According to Mexico’s national aviation authority, Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGCA), flying a drone is legal in Mexico, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
If you’d like to contact the DGCA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org / +52 5 687 7660
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Mexico.
Permission is required to take photographs, film, or record in areas, monuments and museums of the National Institute of Anthropology and History for professional or commercial purposes. There is also a large fee for taking photo or video in INAH areas, up to $10,905.00 mxn/day. To apply for permission to take photo and video in INAH areas, you will need to provide the following to INAH:
Begin your application process online here. The final portion of the application will need to be completed at the INAH service offices.
Multiple Mexican publications have stated that commercial drone operators will be required to obtain a license in order to fly a drone in Mexico, and that these regulations will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2018. However, the DGCA has not yet shared information on how to obtain a license. We will update this page when the information becomes available. What we’ve gathered for now is that in order to obtain a drone license in Mexico you must:
For more information on Mexico’s drone laws, see this document containing legislation issued by the Mexican government.
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