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Drone Laws in Kenya

Summary of drone laws in kenya, hobbyist drone laws for residents of kenya.

Drone Operations in Kenya are currently regulated.

  • Hobbyist drone flights are allowed in Kenya
  • Hobbyist Kenya drone pilot license is required for Categories B and C
  • Hobbyist Drone registration is required in Kenya for hobbyists
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in Kenya for hobbyists
  • Drone Insurance is not required but recommended for hobbyists’ drone operations in Kenya

Read below for more details on Hobbyist Drone Laws in Kenya and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Commercial Drone Laws For Residents of Kenya

  • Commercial drone flights are allowed in Kenya
  • Commercial Kenya drone pilot license is required
  • Commercial Drone registration is required in Kenya for commercial drone operators
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in Kenya for Commercial Drone Operators
  • Drone Insurance is not required for commercial drone operations in Kenya

Read below for more details on Commercial Drone Laws in Kenya and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Visitors To Kenya

  • Foreign visitor drone flights are allowed in Kenya when permitted
  • Foreign visitor drone pilot license is required
  • Drone registration is required in Kenya for visitors/tourists
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in Kenya for tourists
  • Drone Insurance is not required but recommended for tourist drone operations in Kenya

Read below for more details on Drone Laws in Kenya for Visitors (Tourists) and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Drone Laws For Government Drone Operators in Kenya

  • Government drone flights are allowed in Kenya
  • Government drone pilot license is required
  • Drone registration is required in Kenya for Government operations
  • Drone Remote ID is not required in Kenya for Government operations
  • Drone Insurance is not required for Government drone operations in Kenya

Read below for more details on Drone Laws in Kenya for Government Drone Operations and to find links to regulators and other credible sources!

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Kenya

Drone Regulator in Kenya: Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)

Link to Kenya Drone Regulations: The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020

UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Kenya

The Kenyan agency responsible for drone safety, KCAA, has provided several internet-accessible details on flying for fun or work. The highlights are enumerated below. For more details, go to the link above.

Are drones allowed in Kenya?

According to KCAA, drone use is allowed in Kenya, subject to KCAA regulations. Read on for more details.

Here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Kenya:

Kenya categorizes drones according to the risk of the flights:

  • Provided that operations are conducted within Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only. 
  • Specified distances from airports and people. 
  • Maximum height of 400ft above ground level (AGL). 
  • Flights shall take place upon notification to the Authority. 
  • This operation category would require operational authorization from an Aviation Authority before the flight(s) taking place. 
  • Appropriate limitations/restrictions would be applied based on the type of operation, the complexity of the UAS, and the specific qualifications and experience of operating personnel.
  • Approval for the operation would be based on a safety risk assessment analysis and any mitigations employed to reduce any risks to an acceptable level.
  • This category encompasses operations where the risk to persons being overflown is more significant than what would be permitted in Category A, or involves sharing the airspace with other crewed or crewless aircraft; and 
  • The operations shall be conducted within defined limitations (e.g., Visual line-of-sight (VLOS). 
  • UAS operations in this category shall be conducted in airspaces that are not classified as prohibited, restricted, or dangerous. They shall be subject to ATC instructions and guidance and at heights and lateral distances from persons, buildings, or objects as prescribed in the Civil Aviation (Rules of the Air) Regulations. All operations under this category shall be approved or authorized by the Authority. 
  • UAS operations in this category may be conducted within BVLOS, provided that the RPA has the required capabilities and is fitted with the appropriate equipment. In addition, the pilot is suitably qualified and holds appropriate ratings for such an operation. 
  • The Authority shall issue UAS a Certificate of Airworthiness in this category based on the Type Certificate issued by the State of design/manufacture.
  • Personnel operating UAS in this category shall have a valid license issued by the Authority.

A Remote Pilot License is necessary for flights in categories B and C.

In category A, registration, a permit certificate, compliance with the following rules, and safety distances are sufficient. 

  • A person shall not transfer ownership of a drone without the approval of the KCAA.
  • Operators must register their drones with the Authority and be issued a registration certificate.
  • All drone operations must be under a specific operational category based on risk factors.
  • Commercial drone operations require a pilot to obtain a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate (ROC) from the Authority.
  • Drones shall not fly above 400 feet AGL or within 164 feet (50 meters) of any person, vessel, or vehicle that is not a part of the operation.
  • A pilot shall not fly a drone in non-Visual Meteorological Conditions or at night unless authorized by the Authority.
  • No person shall operate an Unmanned Aircraft System over a public road or along a public road at a distance of fewer than 164 feet (50 meters).
  • A public roadway shall not be used as a place for the landing or take-off of a drone.
  • Operating a drone within 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) of an airport from the airport reference point for code C, D, E, and F airports is prohibited without authorization.
  • Operating a drone within 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of an airport from the airport reference point for code A and B airports is prohibited without authorization.

How to register a drone in Kenya?

Drones now have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), and a certificate will be issued. 

Applications for registration of UAS shall be submitted online at  www.kcaa.or.ke  The following documents shall accompany the application:

  • Identification documents
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Company registration document (if applicable)
  • Photo of the UAS
  • Type Certificate of the UAS (if applicable) 
  • Circuit diagram of the UAS (if applicable) 

The Authority shall undertake due diligence when reviewing any requests for registration in conjunction with relevant government agencies. Approval shall be granted upon successful review by the Authority, and a certificate of registration shall be issued. 

According to the law, drones should be identifiable, which means the registration data must be attached visibly.

How to get a permit to fly a drone in Kenya?

Applications for registration of UAS shall be submitted online at  www.kcaa.or.ke  The following documents shall accompany the application 

  • Identification document, i.e., passport Color photograph of UAS (front and side, on the ground, occupying most of the image size)
  • A clear picture of the serial number of UAS
  • Copy of drone pilot license/certificate
  • Control failure 
  • Engine failure 
  • Accumulator issues 
  • Command and control data link failure 
  • Copy of a liability insurance document related to UAS operation Type certificate (if applicable) 

The application shall undergo the vetting and evaluation process 

Approval shall be granted upon successful review. 

Additional Note for Foreign Operators

In Kenya, drone ownership is restricted to citizens, residents, businesses, and governments. This restriction would rule out foreign tourists, leaving only the option of renting a drone locally. The law does, however, include a 30-day temporary permit that may be appropriate for travelers.

See details below for each import type.

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Kenya

See the general rules above.

How to get a temporary import permit for private drone use in Kenya?

A UAS imported in Kenya for private use shall not be used for any activity involving reward or gain. This restriction includes developing content aimed at a publication for personal gain.

An owner of a UAS to be temporarily imported into Kenya shall apply to the Authority for approval of the temporary import in a prescribed format. The application shall be accompanied by the following: 

  • Details of the UAS.
  • Valid visa for the duration of stay (where applicable); and 
  • Areas of operation of the UAS. 

A UAS temporarily imported into Kenya for private use shall remain in the country for a specified duration (specified in the temporary import permit). The Authority shall be notified when it is exported out of the country. 

Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Kenya

Individuals or businesses wishing to use drones for commercial purposes must apply to KCAA for a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate (ROC). 

According to the regulations, “the Authority may issue a ROC only after the UAS operator demonstrates the following:

  • Adequate organization, 
  • Method of controlling and supervising flight operations, 
  • Training program and ground handling and maintenance arrangements that are consistent with the nature and extent of the operations specified and commensurate with the size, structure, and complexity of the UAS.

A person shall not operate a UAS in Kenya without authorization from the Authority. 

Upon application, the Authority may grant an applicant a short-term license for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days, renewable once.

The Authority may impose such terms and conditions as it deems fit and shall have regard to the public interest and the need to provide reasonable protection for Kenyan Operators. 

How to get a temporary import permit for commercial drone use in Kenya?

The Authority may refuse to grant an application for a short-term license based on the regularity of short-term operations under this regulation. 

Useful published information on flying drones in Kenya

Here is a sample of what you might expect if you follow the drone laws and fly in Kenya…

Authoritative Sources of Information on Kenya Drone Laws

We will attempt to keep an updated list of online authoritative links to regulators and other official websites here:

  • Drone Regulator Website : Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)
  • Link To SUAS Laws: The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020
  • No Fly Zone Maps/Locations: N/A
  • UAV Registration Site: RPAS Management System
  • Drone Operator Licensing Site: N/A
  • Others: N/A

NOTE: This page is about the Regulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), Small UAS, Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and drone are interchangeable terms unless specified. Model Aircraft, toy, remote-controlled, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.

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39 responses to “drone laws in kenya”.

Want to know more about owning and how shool to learn how to operate a drone in Nairobi

Thanks for the information on this site, it’s very useful.

I am travelling to Kenya next month and I plan to take my drone with me. I understand that it is not allowed to fly a drone in this country (if not kenyan) without a permission. After Kenya I will continue my travels to other countries and I definitely want the drone with me.

If I can’t get a permission to fly a drone in Kenya, I still want to have it with me. Would that be an issue? If I have a drone in my luggages is there any chance to be kept by the police at the airport?

From your experience, is it easy to get a month’s permission to fly a drone in Kenya?

We have not heard of anyone getting exemption for a month. Please make sure that there is the ability for the autorities to keep the drone and return to you upon departure. We have reports in other countries where the drones were confiscated, or the storage fees were very high. Better to contact the regulators and get the most accurate directions.

I have drone mini3 pro, weight is 249 gms only. I want to bring it to kenya only for photography and non commercial purpose. I have a flight in kenyan airways on 11th October, 2022. Please let me know what should I do and what is required. I really want to bring that and do not wanna miss the chance.

If you are a citizen or resident of Kenya, follow the rules above. Foreigners are not allowed to operate a drone in Kenya.

Hi I’m John a Kenyan citizen. I intend to purchase a DJI Mini 2 which falls under category A low risk UAS. Must i have a License to fly the drone within the my city or is it just a permit from Authorities, also in case i wanted to fly the drone for commercial shoots, are the requirements still the same.

Regards Powell John

You will need a permit only for category A. Commercial rules are very different.

I have a layover in Kenya. Will they check my drone? Or will I be okay since it’s just a layover?

Generally layovers do not require customs clearance of luggage, unless you are leaving the airport in which case you can arrange for the drone to be held and collected on the way out if necessary

Hello. My name, I got my drone license in Kenya and wrote about how I went about the process here https://captainkdrone.com/2022/06/03/i-finally-got-my-drone-license-how-to-get-a-drone-license-in-kenya/ .

