You are welcome with your UAV in Aruba. 


Maximum take-off weight: No limit

Maximum hight: 120 meters / 393 ft.

Maximum horizontal distance: VLOS, keep drone in sight. 

Insurance: Obligated

Minimum age: 

Distance Airports / Heliports: 4 km

Night flights:  Prohibited

Prohibited: not in the neighborhood of military , ships,  people, animals, government buildings, beaches.


Useful link: Aruba’s Department of Civil Aviation: / +1 297 583 2665

Contact information: / +1 297 583 2665


Update: May 29, 2019:

The Department of Civil Aviation Aruba always requires for the drone operator to have a local mobile telephone in case the Control Tower needs to contact the drone operator urgently during the drone operation. The Control Tower cannot make international phone call as such an international number cannot be accepted.
The telephone number that you provided is not a local mobile number but an international one. As such you would be unreachable during the drone operation and the DCAA would not be able to issue a permit in this case. 


There is a possibility to obtain (rent) a mobile phone or buy a local chip at a very cheap price at our local telecommunication company SETAR, that has a branch at the airport. You can contact their helpdesk at or by phone on (297)583-4000 and arrange the necessary with them. You can also check with the hotel where you are going to stay, if they are able to help you herewith.
If you'd like to contact DCAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, contact Willem Vrolijk at telephone 5232665 ext. 677, e-mail: or Anthony Kirchner at telephone 5232665 ext. 672, e-mail:
  • Permission is required from the DCAA for all drone flights. In order to receive such permission, the following information must be submitted to the DCAA at least one working day before the date of the activity:
    • The name of the person or company, on which the permission will be issued;
    • The type of drone that is going to be operated;
    • The purpose (or intention) of the requested drone operating permit;
    • The maximum height that the drone will be operated at;
    • The name of the drone operator;
    • A local mobile telephone number (international number will not be accepted) where the operator can be reached during the operations by the Control Tower;
    • The drone operation site;
    • The date, time and duration of the drone operation
  • Drones cannot fly higher than 200 feet unless permission has been granted to the operator from the DCAA.
  • The drone operator must maintain visual line of sight (VLOS) when operating a drone.
  • When utilizing the "First Person View (FPV) technology, a second person shall act as an observer.
  • Never operate in Prohibited or Restricted Areas, especially near the airport (not within 4 kilometers).
  • Never operate in the vicinity of aircraft, over groups (accumulation) of people, stadiums or sports events.
  • Never operate near emergency response efforts such as fires, accidents etc.
  • Never operate under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never operate your drone in such a way, that could endanger people or property.
  • Never operate your drone in rainy or stormy weather or in extremely low visibility.
  • Never operate your drone at night.
  • Never fly over private property and/or breaches protected by privacy laws.
  • Only drones operating in the frequencies 2.4 and 5.8 GHz are permitted to operate in Aruba.
  • The drone operator (or company) is legally responsible for the safe conduct of each flight and is strongly encouraged to acquire insurance.



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