DRONE LAWS in EUROPE: Where and how can you legally fly? (Germany, Austria, Malta & Sweden)

If you’re going to Europe and plan to fly your drone, make sure to check the laws of all the countries you plan to travel to. The European Union does not have EU-wide drone laws at this point in time. That means you’ll have to follow the laws put in place by individual countries. Some areas have completely banned the use of drones (such as Paris) and heavily enforce those rules (in Paris, tourists flying drones often spend a night in jail). But other countries, like Sweden, have relaxed laws that allow you to capture the beauty of the country. Some countries have some restrictions in place (like requiring permits or licenses), but still allow drone flights.
In this video, I summarize the drone laws of the countries I most recently visited, including:
– Germany (ok to fly with certain restrictions)
– Austria (incredibly strict / near impossible to fly in populated areas)
– Malta (relaxed)
– Sweden (relaxed)

Fly safe, be careful, respect the laws and have fun!

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50 Comments

  1. Kathy Xie on May 2, 2021 at 1:56 am

    How and where can you buy the insurances as a tourist in Germany?

  2. Ivan Felipe Vasquez Rodriguez on May 2, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Hi Nicole, did you buy any insurance for your drone while in Europe?

  3. dries barbaix on May 2, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Were is the first vid taken

  4. Swarnadeep Nandy on May 2, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Do i need to register my drone specific to a country or anywhere i can register my drone?

  5. Nicole Glass on May 2, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Information regarding Austria’s drone laws (thanks to Christoph H): Everything below 250g is considered a toy so you are allowed to fly up to 30m height without permission and insurance. But the 250g are only rule of thumb. The actual law states that it should not exceed 79 joules of impact force and max height 30m so e.g. you can also fly 500g drone if you don’t exceed 18m since thats below 79 joules. But be aware that you will need proof that you didn’t exceed this limit at all times while flying in case you piss somebody off with your flying. If the weight is under 250g you are pretty much safe in every regard (like the Mavic Mini which is 249g for example). Also you are allowed to make videos with these "toys". Of course this all mostly only counts for recreational flights. Everything that is not a toy and is below 5kg can count as a flight model which you are only allowed to use for recreational flights away from people and with camera, but only if the camera is for the sole purpose of the flight itself (like keeping a record of your flying to improve your skills). For flight models you need an insurance though but still no registration with Austro control. Everything else counts as unmanned air vehicle where different laws apply and you have to register. For every flight regardless what you fly you have to keep line of sight.

  6. Henry Choi on May 2, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Hey Nicole, awesome video! thanks! I’m about to take a trip to the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany ~ I’m going to have to research the rules of each country. But was wondering who sells drone liability insurance? I’m using it purely recreational, and I have to FAA license numbers. Want to make sure I can i can actually fly out there and not get my flyer confiscated or tossed into bad camp. 🙁 Thanks!!

  7. WurstCase on May 2, 2021 at 2:03 am

    I live in Austria and yes its very strict but damn there is so much wrong info in this video about flying in austria

  8. Shan Stewart on May 2, 2021 at 2:04 am

    How did you purchase an insurance plan that was valid in Germany? Everything I read said that you have to live in Germany to purchase an insurance plan.

  9. Tarin Chiarakul on May 2, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Do you have the information on where to apply for permit in Germany and in Austria?

  10. AwareWare on May 2, 2021 at 2:06 am

    "any operator of a drone which weighs less than 250g but has a camera (other than a toy), such as the new DJI Mavic Mini, must also be registered"… Do they mean a toy drone or toy camera? How do they draw a distinction? 720 vs 4K resolution? And why is a camera a "risk" factor? …. Kids and hobbyists have been flying toy helicopters for the past 40 years. But next month (?) it will become illegal to fly even a toy drone with a camera, unless you register it and pay annual fees like a motor vehicle. Why? The real reason is they want to free low altitude air space for commercial drones to deliver items from Amazon, etc. So kids and hobbyists won’t be flying even in their back yards. After registering your flying cameras, the next step of course will be to register ALL cameras. Why? The richest and most influential man on Earth is making his final tyrannical power grab. A lockdown move. Everyone has noticed. Everyone knows his name.

