The use of drones in Kenya was banned until parliament confirmed the drone regulations that will assist their importation and use in the country. Based on Kenya’s national aviation authority, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), flying drones is lawful in Kenya.

The drone regulations in Kenya indicates that it is unfeasible to operate a drone unless you have acquired permission. Every drone needs to be registered and accepted by the KCAA.

In order to fly a drone commercially, the operators should be licensed, however, it is unclear how this will be implemented, as there are no training organizations in Kenya. 

The recent Kenyan regulations are also quite scrupulous, that demands drone pilots to be fit medically, necessary training courses, have police clearance, and subscribe to a legally responsible insurance cover.

The person who does not stick to these and many more requirements will have to pay a fine of two million shillings ($19,820) or be jailed for six months.

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Common Rules to Fly a Drone in Kenya

According to the research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most vital rules to be followed for flying a drone in Kenya.

  • Every drone needs to be registered with the KCAA.
  • Drones may not be flown above 400 feet or more over ground level.
  • Do not fly drones at places like military installations, power plants, or other areas that could concern local authorities.
  • Drones may not be flown within 50 meters (164 feet) of any person, vehicle, vessel or structure.
  • Drones can be operated only during daylight hours and to fly in desirable climatic conditions
  • Drones may not be flown within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of an airport or airfield.

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