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Drone Laws in Swaziland

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Swaziland.

drone laws in SwazilandSwaziland Drone Regulations

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

Special Travel Considerations

If you’re traveling to Swaziland and want to bring your drone, SWACAA lists these special considerations for foreigners who want to fly drones:

  • You must obtain an import license from SWACAA prior to entering the country with your drone.
  • You must obtain a letter of approval from SWACAA to fly a drone for any purpose in Swaziland.

If you’d like to contact the SWACAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: info@swacaa.co.sz / +268 2518 4390

flying a drone in Swaziland

Why fly a drone in Swaziland? To get aerial shots of beautiful spots like this!

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Swaziland

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

  • Only drones weighing 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) or less may be flown in Swaziland.
  • To possess or fly a drone in Swaziland for any purpose you must obtain a letter of approval from SWACAA.
  • All drones must have a badge bearing the name of the owner and the owner’s contact information.
  • The maximum permitted altitude for drones in Swaziland is 120 meters (400 feet).
  • Drones pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone while flying.
  • All drones must be insured to operate in Swaziland.
  • Drones may not be flown near any airports or airfields.
  • Drones may not be flown within 50 meters of any person, vehicle, or building.
  • Drones may not be flown in cities, over roads, or over other critical infrastructure.

For more information on Swaziland’s drone laws, see this document issued by the SWACAA.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Swaziland? 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 Swaziland 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 Swaziland? Here you go: