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Drone Laws in Mauritius

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Mauritius.

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According to Mauritius’ national aviation authority, Mauritius’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), flying a drone is legal in Mauritius, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

If you’d like to contact DCA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: civil-aviation@govmu.org / +230 603-2000

flying a drone in Mauritius

Why fly a drone in Mauritius? To get great aerial shots like these!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Mauritius

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Mauritius.

  • The regulations listed below do not apply to drones that weigh less than 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) and are operated strictly for recreational purposes, but the DCA still advises following these guidelines for all drone operations.
  • Permission must be obtained from the DCA prior to each drone flight made. There is a fee associated with obtaining permission, and the fee amount is subject to change depending on the specific details of the proposed drone operation.
  • Drones may not be used to drop any article or animal.
  • Drone flights may not be conducted unless the operator reasonably believes that the flight can be safely made.
  • Visual contact must be maintained between the operator and the drone. Additionally, the operator must take care to notice the drone’s flight path and ensure that it is clear in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels, and structures.
  • Do not fly more than 120 meters (400 feet) vertically.
  • Do not fly over a congested area or within 150 meters (492 feet) of any congested area.
  • Do not fly over or within 150 meters (492 feet) of an open air assembly of more than 500 persons.
  • Do not fly within 50 meters (164 feet) of any vessel, vehicle, or structure which is not under the control of the operator
  • Do not fly within 50 meters (164 feet) of a person, excluding during landing and take off.
  • Drone operators must take care not to violate individual property rights

For more information on Mauritius’ drone laws, see this document issued by the DCA.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Mauritius? Send us an email at support@uavcoach.com. We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in Mauritius can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Mauritius? Here you go: