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.

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]

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. For this purpose, 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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  • William Mjema | 16.07.2017

    Tanzania has recently introduced drone laws pertaining that it is not allowed to fly a drone without a permit from the Ministry of Defense and The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority and insurance for the drone is required. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1887078478212993/

  • Bea Gonzalez | 15.01.2018

    Hi all. Does anyone has processed a Permit for Tanzania
    ?

    • Ivanka Lin | 07.02.2018

      Dear all, do you have a contact in Tanzania who can help with getting a drone& film permit? Thank you!

  • Bongo Gadgets Blog | 07.02.2018

    Greetings Drone users,

    With new rules in Africa

    We would recommend drone users to rent a drone in the country you are travelling to and not bring your own.

    To fly your drone in Tanzania you need to get a permit from the Ministry of Defense, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority and a 3rd party insurance ($50).

    If you need contact for Drone Insurance in Tanzania. Let me know

    And if you are bringing a drone in Tanzania in its original packaging box, you might have to pay import duties and tax at the airport or port.

    So if it’s your personal drone, we would recommend you remove from box and use a shoulder bag to carry the drone.

    Will update soon on the costs

    • Rassie Kotze | 23.04.2018

      Hi
      Any updates regarding this?
      I will be in Tanzania end of June, would like to obtain a permit and insurance.

      • Gudluck nnko | 22.05.2018

        Yes can help you to get the permit of the drone that you can use in the national park like Serengeti, lake manyara tarangire, ngorongoro so for more information you can contact me directly on my what’s App +255756218184 I’m in Tanzania moshi also I’m a tour guide so my name is Gudluck Nnko

        • Baojie Ding | 12.06.2019

          I am travelling to Tanzania June 16 2019. Will you please help me with my drone licsense?

    • Rajiv Patel | 27.04.2018

      Hello, any update on this? Is there any way to get a permit for national parks Serengeti or ngorongoro + Zanzibar. I am travelling for a wedding and need to take some drone footage. I have Mavic pro (small and light) .

      Please advise!

      • Szabina | 29.06.2018

        I would be interested in this as well. Did you find solution?
        Thank you:)

      • Szabina | 29.06.2018

        Hello! Do you have any news regarding this?

    • Rey | 17.06.2018

      Hi! I am going on an extended trip with the family to Tanzania and the UAE and would like to take my DJI Mavic Air. As long as I stick to the flight laws and restrictions outlined for the UAE, I think I am fine flying Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Tanzania unfortunately seems a little more confusing. Is the permit and the insurance necessary for a recreational pilot or am I going create undue attention?n I mean, I am going to fly at less than half the 400ft ceiling and the subjects will be the family and the scenery. Traveling with a bigger drone in the past I have had a few times where I have been asked not to fly in a particular area and I’ve simply apologized and put it away. Getting the permit seems simple enough but I’m having difficulty figuring out where I buy insurance coverage other than the link for journalists (which I am not). I mean, is it better to ask for forgiveness than permission in this case or am setting myself up for an international incident over a 1 pound glorified digital camera? Thansk

      • Zuher | 19.09.2018

        In Dubai, you need to purcahse a licence which is for $245 and its for lifetime no need to renew.
        For Tanzania, you need to send a letter to TCAA and Ministry of Defence together with your drone serial number plus ID and a payment of $80 which has to be paid every year. Insurance is not a must, but it’s good to have incase an accident occurs as instead of paying a premium of the accident, the insurance company can cover it for u for just another $80. So it all depends, sometimes it may not be your fault but the device can go out of range and fall on a person or car and cause an accident, what will you do then.

    • Alikhan Wallani | 21.12.2018

      Hi! Can you kindly assist with insurance companies in Tanzania that insure drones? TIH

  • MK Griff | 04.06.2018

    Hello,

    Can we apply for the permit before arriving in Tanzania? Is this an online application?

    Thanks

    • Manuel | 19.06.2018

      Same question here! How can we apply before arrival?

  • Manuel | 19.06.2018

    I found this:
    http://www.tcaa.go.tz/files/Forms/ANS/AIC%2005%20-%202018%20Unmanned%20Aircraft%20Systems.pdf
    I’ve just submitted my request for Recreational use.

