Drone Laws in Madagascar

Flying drones in Madagascar

Read in this post which drone laws you have to observe in Madagascar.

Since March 2015 you have to apply for a permit if you want to put a drone into operation in Madagascar. Apparently, permits are not granted for private drone users.

As a private person, you are only allowed to fly with a drone indoors, as no permit is required for that.

To obtain a permit, you must complete a form and send it to Aviation Civile De Madagascar (ACM). In the application form, you must provide information about yourself and the used multicopter (e.g., ascent weight, number of rotors).

Also, a whole range of information and releases is requested, which you must obtain in advance. Among other things, you must submit the following documents:

  • Reason for the request
  • Approval from the Ministry of Defense for the flight
  • Approval of local authorities
  • flight schedule
  • Proof of drone insurance
  • Risk analysis for the intended maneuver

From the form, I read that permission must be obtained for each flight.

Personally, it would be a too bureaucratic effort, and I would leave my copter at home on a trip to Madagascar.

Overview: Drone rules in M

Recreational use of drones allowed? No
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Unknown.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact informationAviation Civile de Madagascar: [email protected]

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Madagascar 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 Madagascar!

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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 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!


  • Jack Wong | 05.04.2018

    Hi Francis. I am schedule to traveling to Mauritius , Madagascar and Namibia this May & June. I would like to travel with my drone (DJI Mavic Pro), I knew there is no need permit in Mauritius which is okay, and permit in Madagascar, but I will not to use it, so it is fine also. Regarding Namibia, I hear they need to apply permit ?? do you know how and where can apply permits ? is that difficult ?

    Appreciated your kindly attention and help.
    Jack Wong

    • Kevin | 18.05.2018

      Hi Jack,

      Did you manage to go to Madagascar with a Drone. I am going in July and wanted to take one.


      • Yves LE MARCHAND | 28.12.2018

        HI, I have an house in Nosy be and i leave there e few months . I would like to use a drone on the beach. do u think I need a permit? If yes, how can i obtain it?
        Thank U

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hi Jack,
      sorry for my late reply. I think it is too late now. But you find all information about the Namibian rules here: https://drone-traveller.com/drone-laws-namibia/
      Best wishes, Francis

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