The free release of sky lanterns (also commonly known as Kong Ming lanterns) is not allowed in Singapore.

The flight of sky lanterns cannot be controlled. If released freely, they may drift far from the point of release to areas and heights that may affect aircraft operations by distracting pilots especially during take-off or landing, or by being ingested by aircraft engines. In turn, this may endanger lives and cause harm to aircraft in the air and property on the ground.

The release of sky lanterns may be permitted subject to the following conditions:

  • All sky lanterns must be tethered.
  • Tethered sky lanterns can only be released between 7pm to 7am the next day on Mondays to Fridays, from 1pm on Saturdays to 7am on Mondays, and on public holidays.
  • A permit from CAAS is required if the intended release of tethered sky lanterns is conducted:

    -  Within the areas demarcated by red_box in the below map. Check the OneMap[1] app to find out if your planned location for the release of a tethered sky lantern falls within the areas demarcated below; or
    -  Higher than 200 feet above mean sea level (approximately 60m or the height of a 12-storey building) at any location.

  • For any release of tethered sky lanterns outside the areas demarcated by red_box in the below map, that will not go higher than 200 feet above mean sea level, CAAS must be notified through email at caas_ats_ansp@caas.gov.sg at least 7 working days in advance.

     

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Release of tethered sky lanterns anywhere in Singapore is strictly prohibited from 7am to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays, and from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays, both excluding public holidays.

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  • To apply for a permit to release sky lanterns, click here.
  • Note: Applications must be submitted to CAAS at least 7 working days before the intended release of tethered sky lanterns

[1] Refer to this user guide for how to do so. 



Last Updated on 20 September 2021