Latest Drone Laws in Rwanda

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Rwanda

Rwanda's Drone Regulation Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

Only Commercial flights are allowed. 

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is required.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.

Does the drone need a badge?


Maximum Altitude:

100 meters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Arports.

Drone Laws in Rwanda


When you decide to travel and fly your drone in Rwanda you need to be informed about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.

Main responsive authorities

Contacts / +250 2 5258 5845

Latest Drone Regulations in Rwanda

Our advice is always to be up to date with the latest news and conditions before you decide and perform a drone flight. After that, you must keep also the drone laws in Rwanda listed bellow.

In Rwanda, there are some specific rules for foreigners.

If you are a drone pilot and wish to travel and bring your drone to Rwanda, you have to read follow special rules for such cases.  

 – Your drone has to be Registered with the CAA BEFORE entering the country. This registration can be done by some local citizens on behalf of you. But keep in mind these registrations can take up to 3 months and costs about $150.00. 

General Drone Laws in Rwanda

 – All drones have to be registered.

 – Each drone has to be Marked with a Number assigned by the CAA. 

 – Max allowed altitude – 100 meters.  

 – Max allowed Distance – 300 meters.

 – Maintain visual contact with the drone throughout the flight.

 – You need to have Drone Insurance, mandatory. 

 – Max allowed weighting of the drone is 25 kilograms. 

 – Minimum age of the drone pilot – at least 21 years. 

 – Distance to any people, buildings, vehicles, animals, or other objects – at least 50 meters. 

 – Distance to any Airport or Aerodrom – at least 10 kilometers. 

 – Flying a drone at night – is Forbidden. 

 – Fly your drone only daytime and in good weather conditions and extra visibility. 

 – Max allowed speed of the drone – 100 kph.

For more information on Drone laws in Rwanda, you can read here.

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