Drone- use guidelines and procedures in Uganda

Entering Uganda with a drone requires prior approval by the government security and civil aviation authority (CAA).

Are you planning a trip to Uganda with your drone, for the memorable moments of your dream safari? Please know that you will need to plan well ahead so that you get it through the airport without any hustle.

Please read-on to get more information about the guidelines. You can also contact us or any other travel agent of your choice to get this simple procedure completed in time.

This is how it works

Use of a drone will require application to and assessment by the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) who will then forward the applicant to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

  • Application is sent to CDF.
  • DF reviews and calls committee for assessment.
  • Review decision – Security clearance – letter of no objection or Objection.
  • Once cleared – Then application can proceed to CAA

Provisional process for CAA authorization to operate.

  • Applicant applies to CAA for an operations permit with the following;
  • Fully completed CAA authorization application form
  • CDF Security clearance letter of no objection
  • URA importation clearance for the drone
  • Drone operations manual and specifications
  • Pilot’s drones training certificate or license and class III medical certificate (where applicable)
  • Proposed Geographical location and map of the area of operations
  • A copy of third party insurance
  • Payment receipt for the authorization fee of Ushs 200,000 + 18% VAT

On satisfying the previous requirements, UCAA issues the Applicant

  • A Drones Operations Permit.
  • Summary of information/particulars of the registered operator.
  • Specific operations conditions of the permit.

Currently, CAA accepts use of VLSO type of drones. If you have a BVLOS, you will have to first inquire at the time of travel, to see if it will be accepted.

The guidelines are subject to change and will be checked for the time of travel. Please contact us at your time of travel.

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