I will be writing more about drone operations in Kenya, and If you’d like another writer for your website I can help with that too.

i am kenyan Living in Qatar and i want to bring my drone marvic 3. please advice me on the appropriate actions or steps i need to follow in order for me to bring my drone home with me

Brian, Kenyans are allowed to bring drones into Kenya and fly them by following the appropriate regulations. We are not familiar with the importation rules. Please check with the regulator

Hi, I’m a Kenyan and want to buy a small drone for recreational purposes. I see that there are so many rules in regards to frone ownership but my biggest concern is all the fees that we need to pay just to operate toys which doesn’t make sense to me. How can I get in touch with someone from KCAA to elaborate exactly how the entire thing works before I spend any money?

Cliff, follow the links at the top of the page to the regulator website. There will be contact information there

Hello I was a gifted a drone that weighs less than a 1kg it is a small drone I registered an account with kcaa they approved it but how do I register the drone am a Kenyan by nationality I want it for hobby and photography of nature what do I do?

Please follow the instructions in the section above regarding registering a drone

Coming in as a tourist and assuming from what I read I need to apply for a temporary permit – does anyone have direct experience putting through an application for personal use as a tourist?

Following. I need one as well

Hey, did you have any luck with this? Thanks

what are rules of flying drone swarm in kenya for event? temporary importing for event

This is considered commercial activity. Please contact KCAA (you can use the link at the top of the page to go toothier website. Come back and let us know what you find out

hobby photographer and at the same time I was thinking of buying a small drone for the same hobby purpose, a small drone like the mavic mini se, requires all these extra expenses? in such case it would be for hobby I avoid the purchase thanks

Federico, if you are a hobbyist flying a Mavic mini see, this would fall in category A (see above). Registration, a permit certificate, compliance with the rules, and safety distances outlined above should be sufficient.

i am leonard ok the statement about toy drone that cannot weigh more that 300g, do they need any licence, and why is it that you import as a toy and still your told its a drone something that even gets carried away with wind elaborate on rc toy drones and proffessional please Model aircraft, toy aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.

Leonard we suggest you contact the KCAA

Thanks for the information. I am looking to bring my DJI Mavic mini 2 drone into Kenya for a safari. I was under the impression that with such a small drone no additional licenses would be needed but didn’t think of varying international laws!

Am I able to bring the mini 2 in? What licesnses/registration etc do I need and how do I go about it, seems the laws keep changing and have done recently? Surely security cant pick up the plastic and metal of a folded up mini 2 or maybe I am wrong!!

Any help would be hugely appreciated – thank you

Zoe, please see additional not for Foreign Operators above. You may have to contact the regulator to receive special permission as a foreigner.

I am a french UAS user.trying for temporary importation. I would like to register 2 DJI light UAS I tried to create an account to register me as UAS user on https://www.kcaa.or.ke/eservices and before validating my registration form, it asks me for some information that I cannot answer like Tax pin, certificate of good conduct, company registration documents. how should i go about this. and what must I answer to succeed in registration ? regards

Fred, please see the section for foreign operators. Our understanding is that you are not allowed to register a drone and use it as a foreigner.

I’m Kenyan and I live in the US, can I bring a drone as a gift? What are the requirements??

You may need an import license (contact KCAA for details), but as a Kenyan you are allowed to fly drones in Kenya, subject to KCAA approval.

Hello I’m a foreign pilot with an UK GVC permit and I’m intending to fly a 35Kg UAS commercially in Kenya. Do I need to apply for all the following and are 90 days enough time to apply in advance? Did I forget anything?

-Drone import Permit -Drone Registration -Issuance of a temporary Permit -Airworthiness certificate, -Operator Authorization B&C -Approval of Manuals

Thank you for your help

Lukas, you will be a foreign operator, so you must follow those guidelines, and since this will eb a commercial operation, you will be subject to those rules also. In our experience, the process and timing could vary dramatically. You would get the latest and most complete information from the regulators directly.

How long does the permission to fly in Kenya take to process and approve?

We have been told that it takes approximately 30 days, however certain licenses may take longer. Please contact the authorities for details.

Can one land or takeoff a home made model RC plane in a public Field?

Lewis, we have not reviewed RC rules and they may be different than drone rules.

Is it possible to get someone who can elaborate more

Hawi, what is your specific question?

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Can You Bring a Drone to Kenya?

By: Author Elizabeth Ciobanu

Posted on Published: November 15, 2022  - Last updated: November 16, 2022

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My quadcopter is always my go-to equipment when I want to document memorable adventures with the glamorous aerial photos and videos drone cameras can take.

Throughout my travels, I have experienced varying regulations from country to country, with some not allowing drone use entirely.

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Is Kenya one of them? Let’s find out.

You can bring an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or drone to Kenya if you’re a Kenyan citizen, resident, or company registered in a Kenyan county or national government. But some restrictions exist under the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

For a foreigner, it’s prohibited to bring a drone to Kenya. However, you can lease drones after acquiring a 30-day permit.

If you plan to fly a drone in Kenyan airspace, you should enlighten yourself with the rules and regulations before you take off.

Owning and operating a drone in Kenya

According to KCAA, you can only bring a drone to Kenya if you’re a Kenyan citizen . Foreigners are not allowed but can lease one locally with a permit. They must follow KCAA regulations, such as keeping off airports, parks, and other sensitive installations.

Furthermore, there are qualifications set for drone pilots and rules they should follow when flying a UAS.

There was a ban on the use of drones before March 2020, but it was lifted after the Kenyan parliament passed the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations 2020.

Even though flying is allowed, the rules for importing and using drones are challenging.

This is understandable since the rules are still new. However, there’s hope the Kenyan government will loosen some regulations to allow easy importation and let foreigners bring drones to Kenya.

What are the general rules for drone flying in Kenya?

Kenya categorizes Unmanned Aircraft System operations into three different categories:

  • Category A  (Low risk): A drone of this category can be operated with little to no threat to people, property, or manned aircraft. Here, you’ll need a registration and permit and follow the rules and regulations. These drones are mostly for personal or recreational purposes.
  • Category B  (medium risk/regulated lower risk). The public, property, and manned aviation are all at medium risk from operations falling under this category. Foreigners use this category and are expected to pay a fee of Sh2,500 daily. Pilots flying drones in this operation category should have Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate ( ROC ).
  • Category C  (high risk/regulated): The safety of people, property, and manned aviation are highly in danger from this operations category. The pilot should obtain a ROC for them to operate in category C.

You will need to follow some general rules if you’re looking to enjoy some aerial views in Kenya. As mentioned above, you will first need to lease a drone if you are a foreigner and apply for a permit.

Here are some basic regulations for drones and drone pilots you should keep in mind:

  • Without the authority’s permission, no one should operate a UAS.
  • Do not operate a drone at more than 400m above ground level.
  • You should not fly a UAS within 50 meters of any structure, vessel, vehicle, or structure that is not part of your operation (except with authorization).
  • A drone operator should be at least 18 years old.
  • Operate the drone within visual line-of-sight at all times. Do not use aided visuals such as binoculars or First-person view (FPV).
  • Do not operate your drone in non-Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC), such as when the weather is poor.
  • Never use a drone at night.
  • Do not operate a drone near an airport. Ensure a 7-kilometer distance for category A and B aerodromes and 10 kilometers for category C, D, E, and F.
  • You should never reproduce, process, share, or publish any information you get from areas beyond the prescribed scope of operation.
  • Avoid flying over places of worship, schools, hospitals, prisons, and crime scenes unless you have permission from the authorities.
  • Do not fly across the international border.
  • You shall not operate a UAS recklessly, such as endangering other aircraft or people or flying the craft in restricted and dangerous areas.
  • Do not fly an Unmanned Aircraft System over high-tension cables, air navigation services, and military installations.
  • Drone pilots should have a safety management system that includes safety risk management, safety policy and objectives, safety assurance, and promotion.
  • An Unmanned Aircraft System operator should not use an imaging device to survey privately owned or any other property without the owner’s authority.
  • Every Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registered in Kenya must have an identifying plate etched, stamped, or engraved with its registration identifier.

The authority, in collaboration with the Cabinet Secretary, may explicitly forbid the deployment of drone operations in any given situation for the country’s security.

Do you need permission to use a drone in Kenya?

KCAA is the agency in place to ensure that drones are flown safely for the security of the nation. UAS can pose significant safety and security challenges, thus the need for the government to control and manage them.

You agree to abide by the KCAA rules and regulations by getting a permit. This helps keep everyone safe while still preventing potential accidents.

What will customs do if you bring a drone to Kenya?

Customs will confiscate your drone if you try to bring it to Kenya. Chances are high that you might not get the drone back by the time you leave due to bureaucratic delays.

However, you can start the process of getting it back early once the time to leave the country approaches.

Additionally, if your drone remains in customs custody for over 7 days, they may start to charge you a daily storage fee.

Finally, remember that it’s illegal for foreigners to bring drones into Kenya, so don’t be tempted to hide a drone in your luggage. You don’t want to have issues and be on the wrong side of the Kenyan government.

For Kenyan nationals, bringing a drone to Kenya without informing KCAA could cause it to be confiscated by customs.

Keep in mind that importing or exporting drones from Kenya can be done with the approval of the KCAA. You can do this through their portal before you fly into the country.

The process of getting back your drone is exhausting. First, you’ll visit the KCAA offices to explain why you came with a drone. Then, you have to apply for registration and approval from the aviation authority.

All Unmanned Aircraft System operators must show proof of training to have a valid license. Failing to do this, you risk a jail term or hefty fines.

What do I risk by flying a drone illegally in Kenya?

Flying a UAS in Kenya without authorization might lead to fines, land you in a Kenyan prison, or both. The fine amount and length of imprisonment highly depend on the severity of the infringement.

For example, illegal use of a drone can lead to a fine of at least Ksh. 2 million and a jail term of not less than six months.

It’s best to leave your drone back at home and lease one once you arrive in Kenya. There will certainly be an excellent choice for you to provide you with the thrilling experience you’re looking forward to.

How to retrieve my drone at Kenyan airport customs?

As mentioned earlier, to avoid your drone being confiscated at the airport by customs officials, it’s better to leave it behind. However, there are some situations where it’s impossible to leave the UAS behind. For instance, if you’re traveling to multiple nations that allow drones before visiting Kenya.

In this case, it’s advisable to plan your trip to avoid inconveniences with your drone.

  • First, refrain from smuggling your drone in since this could result in major legal issues. Instead, inform the customs officers that you have a drone. Tell them you’re aware of the drone restrictions in the country and explain why you have it.
  • Your drone will be left with the customs, who might refer you to the RCAA for clearance.
  • Begin the process of getting your drone early enough to give time for the completion of relevant procedures and clearance.
  • Follow up the process by calling customs or RCAA to ensure no delays will happen when you’re flying out.

How much is a temporary drone permit?

The Kenyan drone permit issued to travelers costs Sh20,000. In addition to the license, you should also get an airworthiness certificate that costs Sh5,000.

