Drone Laws in Kenya
If you want to fly to Kenya with your own camera copter, you have to overcome some hurdles.
After a long back and forth, Kenya has now approved a drone law and the previous ban has been lifted.
But it looks like it is not that easy for travelers to take their drone into the country and use it there. For example, drones can only be imported with the approval of the KCAA. The authority must also be informed about the export of a registered drone.
In Kenya, only citizens, residents, businesses and governments are eligible to own a drone. This would exclude foreign tourists and the only option left would be to rent a drone locally. However, the law also provides for a 30-day temporary permit that may be suitable for travelers. We are interested to see how the law will be implemented in practice.
Drones now have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and a certificate will be issued. According to the law, drones should be identifiable, which means the registration data will likely have to be attached visibly.
Overview: Drone rules in Kenya
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Additional rules for drone pilots in Kenya
Kenya categorizes drones according to the risk of the flights:
- Category A: low risk (up to 25 kg)
- Category B: medium, normal risk
- Category C: high risk
A Remote Pilot License is necessary for flights in categories B and C. In category A, registration, a permit certificate and compliance with the following rules and safety distances are sufficient.
Keep a distance of 50 meters from people, animals, vehicles, vessels, public roads, buildings and structures.
There is a 10 km safety distance around category C, D, E and F aerodromes and 7 km around category A and B aerodromes.
Drone flights may only take place within visual line of sight and in good weather conditions. Night flights are only allowed with prior approval.
Flights over private property are not permitted without prior approval. Crossing international borders is also prohibited.
Drone pilots must not have consumed alcohol less than 8 hours before the flight. The limit is 0.04 grams per 100 milliliters. Flying is also not allowed under the influence of drugs and other substances.
Commercial drone use in Kenya
If you want to use your drone for commercial purposes, you need a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate, which must be applied for at least 90 days in advance.
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!