    • Aton | 13.07.2018

      @Manuel, hi!
      Are you successful to get a permit?

      Had someone get it from Gudluck Nnko ? How much the permit would cost from him then ?

    • Francis Markert | 13.07.2018

      Hi Manuel,
      I think your link leads to an outdated version of the document. The latest version is linked in my article.
      Best regards, Francis

      • Rajiv | 13.07.2018

        Which article?

      • Francis Markert | 15.07.2018

        The article above the comments section on this page.

  • Rassie Kotze | 13.07.2018

    Just an Update

    I have been in Tanzania since the 30th of June, and leaving back home in the morning. I have a Phantom 4 Pro with me. Came throught customs without any problems, drone in backpack went through scanners.

    I carried a copy of my emails i sent the Tanzanian CAA with me just in case. No problems when i arrived. Not even a question to what it was.

    Had some amazing flights over the ocean here.

    • Francis Markert | 13.07.2018

      Perfect, glad to hear!

    • Rajiv Patel | 13.07.2018

      Did you have a permit then?

    • Zuher | 19.09.2018

      You were lucky they didn’t ask, but according to law, you need to purchase a licence

  • Issac | 19.07.2018

    I m heading to Zanzibar and Tanzania from 13-23Aug and planning to fly my Mavic Air there. I have filled up the form but is there a email to apply online? And i have the drone insurance with DJI HK, is that working for the permit?

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Isaac,
      Sorry for my late answer. How were things going?

  • Maxime | 23.08.2018

    Hello, I’m also planning to go in Tanzania. Finally, did you take you drone for your trip?
    If yes, witch document/insurance did you have?
    And did you have any trouble?
    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

  • Philippe Hullaert | 27.08.2018

    Hi Francis,
    Thank you for the interesting article. I’m about to go to Zanzibar in late November and was wondering how to fill in the application for registration. I’m not sure what to fill in the point 9: “details of equipment fitted or to be carried” = what do they mean with this? I have a DJI Mavic Air.
    Thank you for your help.
    All the best,
    Ph

    • Zuher | 19.09.2018

      Greetings,

      I think it’s asking whether you have other products fitted on the drone as extra as some professionals add a bunch of features on their drone such as thermal imaging to be able to ser animals at night as an example.

      Carrying other products together with the drone might mean, if you have other extra equipment that you will be carrying together example a GoPro or extra batteries etc.

      I hope i have answered rightly…

  • Clarence | 12.09.2018

    We are Aerial Mapping and Survey services provider for various projects. We have been operating in Tanzania since 2014. Feel free to contact us.
    [email protected]

  • Hans G | 14.12.2018

    I’ll be in Tanzania in late May 2019.
    In the application it states the following:
    “The Authority will become involved in the certification of Unmanned Aircraft or the persons who operate them, but will accept such certification from internationally recognized bodies set up to perform these functions. The following bodies are considered acceptable and any other internationally recognized body acceptable to the Authority as an equivalent:”
    At this time, I don’t have any certifications from any of these agencies. Will I have to see the civil aviation authority in Tanzania to get certified and where?
    I live in the US, any affordable drone insurance? I have a Mavic2 Pro

  • lydia nyakoi | 18.12.2018

    Hello,iam asking if we can use drones in lake natron? secondly can photographers take photos using helicopter aerial view in lake natron?if yes how much

  • Phiilippe H | 19.12.2018

    Hello,
    I’ve been in Zanzibar (Tanzania) in the beginning of December.
    Early November I have tried to get all permits in order to get approval to fly my drone (Mavic Air) on the island. But I didn’t succeed.
    I sent all necessary documents to the TCAA and filled in the form (my drone is registered in Belgium, I have a belgian licence to fly my drone and I have the necessary insurance).
    First, my mail didn’t go through for a while, it appeared that the mailbox was full. When I finally sent my email, I had to wait for a while. Later on I received an answer from the TCAA telling me that my request was forwarded to 2 employees. I sent mails to those people and didn’t receive any answer.

