Full Moon Party (or Thailand) drone laws and guidelines

Beautiful drone shots are the dream of every traveler who loves to film their experiences in a new country. If you are planning a trip to Thailand and its famous Full Moon Party, you may be wondering if there are any laws or guidelines you have to follow. Unfortunately, the Full Moon Party doesn’t have its own guidelines, so you must follow the ones concerning whole Thailand.

This site does not provide legal advice and is not responsible for any penalties, fines, or imprisonment due to improper drone operation.

What is the Full Moon Party?

The Full Moon Party is an event in Thailand organized for travelers every month during the full moon. It has been held for years in the island of Koh Phangan. Black lights, colorful body paintings, and world-class DJs are just some examples of the things you can experience in the party. Every year, thousands of travelers arrive in Haad Rin in Koh Phangan so they can take part in the Full Moon Party. It’s an event every one of should experience at least once in our lifetime.

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Full Moon Party drone laws

Can I use a drone at the Full Moon Party?

Yes, no regulation right now forbids drones in Koh Phangan or at the Full Moon Party but these guidelines may change at any time.

However, you have to get permission to use drones in Thailand before you can take them into the country or use them there.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) is currently taking care of the permissions and rules concerning drones in the country. You should apply for this permission before you leave to Thailand but remember that the processing times may take over 100 days. You should contact CAAT directly and ask them for more information of what you should do.

If you don’t have over 100 days to wait before your trip, still send that application to CAAT. Then, you can try to get the permission straight from them when you get to Thailand. Some people have even said that they have gotten an official document to use their drone in Thailand from a police station. However, there is a high chance that you can’t get the document.

Here’s an article going over general drone rules in Thailand: https://drone-traveller.com/drone-laws-thailand/

And, here’s an article talking about some new regulations being implemented in 2018: https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/whats-behind-thailands-new-drone-laws/

Plan your trip to the Full Moon Party

Use our website to plan your own Full Moon Party holiday. Start by checking the next party dates and then by booking accommodation using our recommendations. We also have a travel guide to help you plan your trip to Koh Phangan and tips to follow during the party.

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