You might also incur some other charges for service and certifications.

How do you get a permit to fly a drone in Kenya?

This applies to Kenyan nationals wanting to gain permission to fly a drone in Kenya.

Application for a drone permit and registration can be made online through the  KCAA  website. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive your permit and be all set to fly your drone in Kenya.

Just follow all the rules and regulations ( link ) set forth by the KCAA, and you’ll be good to go.

Since the process can be slow, apply for the drone a few weeks before you plan to use it. The following documents should accompany your application:

  • Identification document (passport).
  • A clear color photograph of the drone and its serial number.
  • Copy of drone pilot license.
  • Safety management system documentation.

How to register a drone in Kenya?

Again, this only applies to Kenyan nationals, as foreigners can not bring a drone into Kenya.

The first thing is to fill out the online registration form. You’ll need to provide your personal contact, type, and drone model. You’ll also need to pay a registration fee of Kenya shillings (Kshs) 3,000 (about $30) for the certificate of registration and the same amount for its copy.

The initial fee for a Remote Air Operator Certificate (ROC) for:

  • Commercial purposes: Kshs 80,000 (about $800).
  • Renewal: Kshs 50,000 (about $500).
  • Any amendments: Kshs 5,000 (about $50).

Here are all the other major costs for Unmanned Aircraft Systems operations in Kenya. You’ll also need these documents:

  • Identification documents
  • A clear photo of the UAS
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Circuit diagram of the UAS (if applicable)
  • Company registration document (if it’s for commercial purposes)
  • Type Certificate of the UAS (if applicable)

Are drones allowed in the Maasai Mara National Reserve?

The Masai Mara National Reserve is among Kenya’s unique and popular tourist destinations. It’s located in the South Western part of Kenya. Thousands of people travel to the Mara yearly to see the great wildlife that calls this place home.

The Mara is home to lions, elephants, zebras, and iconic wildebeests that migrate yearly from the Serengeti National Park in neighboring Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in breathtaking numbers. It’s the perfect place to go on a safari.

You may be tempted to visit the Mara with your drone. Bad news! Drones are not allowed in the park.

Generally, drones are not allowed in animal parks and reserves in Kenya. That’s because drones cause panic and stress in animals. It can also lead to accidents that could otherwise be avoided.

Amazing places to fly drones in Kenya include:

  • The Great Rift Valley (excluding the parks and protected areas)
  • The sandy beaches of Mombasa (a coastal town on the Indian Ocean)
  • The great city of Nairobi (one of the iconic cities of Africa)
  • The mountainous terrains of Mount Kenya (the second tallest mountain in Africa)

Understanding every provision is the best way to be on the positive side of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations 2020. Good research is an excellent way to start, and I have given you a head start.

If you need more information or clarifications for special situations, be sure to contact the KCAA at +254 020 6827470-5 or +254 728 606 570. You can also email them at [email protected].

References: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations ( link ) Training Fees & Fines For Drones Operations ( link ) Manual of Implementing Standards ( link ) Costs for Unmanned Aircraft Systems ( link )

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  • Feb 21, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Kenya (Nairobi) Drone Laws & Rules

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links and known rules about recreational and commercial drone use in Kenya (Nairobi). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in the Kenya Drone Discussion Group . Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our ability & does not replace official sources & your own research.

Kenya drone laws and rules

Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Kenya

Kenya differentiates commercial & recreational drone uses . However, both are subject to restrictions & a strict code of conduct. Additionally, depending on your drone's weight & your destination within the country, different rules will apply.

✅ In Kenya, drone laws falls under the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) & they can be contacted anytime via:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (+254) 20 824 4722

🚨 Note that to be eligible to fly a drone in Kenya you need to be one or either:

at least 18 years young

be a Kenyan citizen or resident

or a registered Kenyan company/institution

✅ Kenya will differentiate your drone based on its weight & identifies 3 classes:

below 5 kg (cat 1)

between 5 kg & 25 kg (cat 2)

above 25 kg (cat 3)

✅ Kenya will differentiate your drone based on what purposes you fly it for

Private Use: Recreational/Sport (cat A)

Private Use: Other (cat B)

Commercial (cat C)

Can I bring my drone to Kenya?

🚨 Currently, you need an import permit from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority to bring your drone within Kenya or at Nairobi Airport. To obtain it, you will need to complete this form & return it to the KCAA. You will potentially need an approval from the Ministry if considered as a defense risk.

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Where can I fly my drone in Kenya?

✅ We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Kenya "If you have more information about this, please share it in the Kenya Drone Discussion Group . Thankfully in the meantime, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient way.

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🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations & strategic infrastructure. Fly away from airports & any aerodromes or airports in the country. Do not fly over anyone and/or congested areas.

🚨 You should keep your drone within the country's border during a given flight; no international flights/border crossing is allowed.

🦅 National parks & reserves might be on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities.

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Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Kenya

✅ Good things first, you will not need a license for flying your drone in Kenya. However, you need make sure you have registered your drone & obtained a permit to take off in anywhere in the country.

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Additionally, you must fly:

at a maximum altitude of 122 m (30 m in crowded or congested areas)

50 m away from property, vehicles in movement, large crowds, people & respect individuals' privacy.

a drone not equipped with any recording device (no camera or microphone).

after a full check of your drone's capacity of flying (make sure nothing is wrong on it).

only one drone at a time & with an insurance covering your activities.

at least 10 km away from airports (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft or helicopter take off & land) & give way to all other type of aircraft.

only during permitting weather & within your sight at all times.

without carrying any person, animal or dangerous goods (chemical & biological substances; nuclear material; explosives; arms, ammunition and munitions of war; corrosive substances; radioactive elements; volatile liquids; highly flammable liquids & aerosol sprays).

away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first aid responders.

avoiding sensitive areas including government or military facilities.

🚨 If you intend to fly your drone for a commercial purpose (cat C), you should seek for more information around an Operator's license. Once obtained, this one is valid for 1 year.

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How to register my drone in Kenya?

🚨 To register a drone in Kenya, you will first need to be eligible which means being:

The process from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority to register your drone in Kenya isn't clear on this part as it simply mentions you will need to register with them via this form but we are unsure it is to be sent. " If you have more information about this, please share it in the Kenya Drone Discussion Group ".

🚨 If the ownership of the drone changes, you should notify relevant authorities with 7 days.

Commercial Drone Use in Kenya

Private citizens or companies intending to use drones for commercial applications must apply for a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate (ROC) from the KCAA.

The regulations stating that “the issuance of a ROC by the Authority is dependent upon the UAS operator demonstrating an adequate organization, method of control and supervision of flight operations, training program as well as ground handling and maintenance arrangements consistent with the nature and extent of the operations specified and commensurate with the size, structure, and complexity of the organization.”

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What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in Kenya?

The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such. Kenyan authorities however specified that offences could lead to criminal prosecutions & involve one or more of the following consequences:

a fine up to 17,500€

imprisonment up to 6 months time

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Kenya Drone Laws 2024 (7 Unbelievable Uplift in Regulations)

Hey there, fellow drone enthusiasts! If you’ve landed here, I can relate to your search intent. Kenya’s drone laws can seem like a maze of rules, and it’s not always easy to find clear and concise information.

I get it—you want to fly your drone legally, capture those breathtaking aerial shots, and avoid any unwanted run-ins with the authorities. So, let me be your guide into the fascinating world of Kenya’s drone regulations.

You’re in luck, my friend because I’ve dug deep into Kenya’s drone laws to find the answers you’ve been looking for. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill article; it’s the result of some serious research on my part. 

I’ve combed through the official regulations, reached out to the experts at the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, and even chatted with fellow drone enthusiasts who’ve ventured into Kenyan skies. I’ve done the legwork, so you don’t have to.

Curious to know what you’ll find in this article? Well, I’ve got the scoop on everything you need to navigate Kenya’s drone laws smoothly. From the basics for hobbyist drone pilots to the nitty-gritty details of commercial drone operations and even guidance for visitors to Kenya, this article has you covered. 

So, if you’re ready to gain a comprehensive understanding of Kenya’s drone regulations, keep reading. Your search intent is about to meet its match, and you’ll be soaring through Kenya’s skies with confidence in no time.

Regulatory Authorities in Kenya

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Regulatory Authorities in Kenya

Let’s start by uncovering the guardians of the Kenyan skies, shall we? When it comes to drone regulations, it all begins with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, fondly known as the KCAA. I did some digging, and I’m excited to share the insights I’ve gathered about this key regulatory body.

Plus, we’ll delve into the heart of the matter, the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020. Trust me, it’s not as daunting as it sounds.

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA)

Alright, let’s get acquainted with the star of the show, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, or KCAA for short. This is the institution that takes the helm when it comes to ensuring that drone operations in Kenya are safe and in line with the law. 

KCAA is like your trusted guide in the world of aviation, and they’re the ones who keep an eye on drone activities too.

So, what’s their role, you ask? Well, the KCAA sets the rules, issues permits and generally makes sure that drones take to the Kenyan skies without causing trouble. 

Whether you’re a Kenyan local or a drone-wielding visitor, the KCAA’s got its eyes on you. Remember, drones can be a bit of a handful when it comes to privacy and safety, so these guys are essential to keeping everything in check.

The Key Legal Document

Now, I know legal documents might not sound like the most thrilling read, but trust me, you’ll want to know about the Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020. 

This document is the backbone of drone regulations in Kenya. Think of it as the user manual for flying your drone legally in this beautiful country.

In this set of regulations, you’ll find the do’s and don’ts for drone operations, who needs licenses, and how high your drone can go. 

The document might sound a bit daunting, but don’t worry; we’ll break it down for you. It’s your ticket to understanding the rules, ensuring safe flights, and avoiding any run-ins with the authorities. So, let’s dive in and uncover the secrets hidden within these regulations.

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General Rules for Flying Drones in Kenya

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of flying drones in Kenya. There’s a method to the madness, and it all boils down to the rules set by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

They’ve got a system in place to categorize drones based on risk factors, and each category comes with its own set of requirements and restrictions. Let’s unravel this for you step by step.

Allowed Drone Use in Kenya under KCAA Regulations

First things first, let’s talk about whether flying drones are even allowed in Kenya. Good news—it is, and it’s all thanks to the KCAA regulations. 

They’ve given the green light for drone enthusiasts to take to the Kenyan skies, but there’s a catch. There are rules and guidelines in place to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and that’s what we’re here to explore.

Categorization of Drones Based on Risk Factors

The KCAA likes to keep things organized, and to do that, they’ve categorized drones based on risk factors. It’s a bit like classifying different species in the animal kingdom, but instead, we’re talking about drones. 

