Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186]
The Cultural Council may require that camera equipped drones operated by a Resident Non-Citizen be registered with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre prior to use.
In Vanuatu, the production of media where the subject matter may be culturally sensitive, falls under Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186].
The 'Act' in many circumstances also applies to resident non-citizens and if you intend using a drone to film with, you should be aware that certain subject matter requires Cultural Council approval and Registration prior to any recording or flight operations. This typically includes sensitive cultural subject matter, 'Taboo' areas, kustom copyright and even scenes depicting every day life of ni-vanuatu.
RPAS Registration consists of the creation of a secure RPAS Aviation Reference Number (RARN) registration and separate registrations for the intending Pilot and the RPAS (drone system/'s) which can be completed on-line or at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.
- RPAS Operator registration (the person flying the drone) *16yrs Min
- the RPAS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (drone system)
There is no distinction between 'recreational / personal use' and 'commercial use' for small drones.
ALL RPAS Operations and RPA (drones) in Vanuatu need to fly in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu Rules Part 101.
RPAS (drones) that cannot comply with Part 101 must seek authorisation to operate from the Director of Civil Aviation.
* Please note:
These Registrations are reserved for Vanuatu Residents (non citizens residing on a Residency Permit).
Registration Applications become Cultural Centre documents under the Act
- severe penalties exist for submitting false or misleading information !
- non-compliance with Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] can lead to 'on the spot' CONFISCATION of equipment !
- non-compliance with Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] can lead to ''Severe Fines' - if in doubt, contact the Vanuatu Cultural Centre !