After receiving several questions about Drone regulation in Costa Rica, I decided to contact officials to clarify what is actual situation with drones. All questions were referring to following press release from CostaRicaNews.com New Specs for Those Wishing to Fly Drones in Costa Rica After talking with officials from DGAC (DIRECCIÓN GENERAL DE AVIACIÓN CIVIL DE COSTA RICA) I could conclude that all information mentioned in press release above should be considered only as their plans, but new bill which will define new rules is in progress. Currently nobody knows how long will it take for the government to workout new rules and make them as active legislation (may be few months, may be half a year o even more). So at the moment (6th April 2016) following rules are applied for the drones: - Current bill which regulates drones - Explanation what is allowed done with the drones and what is prohibited - Map of restricted areas of Costa Rica, where it's not allowed to operate the drone, without preapproval with DGAC These are official documents, but they are in Spanish. I translated main things, which need to be considered, while flying drone in Costa Rica. Bill AIC Series C 05 which is active from 8 MAY 15 puts following restrictions, where it's no allowed to operate the drone: 1. In a restricted areas (restricted areas are published on the DGAC website. Actually listed areas are not related to the drones, but to all civil aviation in general: like Costa Rican country border with Nicaragua, Presidential palace, Arenal volcano (there was one accident a while ago), Airports), except with the permit set by the DGAC. 2. In the controlled airspace (like airports), except with the permission set by the DGAC. 3. Within a radius of 8 km of any airport, except with the permission set by the DGAC. 4. No person may operate an drone close enough to another aircraft (in terms of the plane), so that it may become a collision hazard. 5. Can not operate above 400 feet (120 m) above the ground in the uncontrolled airspace except with the permission and set by the DGAC. 6. Air activities can be performed with drones only during the day and visual contact (taking into account meteorological conditions), making night flights is subject to the approval of the DGAC. 7. Drone can only operate in areas outside agglomerations buildings in cities, towns or settlements, meetings of people outdoors in uncontrolled airspace except with the permission and the conditions set by the DGAC. So to conclude currently it's very general and obvious rules (except of 8km airport radius and 120m height). In any case there is no problems to obtain a permit for certain activity Hope you find information useful.