The Ultimate Guide to Saint Lucia (Castries) Drone Laws & Rules

🖐 In this blog post we will share all law links & known rules about recreational & commercial drone use in Saint Lucia (Castries). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to comment your experience or any updates in The Forum. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our ability & does not replace official sources & your own research.


Saint Lucia's drone laws and regulations


Saint Lucia does not differentiate commercial & recreational drone use. However both are subject to a compulsory registration before being able to fly in the island country's skies.


✅ In Saint Lucia, aviation regulation falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Transports and Civil Aviation & they can be contacted anytime via:


Can I bring or travel with a drone to Saint Lucia?


🚨 There isn't enough official sources to answer this question today; if you know anything or have been to Saint Lucia with your drone, please share your experience in the Forum. An update from the Ministry of Transports and Civil Aviation suggests that you can but you will need to register your drone prior arriving in Saint Lucia.



🚨 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.


Can I fly a drone in Saint Lucia?


🚨 We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Saint Lucia "If you have more information about this, please let us on the Forum know anytime". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed some no flight zones in a convenient. Note that this is a guide map only and does not necessarily represent where you can fly with your drone in the country.


Saint Lucia Drone Fly Map

💡 Spare drone batteries are a must when travelling overseas, they give you more autonomy to fly and take pictures during your trips.


What are the rules to fly a drone in Saint Lucia?


🚨 You will need to register your drone before anything.


🚨 With the absence of sufficient official sources, we strongly recommend to get in touch with local authorities before taking off with your drone. In every case, you should always follow common sense rules and respect others' privacy at all times. Here are some suggestions we like to recommend in all cases:

  • fly within sight and during daytime only.

  • fly away from borders, military, governmental building and urban centres.

  • fly away from airports and give way to any manned aircraft you see.

  • fly away from national parks and reserves.

  • if flying over people, ask their permission prior, consider local cultures and always respect individuals' privacy right.

  • carry with you all your qualifications and your drone's manual (ideally translated in the local language). 💡 You might want to write down a little word in the local language to explain what you're doing that you can hand out to curious locals.

  • have a third party insurance to cover yourself and others.


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How to register my drone in Saint Lucia?


There is little information available around the process other than a mention to contact Amy Charles, via phone (+1758) 457 6116 or via email amy.charles@slaspa.com We sent an email to ask more information about the process, if you gain any experience in Saint Lucia in the meantime, please share it in the Forum for all to benefit and so we can update this post in turn for other drone travellers.


What do I risk for flying illegally a drone in Saint Lucia?


🚨 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 &/or if you had any commercial purpose during your flight.



Where can I get great drone content in Saint Lucia?


If you've got everything in order, you can start flying above Saint Lucia's awesome landscapes and create a video like this one. Follow us on Youtube!


Travelling further? Check out our Drone Rules World Map; country by country!

✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Saint Lucia! Have fun and safe flight!

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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 local drone rules and regulations.


Other Resource

Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation

Saint Lucia Drone Fly Map (airmap)


Source

Approval needed for aerial device operation

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