The riskier the operation, the more rules and regulations come into play. These categories help to ensure that everyone knows what’s expected when they launch their drones.

Requirements and Restrictions for Each Drone Category

Now, let’s dive deeper into the requirements and restrictions for each of these drone categories. There are three in total, and I’m here to give you the lowdown on what you can and can’t do with your drone in Kenya.

Low Risk (up to 25 kg)

This is the “low-risk” category. If your drone weighs up to 25 kilograms, you’re in this group. What does that mean for you? Well, you can fly within a visual line of sight, at specific distances from people and buildings, and up to a maximum height of 400 feet above ground. 

But there’s more to it, and I’m here to unravel the rest for you.

Medium Risk, Regulated Lower Risk

Now, if your drone operations are a bit more complex or pose a slightly higher risk than Category A, you’ll find yourself in Category B. But don’t worry; it’s not as intimidating as it sounds. 

To operate in this category, you need authorization from the Aviation Authority, and there are specific limitations based on your operation’s complexity. Let’s explore what these regulations entail.

Category C is the high-risk zone. Drones in this category are allowed in airspaces that aren’t classified as prohibited, restricted, or dangerous. However, they’re subject to air traffic control instructions and strict limitations on heights and distances from people, buildings, and objects.

To fly in this category, you’ll need special authorization from the authority, and we’ll uncover all the details you need to know.

Remote Pilot License

So, here’s the deal. If you’re planning to take your drone adventures into Categories B and C, you’ll need to buckle up and get yourself a Remote Pilot License (RPL). It’s like your golden ticket to more complex drone operations. 

This license shows that you’re up to the task and that you’ve got the training and knowledge to handle the higher risk that comes with these categories. I’ll share more about what’s involved and why it’s a must-have.

Registration and Permit Certificate Requirements

In Category A, things are a bit more straightforward, but that doesn’t mean there are no rules to follow. Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, you’ll need to register your drone with the Authority and obtain a permit certificate. 

It’s all about keeping things transparent and ensuring that you’re operating within the guidelines. We’ll explore the process and why it’s essential, even in the lower-risk category.

Altitude, Visual Contact, and Safety Distance Regulations

Now, let’s talk altitude, visual contact, and safety distances. You don’t want your drone flying too high or getting too close to people and buildings. 

So, here’s the scoop: drones in Kenya shall not soar above 400 feet above the ground, and they should maintain a safe distance from anything that’s not part of the operation. We’ll delve into the nitty-gritty of these regulations and why they’re crucial for safe and responsible flying.

Restrictions on Night Flights and Flying in Non-Visual Meteorological Conditions

Picture this: a serene night sky and your drone taking flight. Well, hold that thought for a second. Night flights are regulated, and drones aren’t allowed to take off after dark without proper authorization. The same goes for flying in non-visual Meteorological Conditions. 

We’ll uncover the reasons behind these restrictions and when you can get the green light for those nocturnal adventures.

Prohibitions Related to Public Roads and Airports

While you might be tempted to capture drone footage along a scenic roadway or near an airport, there are strict prohibitions in place.

Flying your drone over a public road or using it for take-off or landing is a no-go. We’ll explore the reasons for these restrictions and how to navigate your drone journeys around these areas safely.

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Now, let’s talk about recreational drone pilots. You might be flying for the sheer joy of it, capturing stunning aerial views of Kenya’s landscapes, or simply enjoying the thrill of piloting a drone. 

But whether you’re a Kenyan local or a foreign tourist, there are some important notes you should keep in mind to make your drone experience smooth and hassle-free.

Application of General Rules to Recreational Drone Pilots

Recreational pilots, I haven’t forgotten about you. While the regulations are essential, they also apply to those of you who fly drones purely for fun. 

All the general rules we’ve talked about, from altitude limits to safety distances and restrictions, are crucial for recreational drone pilots too. So, even if you’re just flying for the love of it, make sure to follow the guidelines to ensure that your drone flights are enjoyable and safe.

Special Considerations for Foreign Tourists

For foreign tourists, Kenya is a fantastic place to explore with your drone, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. While the KCAA allows drone use by foreign visitors, you’ll need a drone pilot license to operate in Kenya. 

The good news is that there’s a 30-day temporary permit available. So, you can still capture breathtaking aerial shots during your visit, but it’s important to know the rules and get the necessary paperwork done.

I’ll guide you through what you need to do to ensure your drone adventures in Kenya are memorable and hassle-free.

Temporary Permits for Travelers

Now, let’s talk about those temporary permits. These come in handy for tourists or travelers who want to explore Kenya with their drones. Whether you’re here for a short visit or an extended stay, these permits give you the freedom to fly your drone and capture stunning moments.

I’ll share the details on how to apply for these permits and what you need to keep in mind during your time in Kenya. So, don’t miss out on those picturesque drone shots during your journey.

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Temporary Import Permits for Drone Use

Planning to bring your drone to Kenya? Well, that’s fantastic news! But before you pack your bags and set off on your drone adventures in this beautiful country, it’s crucial to understand the procedures and requirements for temporary import permits, whether it’s for private or commercial use. 

Let’s dive into the details so you can fly worry-free.

Procedures for Temporary Import of Drones for Private Use

If you’re an enthusiast looking to temporarily bring your drone to Kenya for personal use, the procedure isn’t as daunting as it may sound. You’ll need to apply for approval from the authority and provide essential documents, including identification documents and details of your drone.

It’s all about ensuring that your drone remains for personal use and doesn’t get involved in any commercial activities. I’ll walk you through the process so that you can get everything sorted out before your flight.

Duration and Reporting Requirements for Drones Temporarily Imported

So, how long can you keep your drone in Kenya with a temporary import permit? The duration will be specified in the permit itself, and it’s essential to stick to this timeframe. And remember, you should notify the authority when you decide to take your drone out of the country. 

Compliance with these reporting requirements ensures that you have a smooth experience while enjoying the stunning landscapes of Kenya.

Procedures for Temporary Import of Drones for Commercial Use

Now, if you’re planning to use your drone for commercial purposes during your time in Kenya, there’s a specific procedure you’ll need to follow. This includes applying for a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate (ROC) from the KCAA. 

The application process involves demonstrating your organization’s capability, safety measures, and training programs. It’s a bit more involved than private use, but with the right steps, you can get that ROC and start your commercial drone operations. 

I’ll guide you through the process, so you’re ready to capture stunning footage for your business or projects.

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Safety should always be a top priority when operating drones in Kenya. To help ensure a smooth and secure flying experience, there are several key safety considerations to keep in mind. Whether you’re a local enthusiast or a foreign visitor, understanding and following these guidelines is crucial.

Key Safety Considerations When Operating Drones in Kenya

Avoid flying over people or large crowds.

It might be tempting to capture some fantastic aerial shots of gatherings or events, but it’s vital to avoid flying your drone over people or large crowds. 

This rule is in place to prevent any potential accidents or disruptions. Flying at a safe distance from people not involved in your operation is a fundamental safety measure.

Respect Privacy While Flying

Respecting others’ privacy is a golden rule for drone pilots. Remember that your drone’s camera can capture more than just stunning landscapes. Make sure you don’t infringe on anyone’s personal space or invade their privacy. 

Maintaining a respectful distance from individuals and their properties is not only a safety practice but also an ethical one.

Adhere to Altitude Restrictions (Not Exceeding 122 Meters or 400 Feet)

Altitude limits are in place to ensure the safety of manned aircraft, and they shouldn’t be taken lightly. In Kenya, the maximum altitude for your drone is 122 meters or 400 feet above ground level. 

Staying within this limit is crucial to preventing any potential conflicts with other aircraft in the skies. So, remember to keep your drone flying at a reasonable height for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Maintain Direct Visual Contact with the Drone

It’s like keeping an eye on your precious camera in a crowd. To ensure a safe operation, maintaining direct visual contact with your drone is a must. It’s your bird’s-eye view, and losing sight of it can lead to accidents or mishaps. 

So, always keep your eyes on the drone, just like you would with a valuable possession.

Keep a Safe Distance from Airports and Heliports

Kenya’s airspace is bustling with various types of aircraft. For everyone’s safety, it’s vital to keep a safe distance from airports and heliports. 

This distance, typically 8 kilometers (5 miles) away from airports and 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from heliports, ensures that you don’t interfere with manned aircraft operations. Staying clear of these zones is a standard practice to prevent any potential incidents.

Daylight Operation and Weather Conditions

Flying a drone in the dark isn’t just challenging; it’s also risky. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, only operate your drone during daylight hours and in good weather conditions. 

It’s essential for maintaining clear visibility and avoiding weather-related mishaps that could damage your drone or cause accidents.

Prohibitions Regarding Sensitive Areas Like Government and Military Facilities

Some areas are off-limits for drone operations, especially those involving government or military facilities. Flying your drone near these areas is strictly prohibited, and for good reason. 

It’s all about maintaining security and avoiding any misunderstandings or potentially dangerous situations. So, make sure to respect these restrictions for everyone’s safety.

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Traveling with Drones

Traveling with your drone is an exciting prospect. It opens up opportunities for capturing breathtaking aerial shots in new and exotic locations. However, there are essential guidelines and tips to follow to ensure a smooth and trouble-free journey with your flying companion.

Guidelines for Bringing Drones on Airplanes

Before embarking on your journey, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the guidelines for bringing drones on airplanes. Different airlines may have specific rules and regulations regarding carrying drones, so it’s wise to check with your airline and adhere to their instructions. 

Additionally, make sure you’re aware of the international aviation regulations that may apply to your drone during air travel.

Importance of Carrying Drones as Carry-On Luggage

When it comes to transporting your drone, always opt for carrying it as carry-on luggage whenever possible. According to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to a certain limit for checked baggage. 

By keeping your drone as a carry-on, you reduce the risk of loss, theft, or damage during your journey, ensuring it arrives at your destination safely.

Theft and Lost Luggage During International Travel

International travel can be complex, with multiple connections and various handling processes for checked baggage. This complexity can increase the risk of theft or lost luggage, which is a nightmare scenario for drone owners. 

To mitigate this risk, consider the value of your drone. If it’s worth more than USD 1,000, it’s advisable to explore alternative shipping options with reliable carriers like DHL, FedEx, or UPS. Fully insuring your shipment is another layer of protection.

Recommendations for Shipping Valuable Drones

Shipping valuable drones can be a safer option, particularly for high-end models. These carriers have stringent security measures in place to safeguard your shipment. It’s a reliable choice when you want to ensure your drone’s safe arrival at your destination.

Transporting Drone Batteries Safely and in Compliance with Airline Regulations

When traveling with drone batteries, it’s essential to follow airline regulations diligently. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines, and their transportation rules are strict. 

