Government announces ban on drones

Government has announced a 12-month ban on the importation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, effective Friday April 1.

According to an official in the Customs & Excise Department, this ban would allow the authorities to complete a legal framework to govern the use of these devices and determine the number in operation in Barbados.

The spokesperson said that during the last two years in particular, there had been a significant increase in the number of RPAS for commercial and recreational use being allowed entry into the country. She continued: “This has contributed to the unregulated growth of drones and the inability of the regulatory authorities to ascertain the numbers in operation.”

A recent aerial view of Barbados.

Despite the positive use of drones, the official stated, concerns had been raised here and internationally about the potential for their misuse and the risks posed to safety, security and privacy by their unregulated use.

Late last year, it was announced in Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday that the Government, there, was “moving to strictly regulate the use of drones … by introducing legal regulations that would make the devices illegal in the absence of registration certificates obtained from aviation authorities”.

Source: BGIS

31 Responses to Government announces ban on drones

  1. Nobby Wilkinson
    Nobby Wilkinson March 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Christene Inniss

  2. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    We don’t need them

    • Kenley Payne
      Kenley Payne March 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      …..but ….thats your opinion there are so many useful things that drones can be used for……

    • Heru Clarke
      Heru Clarke March 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      Useful ain’t mean it’s a necessity! Just saying

    • Kenley Payne
      Kenley Payne March 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Heru Clarke I hope you can say that for other stuff as well

    • Heru Clarke
      Heru Clarke March 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Yup, for many things…………not everything is an absolute need! Somethings are good to have, and I’m quite certain people survived without them before!

  3. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte March 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    fair enough reason

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes March 10, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Good. Here in the states you have to register them depending on the size. I can also see people usung them for mischief too.

  5. Warren Y March 10, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    As a drone flyer your fears are so out of wack! If I place a camera on a kite and stake it out for day(s) which I see happening all the time in BIM, will you ban kites?

  6. M H March 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    As a professional videographer who makes a living using equipment like this there is no problem requiring a permit…Right now you cannot even clear customs without a special permit so i do not see what the point is in imposing a ban for a year. And those who say we don’t need them…understand that there are other lines of work outside of what you do for a living…Stop being narrow minded

  7. Alex Alleyne March 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Very good idea . People can use them to transport “packages”. BAN them for GOOD.

  8. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    But why were the legistors in Barbados, so slow to move to enact legislation for the proper use of these Drones, when the public record clearly showed what danger these Drones could have potentially posed to aircraft, amongst others things. So the government deemed it necessary to placed a temporary restriction on their importation, until the appropriate laws governing their use are implemented.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray March 10, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      But you know they did, but you know how things are here slow to get implement

  9. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson March 10, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    only after all the rich people buy theirs.

  10. Romanno Worrell
    Romanno Worrell March 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Drones are bad and good but you should not ban them just have clear laws.cellphones are just as bad as drones and i ain’t see no one baning cellphones

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte March 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      that is why the ban in place to work out proper laws and regulations

  11. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray March 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  12. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray March 10, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    My eagle could take them down so do not worried.

  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray March 10, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    to replace the kites

  14. Brown Chris
    Brown Chris March 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm


  15. Trebor Retsof March 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I doubt these were taken from a drone. Too high.

  16. LizBliz March 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Saying ban them for good is a very backward way of thinking. I am all for registration and rules to abide by in terms of usage and safety for general public. The drones are great tools for professional video and photography persons. It can take one work from being average to epic. To say outright ban them for good is not progressive. The only constant in life is change… Saying people can use them to transport packages is the most stupid reason I have read in a while. So people cant transport “packages” in cars and boats? Maybe we should put a band on those as well

  17. jrsmith March 11, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I made and flew model aircraft for more than half my life.. but very rear you heard of any criminal attachment, drones is a different matter , very good technology but also the criminal minds has taken over.. we need set regulations , for high, seize and usage, in the US and UK hundreds of attempts has already been made ,lots successful flying contraband into prisons . and other public criminal activities..

    Eagles are now been used to , capture and destroy drones.. the major issue with drones they cannot be heard..

  18. Tony Waterman March 11, 2016 at 8:02 am

    @ Heru Clarke!!! they also survived without Motor cars, Computers, Smartphones,Clothes, some without Food, my point, you can’t claim to be World Class, and bypass the things that first class people enjoy and Covet.

    @Mark Fenty!!!! it’s called being REACTIVE as against PROACTIVE, quite Common with Caribbean Governments.

    @jrsmith!!!!! the same was prevelant with Model Aircraft, the Mexicans flew drugs across the Rio Grande into Texas with Model Planes for years, that’s why they are now Listening Posts every Half mile along that Border.

    They are being widely used in Canada now for Search and rescue, in areas that are heavily wooded etc, so there is a use for them, the RBPF has them. they could be used to watch our coastline for those Ganja Boats from SVG and Cocaine Boats from T&T.

  19. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 12, 2016 at 3:52 am

    It’s amazing what the government would rise up and ban. So I am wondering how is it that certain things can get the instant treatment like instant coffee and other things are just simply prolonged with excuses?

    How comes they cannot ban the playing of loud music on Sundays.

    How comes they cannot ban ZRs from going off route or squeezing passengers into seats that can only hold three persons

    How come they cannot ban ministers taking gifts from contractors who were consented by them.

    How come they cannot ban ministers from the recruitment process.

    How come they cannot ban lawyers putting clients money in their personal accounts.

    How comes they cannot ban the judicial process long delay system that serves their interests.

    How comes they cannot ban the politics of inclusion.

    How comes they cannot ban the decisions of politicians to decide on large projects and allow such projects to be decided by the people in referendums.

    How comes they cannot ban any person who has a perverted background or involved in any thievery from entering politics.

    Amazing what these people would call out to stop in the name of protecting their interests. Drones might be abused by abusive persons but I think the real reason is what it might dig concerning cane ground meetings.

  20. Justin Taylor March 13, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    They can be used as rescue equipment, Delivery drivers, hover boards, smart scanners, Flying police, Photograpy platforms and much more but the interesting thing is that the reasons you choose to ban them are less specific to drones…

    Also were hobby aircraft not available for decades before? Just cuz the new toy can hover that is reason for a law? Those who say it is are retarded… Have you considered the fact that they are more often than not sold as kids toys? You would not ban a cap gun or a tablet but you would ban an educated remote control car?

    Wait till you see the new robot kits they sell… Walking, talking, motion activated, infrared, five fingered, opposable thumbed spys with an sd card and wifi. Dont act old and bitter. Embrace and adapt to the future or be crushed like the 8 track and diskman generation.

  21. Greg D D January 16, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Do all you haters realize that people who want to fly drones while they travel number in the Millions. Imagine now that all these people are going to choose a country that allows tourists to fly drones and you can imagine you are going to lose a fair chunk of tourist revenue.

  22. Rich April 25, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Does anyone know if the drone ban is over since it was stated to be a 12 month ban that started on April 1st, 2016? I’m traveling to Barbados on honeymoon, to Sandals and I really want to document our trip with some beautiful aerial video. I’m greatful for any help or insight!


  23. Sam May 4, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I’d also like to know if the ban will be in effect after the 1st of April 2017 as im going in august.


  24. Terry May 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Going on June the 1st and also need some advice on taking the Mavic, or will I be leaving it at Home?????

  25. john January 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    is there still a ban on drones in 2018


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