Drone Laws in Liberia

Flying drones in Liberia

This article deals with the legal situation for drone pilots in Liberia.

Currently, there is no legal framework for the use of drones in Liberia.

The Civil Aviation Authority however lists a draft regulation on its website (as of May 2020). We have no information about when this draft may become law.

If you come in with a small drone (smaller than a Phantom 4), then everything may go well. It could also happen that you have to pay an import fee or that the copter is confiscated. Since there are no rules, it is basically up to how the staff interprets the situation.

It’s similar with the private use of drones in Liberia. Due to the political and economic situation in the country after the Civil War, you should refrain from traveling to Liberia with a drone, because it can get you into trouble very quickly.

If you still want to do it, be extra careful on every flight. Security personnel can be very sensitive about this sort of thing.

The experiences described here come from native drone pilots with whom I was in contact. Unfortunately, this exchange ended abruptly, so I fear they got into trouble. This is why I wouldn’t recommend traveling to Liberia with a drone.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Liberia 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 Liberia!

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About the author

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 a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Yanga Dascha Kubel | 07.05.2018

    A nice and careful description of the situation.
    The lack of regs puts a lot of responsibilities on us and gives the security/law enforcement room for their own interpretations. Challenging 🙂
    Additionally, in the tribal areas, the fear regarding innovative technologies is imminent and leads to overreaction.
    There is a high concentration of iron ore (ferromagnetic) in most areas.
    In all cases, bring enough of your own security for crowd control and equipment safety.
    Yanga

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hi Yanga,
      Thank you very much for your support! Best wishes to you and your family!

  • Ousman sowjr | 23.08.2018

    I buy I mavic pro drone from mozak limited
    They have done the shipping and the custom of Kenya is ask my for insurance,tax document and yellow tag. Or they will distory my package

  • Carlos | 03.12.2018

    Hello Francis, what’s up?
    Do you know how to be able to fly with the drone in Liberia?
    Is being able to enter it complicated?

    • Francis Markert | 07.01.2019

      I would leave the drone at home.

  • LEROY DONGBO | 28.03.2019

    HI, AM FROM LIBERIA. HOW DO I GET One?

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