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Drone use with a permit is allowed in Uganda. For operators with a permit they must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Uganda,
Note: We do not recommend foreign operators to assume you can import your drone in Uganda without permission, we recommend always contact the customs authorities for security.
A permit is required for recreational drone use in Uganda.
Authorizations from the following entities are necessary:
-Commander of Defense Forces
-Civil Aviation Authority
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 (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 DJI Creator when flying a drone in Uganda.
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