Tanzania’s Drone Regulations and Usage Guidelines

Tanzania introduced new drone rules in late 2018, mandating the registration of all drones in the country. To fly a drone in Tanzania, strict adherence to the country’s drone regulations is essential. Here are the regulations you must follow:

Considerations for Drone Use in Tanzania

  1. Drone Specifications:
  • Drones weighing 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) or less are permitted for flight in Tanzania.
  1. Permission and Certifications:
  • Obtain permission from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). The required form is available here.
  • Foreigners must also acquire clearance from the Ministry of Defence and National Service.
  • Obtain a permit from the Filming board of Tanzania.
  • A certificate validating your drone piloting skills from your home country is mandatory for any drone operation in Tanzania, be it for entertainment or commercial purposes.
  • Proof of ownership of the drone (e.g., receipt) and a registration fee of US$ 100 are required.
  • Additional qualifications include being at least 21 years old, holding a recent medical certificate, proficiency in English, a radio telephony license, and passing a knowledge and skills test. A fee of US$ 200 might also apply.
  1. Commercial Drone Operations:
  • Operating drones for commercial purposes demands an operator certificate and flight permits. Aerial photography requires prior notification and possible approval from security authorities.
  1. Drone Use in National Parks:
    Drones are strictly prohibited in Tanzania’s national parks for regular tourists. However, permission might be granted upon request and obtaining the necessary permit from authorities.

Reasons for Restrictions:

  • Drones disrupt wildlife and pose potential harm to animals and tourists alike.
  • Poachers have exploited drones for illegal hunting activities.
  • The humming sounds from drones can agitate animals, causing stampedes and endangering lives.

Cost and Permissions for Park Drone Use:

  • Flying drones in national parks necessitates substantial fees paid to park authorities to ensure safety. The exact cost isn’t specified but is typically reserved for well-funded entities like television networks or film crews.

Authorized Locations for Drone Use:

  • Flying drones near airports, within city limits, or in national parks is prohibited. However, outside these restricted areas, drone flights are allowed with proper permits and licenses.

Closing Thoughts:

  • Flying drones legally in Tanzania is challenging for tourists. It’s advisable to avoid drones during safaris unless absolutely necessary for aerial views in parks. Our team can assist in securing the required permits before your arrival, though additional charges may apply due to the complexity of the process.
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