Flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drones) in the Maldives

The Maldivian environment is quite unique where 99% of the total geographic area is the ocean. This requires continuous seaplane operations which serve 90+ floating platforms scattered over the country. Seaplanes operate under VFR conditions and it is therefore extremely challenging to set up boundaries for recreational drone operations. Currently all drone operations are reviewed on a case-by-case and the following procedures must be followed. 

STEP 1 - Approval from the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)
Depending on the area of operation, you may need approval from Maldives National Defence Force. Fill in their application form and email it to [email protected]. For more information please visit: Permit to Operate Drones, Using Drones in security zones and airports and

STEP 2 -Approval from the CAA
Once approval has been obtained from MNDF, apply to the CAA on our application form and send it to [email protected]. ENSURE to include a copy of the permit from MNDF with the application. Furthermore, restrict drone operations to below 400 feet altitude.

STEP 3 -Approval from other relevant parties, if needed
It is the responsibility of the drone operator to obtain approval from any other relevant parties (e.g. resorts, island or city council, National Centre for the Arts, Maldives Airports Company Limited...etc.).