🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links and known rules about recreational and commercial drone use in Suriname (Paramaribo). 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 Suriname
Suriname does not seem to differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage.
✅ In Suriname, drone laws & regulations fall under the Minister of Public Works, Transport & Communication (OWT&C) & they can be contacted anytime via:
Mail: Ministerie van OWT en C, Minister P. Penge, J.Lachmonstraat # 167
Can I bring my drone to Suriname?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Suriname (Paramaribo) 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 Suriname?
✅ We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Suriname "If you have more information about this, please let us know anytime". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient 3 color legend.
Suriname drone fly map
🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations & strategic infrastructure. Fly away from airports.
🦅 National parks & reserves may be on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities. 🐢🦎
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Suriname
🚨 Suriname requires anyone intending to fly a drone within the country to fill in a request prior arriving in the country to the attention of the Minister of Public Works, Transport & Communication
🕔 The Civil Aviation Authority of Suriname precises to send your request at least 2 months ahead to give time to local authorities to process it.
Without specifying what to include but we can expect for a minimum your full details along with your your drone's tech & flight information to help local authorities accept your request. To date, we do not know anyone that has successfully completed this form, however we have some members from Suriname & you may try your luck in the Forum.
In the meantime, it isn't because we would recommend as for a minimum behavior 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.
Once you've got everything in order, you can start flying above Suriname's awesome landscapes and create videos like this one:
Drones are a fast evolving technology & we hope that the above rules explained helped you narrow your thoughts for the perfect travel companion 🚁
You will find all you need to travel with a drone here. Always consider the long term use & what is your travel style as you're what matters most after all! 🧐
✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in the Suriname! Have fun and safe flight!
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.