|CAASL Online Drone Approval System
|Manual Drone Applications
Model Aircraft Flying
An individual or a member of flying club can send request for operational approval from CAASL.
You need to submit following information.
Part I - Security Clearance from the OCDS (Mandatory)
- At first obtain the Security Clearance from the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS).
- Submit your request to OCDS using attached sample letter via email.
Sample letter - (OCDS Sample request letter).
- Contact details of OCDS:- Tel: +94 11 2674503; +94 11 2674506
Part II - Complete CAASL form CAA/OP/079 together with;
- List of model aircraft with the details of type, model, operating frequency, weight and fuel type (Attachment I)
- List of members of the Club with their Full Names, NIC , Addresses and Contact numbers (Attachment II)
- Operating area with GPS coordinates of corner points of the area
- Consent letter from the location owner
- Dates of intended operations
Insurance Requirement for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Pursuit to the section 29 of the Implementing Standard SLCAIS-053 Rev. 03 issued by Director General of Civil Aviation on 06th January 2022, All Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) under mass category A, B & C shall not be operated without a valid insurance cover at least in respect of 3rd party injury and/or damage.
Minimum Third Party Liability Cover
Maximum Take-off Weight (MTOM) (kg)
Minimum Third Party Liability Cover in Sri Lankan Rupees
0.25 or below
Above 0.25 up to 0.9
Above 0.9 Up to 4
Above 4 up to 15
Above 15 up to 25
2,500,000 + Each additional Kg of Maximum Take-off Weight, the liability will be increased by Rs 100,000/=
How to Import a Drone into Sri Lanka
|Kindly be advised that the following procedure is exclusively relevant to drones imported into the country for permanent use. For drones brought in by visiting tourists for temporary use within the country, there is no need to adhere to the outlined process. Instead, for such visitors, please proceed to submit a request for flying approval through our online portal (Click Here to Visit Online Portal).
Please note that, prior to import a drone into the country, you are required to obtain necessary permission/no objections from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL), Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and Import & Export Control Department.
If you are engage in drone importation as a business you are required to obtain a permit from CAASL. To obtain a permit please click here.
The following steps describes the drone importation process.
Step 1 (Check the Drone Type is Approved or Not)
Check whether your drone type which is to be imported to the country is in the approved list. (Approved Drone Type List)
If the type is not in the approved type list, you need to apply for type approval from CAASL using following application CAA/OP/078.
(Please note that it may take up to 7 working days and you should submit any details upon the request of CAASL)
Once you obtained the permission for your drone type from CAASL, you may apply security clearance from MOD and follow the rest of the steps as per the flow chart above.
If your drone is in the Approved list, no objection from CAASL is not required. You may apply for the security clearance from MOD and follow the rests of the steps as per the flow chart above.
Step 2 (Obtaining Security Clearance from the Ministry of Defence)
Apply for security clearance from the Ministry of Defence to import a drone in to the country using below contacts;
Website - http://www.defence.lk
Step 3 (Obtaining Spectrum Clearance from Telecommunication Regulatory Commission)
After obtaining the MOD security clearance apply for spectrum clearance from Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.
Telephone Number – 0112 689 345 or short code 1900; Extension: 4102
Contact Person – Mr. Pamoad Dharmasena
Website - http://www.trc.gov.lk/
Step 4 (Obtaining Import Control License)
After obtaining above approvals you are required to obtain Import Control License to clear your units from the Sri Lanka Customs
Website - http://www.imexport.gov.lk/index.php/en/
Step 5 (Collect your item from SL Customs)
You may clear your items from Sri Lanka Customs upon completion the above steps.
CAASL Approved UAS Importer, Manufacturer Assembler Designer or Maintenance & Repair Organizations
Register as an Unmanned Aircraft Training Provider
Pursuant to the Implementing Standards (IS) SLCA-IS053 titled as “Requirements for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Remotely Piloted Aircraft) issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), all Unmanned Aircraft training organization shall require to obtain a permit from the DGCA.
There are two types of permits for this purpose,
1. Issuance of Permits for UA Basic Training Organization (UABTO)
2. Issuance of Permits for UA Training and Assessment Organization (UATO)
All the information and requirements regarding the permit are described in the Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Publication (SLCAP) 4600 Manual. (Click here to download)
Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Pilot License - SLCAP 4610 Manual (Click here to download)
1. Application for UA Basic Training Organization (UABTO). (Click here to download)
3. SIS Clearance Application. (Click here to download) (Please make sure to submit three (3) separate copies for each required personal to this office through registered post or by hand.)
Register as an UAS Importer, Manufacturer/ Assembler/ Designer or Maintenance & Repair Organization
Pursuant to the Implementing Standards (IS) SLCA-IS053 titled as “Requirements for the Operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Remotely Piloted Aircraft) issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), all organizations which Manufacture/ Assemble/ Design Unmanned Aircraft Systems or carryout Maintenance & Repair as a business in Sri Lanka, shall require to obtain a permit from the DGCA.
To obtain a permit please email your request using the form CAA/OP/081 with all relevant documents.
Bellow flowchart shows the process of issuing a permit.
Privately Build Drones
If your Unmanned Aircraft is built using assembly kit which contained a serial number in the control board please use form CAA/OP/074 for Registration.
If there is no serial number in your Unmanned Aircraft use this Form CAA/OP/076.
Inform local police & CAASL immediately if your drone is involved in an accident that results in a serious or fatal injury to a person, or that affects a manned aircraft. Please report via Mandatory Occurrence Report CAA/OP/080.
Implementing Standard - SLCAIS 053 Click here to Visit Implementing Standards
- Tel: 011-2358819