Drone Laws in Algeria

Flying drones in Algeria

In this blog post, we explain the current legal situation for the use of drones in Algeria.

A reader of our blog traveled to Algeria and got his drone confiscated when entering the country. According to the officials, the import of unmanned aerial systems is only permitted with prior approval by the Ministry of National Defense. Apparently, foreigners do not receive this permission. Also, drones in Algeria are probably prohibited in general. If you get caught, you even risk imprisonment. Police and gendarmerie are familiar with the ban, so you will face penalties if you fly with a drone in Algeria and get caught.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Algeria to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Algeria!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • Terchi | 09.12.2017

    Hi ..I am from Algeria…in my contry you need a permission by the Ministry of Defense and the aviation authority…thank you very mutch

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Thank you for your input, Terchi! Do you know how I can get the permissions to fly a drone in Algeria?

  • Chao | 02.06.2018

    I;m also looking for a way to get permission fly drone in Algeria or just local drone pilot who has a permit for hire.

  • Ali | 07.06.2018

    Any updates? I believe that submittign an application or a request in the ministry of defence is a waste of time because they won’t answer you (at least not anytime soon). so what are they other options?

  • Christian Lindgren | 08.06.2018

    Im heading to Algerie very soon and I been trying to get a permit to bring my drone, I even had met with the Algerian ambassador himself in my country, he contacted the ministry of tourism for me. And it was impossible to obtain as a foreigner

    • Francis Markert | 02.07.2018

      Unfortunately, I heard similar stories from other drone pilots. I think it is almost impossible to get flight permission.

  • Jennifer | 03.04.2019

    Hi, do you know if they have a system like Morocco where they will hold on to it for you when you declare it and you can pick it back up when you are leaving? I am already spending extra money to fly on various airlines through cities where I could place a bag in a luggage locker with the drone so that I don’t get it confiscated in the middle east, but I don’t have a great solution for the Algeria portion of my trip since I will be continuing on in a different direction to Bahrain and Kuwait–also do you know if those countries have a system where they will hold it for you until you are leaving? Thanks in advance.

    • CHAO | 10.04.2019

      to Jennifer: I went there with my team last October as press, we were invited by the embassy to shoot travel documentary. But even as that our drone request since several months ago before our arrival was over and over denied as we say it’s a must for the documentary. No drones allowed.

      Algeria is not an open-tourism country, and they are very strict on equipments. Even when we have the press visa, we still got stopped even for lenses and cameras by their millitary, in the end the officer from the airport came and settle the problems for us. I am sure they do not have that system to hold things for you. PS- the political landscape is very unstable now in Algeria as the protests going on.

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