The import of drones is permitted in Tanzania. However, they are a set of drone laws in tanzania to be followed plus it is not permitted to fly in the country or over national parks without a special permit.
According to our research, we have highlighted a summary of the Drone Laws in Tanzania stated by the TCAA & Ministry of Defense in Tanzania:
Attached is the documentation of the written by TCAA for Drone Users (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) – Below we have summarized some sections of the document.
Users who have “previously operated Unmanned Aircraft will not be accepted unless they have been owned, since new, by the person who is importing them. In this case, a change of ownership may not be accepted until the aircraft has been in Tanzania for twelve months unless approved otherwise by the Authority” (TCAA, 2018).
“All Unmanned Aircraft used commercially must meet internationally recognized standards, and the persons or organizations that construct, maintain, and operate them must be qualified or certificated in an acceptable manner” (TCAA, 2018).
3.7 The Authority will become involved in the certification of Unmanned Aircraft or the persons who
operate them, but will accept such certification from internationally recognized bodies set up to perform these functions.
The below are acceptable certification for registering for a Drone Permit in Tanzania. (Other internationally recognized certifications are accepted):
i. The British Model Flying Association
ii. Model Flying New Zealand
iii. Model Aeronautical Association of Australia
iv. Model Aeronautics Association of Canada
v. Federal Aviation Administration FAA (UAS Division Certification)
vi. Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
vii. New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZ CAA)
viii. United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA)
ix. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
x. Civil Aviation Authority South Africa (SACAA
Note: If your certificate is not one of the above, No problem, contact us and will help you to check with the Tanzanian Aviation Authority
One the above requirements have been met, the Drone (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) will be issued with a permit to operate, endorsed with the appropriate limitations.
3.8 Accident Reporting
To ensure proper oversight of Unmanned Aircraft operations, any Unmanned Aircraft operation that
i. Any injury to a person; or
ii. Damage to property other than the Unmanned Aircraft
Unmanned Aircraft operators are required to report to Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) and
Tanzania Aircraft Investigation Branch (TAAIB)
Reports shall be dispatched within 48 hours of the occurrence coming to the knowledge of the person making the report. Should this report be incomplete, a further report containing this information must be made within 48 hours of the information becoming available.
The above requirements would be used by the TCAA to ensure proper oversight of Unmanned Aircraft operations. A report of an accident that resulted in an injury to a person or property damage may serve to initiate an TAAIB and TCAA investigation into whether TCAA regulations were violated.
4.1 For the purposes of this AIC, Unmanned Aircraft has the equivalent meaning to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
4.2 “Unmanned Aircraft” are classified in THREE weight divisions: –
i. Light: MTOW less than 7KG
ii. Medium: MTOW 7KG – 150KG
iii. Large: MTOW greater than 150KG
and TWO operating capabilities:
i. Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
ii. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS)
4.3 “Visual Meteorological Conditions” means meteorological conditions expressed in terms of visibility, distance from cloud, and ceiling equal to or better than specified minima. (ICAO Annex 2:
Rules of the Air). Essentially, they are:
i. When above 3,000FT or 1,000FT above terrain, whichever is higher:
a) 1,500M horizontally and 1,000FT vertically from cloud;
b) Flight visibility 5KM below 10,000FT and 8KM above 10,000FT.
ii. When below 3,000FT or 1,000FT above terrain, whichever is higher:
a) Clear of cloud and in sight of the
CONDITIONS OF OPERATIONS (TCAA):
7.1 Unmanned Aircraft must be operated in compliance with any conditions of operation imposed on the permit to fly.
7.2 Unmanned Aircraft operations shall take place by day and in visual meteorological conditions with the device in visual sight at all times.
7.3 Except with the permission of the Authority, Unmanned Aircraft must not be operated above 400 feet AGL within 5 kilometers from any International Airport or 3 kilometers from a domestic aerodrome.
7.4 Unmanned Aircraft may not be operated over any city, town, or populous area including a crowd of people without prior permission from the Authority and any relevant local government body and that an acceptable safety case has been presented.
7.5 Unmanned Aircraft may not be operated in any controlled airspace, flying training area, or low flying area, unless the operator has prior written permission from the Authority and the Air Traffic Control unit.
PILOT QUALIFICATIONS (TCAA):
8.1 A Light Unmanned Aircraft may only be flown in Tanzania by:
a) The holder of the appropriate qualification issued by one of the organizations specified in
paragraph 3.7, who is operating in compliance with any limitations or conditions attached to
that qualification, or
b) A person who is undergoing training at a RPAS Company operating under the authority of one
of the organizations specified in paragraph 3.7, and who is operating in compliance with any
rules, limitations, or conditions required by that organization, or the Authority.
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Written by Zuher K
**Updated September 2019**
We have researched the drone regulations for Tanzania by interviewing TCAA & Ministry of Defense. We can guarantee that the information above is correct. To be on the safe side, contact your embassy in your country for further information about the Drone Regulations or contact the “Drone Registrar“ in Tanzania to help you acquire the permit & provide you more info (See above).