Drone Laws in Seychelles
Last update on 23.06.2021 | 14 Kommentare
With its fantastic beaches, Seychelles offer some of the most beautiful motifs that I have ever captured with a drone. In this article, I would like to explain to you which regulations you have to consider as a drone pilot in the island state.
New rules have been in force in Seychelles since the end of February 2021. These are supposed to do justice to the increased use of drones and still take into account the special layout of the islands.
Overview: Drone rules in Seychelles
Drone labels can be ordered here
Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority: [email protected]
Further regulations for the use of drones
Multicopters may only be flown during the day and within the visual line of sight. As a guideline, do not let the copter rise higher than the buildings and trees in the immediate vicinity.
Stay away from telecommunications infrastructure, power lines, fuel storage facilities, and security-sensitive areas (e.g. State House, prisons, military facilities). Do not fly near rescue operations.
You are not allowed to fly over:
- Towns and congested areas
- Public events
- Private properties
- Industrial plants
Do not take aerial images with your drone that invade the privacy of others.
Do not start your drone if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Do not transport dangerous substances or drop anything from your drone that could harm others.
In Seychelles you have to land immediately if an airplane or helicopter approaches. In my experience, one notices the rapidly approaching helicopters, which fly at low altitudes, only quite late, so that you have to anticipate an increased risk in Seychelles.
The general rule is not to fly near airports or heliports and also to avoid take-off and landing paths. This makes Seychelles special when it comes to regulating unmanned aerial vehicles, as many islands have an airport or heliport.
The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority has permitted to publish the maps with restricted areas on this page. This will give you a better idea of which areas to avoid.
If you still want to use your drone in controlled or restricted airspace, you can apply for a permit using this form.
Our first drone video from Seychelles
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 the 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!