100m max height
100m away from crowds
1.5km from airports
insurance over 250g
All Drone Laws in Germany in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)
This is a guide for German 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.
Yes. Drones are legal in Germany.
Germany’s drone laws can be bulked into two main categories, commercial and recreational. Both categories are subject to a strict code of conduct and restrictions that govern their operations. The weight of the drone is key when arriving at their classification.
Who do I contact?
Drone regulations and management falls under the German Federal Aviation Office and can be reached anytime through:
Mail Luftfahrt-Bundesamt-38144 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 2355 115 (Monday to Thursday)
What are the rules governing recreational drone use in Germany?
Germany has made it easy for recreational drone users and hobbyists to have a good time. Provided you do not fly your drone close to a restricted zone, you are good to go. Here are rules governing the recreational use of drones:
Fly at line of sight
You must maintain a visual line of sight when flying the drone.
Don't fly near aiports
Maintain an operational radius of 1.5 Km away from any airport or airstrip.
100m from crowds
Fly the drone 100 m away from a large crowd of people
100m height limit
Fly the drones at a maximum altitude of 100 meters overground
Do not fly close to a natural disaster or any other type of emergency.
Drones weighing over 250 g need to be insured.
No Night flying
Limits operations to daytime hours.
2kg weight limit
Ensure that the drone does not exceed 2 Kg (NB: Anything more than 5 Kg needs to be registered)
What are the rules for flying a commercial drone in Germany?
A commercial drone user must have a permit and a license to operate in Germany. It does not discriminate on the weight of your drone.back to menu ↑
How do I get a commercial drone license in Germany?
You must then take a theory exam that qualifies you on the underlying rules given by the certifying body, Luftfahrt-Bundesamt Authority. More information available here.
What is the validity of my drone flying license?
The license to fly my drone remains valid for a period of 5 years.
What is the penalty for illegally flying a drone?
The punishment is guided by the severity of your infraction with the laid out drone laws.
Can I travel with my drone to Germany?
You should be able to travel with your drone within Germany as long as you own the rightful owner.
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Can I travel with my drone via an airline?
Contact the airline you will be traveling in and inquire about their drone policy. Check whether they have special rules that govern battery storage.
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