Drone Laws in Uganda
The situation for drone pilots in Uganda is quite complicated. In this article, you will learn what you need to know for your trip to Uganda with a multicopter.
The country is apparently working on new legislation for the use of drones, until then the following rules apply.
In Uganda, you need an import permit to bring a drone into the country. You have to submit the application at least three months in advance. If you arrive without this permit, the drone will be picked up at the airport and kept until your departure. So if you want to visit other countries after your trip, you can take your copter with you if you choose the same airport for arrival and departure from Uganda. Otherwise, I would leave my camera drone at home.
But the import license is not enough. You also have to send an application to the Office of the Chief of Defense Forces. They wil decide, along with the Special Force Command and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), if you pose a threat to national security. Once you have your secutiry clearance (letter of no objection), you can apply formally for a permit from the CAA. In your application, you must specify the purpose of the flight, drone details (including model/manufacturer/mounted equipment). Part of the appeal is also a map in which you mark your flight area.
Before you can upgrade your drone, you must also submit your state registration and demonstrate your practical flying skills.
If you manage to overcome all these bureaucratic obstacles, then you need to be in permanent contact with air traffic control during your flights.
The use of drones in Uganda is not allowed over cities and crowds.
In short, it’s almost impossible to launch a drone in Uganda. If you want to try it, I wish you a lot of stamina in applying for the necessary permits.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Uganda 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 Uganda!