Drone Laws in Mauritius

Flying drones in Mauritius

In this article, we explain which laws you need to follow in Mauritius if you want to fly a drone there.

The island state in the Indian Ocean entices with wonderful beaches and a paradisiacal landscape. In Mauritius, there are surely wonderful places that can be captured from the air. But the following things have to be considered.

Overview: Drone rules in Mauritius

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, without further requirements
Maximum Altitude:400 Foot (121,9 Meter) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Resources:DCA

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Further rules in Mauritius

For private flights, there is a weight limit of seven kilograms.

Private individuals are not allowed to fly at night with their multicopters.

A distance of 150 meters must be maintained to populated areas and crowds of people (500 or more). Keep 50 meters between the drone and bystanders, vehicles, ships and other obstacles. During take-offs and landings, this distance may be shortened to 30 meters.

Requirements for commercial pilots

The commercial use of multicopters requires the approval of the aviation authority. To obtain the Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW), you must be at least 18 years old, demonstrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Besides, you must submit an Operations Manual, in which you explain the various flight procedures. A template is available on the website of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

For the PFAW you will be charged 10,000 MUR (about 260 euros). The permit is valid for three years. Under certain circumstances, temporary licenses for foreign drone controllers may also be granted.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Mauritius 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 Mauritius!

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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 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!

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