Drone Laws in Nigeria

Flying drones in Nigeria

Learn in this article what rules apply to drones in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, all drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms must be registered. The drone registration can be done online. Foreign drone pilots will receive a “Recognition of Ownership“, which they have to keep with them during all drone flights. If you do not register, you risk a fine or imprisonment of up to three years.

Commercial pilots must obtain a permit directly from the Nigerian Aviation Authority. Your drone license from your home country may be recognized, it’s best to submit it with an English translation.

Overview: Drone rules in Nigeria

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

CAA: [email protected]


We have researched the listed drone regulations for Nigeria 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 Nigeria!

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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!


  • Bello Adamu | 17.04.2019

    Hello, please i would like to start a commercial drone business, and i need a mentorship to do that.

    • Nnanna | 24.08.2019


  • Nnanna | 24.08.2019

    What if my drone isn’t as heavy as 250kg

  • Yilan | 20.07.2020

    Hello I bought a drone online in 2018 it was seized by customs I don’t know what to do, it was for film making I don’t think it was up to 250kg. A Chinese drone for that matter

  • Jay | 28.07.2020

    Customs just seized my drone too…what could be the cause? 😳😳😳

    • Drone Traveller Team | 30.07.2020

      Unfortunately, we don’t know why the drones have been seized. They don’t appear on the list of prohibited items on the Nigerian Customs website. We can only speculate that there may be a customs tax required, but without further information, we don’t know what to look for.

  • Antonio | 09.08.2020

    I just bought a drone online from the US. Will it be siezed also in customs?

    Pls advise.

    • Drone Traveller Team | 09.08.2020

      Hello Antonio,
      Some of our readers have reported that their drones got confiscated, but we don’t know the reasons behind it. If you want to be on the safe side, we recommend you contact customs directly and ask if there’s anything you should be doing, like fill out a form or pay customs tax. You can find the contact information for the Nigerian Customs Service here. We would be grateful if you shared what you found out here because it would help other readers too.

  • Antonio | 18.08.2020

    Thanks for the info. I cancelled my order before it got shipped.
    Now, i found some local seller of the same type and I guess it is safer to buy locally. I just need to add around 10 to 15% to the price abroad.

  • Ade | 09.09.2020

    Hi Antonio. Where did you buy the drone from? Do you mind sharing?

  • Temi | 29.09.2020

    Your drone were probably seized because you don’t have a license to import from the NSA
    Check that out

  • Dewo | 04.03.2021

    How about travelling with your drone outside the country (Nigeria), any chance one might have issues at the airport ?
    If Yes, are there measures to take to prevent such incidents

  • Aileon | 18.04.2021

    Dear Drone Traveller Team,
    Thanks for the tips, quite educative.
    I am looking at procuring an Agricultural drone and have sent an email to NCAA for them to avail me all required i for ma ti on prior to making commitments.
    I will sure share the outcome here for all to benefit once i get their response.
    Best regards

    • Drone Traveller Team | 25.04.2021

      Hi, we’re very happy that you’re thinking of sharing the information here. Thank you!

  • Yilan | 30.06.2021

    Hello thanks for replying, about the details what happened was I got a notice from the costumes at the airport in may 2018 it said the drone was detained till I presented an end user certificate, i had bought it online. I checked online and saw the drone is heavier than 250g. So, I don’t know what can be done.

  • Emmanuel | 27.07.2021

    Hello, please i would like to start a commercial drone business, and i need a mentorship to do that.

    • Drone Traveller Team | 01.08.2021

      Hello Emmanuel,
      We can’t help you with this but maybe one of our readers will. Good luck!

  • Reginald | 30.07.2021

    @Yilan You cannot do anything unfortunately.

  • Adeleke | 29.10.2021

    Hi Emmanuel, it’s very interesting to hear this, I’m planning the same and i’ve got necessary information required. If it’s okay for you, can we speak more together on this? you can reach me on telegram: @Skyrock_Aviation

  • Frank | 04.11.2021

    @Reginald, how can something not be done? What if he presents the End User Certification?

  • Seyi bolufemi | 16.11.2021

    Hello .. I’m planing on creating locally made drones in Nigeria, I’ll like to know the required license I might need to start. Thank you

    • Drone Traveller Team | 19.11.2021

      Sorry, we don’t have much experience with this, so we can only refer you to the Aviation Authority. There might be other authorities involved if you are also selling the products you have created.

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