Always pack your drone batteries in a medium-sized LiPo Battery Bag, that meets safety requirements. This practice is crucial to preventing your batteries from being seized, avoiding fines, or being denied boarding. Complying with these regulations ensures a trouble-free journey with your drone.

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Kenya Drone Laws

As our journey through Kenya’s drone laws comes to an end, it’s essential to recap the key points we’ve discovered and emphasize the critical aspects of responsible drone usage and safety. 

To stay informed and up-to-date on the latest regulations, always refer to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) for the most reliable information.

Throughout this exploration of Kenya’s drone laws, we’ve learned about the regulations that govern drone usage in this beautiful East African nation. 

Whether you’re a Kenyan resident, a tourist, or a commercial operator, there are specific rules and requirements to follow. 

From the categorization of drones based on risk factors to the limitations on altitude, visual contact, and proximity to sensitive areas, understanding these laws is vital for a seamless and enjoyable drone experience in Kenya.

As drone enthusiasts, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our flights are not only enjoyable but also safe and respectful of others. Adhering to Kenya’s drone regulations is not just a legal requirement; it’s a commitment to safety. 

Whether you’re flying for recreational purposes or commercially, prioritize the well-being of those around you, respect their privacy, and maintain the highest standards of safety. 

By doing so, you contribute to the positive image of drone enthusiasts and pave the way for a harmonious coexistence of drones and the public.

Drone regulations are subject to change and evolution, reflecting advancements in technology and the industry. For the most current and detailed information on Kenya’s drone laws, always refer to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA ). 

They are the authority responsible for regulating drones in Kenya and can provide the latest updates and guidance to ensure your drone operations remain compliant with the law. 

Staying informed and aware of any changes in the regulations will enable you to continue enjoying the beauty of Kenya from the skies while upholding the highest standards of safety and responsibility.

1. Can tourists fly drones in Kenya?

Tourists can fly drones in Kenya, but there are specific regulations they must adhere to. Foreign visitors are allowed to operate drones in Kenya when permitted. However, they must obtain a foreign visitor drone pilot license and register their drones with the Kenyan authorities.  Tourists need to familiarize themselves with Kenya’s drone laws and seek proper authorization to ensure a smooth and legal drone experience during their visit.

2. What are the restrictions on drone flights near airports in Kenya?

In Kenya, operating drones in proximity to airports is regulated to ensure aviation safety. The specific restrictions vary based on the classification of the airport. For code C, D, E, and F airports, drones are prohibited within 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) from the airport reference point without authorization.  For code A and B airports, the restriction is within 4.3 miles (7 kilometers). To fly near airports, drone operators must obtain proper authorization, and this is crucial to prevent any interference with manned aircraft operations.

3. Do I need a drone pilot license in Kenya for recreational use?

In Kenya, a drone pilot license is required for commercial drone operations. For recreational drone use in Category A (low-risk operations), a pilot license is not mandatory. However, all drone operators, including recreational users, must adhere to specific operational categories based on risk factors and comply with general drone regulations. Even for recreational use, it’s essential to follow safety guidelines and ensure responsible drone operation.

4. How can I import my drone for temporary use in Kenya?

If you want to temporarily import a drone into Kenya for private use, you can apply for approval from the authorities. The application should include identification documents, details of the drone, a valid visa for the duration of your stay (if applicable), and information about the areas of drone operation.  Once granted, the approval specifies the duration of the drone’s stay in the country, and you must inform the authorities when exporting the drone out of Kenya.

5. Can I fly my drone at night in Kenya?

Flying drones at night in Kenya is restricted unless you obtain authorization from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) . Night operations pose additional risks and require specific safety measures to ensure safe flight. To conduct nighttime drone flights, you must receive explicit approval from the KCAA. It’s important to follow these regulations to prevent accidents and ensure safe and responsible drone use in Kenya.

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Drone Laws in Kenya

Last update on 18.04.2020 | 29 Kommentare

Flying drones in Kenya

If you want to fly to Kenya with your own camera copter, you have to overcome some hurdles.

After a long back and forth, Kenya has now approved a drone law and the previous ban has been lifted.

But it looks like it is not that easy for travelers to take their drone into the country and use it there. For example, drones can only be imported with the approval of the KCAA. The authority must also be informed about the export of a registered drone.

In Kenya, only citizens, residents, businesses and governments are eligible to own a drone. This would exclude foreign tourists and the only option left would be to rent a drone locally. However, the law also provides for a 30-day temporary permit that may be suitable for travelers. We are interested to see how the law will be implemented in practice.

Drones now have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and a certificate will be issued. According to the law, drones should be identifiable, which means the registration data will likely have to be attached visibly.

Overview: Drone rules in K

Additional rules for drone pilots in kenya.

Kenya categorizes drones according to the risk of the flights:

  • Category A: low risk (up to 25 kg)
  • Category B: medium, normal risk
  • Category C: high risk

A Remote Pilot License is necessary for flights in categories B and C. In category A, registration, a permit certificate and compliance with the following rules and safety distances are sufficient.

Keep a distance of 50 meters from people, animals, vehicles, vessels, public roads, buildings and structures.

There is a 10 km safety distance around category C, D, E and F aerodromes and 7 km around category A and B aerodromes.

Drone flights may only take place within visual line of sight and in good weather conditions. Night flights are only allowed with prior approval.

Flights over private property are not permitted without prior approval. Crossing international borders is also prohibited.

Drone pilots must not have consumed alcohol less than 8 hours before the flight. The limit is 0.04 grams per 100 milliliters. Flying is also not allowed under the influence of drugs and other substances.

Commercial drone use in Kenya

If you want to use your drone for commercial purposes, you need a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate, which must be applied for at least 90 days in advance.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Kenya to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Kenya!

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Hello Francis, did you finally get an answer? Did you have any problems with Customs at the Airport? Thank you for your response and also congratulate you for the good blog you have. Greetings.

Hi, Sorry, I got no feedback so far. Best, Francis

Hey, i’m a blogger from Kenya and i agree with you that it’s so hard to get a drone in Kenya. I am a creative but the channels of getting and flying a drone in Kenya are so complex. It’s high time the revisited the regulations to accommodate all of us (vloggers too)

Absolutely!

Am a drone pilot based in Kenya. A Kenyan by nationality, bought my drone before the laws were enacted currently applied for the licence. Though not out am still flying my drone since I was given a go ahead by the ministry as we await processing of the licence

I’m a Kenyan Born and an FAA Licensed Commercial Remote Pilot Instructor and I have been doing operations all over USA. I teach in most Colleges and have been preparing Remote Pilots obtain their FAA Licenses. However, other African countries have started operations including transportation of Emergency Supplies including Search and Rescue using Drones. What’s causing these delays in Kenya? Can we have Guidelines as we wait to get policies in place?

At least we are moving in the right direction but after reading the current Rules published in the Kenya Gazette dated on February 7th, 2018, the pricing schedule is rather unacceptable and needs thorough input from the Parliament otherwise Kenya will continue lagging behind in this Multi-Billion Dollar Industry!

Please Note: Sky-View Consultants – Kenyan Owned, USA Based Firm has been offering Remote Pilot Drone Classes in Most Colleges in USA and is opening a branch in Kenya starting January 2019. You can Book your classes Now by calling +001-508-579-3178 or emailing [email protected] . I can also be contacted through my Linkedin Profile – Simon Ngotho

Keep on Keeping us informed! Great Work Francis!

Hi Everyone,

Great forum first off all. Second related to our topic here, Kenya seemed to have revised the regulations related to drones. Has anybody had any expirience since? What about flying during game drives? Generaly allowed? (Abviously enough distance to any animals so they will not notice any drone prensence)

Dear friends, I am considering a holiday in Kenya next year and I would like to know if and how I can fly my recreational drone (Parrot ANAFI) there. I checked the relevant regulations on the Internet but they seem to be out of date. I just wrote to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority,Head Office in Nairobi and I received the answers below from which I don’t understand if – as a regulation is presently lacking – I can freely introduce and fly drone in Kenya or not and – in case – which sanctions I should expect.

Could you please kindly help ? Do you have any local contact that could clarify the situation? Many thanks and best regards —————————————— 1) “Following the annulment of the Civil Aviation(Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)Regulations 2017 by the National Assembly, the Authority ,hereby ,is not in a position to process any applications as necessary. In the circumstances, the issuance of drone permit and authorization to operate is suspended .”

2) “The Civil Aviation(Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)Regulations 2017 governing the management and related operations of Drone was NULLIFIED by the National Assembly, and remains null and void/invalid to that extent todate.”

Hi Gio, I received the same email. I’m really confused.

Can anyone help? Will my drone be confiscated on arrival?

I just flew into Kenya (8 Oct 2019) and had my drone confiscated. Apparently I will get it back when I leave the country, but am not holding my breath.

Hi Andrew, Sorry to hear that! Do you mind us asking what happened? Had you been in contact with the authorities before entering the country?

Hello everyone

I was wondering if they would still confiscate my drone if I’m trasferring flights and not picking up my luggage?? Any ideas? Thank you,

Hi all, just to update you that if you have a transit via Kenya to another country having the drone with you is not an issue. If you want to entry though Kenya with the drone, this will be certainly confiscated. I had a email confirming this for Civil Aviation Authority in Kenya.

Hi everyone has anyone been recently there? Are drones still being confiscated? I’m traveling next month and want to make sure before taking it

Yes. But you do get it back on exit. Don’t carry it.

Yes, drones are still being confiscated as the Regulations still haven’t been passed by parliament.

Is using drone in local small wedding ok ?

So according to this updated Article above, we can now finally travel to Kenya with a drone? Please update. Thanks

Hello, We currently have no information about whether it will be possible for foreigners to travel to Kenya with a drone, because only citizens are eligible to own one. The law is relatively new and there may be special permits available but we will have to wait and see until international travel starts back up again.

I’m in Kenya and was looking to buy a drone only to realise that I had to have a registered company which was shocking.

Hello Catie, Thank you for your comment! We hadn’t heard about only companies being able to buy a drone. Could you please elaborate on this?

Hello, Can you register a drone with the intent of flying it for fun

Hello Terrence, If you are a Kenyan citizen, you are able to register a drone, no matter what you use it for.

Hello, Am a Kenyan born citizen living in the capital and plan to have a registered company that will venture into agri business that plans to use drones for fumigation and would like to know on the various requirements that i need to meet in order to be able to fly the drones commercially.

That sounds like an interesting business! However, this website focuses more on traveling with camera drones, our expertise with drones for agriculture is limited. In general, flying drones commercially in Kenya requires a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate, which you can apply for at the KCAA. We also want to point you to the current regulations which contain the requirements for flying drones. Sorry that we can’t help you any further!

