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All Drone Laws in Estonia for 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

This is a guide for Estonian drone laws in 2020 (updated every year) where you'll get a clue about what you can or shouldn't do while flying and travelling through this country.

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Are drones legal in Estonia?

Drone use is legal in Estonia, however, it is subjected to heavy regulations. With more users embracing the use of drones in the country, headlines of drones disrupting flights in airports generated enough noise and suspicion to warrant policymakers to rein in on the industry. What this means is anyone flying a drone will be treated as a pilot.

Contact information

 

Drone laws and regulations are under the Estonian Civil Aviation Administration. They are responsible for the regulation and enforcement of unmanned aircraft. 

 

You can get in touch with them through:

Lõõtsa 5, Ülemiste City 11415 Tallinn Estonia. 

Phone +372 6103500 

E-mail ecaa@ecaa.ee 

What are the drone laws in Estonia?

The rules and regulation is quite clear and concise compared to many countries, and if you make sure to respect the following rules, you're good to go.

Any other rule I might have left out can be downloaded.

Rules I would recommend every drone pilot to follow regardless:

  • Fly your drone only during the day
  • Respect the privacy of everyone around you
  • Keep off airports and give precedence to other forms of aircraft. If you see incoming manned aircraft, land immediately.
  • Do not fly over industries, government buildings or military zones
  • Keep off natural disaster spots.

How do I apply for a drone flight restriction waiver in Estonia?

  1. Send your application
  2. Ratify with your local authorities once granted.
  • Individual application form
  • Business application form

The application process should cost €45, and if granted the permit will last a year.

Frequently asked questions on drone flying in Estonia

What are my top drones to fly safely in Estonia?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.

 

I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.

Advantages

  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app

DISAdvantages

  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

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If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
 
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.
 

 

DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.

Advantages

  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate

DISAdvantages

  • battery life ins't that amazing

Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The drone laws have keenly focused on apportioning Tartu and Tallinn as controlled airspaces. To get authorization for flying close to any of these cities, permission from the ECAA which clearly states the time, duration and height are required. 



  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
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