Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour
BVI Airports Authority
Release Date:
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 3:18pm

Users of small unmanned aircraft, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones are advised that they are subject to aviation rules as outlined in the Air Navigational Overseas Territories Order 2013 (ANOTO) Article 73.  The ANOTO governs the United Kingdom (UK) Overseas Territories and is regulated by the Governor via Air Safety Support International (ASSI).

Operators of drones are asked to avoid:

  1. Operating within an aerodrome traffic zone, without prior approval from the regulator and BVIAA.
  2. Flying at a height of more than 400 feet above the surface unless it is flying in airspace described in article 73 (4) sub-paragraph (a) or (b) in the ANOTO 2013.
  3. Flying over or within 150 meters of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
  4. Flying within 50 meters of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft;
  5. Flying the aircraft for the purposes of aerial work except in accordance with a permission granted by the Governor.

For more information on the operation of unmanned aircraft in the Territory please contact the BVI Airport Authority at 394-8000 or visit www.airsafety.aero/sua.


Andra Phillip

Department of Information and Public Relations
Email:  aphillip@gov.vg