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 by hobby pilots 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 Foot (121,9 Meter) 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]


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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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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!


  • 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

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