Rwanda Drone Laws (2019)

Rwanda Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Rwanda

Contents

  1. General Rwanda Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Rwanda
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Rwanda
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Rwanda Drone Laws

Drone use with a permit is allowed in Rwanda. Operators with a permit must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Rwanda,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A permit is required for recreational drone use in Rwanda.

Foreign citizens are unable to register drones themselves, a Rwandan citizen, permanent resident can register a drone on behalf of a foreign citizen.

Click here to get assistance on how to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Rwanda.

Foreign citizens are unable to register drones themselves, a Rwandan citizen, permanent resident can register a drone on behalf of a foreign citizen.

Click here to get assistance on how to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

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 like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag (Non-Amazon customers can buy the Lipo Battery Bag from us directly by Clicking Here). 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 Akademi Yapim when flying a drone in Rwanda.

Buying Drones In Rwanda

Read all of our Rwanda Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Rwanda. It includes information on drones for sale in Rwanda, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Rwanda drone laws are up to date as of July, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.