Img 1: Aerial Photography In Bahamas
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Drone use is allowed in the Bahamas, but first, you will require a permit. Once you have obtained the permit you will need to pay a deposit equal to 50% of the value of the drone at the airport. Upon leaving the country this deposit will be refunded. The reason for this deposit is because the import tax for electronics is very high in the Bahamas. The deposit ensures that people bringing drones in are doing so for their own enjoyment, not to smuggle electronics in and avoid the high import taxes. Once you have completed these steps, there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Bahamas,
For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.
You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.
Here is some video footage shot by Exploring Filmmaker when flying a drone in Bahamas.
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