Drone Laws in Zimbabwe
In this article, we’ll explain the drone laws in Zimbabwe.
For traveling drone owners, Zimbabwe has its own rules for the temporary import of multicopters. You must send an application to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) at least 30 days before entry. To do this, you must provide the following information:
- Name and address of the owner/pilot of the drone
- Land in which the drone is already registered
- Model, serial number, and manufacturer of the copter
- The weight of the drone
- Specifications of the drone
- Purpose of the drone in Zimbabwe
- Duration of the planned temporary import
- Details of the planned flights
After getting the approval from the CAAZ, you will also need to obtain a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. These rules apply to foreigners and don’t guarantee flying without any problems.
The citizens of Zimbabwe also have to overcome some hurdles before they can start their copter. Locals always need a Letter of Approval (RPA) from the CAAZ. RPAs are initially valid for one year and can then be issued for a further three years. Above all, for the application, they must demonstrate their piloting skills and show that their aircraft has sufficient safety standards. For commercially available drones, I assume that a Letter of Conformity (usually part of the delivery) is sufficient. The application will incur a fee. Permits are also required for each flight.
Once you’ve mastered the bureaucracy, keep in mind that during copter flights, a first-aid kit and a fire extinguisher must always be near.
Overview: Drone rules in Zimbabwe
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Further rules for drone pilots in Zimbabwe
In most cases, a horizontal distance of up to 500 meters between drone and the pilot is allowed. If you are eligible for extended visual line-of-sight maneuvers, your drone may fly away up to 1,000 meters if a qualified observer keeps their eyes on the drone.
Drone flights at night require approval from the CAAZ.
Each drone must have an altimeter, so you can always observe the current altitude. If your drone does not have this feature, you must abide by the toy drone rules (see below).
To airports, a distance of 5 kilometers (3 miles) must be kept.
From what I understand, Zimbabwe does not distinguish between drone flights for recreational and commercial purposes.
These laws do not apply to toy drones for children unless they are equipped with surveillance equipment (such as a camera). In these cases, you can fly as high as the highest obstacle within a radius of 300 meters. The maximum horizontal distance between the controller and copter is also 500 meters, and you must always have direct visual contact (Restricted Visual Line-of-Sight).
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe!