Sierra Leone Drone Laws (2019)

Sierra Leone Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Sierra Leone

Contents

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

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General Sierra Leone Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Sierra Leone, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Sierra Leone,

  • 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 were 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.

Foreign Operators: We do not recommend assuming that you can import your recreational drone into the country, we suggest you always contact the customs authority for your safety. Sierra Leone does not have current drones regulation.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use. Please adhere to the above General Sierra Leone Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Sierra Leone. Click here to purchase 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. 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 Freddy Ulvseth when flying a drone in Sierra Leone.

Buying Drones In Sierra Leone

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

Drone Travel Guide

Sierra Leone 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.

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