Drone regulation in Tanzania

The import of drones is permitted in Tanzania. For the operation of drones of any kind, permission must be obtained from the aviation authority. Private users must complete the form TCAA/FRM/SR/OPS ā€“ 01 as long as the aircraft does not have more than 7 kilograms of take-off mass (Light RPAS). Regardless of the takeoff mass, however, all drone users must prove their qualifications. A list of organizations from which the certificates are recognized can be found below.

Maximum altitude: The maximum height is 121 meters (400 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights may only be performed within sight.

Compulsory insurance: A drone insurance is mandatory for flights in Tanzania.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): In Tanzania, three weight classes are distinguished:

  1. Light RPAS: MTOW under 7 kilograms
  2. Medium RPAS: MTOW between 7 -150 kg
  3. Large RPAS: MTOW over 150 kilograms

For flights with Medium and Large RPAS, you need special permits from the Ministry of Defense.

Distance to airports: International airports must be within 5 kilometers of each other. To airports of which only domestic flights take place, a distance of 3 kilometers must be observed.

Other safety distances: Flights over populated areas and crowds are allowed only with the approval of local authorities and the CAA.

No-fly zones: Flying over national parks is prohibited.

Operating Hours: In Tanzania, drones are only allowed in daylight.

Special legislation: Certificates from the following foreign organizations are recognized as a certificate of competence in Tanzania:

  • The British Model Flying Association
  • Model Flying New Zealand
  • Model Aeronautical Association of Australia
  • Model Aeronautics Association of Canada
  • Federal Aviation Administration FAA (UAS Division Certification)
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
  • New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZ CAA)
  • United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA)
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Civil Aviation Authority South Africa (SACAA)

Commercial pilot regulations: Commercial pilots must obtain a permit for drone flights from the CAA. Business activities include advertising, photography, and research.

Helpful links: AIC 5/17Public Note TCAA

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Tanzania 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 Tanzania!