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The Ultimate Guide to The Seychelles (Victoria) Drone Laws & Rules

Updated: Nov 6, 2019

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all drone law links & known rules about recreational & commercial drone use in the Seychelles (Victoria). 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 knowledge & does not replace official sources & your research.


Recreational vs commercial drone use in the Seychelles


The Seychelles do not seem to differentiate commercial & recreational drone use. However, drone use in the country of islands is subject to restrictions & a code of conduct.


✅ The use of drones in the Seychelles is under the responsibility of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) & they can be contacted via:

  • Email: gsicobo@scaa.sc

  • Phone: (+248) 438 4270

  • Social Medias: @seychellescaa 😍

🚨😲 The Seychelles police has the right to shoot your drone down if you're flying in what is defined as a restricted zone, "you've been warned".


Can I travel to the Seychelles with my drone?


✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within the Seychelles & Victoria airport as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).



🚨 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 the Seychelles?


✅ The Seychelles are like no other country (well maybe a little like The Maldives), lots of little islands all around which most are reached by seaplane. This makes it a little trickier to fly your drone safely as basically most islands will have their own seaport. The Seychelles built a sweet map showing all the airports and seaports which can be seen below.


Seychelles Drone Fly Map

Source: scaa.sc

🚨 Be aware that some resorts have also completely banned the use of drones; usually for the tranquillity of their other guests & to protect their bird sanctuaries 🦅


🌲 National / Marine parks & reserves might be on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities. 🐳


🌊 Be aware that most tourists going to the Seychelles are usually paying a high price for tranquillity & relaxation time. Reading forums, several guests (understandably) ask for peace whilst in this little paradise on 🌏 & you will need to consider this fact while there.


💡 Water glare is a killer for aerial content, make sure you have a lens filter with you in The Seychelles before flying over the seas.

Recreational & commercial drone use in the Seychelles


✅ You will need to obtain permission prior taking off with your drone. Additionally, there are also rules & a code of conduct to follow for all operators:


With this in mind, you must fly:

  • at a maximum altitude of 50 m above the ground.

  • within sight at all times & only during daylight.

  • only above approved lands so must have the authorisation of the owner for e.g.

  • fly 15 km away (this covers almost the whole islands 🤐) from airports, heliport, seaports & give priority to all other categories of aircraft. If you see an aircraft during your flight, land immediately.

  • fly 150 m away from congested areas (including crowds from 1,000 people+).

  • fly 300 m away from any other vehicle, vessel or structure

  • fly 50 m away from any other person & respect individual privacy (note this limit lowers to 30 m during take off & landing times).

  • fly avoiding sensitive areas including resorts, government & military facilities.

  • without hurting, harassing or carrying any animals or objects.

  • flyaway from a fire or any site where emergencies are required as you could interrupt their operation and delay their intervention.


🤔 Note, outside the 15 km airport restriction flight zone, you can fly your drone up to 609 m altitude (2,000 feet) which is the highest legal limit we're aware of among all countries.. But looking at the Seychelles' map, you can do this only in a very little piece of land as 15 km restricted zone covers almost the whole country's islands.


✅ The good news is that you can apply for exceptions from all of these (very) restrictive rules.


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How to obtain a permit to fly my drone in the Seychelles?


There isn't much information available here but as we read it we understand that you have to send a written application to gsicobo@scaa.sc at least 7 working days prior your flight's date. Note that there is a fee (non specified) to apply for such permission.


14/06/19: Thanks to one of our members, we've received an update of what type of response you will get from the SCAA. Local authorities appreciate when you're able you've done the right thing and you shouldn't be in any troubles if you can prove you've ask for the authorisation.


According to our member's experience:

- There are no fees involved despite a reference to it in the textbooks

- Calling Air Traffic Control can be hard as they are quite busy and you will need to make sure you have a local phone with good reception.


💡 Spare drone batteries are a must when travelling overseas, they give you more autonomy to fly and take pictures during your trips.

What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in the Seychelles?


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 and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such.


However the SCAA specifies that this could be a combination of one of several:

  • fine (up to 1,650€)

  • prison (up to 2 years)



✅ The excellent news is that if you get a permission, you can start flying above The Seychelles' awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:


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Travelling further? Check out our Drone Rules World Map; country by country!

✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in the Seychelles!

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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's your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about drone rules.


Sources

Seychelles Civil Aviation Website

Seychelles drone regulations


Other Resources

My Seychelles Experience - by Tobias Kiemle

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