Important to note that these regulations are not yet ratified by parliament – leaving the drone space in a legal lacuna. However, the provisions of commercial activities with drones are contained in the regulations which can be accessed here https://www.kcaa.or.ke/sites/default/files/regulation/Civil%20Aviation%20%28Unmanned%20Aircraft%20Systems%29%20Regulations%202020.pdf

Hi, could you please provide more info on this?

drones from tourists are actively being confiscated at KJIA airport. The process of a temporary license via KCAA is unfortunately unavailable via the website, just an email. No difference is made in class of drone. So, for non residents pretty much impossible at time of writing

What should i do to register my drone mavic min 2 to be in a save side to fly in event because usually use to my drone in events like wedding etc. The weight of m y is 249g

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Drone Laws in Kenya

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Kenya.

Kenya Drone Regulations

According to Kenya’s national aviation authority, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) flying a drone is legal in Kenya, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

If you’d like to contact the KCAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: [email protected] / +254 20 824 4722

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Why fly a drone in Kenya? To get great aerial shots like these!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Kenya

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Kenya.

  • A Kenyan citizen or resident must be at least 18 years old in order to own and operate a drone (Applicants should have a company registered in Kenya).
  • Importing or exporting drones is only allowed with the approval of the KCAA.
  • A person shall not transfer ownership of a drone without the approval of the KCAA.
  • Operators must register their drone with the Authority and be issued with a certificate of registration.
  • All drone operations must be conducted under a specific operational category based on risk factors.
  • Commercial drone operations require a pilot to obtain a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate (ROC) from the Authority.
  • Drones shall not fly above 400 feet AGL or within 164 feet (50 meters) of any person, vessel, or vehicle that is not apart of the operation.
  • A pilot shall not fly a drone in non-Visual Meteorological Conditions or at night unless authorized by the Authority.
  • No person shall operate an Unmanned Aircraft System over a public road or along the public road of at a distance of less than 164 feet (50 meters).
  • A public roadway shall not be used as a place of landing or take-off of a drone.
  • Operating a drone within 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) of an airport from the airport reference point for code C, D, E, and F airports is prohibited without authorization
  • Operating a drone within 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) of an airport from the airport reference point for code A and B airports is prohibited without authorization.

For more information on Kenya’s drone laws, see this page on the KCAAA website .

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Kenya? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in Kenya can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

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Drones in Kenya: rules, licences and prices

Import and use of the remote video system.

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Among the many precautions and things to know before facing a vacation or a period of stay in Kenya, there is also the importation of one of the technological trinkets most used by videomakers, bloggers and youtubers, as well as by those who want to bring home exciting souvenir footage. This is the drone, whose use was finally approved a few months ago in Kenya, after three years of back and forth interspersed with bureaucratic deadlock caused by the pandemic. Given the continuous demand of researchers, filmmakers, documentary filmmakers and naturalists, the Kenyan government has given the green light to its use, subject to not flying over national parks, military zones and any private property, at certain costs and conditions. Let's look at them. Let's start with importation. The drone must be regularly reported upon arrival at the airport and is required an import tax of Kes. 3000 (about 25 euros). After that, while residents will be required to visit the offices of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and pay flat fees that can amount to Kes. 100,000 per year, tourists will pay the "category B" permit fee for the days they stay in the country, at Kes. 2500 (about 20 euros) per day. Depending on where they will be filming, they may also be asked to take out insurance for any damages against third parties, starting at a minimum of Kes. 15,000 (about 120 euros). The alternative? Not reporting the incoming drone and hoping it goes unnoticed can result in a fine of up to 2 million Kenyan shillings (about 16 thousand euros), in addition to confiscation of the contraption. For illegal use in national parks and other protected situations, immediate arrest may also be triggered, in addition to payment of bail and fine. This is the law to be followed. Then, once the importation of the drone is reported and the license for use is requested, everything can vary within the office in charge, because often in Kenya the application of the rules does not match what the rules themselves say.

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Kenya Drone Law

Drone use is allowed in Kenya, but exact drone laws are not yet specified. Contact the Civil Aviation Authority in Kenya directly with any questions regarding drone operations in the country.

In case you tend to operate a drone, please always bear the following things in mind:

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect other's privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 122 meters (400 ft)
  • Always keep direct visual contact with your drone while in operation
  • Stay at least 8 km (5 mi) away from an airport and at least 3 km (1.86 mi) away from heliports for safety.
  • Do only fly during daylight hours and 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

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Did you know that airlines only have maximum liability coverage for flights by the Montreal Convention of approximately ±$1,600 USD (1,131 SDR)? This is the most that airlines must pay a passenger or company for a lost, damaged, or delayed package or bag. With an AirTag you will know the exact location of your drone at all times when transporting it with our embedded AirTag. Possible package loss due to transport will herewith be nearly minimized to 0% risk. You can get geolocation at all times, of the exact location of your package.  Get yourself secured and get one yourself.

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Batteries have always been a very sensitive subject when travelling, especially when travelling on planes.  When travelling you want to be sure that you have you batteries secured at all times in case a battery starts leaking of in a worse case, when it causes an unexpected fire. With this LiPo bag you contain any possible danger and make sure yourself, and others around are always kept safe when transporting or even storing batteries.

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SPF is not just for sunny and the summer months. Whether it's the colder months, being on the ski slopes or going out in the forest in the spring, or laying on a sunbed at the beach. Always have yourself covered with sunscreen. Before going on holiday, be sure to get the best bank for your buck. Order your sunscreen now prior to your trip! 

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As an international traveler, you always want to be sure to be able to charge your devices anywhere, anytime. Whether it’s the wall plug you need, or the integrated USB slots, all is ready for you to go! Order your international travel adapter now, and have yourself prepared anywhere you go. 

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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 ±$1,600 USD (1,131 SDR). 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.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

There is no law specifying the usage of drone use in Kenya. Please contact the local Kenya authorities for more information. 

However, please adhere to the above General Kenya Drone Laws when flying your drone.

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Kenya.

Contact the local aviation authority in Kenya.

Are you interested in obtaining a permit yourself for your holidays or business trip? To obtain a permit contact the local authorities yourself directly. However, if you try to contact us about a permit for your destination, we will only respond if there is a way for us of helping you with the permit within 1-2 business days. We do not guarantee permits to any destination due to the constantly changing domestic drone laws and only respond if help can be provided.

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

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Please check with the airline or carrier about which batteries you can take in your carry-on luggage.

Kenya drone laws are up to date as of May 31, 2023. Drone laws are constantly changing. Always verify using multiple sources to be sure you are rightly informed. If you have any questions, please click on "Service & Support" or open the chat in the bottom corner and reach out to an agent.

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You need to have registration..

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Yes, it is allowed..

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Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended..

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Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions..

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Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule..

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Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from airports..

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Drone Laws Kenya [March 2023] [Rules & How to Register]

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Drone laws in Kenya are a bit of a mess. The country has been slow to create new drone regulations, and even once they were created, their enforcement was sporadic.

To make matters worse, due to the fact that Kenya is so large and its population spread out across several different regions with varying economic conditions and levels of technological advancement, there hasn’t been one single set of laws governing drones within the country.

The good news is that while we may not have seen much change in recent years when it comes to drone laws in Kenya (aside from the fact that they now exist), there seem to be some signs pointing towards progress for both new pilots and those who want to expand their knowledge about what’s allowed when flying a UAV around Kenya’s borders.

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Kenya Has Adopted A New Drone Regulation

Kenya has adopted a new drone regulation framework and seeks to implement the laws by November 1st, 2018.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAK) is the regulatory body responsible for implementation of these laws. The CAK previously released two consultation papers on proposed regulations: one addressing airspace management and another addressing operator licensing requirements.

The second phase will deal with manufacturing of drones in Kenya and their use by various industries.

These New Rules Were Published In The Kenya Gazette

The new rules state that you can apply for a permit to fly your drone in Kenya. They also clarify some details about how to do this.

For example, the application fee is $900, which may be refundable if your application is rejected. You will need to get a new permit for each flight that you want to make—so if you’re planning on flying your drone every weekend, you’ll have to pay another $900 each time!

There are some restrictions on where drones can fly. Their altitude must not exceed 200 feet (60 meters) above sea level or 400 feet (120 meters) above ground level; they can only be flown within line of sight; and they must stay at least 5 kilometers away from airports or heliports (which include any place where helicopters land).

These Drone Regulations Will Likely Remain In Effect

After these regulations have been in effect for 24 months, the government of Kenya will review them. The first report will be submitted after six months, and the second report after 18 months. A final report will be submitted 24 months after they become effective.

The Kenyan government may also make amendments to these rules based on the first and second reports received as well as any new information that might be available at that time.

The Government Of Kenya Will Continue To Review These Rules

The government will review these rules for two years aiming to submit the first report on their effectiveness after six months.

A second report will then be submitted after 18 months and a final one, at the end of 24 months.

To Operate An Unmanned Aircraft Of Any Kind In Kenya

To Operate An Unmanned Aircraft Of Any Kind In Kenya you must obtain a special permit from the Director-General of CAK. To apply for this permit, contact us with your contact details and a description of your proposed operation. You will then receive further instructions on how to proceed.

Operation Permits Are Only Granted When The Uav Is Being Used

You will need to apply for an operation permit if your UAV is being used for commercial purposes or public interest.

  • What are commercial purposes?

These can include aerial photography, surveying and mapping, construction site monitoring, search and rescue operations, disaster management and firefighting.

  • What are public interest purposes?

These can include aerial photography of historical sites, monitoring animals in their natural habitat etc.

If A Drone Is Being Used For Recreational Purposes Or Sport

If A Drone Is Being Used For Recreational Purposes Or Sport (i.e., you’re a hobbyist), then no permit is required but you must engage with an approved operator before flying your drone.

The approved operator must be a holder of a Special Flight Operations Certificate for Kenya, meaning that they have submitted an application to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and been granted permission to operate drones in Kenya.

The approved operator must also demonstrate that their proposed operation will be conducted according to the requirements of their Special Flight Operations Certificate for Kenya, which includes:

  • An assessment by the National Inspectorate Division (NID) on whether there are any safety concerns about operating in this particular airspace at this time and for this purpose;
  • An assessment by NID on whether there are any security concerns about operating in this particular airspace at this time and for this purpose;

How To Register Drone In Kenya

How To Register Drone In Kenya

Get Permission From The Caa To Operate Your Drone.

Before you can register your drone in Kenya, you’ll need to get permission from the CAA to operate your drone.

