Drone Laws in Tanzania

Flying drones in Tanzania

In this post, we have summarized the drone laws in Tanzania.

In late 2018, Tanzania introduced new rules for drones. Now, every drone in the country must be registered.

First, we will give you an overview of the rules for drone pilots in Tanzania.

Overview: Drone rules in Tanzania

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? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. 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

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
E-mail: [email protected]

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Further regulations in Tanzania

Tanzania categorizes drones by weight and by purpose:

Class 1: 0-5 kg
Class 2: 5 kg – 25 kg
Class 3: 25 kg and more
Category 1: leisure and sport
Category 2: private use except leisure and sport
Category 3: commercial use
In our understanding, category 1 only includes activities in clubs etc.

Importing a drone requires a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). Each drone must be registered before being allowed to be flown. This can be done at the TCAA headquarter, Banana- Ukonga,
Dar es Salaam, or at the regional offices in Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa,
Mwanza, Mtwara, Mbeya, Kilimanjaro, Kigoma, Songea, Tabora,
Tanga, and Zanzibar (Unguja na Pemba).

For the registration, a form is to be completed, which is available in the appendix of the above-linked legal text. It also requires proof of possession of the drone (for example, a receipt) and a registration fee of US$ 100. However, the law only says that citizens and residents may own a drone. How visitors can register their drone, is not described.

Category 2 and 3 pilots (private and commercial use) need a pilot’s license. To do this, they must be at least 21 years old, have a recent medical certificate, English proficiency, have a radio telephony license, have completed flight training and a knowledge and skills test. A fee of US$ 200 may also be due.

A drone insurance is mandatory for all pilots.

Anyone flying drones for commercial purposes also needs an operator certificate and permits for the flights. Aerial photographs must be previously announced and, where appropriate, approved by security authorities.

This seems to make it quite difficult for Tanzania tourists to bring their drone legally into the country and fly it.

Flight bans and safety distances

Besides these formalities, Tanzania has also set some safety rules:

  • Do not endanger other aircraft, persons or property – other aircraft the right of way, flying over crowds is prohibited
  • Do not fly in restricted or controlled airspace unless you have permission
  • In the event of unintentional entry into controlled airspace, air traffic control must be notified
  • 10 km distance to aerodromes code C, D, E, F and 7 km to aerodromes code A and B
  • Maximum altitude 400 feet above the ground
  • 50 meters distance to persons, ships, vehicles, structures
  • Respect the privacy of others, do not film bystanders without their consent
  • Keep your drone within visual line of sight and only fly during the day
  • Each pilot is only allowed to drive one drone at a time
  • Before the flight, check conditions and the functionality of the equipment
  • Drones must not be controlled under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Flying drones in national parks is prohibited.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Tanzania 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 Tanzania!

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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!

Discussions

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  • BRIAN | 06.11.2019

    YOU NEED to write letter to TCAA,

    we can help

  • Michel | 20.12.2019

    I have recently purchased a drone (DJI MAVIC MINI) and its currently on by custom clearance until I submit a permit from TCAA, I bought this drone just to have fun because I like technology. please help me with this.

  • Gyula | 04.01.2020

    hi all, Happy new year!
    We’re traveling to Zanzibar in this month I have a DJI Mavic Mini drone. What I have to do? I have just five days.:)
    Thanks

  • Tandjigora | 12.01.2020

    Hello ,

    We have a planned trip to Zanzibar to get engaged and I would like to bring my drone how can I thank you very much.

  • Vania | 02.02.2020

    I’m planning a trip to Zanzibar for March and I would like to bring my Phantom 3 drone, do you know what I have to do?
    Thank you

  • Nikolus | 17.03.2020

    Hi

    Have you got any reply on what you need to do? Glad i can help out.

    Thanks

  • Peter | 22.05.2020

    I was planning to buy a drone with camera but I knew these things, if not not used properly, are very dangerous. So i got visit TCAA website to see if they have anything about this. Thanks, I found rules. But I still need it for farm activities.

  • Clarence | 26.08.2020

    All

    Registration for your drone is now mandatory, you could get into trouble if not you meet up with police with unregistered drone.

    Heads up, see link

    https://www.tcaa.go.tz/pdf_viewer.php?m=News&t=DIRECTIVE%20FOR%20REMOTELY%20PILOTED%20AIRCRAFT%20SYSTEMS(DRONES)%20REGISTRATION&f=files/news/doc_20200824154115_DRONES-ENGLISH.pdf

    • Drone Traveller Team | 27.08.2020

      Thank you for the information, Clarence!

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