Drone Laws in Sao Tome and Principe
Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Sao Tome and Principe.
There Don’t Seem to Be Any Drone Laws in Sao Tome and Principe
We haven’t found any drone laws for Sao Tome and Principe in our research.
That being said, we don’t recommend assuming that you can travel to Sao Tome and Principe and fly your drone.
The absence of drone laws doesn’t necessarily mean you can fly wherever or however you like in Sao Tome and Principe—in fact, it could mean that authorities will be generally opposed to the use of drones, especially by tourists.
The same cautionary note applies to bringing a drone through customs. Sometimes, when a country has no drone-specific laws, some customs officials choose to confiscate drones and some choose not to—but it’s almost impossible to know what you’ll run into until you’re actually there with your drone.
For countries that do have drone / sUAS regulations, it’s typically the country’s national or civil aviation authority that sets and enforces those regulations. To make sure you don’t get in trouble or get your drone taken away, we recommend contacting Sao Tome and Principe’s Civil Aviation National Institute: Inac@cstome.net / + 239 2241450
At a minimum, a good rule of thumb for flying in Sao Tome and Principe would be to follow these rules for flying your drone (these rules are taken from the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration’s rules for flying a drone):
- Avoid flying within five miles of an airport
- Keep the drone within visual line-of-sight
- Fly at or below 400 feet
- Fly during daylight or civil twilight
- Fly at or under 100 mph
- Yield right of way to manned aircraft
- Do not fly directly over people
- Do not fly from a moving vehicle, unless in a sparsely populated area
Know something we don’t about drone laws in Sao Tome and Principe? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]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 Sao Tome and Principe can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.