You’ll be issued an operator’s certificate in the name of the person applying for it. This letter must be issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation on official letterhead and should contain:

  • The name and signature of a senior officer at CAAD (the CAA)
  • Your full name as well as that of any other person who may operate or control your drone
  • A statement saying that you have been briefed about Kenyan airspace rules and regulations regarding unmanned aircraft

The operator’s certificate can only be issued once your application has been approved by CAAD.

Register Your Drone

Before you can fly your drone in Kenya, it must be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Kenya (CAA).

To register your drone, visit the CAA website at www.caak.go.ke and follow these steps:

  • Navigate to the “Aircraft Accident/Incident Form” page and click on “Downloadable Forms”.
  • Click on “Downloadable Section 73(2) Accident/Incident Report for Aircraft Incidents”.
  • Complete all sections of this form with accurate information about your drone and its current condition—including its serial number, make and model number—and submit it online via email or fax to +254 20 222072 or +254 788 239995 respectively

Get A Pilot Certificate.

To get a pilot certificate, you must be 18 years or older and in possession of a national identity card. You’ll also need to pass an exam that tests your reading, writing and understanding skills in English.

You must be fit and healthy enough to operate a drone safely as well; if you fail the medical test for any reason (even if it’s because you’re wearing socks with sandals), then you won’t be able to get your license until all issues are resolved.

Finally, being Kenyan is required—if at any point during the application process you aren’t sure whether or not this applies to you (or about anything else on this list), ask someone who works at Kenya Civil Aviation Authority!

Keep Your Drone Within Sight And Fly At A Maximum Of 400 Feet.

You are liable for your drone, so keep it within your sight.

The maximum height a drone can operate is 400 feet (120 meters). If you are flying above this height you must notify air traffic control.

The maximum distance a drone can operate from the pilot is 400 feet (120 meters).

Declare Location Of Operation.

  • Where will you be flying?
  • How far will you be flying?
  • How long will you be flying?
  • What is the purpose of flying (commercial, recreational or research)
  • How high will you be flying (maximum altitude)

Fly A Maximum Speed Of 50 Metres Per Second (180km/h).

  • You may fly at a lower speed if desired.
  • You may only fly in a straight line and not at an angle.

Ensure Your Drone Weighs Less Than 25kg.

The weight of your drone is critical to register it in Kenya. In fact, the maximum weight for a drone in Kenya is 25kg.

You must weigh it before flying and ensure that its weight does not exceed 25 kilograms. If you use a drone weighing more than 25kg, you must get special permission from the CAA.

If you do not own the drone but wish to fly it in Kenya, then you need to obtain permission from its owner first before weighing it and registering with CAA as per the above procedure

  • Do Not Fly Near Other Aircraft, People Or Properties Without Their Prior Consent.
  • Fly only during the day and in good weather conditions. It is illegal to fly a drone at night or if visibility is less than 3km (1 statute mile).
  • Always stay away from an airport or helicopter landing site, even if it’s closed to public use.
  • Fly at least 30 minutes before sunset or at least 30 minutes after sunrise in order to make sure there are no obstacles in your way.

Are Drones Allowed In Kenya

If you cross borders by air with a drone.

If You Cross Borders By Air With A Drone, it is your responsibility to ensure that the destination country will allow the importation of the drone. You must have a permit from the destination country before taking your drone abroad.

If you don’t have the necessary paperwork, or if there are restrictions on importing drones into that country, then your drone may be confiscated at customs upon arrival and/or fines levied against you by local authorities.

In some cases where flying drones is banned (like in Kenya), it’s possible to fly them in domestic airspace without incident.

However, if caught flying one across international boundaries without authorization or documentation for it being allowed into another nation’s airspace could result in fines and possible arrest warrants issued against whoever was operating that particular aircraft at time when violation occurred.

The Use Of Drones For Commercial Purposes

If you want to use your drone for commercial purposes, you’ll have to check with the local aviation authority.

There are many countries that prohibit the use of drones for commercial purposes altogether. In these countries, it is not only illegal but also impossible to operate a drone commercially.

The reason why commercial drone operation is sometimes prohibited is because many regulations have been put in place by aviation authorities and/or governments that aim to ensure fair competition between businesses and minimize risks to people or property on the ground.

 For instance, in Kenya, drones are not allowed within 5 km from an airport or within 50 meters above a person who isn’t flying it (Kenya Airports Authority 2016).

Despite Their Usefulness, Drones Are Banned In Many Places.

Despite Their Usefulness, Drones Are Banned In Many Places. Drones have the potential to cause harm and could potentially crash into people or structures.

Many countries are concerned about security, as they may be used by terrorists to spy on people or cause damage by crashing into buildings.

Now that you have seen what you can do with a drone and have the benefits of owning one, it is time to understand the law on how you will operate your drone.

If you are in Kenya or thinking of traveling here, you need to know about the drone laws Kenya. Knowing the drone laws is important since it will help you avoid running into problems with the law.

Frequently Asked Questions (drone Laws Kenya)

Can i export a drone from abroad to kenya.

A drone is a machine or aircraft that can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely. You need to understand the definition of drones before you decide if it is possible to import a drone into Kenya.

Drones are regulated by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) so they can be imported, exported, and used in Kenya by citizens. However, there are some laws you have to take account of when flying drones in Kenya such as:

  • Respecting other people’s privacy
  • Not flying near airports or military bases
  • Not flying too high above buildings

What Is The Registration Process For A Drone In Kenya?

Registering your drone with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) is a simple process that can be completed online. You will need to be a member of the KCAA, which costs 10,000 Kenyan shillings ($100 USD).

Once you are an active member and have your membership card number handy, visit their website and follow the instructions for registering your drone.

Once you’ve submitted all of the necessary data about yourself and purchased an electronic certificate for your drone, it should take about 5 days for them to process everything before they send you a new certificate by email.

How Much Does It Cost To Register A Drone In Kenya?

If you are interested in registering your drone, the registration fee is Kshs. 1000. You can pay this amount at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, or alternatively through their online portal. Should you choose to go down the latter route, make sure that your credit card company accepts international transactions before proceeding further.

This registration fee must be paid annually (i.e., every 12 months). The fees are payable in cash each year on payment deadlines set by The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

What Documentation Do I Need To Import A Drone Into Kenya?

You will need to present the following documentation at a Port of Entry (Do not take your drone with you to the port)

  • A copy of the invoice
  • A copy of the airway bill (Bill of Lading)
  • A copy of the certificate of origin
  • A copy of packing list

Who Assesses The Duty Payable On Importation Of Drones Into Kenya?

The Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority are responsible for assessing the duty payable on importation of drones into Kenya.

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The original post is THREE years old...

ALthough this post is 4 years older, there are some new regulations from KCAA in 2020-2021 in regards to ownership and flying of drones. A drone is categorized as a Unmanned Aircraft system and ownership requires you to be a kenyan citizen, corporate or a national government. You need to obtain a permit to fly the drone from KCAA. The regulations are on KCAA website. To obtain the permit to fly the drone youll require to demonstrate method of control, have undergone a training programme and ground handling and maintenance arrangements.

To address the non citizens who may be interested in flying drones especially at game parks or at the beach, you simply cannot bring your drone in the country and fly it here. Bringing the drone is classified as importation of the same and requires one to be a kenyan citizen. For those tourists/foreigners who wish to purchase a drone in the country, you can do so but youll need to obtain a temporary permit from KCAA for flying it within the county. Its pretty hard for a foreigner to get a permit to fly a drone but its worth trying to obtain the permit.

I hope this is clear to those considering drone flying in kenya.

I would have thought drones would have been banned to to poaching.

Hey does anybody know if the situation here has changed? I know that there has been some reform made, but I still can't find much out about how simple it is to get a temporary permit as a tourist to fly a drone.

There are a variety of restrictions about where and how they can be used.

I am sure that all poachers are law abiding citizens and they will not use drones because they are forbidden. The same logic is with gun/knife control laws - it is widely known that criminals and terrorists are normally applying for gun permits so banning knives and guns solves all problems. ;)

In most European countries (UK included) small drones (< 250 grams) are unregulated and everyone can fly them. I am not aware of any issues because of this.

Thank you most helpful post to date sawa

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Kenya Passes Significant Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Legislation

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The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020 are now effective, having been gazetted in the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXII – No. 58 of 3 April 2020 and published on 30 March 2020 (Special Issue 611). The regulations will govern, among others, the importation, ownership, registration, operation, procurement and manufacture of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, more commonly referred to as drones.

Drone related activities have been in a state of limbo, after parliament in March last year, rejected proposed regulations that would have permitted and regulated their use citing national security concerns. Soon thereafter, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, through Legal Notice No. 76 of 2019 declared the use of unmanned aircraft illegal, with any breach attracting a penalty of up to Kshs. 100,000 or one-year imprisonment. Consequently, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (“ KCAA ”) published a public notice in November 2019 warning the public not to use drones or risk facing the penalties outlined in the Legal Notice.

Currently, with the significant entry into force of the regulations, the use of drones is now (subject to compliance with the regulations) permissible in Kenya. We highlight some of the key provisions of the regulations below.   

Registration and Eligibility

KCAA is responsible for the registration and operation of drones in Kenya. In determining whether to grant a certificate of registration for a drone, KCAA will among other things, carefully consider national security interests, commitments under any regional or international treaties, the intended use of the drone and any administrative investigations KCAA is conducting against an applicant. In order to be eligible to own and operate a drone within and out of Kenya, one must either be an adult Kenyan citizen or resident, a body corporate, or national/county government. Furthermore, companies owning or operating drones locally for long term commercial purposes must be Kenyan companies.

In respect of foreign operators or companies looking to conduct any drone related activities for a limited period, they may apply for a temporary permit from KCAA. The KCAA may grant the permit depending on the drone category they wish to operate and subject to the regulations.   

Categorisation of Drones

The regulations categorise drones into three types, depending on the level of risk they pose to the public, property or manned aviation. Firstly, there are Low Risk drones which should not exceed 25 kgs and can only be operated within visual line of site, at a maximum height of 400 feet above ground level and 50 meters lateral distance from any persons, buildings or objects not associated with the drones. Secondly, Medium Risk drones which must also be operated within line of site and on heights and lateral distances as determined by the KCAA. Lastly, High Risk drones that may be operated in any unrestricted airspaces, subject to Air Traffic Control instructions, the Civil Aviation (Rules of the Air) Regulations and approval of the KCAA.

Interestingly, the regulations do not make any express distinction between private and commercial use of drones. However, they generally provide for the authorisations that are required to own or operate a drone, as seen below.

Permits and Authorisations

Some of the permits to note are:

Registration Certificate : A drone operator or owner should register the drone with KCAA and be issued with a certificate of registration. Given that any person, including a corporation, who wishes to operate a drone must obtain authorization from the KCAA, both private and commercial users would need to register their drone, regardless of category. For drones already in Kenya, registration of the same needs to be done within six months from the date the regulations were passed.