    After having questioned the Tanzania Ambassy in Belgium, it appeared that there is a new rule (it has also been added to the website of the TCAA in between): Prior to register a drone, one has to request the approval of the Ministry of Devende and National Service.

    Since it was time to fly to Zanzibar, I decided not to take my drone on the island. I was very sad because the scenery there is just fantastic.

  • Hans G | 28.12.2018

    Has anyone taken a drone into Tanzania without receiving approval from TCAA? I’m traveling around the world and cannot afford to leave the drone at home, in case I don’t get a response from TCAA.

    • JG | 09.02.2019

      I took it three times with me to Tanzania. Never had a problem / I did not know that I needed to have this permission…

  • Tzvetan | 08.01.2019

    Hello,
    Very helpful post. But still did not understand if I have to got the approval from authorities upfront or at place. I am going to Zanzibar in 10 days and have to take my Mavic Air. But there are many contradictory views/comments and posts about this subject. I have read in two other blogs that they did not get any issues without getting any approval. Please, if someone have updated information or experience in the last month to update us too.
    Thank you in advance for you time.

  • Scott Brian | 11.01.2019

    My impression from the information on this page is that it is legal to import a drone into Tanzania, but actually flying it requires permits. And obtaining those permits is essentially impossible, because of Third World bureaucracy. So basically, only fly a drone in a fairly secluded or “chill” area where police are unlikely to harass you. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Cristi Varzaru | 16.01.2019

    Hello,
    Do you know if there is a rental place for drones in Zanzibar? I would like to rent a drone as long as i stay in vacation.

  • satish takle | 02.02.2019

    hi ,
    I have leased 5000+ acres in tanzania for agri . want to do survey , contour mapping , watchdog function and later may be spreading of fertilisers and pesticides . i have very good contacts but no real knowledge of drones .
    your advice is sourly needed right from selection of drones . confident of getting licence .

    • RS Rayyan Sameer | 03.04.2019

      Hi Satish,

      Reach me out directly and I may able to help you with your requirements.

    • Clarence | 09.07.2019

      Gleam Company Limited is a provider of aerial mapping and survey using RPA since 2014. If you are still in need of completing the said project, please contact us on [email protected]

      Clarence

  • Sam | 02.07.2019

    Hi all. Has anyone successfully been able to get permission from the Ministry of Defense or at least know whom to contact? The only email I’ve been able to find is [email protected] which seems to be for general inquiries. I have a FAA Part 107 license in the US and am part of a group working on preserving archaeological sites.

    • Clarence | 09.07.2019

      You need to write an application letter attach your credentials and drone specs and location of your intended flights and submit to MOD. You also need permit from TCAA which should in your attachments. So to say you should start with TCAA.

      Clarence

      • DJI | 18.07.2019

        Hello
        when you talk about MOD, what do you mean?
        Thanks

  • Clarence Ndunguru | 04.08.2019

    Ministry Of Defence

  • Stephen Rasmussen | 12.08.2019

    Hi,
    Just bought a Mavic Pro2, and would like to try it out whilst on the Jambiani beach area in Zanzibar.
    We are not prof done users, and want to experiment with this type of drone learning whilst on our beach holiday, partly because of the wide open spaces.
    is this allowed ?
    What do we need to be aware of ?
    Best Wishes from Sweden

  • Bongo Gadgets Blog | 20.09.2019

    Greetings All,

    Sorry for the late reply,

    We now have someone in Tanzania who can help you get permission on your behalf to import and operate your Drone.

    Please contact us [email protected]

    Regards,

    Bongo Gadgets Blog
    DSM, Tanzania

  • Bongo Gadgets Blog | 20.09.2019

    Contact:
    Call / WhatsApp:
    +255-765-979493

    Time: Monday – Friday (8am – 4pm)
    Time Zone: Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) / Nairobi (Kenya)

  • Nikolus | 24.09.2019

    Hi all,

    I’m an Advocate/Lawyer with an understanding of these regulations, permissions and regulatory frameworks in Tanzania.

    Contact me through [email protected].

    Welcome to Tanzania!

    Thanks.

  • Jackson | 29.10.2019

    I live in tanzania and TCAA are a joke unorganized and useless my opinion dont waster you time.

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