Aviation operation license in Cameroon, the procurement of an air operator license in Cameroon, the procedure for a foreign aircraft permit in Cameroon is done in compliance with international standards and recommendations. These standards are commonly agreed by states under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Thus to procure an air transport license in Cameroon, these standards agreed by states must be applied.

The procedure for the procurement of an aviation operation license in Cameroon, an air operator license in Cameroon and a foreign aircraft permit in Cameroon is done in compliance with the Geneva convention on the international recognition of rights in aircraft, the Rome Convention, the Warsaw Convention and the Montreal Convention for international carriage by air.

The aviation operation in Cameroon law operates in compliance with the Yamoussoukro Decision on the liberalization of air service markets in Africa, the Dakar convention governing the agency for the safety of air navigation in Africa, and the law of 24th July 2013 to promote free competition and the participation of private initiatives and ensure the rational and efficient use of aeronautical infrastructure and the air space.

The aviation operations authority in Cameroon ensures that all aircrafts operated in Cameroon shall undergo due inspection and testing by the aeronautic authority and a certificate of airworthiness, a noise certificate, and a certificate of exploitation of radio-electric installation is issued before a certificate of registration is delivered. This certificate of registration gives the aircraft Cameroon nationality.


The process of aviation operations in Cameroon deals with operations as an air transporter in Cameroon. Any interested enterprise wishing to exploit the Cameroon air transport business must obtain an air operator license and an air operator certificate.

The aviation authority authorizes an enterprise to carry out against payment of a fee air transportation of passengers, mail and/or freight through the grant of an air operator license.

This air operator license attests that an enterprise has satisfied the legal, financial, economic and moral conditions required by the regulation in force.


An enterprise desirous of procuring an air operator license must submit certain information. This information includes but not limited to;

  1. Name and address of head office of the enterprise,
  2. A duly registered statute of the enterprise,
  3. Organization chart with the names and qualification of the managers responsible for operations, maintenance, training, operations on the ground and flight safety,
  4. List of aircraft to be operated and volume of activity envisaged,
  5. After obtaining an air operator license, the enterprise will have to obtain an air operator certificate before it can operate as an air carrier in Cameroon.


All private and non-scheduled commercial aircraft overflying or landing for commercial or non-commercial purposes must request prior permission from the MOER and from the Director of Civil Aviation at least 10 working days prior to departure. It is advisable, if possible, to provide itinerary earlier.

Request of more than 48-24 hours before the requested overflight and/or landing. 

The requestor should follow up directly with Civil Aviation no earlier than 72 hours before planned overflight. 

Minister in charge will receive all requests. Content of request by foreign aircraft include but not limited to;

  1. Type of aircraft. 
  2. Registration of aircraft. 
  3. Name of the pilot. 
  4. The number of crew. 
  5. The number of passengers etc.

The 24-hour rule will not apply to UN chartered aircraft.

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