog Singapore in 3 Days.