As of November 21, 2023, Singapore will implement a new framework governing cross-border drone flights. Under this framework, cross-border drone flights are strictly prohibited unless the operator obtains a relevant cross-border permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
This new framework complements the regulations for uncrewed aircraft (UA) or drone operations within Singapore, established in 2015.
In recent years, technological advancements have significantly enhanced drones’ capabilities, flight range, and endurance, enabling them to cover greater distances and carry larger payloads. However, these advancements raise concerns about potential public safety and security threats. Instances of UAs disrupting airport operations globally and being employed for criminal activities, including smuggling and terror attacks, have been observed. In Singapore, there was a notable case of UA involvement in cross-border drug smuggling in 2020.
Any UA operator found conducting unauthorized cross-border operations into or out of Singapore will be subject to prosecution by the authorities. The offense carries penalties of fines up to $50,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both. Additionally, the authorities are empowered to take down any unauthorized cross-border UA.
For detailed information on cross-border UA operations and permit applications, please consult the CAAS website.
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