🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all drone rule links & known regulations about recreational & commercial drone use in Nauru (Yaren). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in The Forum. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our ability & does not replace official sources & your own research.
Recreational vs commercial drone use in Nauru
Nauru differentiates recreational vs commercial drone use. Both commercial and recreational drone uses are subject to restrictions & a code of conduct.
✅ In Nauru, the regulation and control of drone use falls under the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) & they can be contacted anytime via:
Phone: (+674) 444 3113
Can I travel with my drone to Nauru?
🚨 Nauru is really strict on the paper when it comes to drone imports. According to Nauru's Drone Act of 2018, anyone importing a drone within the island country must first apply for an import permit. Failing to comply could result in a fine up to $10,000 and/or 12 months of prison. "We've seen better starts of holidays..."
🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.
Where can I fly my drone in Nauru?
🚨 We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Nauru "If you have more information about this, please let us on the Forum know anytime". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient way organised in a 3 colour legend:
Nauru drone fly map
🚨 The island country being about 5 km wide, the entire airspace is considered as airport restricted zone.
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Nauru
🚨 The island country proves itself being quite hostile to drone technology as instead of providing guidelines on how to fly it published an extensive list on what you cannot do including the following:
record, film or photograph any scene without the Minister's authorisation
fly near people, property of any kind or animals
fly above any residential places without the agreement of the owner
fly in any protected are (which is at the discretion of the Minister).
🚨 Be aware that police force has been given full powers to enforce the above rules... If you hold a permit, carry it with you all the time along your identification papers.
How to obtain a permit to fly my drone in Nauru?
🚨 We do not have any return of experience here, if you know more about it, please let us know in The Forum so we can update this post in turn for all to know. As far as we understand, you will need to call directly the Department of Civil Aviation (+674) 444 3113.
What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in Nauru?
🚨 The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction &/or if you had any commercial purpose during your flight. However, Nauru authorities specify that any infraction of the conditions to fly could result in one or a combination of:
12 months prison
a fine up to $50,000 or $100,000 for corporations
a fine up to $20,000 if you object during police intervention
✅ The excellent news is that once you're there and got the authorisations, you can start flying above Nauru's awesome landscapes & help us replace this video.
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✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Nauru! Have fun & safe flight!
Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about local drone regulations.