Drone Laws in Kenya

Flying drones in KenyaIf you want to fly to Kenya with your own camera copter, you have to overcome some hurdles.

In Kenya, drones are banned unless you have obtained permission from the Department of Defense and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

For approvals, you must contact the following addresses:

Ministry of Defence:
The Principal Secretary
Ministry of Defense
P.O. Box 40666-00100
Nairobi
publicaffairs@mod.go.ke
www.mod.go.ke
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority:
The Director General
Kanya Civil Aviation Authority
P.O. Box 30163-00100
Nairobi
info@kcaa.or.ke
www.kcaa.or.ke

Unfortunately, I could not find any direct contacts. Therefore, initially, only the way through the general e-mail addresses of the Ministry or the air regulatory authority remains.

According to the Kenyan Embassy, permits are only granted in isolated cases for media or film productions. Individuals apparently do not receive permission to operate drones.

Those who can not present the necessary permits at the time of entry must expect that their own drone will be confiscated and kept. On departure, you will get them back as long as you use the same airport. So it makes sense to orient the route planning for the Kenya trip and start the journey home from the same city. Otherwise, you have to leave your drone in Africa in the worst case.

In addition, it is prohibited from Kenyan airports to carry drones in hand luggage. The copter must therefore in the checked baggage, but you still have to carry the batteries in your hand luggage.

Helpful Links: KCAA Press Release with contact detailsClicking with purpose, eTN

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Kenya 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 Kenya!

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