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Drone use is allowed in Estonia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Estonia,
A special permit from the Estonian Authority is mandatory when operating UA in the following areas:
When flying your UAV outside of the above-mentioned areas, then no permit is needed.
Please adhere to the above General Estonia Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
In order to get a special permit there are two procedures:
1) – Issue of a special permit,
2) – Coordination with the EStonian Auhtorities.
A state fee ($45€) must be paid directly to authorities for an application for a special permit.
For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.
You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag" data-src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=uavsystemsint-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B007V9MN44" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.
Here is some video footage shot by Dmitry Tkachenko when flying a drone in Estonia.
For all operators who wish to obtain a safe flight experience with all possible precautions before any flight, we recommend using the Drone Pilot application. ¡Available for Norway!
What benefits do I get from this application?
View your flight history
View made flight history to check things like duration, altitude, etc.
See flight regulations
See the latest and all flight regulations for your chosen region in the app’s app.
You can get notified about drone flights taking place nearby or many other useful things
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Read all of our Estonia Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Estonia. It includes information on drones for sale in Estonia, import taxes, payment options, and shipping..