Drone Laws in Seychelles

Flying drones in SeychellesMaximum altitude: In Seychelles, drones can ascend up to 60 meters (200 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Multicopter may only be flown within sight. Once the general visibility is below 3 kilometers, you must not ascend with your drone.

Compulsory insurance: In Seychelles, you should fly only with drone insurance.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The existing rules apply to UAVs with a take-off mass of no more than 7 kilograms. For heavier models, SCAA approval is required.

Distance to airports: To an airport must be considered 15 kilometers (9 miles) distance. For Helipads / Heliports, there is a safety distance of 5 kilometers (3 miles). Thus, it is prohibited in most areas of Seychelles, to raise a drone.

Other safety distances: To uninvolved persons, a distance of 50 meters (at take-off and landing 30 meters) must be observed. Major roads, crowds of people (1,000 or more people), private land (if owner’s permission is not available), and populated areas must be 150 meters (500 feet) apart. Vehicles and ships must not approach closer than 300 meters (1,000 feet).

Operating Times: Drone flights at night are prohibited in Seychelles.

Rules for commercial pilots: To my knowledge, there are no special requirements for business users in Seychelles.

Helpful Links: SCAA

I was on Seychelles in September 2017 with our Phantom 4 Pro + and Osmo + to capture the island paradise from the air. We created this video during this trip:

You can find more information about our Seychelles video in this article.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Seychelles 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 Seychelles!

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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

  • Tony | 20.04.2018

    Hi Francis,
    Are you aware of any permits that need obtaining?

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      You need the permit if you cannot comply with the distances to airports or heliports I mentioned above.

      • bruno | 23.04.2019

        Hi Francis, how did you apply for the permit in the Seychelles?

        I will be staying well away from a 15km zone in Mahe but in Praslin that is impossible!

        I have a small Mavic Air that I wanted to use to take shots from my trip.

        Do you have any tips?

        Thanks!

  • Tony | 20.04.2018

    and where is good/safe to fly it to get great photos/video that is outside of the 15km permiter?

  • Chris | 21.04.2018

    I’m traveling to the Seychelles with emerites with my dji Mavic Pro and I were wondering if I take the batteries on hand luggage or to put them into the hold, the drone itself goes into the hold?, I’m worried about damage from rough handling, I have a semi hard case which keeps the drone secure and it’ll be in a hard case also. Will customs in dubai take the batteries off me or is there no problems generally?. It’s my honeymoon so it’s important..

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hi Chris,
      You should carry the batteries in the hand luggage. When you fly with Emirates, the drone itself must be transported in the checked baggage.

  • Rush | 22.07.2018

    Hi Francis,
    Are you aware of any place in the Seychelles rent drones?
    I want to rent it for few days during my vacation in the Seychelles.
    Thank you

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Rush,
      No, I have no idea where you could rent a drone on Seychelles.

  • pavel | 30.10.2018

    Hello Im own dron Wingsland S6 must have some permission?

    • Francis Markert | 01.11.2018

      Hi Pavel,
      It depends on the location of your intended flight. Please read the article 🙂

  • Heulwen Jones | 09.02.2019

    Hi. I’m a trike cyclist currently cycling the world. I’ve already done 25k km and 40ish countries. I have a blog http://www.anywhichwayyoucan.co.uk and a fb page https://www.facebook.com/trikes.Azub/

    But think I’m really not selling me or the trip well. I’m considering buying drone +go pro but worried about storage., video editing on move, getting decent footage etc. Can you give me some advise? Which drone would you recommend? In 2019 I’ll cycle China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and SE Asia but also hope to buy motorbike and tour Mongolia for month or 2. So crazy trip but no decent blog/footage etc

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