Drone Laws in Seychelles

Agencies Responsible for regulating drones in the Republic of Seychelles

Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA)

Seychelles Drone Regulations Circular


UAS Laws – General rules for flying drones in Seychelles

The Seychelles agency responsible for drone safety, SCAA, 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 Seychelles?

According to the SCAA, flying drones is legal in Seychelles, but certain regulations must be strictly followed. Read on for more details.

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

Do:

  • Always read the product user manual of your drone to familiarize yourself with its operating principles, performance, and safety limitations. 
  • Check the condition of your drone and its remote controller before use. 
  • Keep your drone within line of sight at all times. As a general guide, your drone should not be operated higher than surrounding buildings, infrastructures, or trees within your immediate vicinity. 
  • Land your drone immediately if an airplane or helicopter is spotted operating in the vicinity of your drone. 

The Don’ts 

  • Do not fly your drone in the vicinity of Seychelles International Airport unless you have been approved so by SCAA. Always follow the terms and conditions of such an approval. 
  • Do not fly your drone in Seychelles International Airport’s approach and departure paths or the immediate vicinity of active heliports. 
  • Do not fly your drone in the vicinity of Praslin Airport unless you have been approved so by SCAA. Always follow the terms and conditions of such an approval. 
  • Do not fly your drone in Praslin Airport’s approach and departure paths or the immediate vicinity of active heliports. 
  • Do not fly your drone near the La Digue island heliport. 
  • Do not fly your drone over towns, congested areas, groups of people in public areas, or public events unless you have the authorization to do so from the appropriate local authorities, including SCAA. 
  • Do not fly your drone over private properties, industrial areas, or take photographs of any kind, which may constitute a breach of privacy, where this is considered an offense under the laws of Seychelles. 
  • Do not fly your drone near telecommunication infrastructure, power lines, fuel storage facilities, over security-sensitive areas, such as the State House, prisons, and military infrastructure, including restricted airspace, as published by SCAA. 
  • Do not carry hazardous substances on your drone. 
  • Do not drop any item or discharge any substance from your drone that could cause harm to a person on the ground. 
  • Do not operate your drone if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 
  • Do not fly your drone in an area where there is an emergency response effort unless you have permission from the appropriate local authorities, including SCAA. • Do not operate your drone at night as the risk of colliding with nearby objects and buildings could cause damage to property and serious injuries to persons residing in the immediate vicinity. 

Drone Registration Requirements in Seychelles?

  • Civil Aviation Regulations 2017 requires all drones having a maximum weight of 200 grams or more to be registered with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority before their operation within the territory of Seychelles. 
  • All drone operators must register their drones using SSR Drone Registration and submit them to SCAA for processing. SCAA will initiate a confirmation of the registration once the process has been completed.
  • Use SSR Drone Operation Request and submit to SCAA for necessary approval when planning to operate within controlled airspace or restricted areas. 

Notes for recreational drone pilots flying for fun in Seychelles

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Notes for operating Commercial Drone Services in Seychelles

Follow the general rules listed above, but check for updates by visiting the regulator’s links provided.


Useful published information on flying drones in Seychelles

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

NOTE: 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 aircraft, Remote controlled aircraft, and RC aircraft may be covered by the same regulations unless specified.


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