Spain Drone Laws (2019)

Spain Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Spain

  1. General Spain Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Spain
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Spain
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Spain Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Spain, 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 Spain,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters (400 feet)
  • Do not fly your drone within 50 meters of buildings, people, or vehicles not associated with the operation of the drone
  • You must fly your drone within visual line of sight at all times
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 8km (5 miles) of airports or in areas where aircraft are operating. For flights that are approved to be operated beyond visual line of sight you must stay 15km (9.4 miles) away from airports
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited
  • Do not fly your drone over national parks without a permit allowing you to do so
  • You must be at least 18 years old to fly a drone in Spain
  • The new law requires, both professional pilots and amateurs who use their drone as a hobby, that the aircraft and the remote control be clearly identified  By a fireproof identification plate with the name of the owner and the necessary data to be able to contact it

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use.

To handle the recreational drone in a safe way the rules and restrictions must be met responsibility.

For a clearer idea about the areas allowed or restricted to fly a drone, you can visit the IcarusRPA  page.

Please adhere to the above General Spain Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

All those who use drones at a professional level are required to have a legally certified license in Spain,

The certification is obtained through an intensive course in a specialized academy with a duration of one month or more according to the desired specialization. Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

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 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 Thedronebook when flying a drone in Spain.

Buying Drones In Spain

Read all of our Spain Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Spain. It includes information on drones for sale in Spain, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Spain drone laws are up to date as of June 10th, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.