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All Drone Laws in the Czech Republic for 2023

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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This is a guide for the Czech Republic drone laws in 2021 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying a quadcopter anywhere in this country.

Can I fly a drone in the Czech Republic?

The first question that comes into mind is whether you can fly a drone in the Czech Republic or not?

The answer is yes, drones are allowed and legal for both recreational and commercial purposes, but there are some regulations governed by the Czech Civil Aviation Authority that you need to take into account, such as airspace restrictions, weight limits, age limits, insurance requirements, etc.

To make things easier for you, we've gathered all the information about the Czech drone laws in one place so you can be up to date with the latest regulations.

How are drones classified in the Czech Republic?

Drones in the Czech Republic are classified according to their use:

  • Recreational drones
  • Commercial drones

To further clarify, recreational drones are mostly used for personal purposes, such as taking pictures or videos, while commercial drones are used for business purposes, such as aerial photography, surveying, and mapping.

Each type of drone has different regulations that you need to take into account before flying your quadcopter.

Recreational drones in the Czech Republic (under 20 kg)

If your drone weighs less than 20 kg and you're flying it for recreational purposes, then you don't need any special permission from the Czech Civil Aviation Authority.

However, there are some rules that you need to follow, such as:

  • You must keep your drone within sight at all times and not fly it higher than 150m
  • You're not allowed to fly your drone near airports, heliports, or in densely populated areas
  • You're not allowed to fly your drone over gatherings of people or animals
  • You're not allowed to fly your drone at night
  • You must yield the right of way to all other aircraft

If you want to fly your drone in controlled airspaces, such as near an airport, you need to get special permission from the air traffic control.

Commercial drones in the Czech Republic

For those of you who want to fly your drone for commercial applications such as aerial photography or surveying, you need to obtain a permit from the Czech Civil Aviation Authority.

To do so, you need to submit a request which includes:

  • A detailed description of the planned operation
  • The type of drone that will be used
  • The intended use of the drone
  • The name and address of the operator

Once you have all the required documentation, you can submit your request to the Czech Civil Aviation Authority.

Apart from that, the weight of the drones needs to be in one of the following ranges:

  • 0.91 kg
  • 0.91-7 kg
  • 7 - 25 kg
  • less than 25 kg

Drones weight out of this limit are not allowed to fly.

Should I register my drone in the Czech Republic?

Another common question that most drone owners usually have whenever they are going to a new country is whether they need to register their drone or not.

The answer for the Czech Republic is Yes, you need to register your drone with the civil aviation authorities before taking off in the Czech republic. The government of the Czech Republic has made it mandatory for every drone owner to register their drones before flying.

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What are the Drone Laws in the Czech Republic?

So far, we've discussed various things such as the type of the drones, the weight limit, should you register your drone or not, etc.

Now, let's take a look at the actual drone laws in the Czech Republic:

  1. Drones are only allowed to fly during the day and must be within the visual line of sight of the operator at all times.
  2. The maximum altitude that a drone can fly is 400 ft.
  3. Drones are not allowed to fly near airports, heliports, or in densely populated areas.
  4. Drones are not allowed to fly over gatherings of people or animals.
  5. Drones are not allowed to fly at night.
  6. Operators must yield the right of way to all other aircraft.
  7. If you want to fly your drone in controlled airspaces, such as near an airport, you need to get special permission from the air traffic control.
  8. For commercial purposes, operators must obtain a permit from the Czech Civil Aviation Authority.
  9. All Drones must be registered with the civil aviation authorities before taking off.
  10. The maximum weight limit for a drone is 25 kg.

How to get a commercial pilot license in the Czech Republic

Getting a commercial pilot license is necessary for all commercial operations, such as aerial photography, surveying, etc.

In order to obtain a commercial pilot license in the Czech Republic, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a valid class 3 medical certificate

Upon fulfilling the above requirements, you need to apply online by filling out the application form. Apart from that, there is a 1000 euro registration fee and the whole licensing process takes about 3 months to complete.

Are there restrictions on flying drones?

Almost every country has some restricted areas where you can't fly your drone. You might be thinking about whether there are any sensitive places in the Czech Republic or not.

The answer is the Czech Republic has various restricted areas. Apart from Military bases and airports, there are different parks where you can't fly your drone both commercially as well as for recreational purposes.

These 4 parks include:

  • The Giant Mountains 
  • Elbe Sandstone Mountains
  • Thayatal in South Bohemia
  • The Bohemian Forest

To fly over restricted zones, you can get your permit from here.

Can I be penalized for flying a drone in the Czech Republic?

Operating an unregistered UAV can attract a fine of 185,000€. Anyone who breaks the 13 no-fly zones rules will also be penalized. This is quite a large amount therefore, it is highly recommended to follow all the rules and regulations.

As a general rule of thumb, you should always avoid flying your drone near airports, military bases, and densely populated areas. Apart from that, make sure to fly your drone only during the daytime and keep it within your visual line of sight at all times.

By following these simple rules, you can avoid getting into any trouble and enjoy flying your drone in the Czech Republic.

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Hi, I'm Paul.
A big drone enthusiast, reviewing, comparing and writing about drones since 2015. I'm all about helping people enjoy and even monetize their hobby.
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Hi, I'm a long-time drone reviewer and I hope my articles and comparisons on this site as well as Dronesgator's youtube channel are of as much help as possible.

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