  11. Arturas Zaleskis on May 2, 2021 at 2:06 am

    You should update your info because in 2020 looks very outdated

  12. victorecholima on May 2, 2021 at 2:07 am

    hi, have you traveled to Switzerland with drone?

  13. Slims Jr. on May 2, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Ok, but can you fly rockets👀

  14. Brandon Bell on May 2, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I found this video was pretty helpful regarding the new EU laws.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEEWYN_5a28

  15. walter minor on May 2, 2021 at 2:09 am

    thanks for the GDL updates, please feel free to ck my club out Game of Drone.

  16. MY HOME IS TRAVELLING on May 2, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Thanks. Can I ask you which camera and lenses are you using to film this video? The video Quality is fantastic

  17. Rider Mark on May 2, 2021 at 2:12 am

    How do the police enforce? Only by spotting the drone in the air or do they know there’s a drone in the air because they see some GPS signal?

    And are you alowed to carry a drone in your luggage even if you’re not going to use it (for in countries that have more extreme rules)?

    Thanks (anyone)

  18. piotr cienciala on May 2, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Hmmm… I travel a lot, usually go through at least 5 or 8 countries on one trip…. all these laws and restrictions in different countries make me want quit thinking about getting a drone.

  19. Morgan Merklin on May 2, 2021 at 2:18 am

    Here in Slo they are adopting now. I think it is implemented.

  20. Angelo Paduraru on May 2, 2021 at 2:20 am

    No fly there, no fly like this, no fly that…. fly under your bed. That is not illegal, not yet …

  21. Edwin van den Akker on May 2, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Of course it is always a nice gesture to tell land owners what you do, when flying near private property. The other day I needed some footage of bicycle trails in the area. One was near a villa. I simply rang the doorbell and said what I was doing. The people were very surprised that polite people still exist.

  22. This Guy on May 2, 2021 at 2:22 am

    i was thinking about buying a drone for a long time.. until i checked the laws.. becoming a real pilot seems to be the easier and cheaper option! sad..

  23. AlienEYE on May 2, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Paris it’s not a country

  24. honest review on May 2, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Your videos are amazing. In which class do I register my dji spark as it’s above 250g

  25. VIC VideopIC on May 2, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Great video, very useful and well done!
    Flying a drone in Europe at the moment is a real nightmare, the new European regulation should be available in 2019. Let’s hope so

  26. Mao V on May 2, 2021 at 2:31 am

    Hola Nicole!… Very good information, thank you so much!. I will go to Stockholm for the first time and I hope the rules remain the same. Also Germany for the third time but this now I’ll ready to fly!.. cheers!

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  28. Andrew Smith on May 2, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Hey, Great Video. Surprised there is not more views.. Quick question that I really hope someone can help me with : Where the heck can I buy Drone Liability insurance in Germany?? How did you do it? I’m searching online and everyone says that you need it, but I can’t figure out how to buy it. Even your video says that you need it but doesn’t give the organization that actually sells it. Please Help! Thank you!

  29. Martin Hagberg on May 2, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Sweden ❤

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  31. KarimDJ Vlogs on May 2, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Thank you nicole i was planing to travel to germany and i was afraid to get confiscated my mavic pro platinum

  32. Marcel Ares on May 2, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Where did you buy your liability insurance in Germany???

  33. Shokhrukh Saidkarimov on May 2, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Thanks Nicole, for informing us, the drone users 🙏🙏🙏☺️☺️☺️

  34. VN on May 2, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks!

  35. Thomas J. Schmal on May 2, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Hi. As far as Austria and the DJI Mavic Air is concerned: Yes, you need an insurance. But as long as you stay below 18 m above ground in static flight = the impact energy is below 79 Joule and you stay away from people your drone is considered a toy and you don‘t need a permission.

