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The Ultimate Guide to Nicaragua (Managua) Drone Laws & Rules

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all drone law links & known regulation around recreational & commercial drone use in Nicaragua (Managua). Give a 👍 at the end of this post & feel free to share your experience or any updates you might have. Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our knowledge & does not replace official sources & your research.

Nicaragua drone laws and regulations

Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Nicaragua:

Nicaragua does not differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage. Both uses are strictly forbidden under the RESOLUCION No. 34-2014.

🚨 For the moment, the use of drones is under the responsibility of the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) & they can be contacted via:

  • Online: via this form

  • Phone: (+505) 2276 85 80/86

  • Mail: Instituto Nicaraguese de Aeronautica Civil, Km 11 1/2 Carretera Norte - Apartado Postal 4936, Nicaragua.

Can I travel to Nicaragua with my drone?

🚨 The Nicaraguan airports are infamous for their bag checks and it seems hard to go through without being asked to open them. There might be a different outcome based on how you enter Nicaragua:

  • By Air: you might be able to retrieve your drone at Managua Airport 👌

  • By Land: even if you're able to snuggle it in, be aware that upon return there is a very little chance that your drone passes again the on boarding x-rays. In both scenarios your drone gets found you will loose it. Here's a video of what can happen if you try to bring a drone into Nicaragua via land:

🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.

How to retrieve my drone at Nicaraguan airport customs?

  1. First things first, you should declare it upon arrival to avoid your arrest, your drone ceased and/or a fine if found upon your departure time.

  2. You will need to return from the same airport as they've essentially stored your drone upon your return.

  3. Once your holiday over & you return to the same airport. Make sure to come several hours ahead, and show your confiscation receipt ticket.

  4. Pay the US$3 storage fee (per day in cash) 🚨 Important, customs office is open only MON-FRI 8 am to 4 pm !

  5. You will get escorted to the storage room & you will get your drone back & sometimes a receipt (keep it!) until you take off.

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What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in Nicaragua?

The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such. As for a minimum, your drone will be confiscated.

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✅ The excellent news is that if you got an exception ("please let us know how"), you can start flying above Nicaragua's awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:

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✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Nicaragua!


Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about drone rules.

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