Zimbabwe Drone Permit
Whilst the Zimbabwe regulations regarding drones are a lot more relaxed than many of the neighboring countries, it is a very time-consuming process to secure the necessary permissions – and actually near-impossible. In a nutshell, in order to bring a drone into the country, you need a Letter of Approval (RLA) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ).
There is a formal application process – which deals with a number of issues primarily centered around the craft itself, the area/location, as well as the intent (so not focused on any pilot license itself). Once satisfied, the Authority will issue an RLA if the applicant complies with the requirements prescribed in the IS for Continuing Airworthiness, Operations and Maintenance of the drone.
The RLA is valid for a period of 12 months upon first application, then a period of 3 years thereafter. Allow for at least 1-2 months for this process. And then your headache starts – because whilst this allows you to bring the drone into Zimbabwe, it does NOT allow you to fly it. THAT approval is granted by the Ministry of Defence and is almost impossible……