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Drone Rules & Regulations in Africa

Rules for Drones in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Morocco, Madagascar, Ghana, Ethiopia, Botswana, Algeria, Egypt and more

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DRONE LAWS IN AFRICA

If you are traveling to #Africa and would like to bring a #Drone (DJI, Parrot, Yuneec, Autel, ZeroTech) for personal filming or commercial shooting, they are rules and regulation in Africa that you need to know before you travel.

Everyday rules are changing in Africa to protect the privacy and security of the country. If you are traveling to any country in Africa, we would recommend drone users to rent a drone so that you don’t face any difficulties at the airport.

According to Drone Traveler, the drone laws in Africa are very conservative. In many countries, however, there is still no regulation or is not transparent understandable for foreigners. It can only be hoped that the rules will ease in the future.

Tanzania 

Egypt

Algeria

Botswana

 

Ethiopia

Before the flight a permit from the Ministry of Communications is necessary ($ 50 for photography and $ 100 for the drone). In addition, you should be sure to recalibrate before each drone flight the compass in Ethiopia because of the volcanic activity and the resultant differences in the magnetic field.

Maximum altitude: 150 meters / 500 feet

Ghana

Since September 2016 all copter owners must register their equipment in Ghana. You need the approval of the Civil Aviation Authority if you want to bring you drone into the country or if you want to buy a drone in Ghana. Before your trip to Ghana you should contact the CAA. Pilots without registration can go to jail up to 30 years.

Helpful links: CAA Ghana, Draft of the new rules, Quartz

Kenya

In Kenya drones are considered prohibited. If you want to operate a drone in Kenya, you need a permission by the Ministry of Defense and the aviation authority (KCAA). Drones are confiscated when entering the country and stored until you leave Kenya.

Helpful links: Press release of the KCAA with a contactClicking with purpose, eTN

Madagascar

Since March 2015 you must apply for a permit if you want to use a drone in Madagascar. Only indoors you may fly without permission.

Helpful links: ACM, ACM: Decision

Morocco

Since March 2015, the government has banned the import of drones for security reasons. Companies may use drones in Morocco only with a special permit. The private use is however completely prohibited. Some readers have reported that authorities seize drones at the airports.

Helpful links: Morocco World News

Namibia

According to a report published in May 2015, new laws are being adopted. Until then, a maximum altitude of 150 feet applies.

Maximum altitude: 45 meters / 150 feet
Helpful links: allAfrica

Rwanda

Zimbabwe

As far as I know, Zimbabwe is currently under the legislation process. Nevertheless, it was previously known that you need to register your drone.

Helpful links: Techzim

South Africa

In South Africa, a drone can fly up to 500 meters from the pilots.

Maximum takeoff weight of the UAV for private flights: 7 kilograms
Conditions for commercial drone flights: For commercial flights many conditions must be met. Please check the link below.
Maximum altitude: drone can fly as high as the highest object in 300 meters’ radius or a maximum of 120 meters – what counts is the lower height
Frequency provisions for FPV: unknown
Helpful links: Safe Drone

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