  36. Kochumvk on May 2, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Hey, thanks. Informative video. I really liked your room setup and lighting too. Looks beautiful.

  37. Kevin Man on May 2, 2021 at 2:43 am

    Thanks. I live in Germany and your info was exactly what I was looking for.

  38. Raju bhai on May 2, 2021 at 2:45 am

    How about the foreign content creators

  39. Conhecendo a Alemanha S1000XR on May 2, 2021 at 2:46 am

    Olá você sabe me dizer se eu preciso fazer seguro pois meu drone pesa 250gr mini 2 ? Sou da Alemanha obrigado

  40. Liam McDevitt on May 2, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Great video, you mentioned you can buy insurance for the year. Can you please direct me as to where I can purchase this from?

  41. GameFilmHub on May 2, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Thanks for the great info and taking the time to share. I am going to Malta in July and this was Really useful info 🙂

  42. Arian pianist on May 2, 2021 at 2:48 am

    So there is a question that when flying a drone is banned in paris, so was it ok to you to take your drone to that airport or not?
    Was there any special laws for carrying a drone regardless of whether you will fly or not?
    (I mean having a drone in your bag at the gate of airport)

  43. Showa on May 2, 2021 at 2:48 am

    I live in czech republic, next to germany, nobody gives a f about drones here

  44. Brian Sussex on May 2, 2021 at 2:49 am

    I plan to fly my drone in Italy (Amalfi Coast area to be exact) when I go this summer. Have you been there? Do you know what the drone Italian drone laws are? I’ve flown my drone in the Czech Republic and Poland when I visited two years ago and plan to do so again this summer as well. Do you have any intel on those two countries? I’ve done like everyone else and googled it and It’s pretty much saying the same as you stated in your post short of putting my name and address and phone number and purchase liability insurance (I have insurance thru my AMA membership, as well as purchased insurance thru state farm). Any info you have will help. Thanks in advance!!

  45. Peter F Kapnistos on May 2, 2021 at 2:50 am

    "The term ‘Toy’ refers to the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) and the distinction between a Small Unmanned Aircraft and Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft is contained within Article 95 of the Air Navigation Order and defined as a small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition. Therefore it is not based on the resolution of the sensor, but the presence of a surveillance or data acquiring device." The new July 2020 (EASA) drone laws will require toy cameras under 250 grams like this (see link below) to be registered with the EU governments. They obviously want to limit the sales of the Mavic Mini without appearing to violate fair trading regulations, so aerial photography is no longer considered a recreational art form by EASA, but a surveillance tool. Such oppressive laws may actually lead to a negative depiction of the relationship between law and ethics. It is absurd to think that 10-year-old children are required to go to their local police stations to register toy cameras or be fined euro 1,000. https://www.banggood.com/JJRC-H66-Egg-720P-WIFI-FPV-Selfie-Drone-With-Gravity-Sensor-Mode-Altitude-Hold-RC-Quadcopterr-RTF-p-1205850.html

  46. the0rac on May 2, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Very nicely explained ! 🙂 I’m heading to Bulgaria this summer and I did my research ( I use the Spark, it’s small and light even that it’s a bit limited 😉 ) , basically the same as Malta. No law, something since 1999 concerning balloons…

  47. Bogar Vallejo on May 2, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Where can I buy liability insurance for a short period of time (days/months)? Thanks for the video!!

  48. Plane and Train Window Seat on May 2, 2021 at 2:53 am

    There is a web page with lots of informations about flying drone in every country in Europe. http://dronerules.eu/en/recreational/regulations
    It looks like the Switzerland is the best country to fly a drone both recreationally and professionally.

  49. John Wolfrik on May 2, 2021 at 2:55 am

    Thank you for this video!
    I live in Europe, and I plan on visiting most of these countries, so it was very helpful to hear all these informations!

  50. Michael Hurwicz on May 2, 2021 at 2:55 am

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