🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links and known rules about recreational and commercial drone use in Solomon Islands (Honiara). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience 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.
Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands does not seem to differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage.
✅ In Solomon Islands, drone laws falls under the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) which itself relies on the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (MTCA) & they can be contacted anytime via:
Email: via this online form
Phone: (+677) 3 65 63
Mail: P.O. Box 1850, Henderson Airport, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Can I bring my drone to Solomon Islands?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Solomon Islands (Honiara) as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).
🚨 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.
Where can I fly my drone in Solomon Islands?
✅ We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Solomon Islands "If you have more information about this, please let us in the Forum know anytime". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient 3 colour legend.
Solomon Islands drone fly map
🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations & strategic infrastructure. Fly away from airports.
🦅 National parks & reserves are on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities. 🐢🦎
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Solomon Islands
✅ Solomon Islands are currently reviewing its drone regulation & there is a simple mention that it will adopt a new policy soon (tbc). However, what is certain is that prior landing into the country, you need to register your drone online.
In the meantime, it isn't because there aren't any drone regulation or that the rules are under revision in Solomon Islands that you should do crazy things. As for a minimum behaviour, it is always advised to:
fly away from airports (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft or helicopter take off & land) & give way to all other type of aircraft.
keep your drone in visual sight when flying and fly below 120 m during daylight.
avoid flying above people without their consent or moving vehicles.
ask before flying over military facilities, archaeological sites or religious buildings.
fly away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first responders.
How to register my drone in Solomon Islands?
your full contact information and ID copy
your drone drone full specs and flight purpose described
Once you've got everything in order, you can start flying above Solomon Islands' awesome landscapes and create videos like this one:
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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 regulations.