Drone Laws in Greece(updated in 2020)

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height flight limit

authorization for flights over 50m

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

Need insurance

can't fly in city

can't fly over institutions

All Drone Laws in Greece in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Are drones legal in Greece?

Flying a drone in Greece feels like a dream come through. Snaking above the island of Patmos or Crete generates remarkable footage. Greek laws distinguish recreational from commercial drones. Both categories are governed by a strict set of laws that depend on the drone’s features. For instance, where you fly, the weight and the purpose are key in categorizing your drone.


Contact Information


The body responsible for overseeing everything drone-related in Greece is the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA). You can contact them through:


Email: d4@hcaa.gr 

Tel: (+30) 210 891 6476

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Drone classifications in Greece

Drones vary depending on their weight:

  • Drones weighing less than 1 Kg
  • Drones weighing between 1 & 4 Kg
  • Drones weighing between 4 & 25 Kg

And another category of classification is:

  • Open flight
  • Specific flight
  • Certified flight
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What are the drone laws in Greece?

Based on the available data we researched, here are the most important rules you need to know when flying your drone in Greece.

  • If your flight plan involves the drone exceeding 164 feet (50 meters) from point of origin, you must apply for a special permit for that single flight. The application process can be submitted through this link. On receiving clarification by HCAA, you should share your flight plans with the respective police department.
  • You do not need the authorization to fly within 50 meters off the ground.
  • Any distance above 50 meters up to 120 meters requires an express authorization prior to flight.
  • Commercial pilots need permission for all their operations.
  • No night flying
  • Drone operators who fly commercially should have insurance
  • Recreational operators need insurance if their drones weigh less than 4 Kg.
  • Drones should not exceed 55 pounds (25 Kg)
  • You cannot fly your drone over people, hospitals, prisons, government facilities, military installations, etc.
  • Before flying over private property, get the consent of the owner first.
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How can I register my drone in Greece?

Recreational drones are exempted from mandatory licensing. Alternatively,  commercial drones require a permit and license provided you maintain your flight path. To qualify as a recreational drone, maintain an open class drone flight and ensure your drone weighs less than 4 Kg.  

Can I fly a drone in Greece without having it registered?


Only if it falls under the criteria of a recreational drone. 

What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Greece?

Remember you can not fly your drone anywhere in the country 30 min after sunset. Other areas where drone flights are restricted are military zones, major events, urban centers, emergency areas, and several others clearly stipulated in the HCAA laws. Maintain a  distance of 8 Km from any aerodrome. 

Areas that are restricted to a flight can be determined in the following application. 

If you intend to fly close or over archeological sites you must get advance authorization from the Ministry of Culture.

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Commercial drone use in Greece

Commercial flight requires the user to be registered as a drone pilot. Any drone intended for commercial purposes has to be registered. 

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How to obtain a drone license for commercial use?

To qualify for these services you must:

  • Have a valid Class 3 Medical certificate.
  • Should be 18 years and above
  • Decent knowledge of English and Greek

The license is split into two categories

  • The first part is the theory part and the second is more practical. Passing the practical exam requires the drone pilot to achieve 4 successful landings and take-offs.That way you get a firm understanding of all the rules involved. 
  • Once everything is set, you can contact weight.public.relations1@minpress.gr to get more insights on professional flight issues. 

Can I be reprimanded for flying a drone illegally?

The fine imposed on the drone owner will vary depending on the severity of their contravention of the rules. In the worst-case scenario, you will be fined 250,000 Euros.

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How to register a drone for commercial use

As a foreigner wishing to fly with your drone higher than the required minimum ( up to 500 m away) you will not have a Greek Tax Number, so fill in your details on this form.

  • The form will requre you to enter:
  • Personal details and qualifications
  • Flight information and model of drone
  • Once you have it figured out, send an email to d4@hcaa.gr
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What are my top drones to fly safely in Greece?

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)


30min battery


No follow me

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.


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


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

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery


Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
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.


  • 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


  • battery life ins't that amazing
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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
romania flying map dji
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Make money with your drone

  • Only if you're serious
  • No experience required
  • I make up to 200$/h after it
  • Yes, it's a course
  • Yes, It's the best I know
  • Everything from A to Z

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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