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Drone use is allowed in the Democratic Republic Congo, but there are several DR Congo drone laws and drone regulations that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following laws when flying in DR Congo,
A permit is not required for recreational drone use Please adhere to the above General Drone Laws however when flying your drone. Click here to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A permit is required for commercial drone use in Republic of Congo.
Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)
For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.
You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag" data-src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=uavsystemsint-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B007V9MN44" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.
Here is some video footage shot by Peter Steenberg when flying a drone in Denmark.
Read our buying guide for Buying Drones In Democratic Republic Of Congo. It includes information on drones for sale in Democratic Republic of Congo, import taxes and requirements, payment, and shipping.
DR Congo is an amazing country and there are many amazing places from Kinshasa to Kisangani where you can capture amazing aerial photography while adhering to the drone laws and drone regulations in DR Congo. Here is a video taken by Arcon Media showcasing DR Congo’s beauty from above.
Call: :+243 242 3604
Directorate of Civil Aeronautics
Ministry of Transport & Communications
PO Box 6514
Congo, Democratic Republic
DR Congo drone laws are up to date as of March, 2022