Import Permit:   A permit from KCAA is required prior to importing a drone or its components into the country. Prior to issuance of a permit, the KCAA will obtain security clearance and approval from the Ministry of Defence.

Temporary Permit :  This permit may be issued for the use of a drone for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days, on terms and conditions set by KCAA. This permit is ideal for foreign operators and companies who wish to operate a drone in Kenya for a limited period.

Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate : Any person who wishes to operate a drone for commercial purposes, reward or hire must obtain this certificate from KCAA at least ninety (90) days before the intended date of operations, which shall be valid for twelve (12) months. The applicant must demonstrate, among others, that it has (i) its principal place of business and is registered in Kenya; (ii) an adequate organization with properly qualified staff; (iii) a method of control and supervision of flight operations; (iv) training programme, ground handling and maintenance arrangements; and (v) obtained Ministry of Defence security clearance for matters related to defence.

Remote Pilot Licence: This licence should be obtained by any person intending to operate a drone falling within the Medium Risk to High Risk category.

Training Authorisation : Any person who wishes to offer training on drone operations must obtain prior authorisation from KCAA. 

Submission of Applications

The KCAA is in the process of adopting an online platform to facilitate the process of applying for and submitting applications for permits and authorisations. In the meantime, all applications should be submitted to the KCAA through the relevant email address, that is, [email protected] . The application should contain details of the drone and the specific authorisation sought.

In regard to drone surveillance or related activities which entail capturing an image of any person or their property, that person’s written consent is required. Furthermore, the regulations prohibit the reproduction, processing, sharing, distribution or publication of information, pictures or videos that have been captured beyond the area over which the drone has been approved to operate.

Safety and Insurance

Any accidents should be reported to the KCAA, which is required to establish a mechanism through which the members of the public can report accidents and violations of the regulations. Additionally, the holder of a Remote Aircraft Operators Certificate should establish a safety management system which will include a process for identifying safety hazards and developing remedial action. 

The regulations set out mandatory insurance requirements for the operation of drones unless dispensed with by KCAA based on the category in which the drone belongs.

Penalties for non-compliance

The regulations contain hefty penalties for non-compliance which consist of either or both a monetary fine of up to Kshs. 2,000,000 and an imprisonment term of up to 3 years.

Investment outlook

Notably, drones are being used the world over for different purposes. These include wildlife protection through aerial surveillance, humanitarian activities, in the entertainment industry and photography and security surveillance. Drones have also proven to be instrumental in forest management, cargo transportation, weather forecasting, agricultural monitoring, safety inspections, disaster relief, search and rescue operations and healthcare. Therefore, there is huge untapped potential for drone uptake in Kenya, as we adopt them for similar uses.

Rwanda was the first country in East Africa to pass laws relating to the operation of drones. There has since been a significant positive impact on healthcare provision in the country. Through the use of drone technology, Rwanda has been able to deliver vaccines, medication and blood supplies urgently needed for transfusions in hard to reach hospitals and other remote areas. Kenya is likely to mirror this approach and other innovative models to incorporate drones in healthcare delivery to rural areas and in carrying out some, if not all, of the other operations identified above.

The Nairobi County Executive for Health Services, Hitan Majevdia on 8 April 2020 announced that Nairobi County is planning to procure and use drones to conduct aerial fumigation of the city in a bid to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Private users can also breathe a sigh of relief as they may now use drones in social gatherings such as weddings and for other recreational purposes, provided they meet the registration requirements and limitations set out in the new law.  

If you would like advice or guidance in respect of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Kenya to host major drone summit as Africa’s leading tech destination

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Kenya has been picked to host the planned Elevate Africa Summit, a landmark event marking a significant moment in the evolution of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and drone technology on the African continent.

The event is scheduled to take place on June 28 to 29, 2024 in Nairobi and Konza Technopolis in Machakos.

The decision to host the Summit in Nairobi comes as a result of Kenya's role as a frontrunner in the realm of UAS innovation.

With its drone regulations, Kenya has created a fertile ground for drone technology, making it the ideal location for the event.

The Elevate Africa Summit is a celebration of African ingenuity in the field of drone technology.

Also, it aims to showcase achievements within the Kenyan drone ecosystem and provide a platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange across the continent.

Industry leaders, innovators and regulatory bodies are among those expected to attend the summit, which will seek to illustrate how leveraging the power of the global drone community can bring transformative changes, not only in Kenya but across Africa.

Attendees will also get the opportunity to engage with the brightest minds in the drone industry and discover the future of agriculture, healthcare, and surveillance through the lens of advanced UAS.

The summit will bring together, among others, private sector enterprises, donors and development agencies, government and civil aviation authorities, academics, researchers, students, innovators in drone technology and investors.

Attendees of the  Elevate Africa UAS Summit 2024 can register to secure space during the summit.

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Places You Can Buy Drones in Kenya

Drones are a great way to get a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. They can be used for surveillance, photography, mapping and many other things. In Kenya you can buy drones through online shops or physical camera shops in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret and many more.

They’re also great for fun! You can use them to fly around or do tricks. However, you will need to necessary certifications before you can fly drones in Kenya .

Drones come in all shapes and sizes. There are tiny ones that you can fit in the palm of your hand and bigger ones that are designed to carry cameras or other equipment.

The most common use of drones is in photography, where they are used to capture landscapes and other beautiful scenes. Drones can also be used to capture video footage that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to film.

Many photographers in Kenya now use drones in their photography and camera works. But where can you find drones in Kenya.

Where to buy drones in Kenya

Below is a list of places you will find drones;

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Here is what each offers

Jumia (Online)

The first place is Jumia. They have a wide variety of drones for sale online. You can find drones for as low as Ksh3,000 or as high as Ksh250,000.

With a wide range of drones available, including quadcopters and hexacopters, you’ll find the right drone for your needs. You can also choose from a variety of brands such as DJI and Parrot.

You can also find accessories such as batteries and chargers as well as replacement parts if something breaks or stops working.

Camera Africa

Cameras Africa is a Kenya-based website that sells drones and drones accessories. They are one of the best places to buy drones. They have a wide range of drones, from beginner drones to professional ones. Their prices are very affordable, which makes it easy for you to buy your desired drone without breaking the bank.

They have a wide range of drones, from beginner drones to professional ones. Their prices are very affordable, which makes it easy for you to buy your desired drone without breaking the bank. They sell both new and used drones as well as individual parts and accessories.

Cameras Africa also offers discounts on purchases made using their credit card. This is an added advantage because you will get more value for your money when buying from them than from any other online store selling similar products at higher prices than theirs!

If you are looking to buy drones in Kenya Starmac is the place to go. They have a wide range of drones and they also offer free delivery. The company is located in Nairobi and have a showroom where you can try out the different models before buying them.

Starmac is a Kenyan drone store that sells drones and accessories. They are located in Nairobi, and they have a wide range of drones for sale. Drones can be purchased online or at their physical location.

Kilimall (Online)

This is our favorite drone store in Nairobi, as it has an extensive range of models and accessories available. It also has great customer service and a knowledgeable staff who can help you make an informed decision on what drone will suit your needs best.

Madi Mall (Mombasa)

This mall has a decent selection of drones at reasonable prices, although there are no drone experts on hand to assist with purchase decisions or warranty claims if something goes wrong with the product after purchase.

Nairobi Showroom (Nairobi)

The Nairobi Showroom is another good option for buying drones in Kenya because they have many different models available at varying prices depending on what kind of drone experience you’re looking for (beginner vs expert). They also offer good customer service so that you can learn more about

Snapshot Kenya is a unique platform that connects drone enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals with the best drones and drone-related products in Kenya.

At Snapshot Kenya, you can choose from a wide range of drones for both professional and personal use. The company offers high-quality drones from leading brands such as DJI, Parrot and GoPro, among others. These drones are available at affordable prices that suit your budget.

Snapshot Kenya also offers after-sales service for its customers. This includes free repairs for damaged drones as well as free replacements for faulty parts.

Pixel Electric Company Limited is a leading drone manufacturer for both commercial and personal use. The company offers an affordable, high-quality drone experience for anyone who wants to get involved in the drone industry. The company offers drones that are easy to fly, suitable for beginners and experts alike, and come with all the features you need to take your drone photography or videography skills to the next level.

Pixel Electric Company Limited has been in business since 2016, so they’re not new to the game—they’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work for their customers, which means you can expect only the best from them when you buy one of their drones!

Toys Kenya is the top choice for drone enthusiasts in Kenya because they have an extensive selection of drones and accessories at great prices. You can find everything from beginner-level models to high-end professional drones here.

DJI Kenya is also a great option if you want to buy drones in Kenya. They offer a wide variety of models at competitive prices, so it’s easy to find something that fits your needs and your budget.

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Drone prices in Kenya

Drones are becoming more and more popular in Kenya. The demand for drones is increasing, and many people are interested in buying a drone. But where can you find the best drone prices in Kenya?

The drone price depends on many factors, including the model of drone you want to buy, your location, and whether or not there are any promotions going on at the time of purchase.

Different models of drones will vary in price depending on their features and capabilities. For example, if you want a drone with an HD camera then it would cost more than one without this feature. Similarly, if you wanted a drone with longer battery life then it would be more expensive than one with less battery life because of its ability to fly longer distances before needing recharging or replacement batteries.

The location where you live also affects the prices of drones available locally because shipping costs money and takes time so companies will increase the price accordingly if they have to ship from far away places like China instead of getting them from local suppliers nearby in Kenya. Additionally, there may be discounts offered by certain retailers during different seasons throughout each year (such as Christmas or Black Friday) which can also affect prices significantly by lowering them down considerably!

Currently, here are retail prices of drones in Kenya;

-DJI Phantom 4 Pro Version 2.0 Quadcopter – Ksh 239,999.00

-DJI Mini SE Fly More Combo – Ksh.57,999.00

-DJI Mavic 2 Pro -Ksh. 194,999.00

-DJI Mini 2 -Ksh.61,999.00

-Power Vision PowerEgg X- Ksh.151,999.00

-Dji Air 2s Fly More Combo – Ksh.159,999.00

-DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo -Ksh. 71,999.00

Dji FPV Drone Combo -Ksh. 174,999.00

DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo -Ksh. 122,999.00

If you’re a photographer, you know how much time and effort goes into getting the perfect shot. It’s not always easy to get the angle you want, or to avoid people in your frame, or even just to find a place that looks good!

With a drone, you can literally fly above all of this and get a bird’s eye view of what you’re shooting. You can capture truly unique angles on whatever it is you’re taking photos of—and this means that when it comes time to edit, you’ll have more options than ever before.

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