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All Drone Laws in Hungary in 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Updated in 2023 by Paul Posea
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no registration under 250g

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Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

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Don't fly near government

Hungary is an inspiring place and even better for your holiday plans. All types of drone flying within Hungary is subject to strict regulation. 

Who do I contact

The body responsible for regulating drone use by influencing directives on what they can and can’t do is the General Directorate of Air Transport (CAA). The quickest way to get a hold on them in the event you need clarification on an issue is through:

Email: caa@itm.gov.hu

Tel: (+36)12735526

Address: Aviation Authority, H-1675 Budapest, Pf 41

Are drones legal in Hungary?

Absolutely, Hungary allows the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles. It all depends on what you want to do with your drone. You can even bring your drone with you while on holiday provided you show proof of ownership. The rules keep it restricted to one drone per person. 

According to Hungarian laws, the weight of the drone is key when determining the category it lies in. To be exact:

  • Any drone below 250 g is exempt from registration
  • 250 g to 2 Kg forms another weight category
  • 2 Kg and 10 Kg 
  • 10 Kg and above

Back in the day, Budapest had a complete no-tolerance policy when it came to drones, this is not the case today. However, there are strict security controls at the airport. Pay close attention to the policy of the airliners as some require the batteries to be detached and carried separately. 

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What are the drone rules in Hungary?

In June, Hungary plans to introduce a new set of drone rules. The stricter regulations are purposely aimed at preventing terrorism, protecting lives, and maintaining the smooth running of airports. 

The rules will complement the new European Aviation Safety Agency laws which will kick in this June 2020. You can fly your drone in any location provided it does not fall within the drone license laws. The 3-color flight map is a product of Legter.hu comprising red, green, and blue.

To fly any drone in Hungary, a license and liability insurance are a must-have. Presently, there are no express flight restrictions that hinder drone flight. With that in mind, stick to the basics such as:

  • Keep off aerodromes and prioritize other aircraft
  • Land your drone as soon as you spot an incoming manned aircraft
  • Don't fly over crowds
  • Do not fly over any person or moving vehicle
  • Keep off any government, residential, military, or religious sites

As I mentioned earlier, the weight of your drone plays a key role, even in the case of liability insurance. Here are the figures:

  • Below 2 Kg - Insurance cover worth 10,000 Euros
  • Between 2 - 10 Kg - A cover worth 17,000 Euros
  • Anything above 10 Kg - The cover is 33,000 Euros

Recreational drone use in Hungary

For recreational use, make your application 4 days before the flight. The process is absolutely free.

Commercial drone use in Hungary

Authorization for commercial use must also be 30 days before the date, but it will be approved within 4 working days at most. The license fee is 10 euros, (60 Euros over national parks).

How can I register my drone in Hungary?

Start by filling out this form available online. You then forward it to the Military Aviation Authority, on their email at rpas@nfm.gov.hu. From there you shall be directed further to the next step.

I  know you almost froze when you read the Military part. Provided you have no intention to stir up trouble, then there is nothing to worry about. 

As part of the registration, you must explain:

  • Contact details
  • Purpose of flight
  • Details regarding your drone flight 

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

The only part about drone use where registration is waived is when using a drone weighing less than 250 g. 

Can I travel with my drone to Hungary by Airplane?

If you just check in at Budapest Airport, here are the regulations that apply to anyone carrying an unmanned aerial vehicle:

The baggage from transportation in hold should be safely packed to prevent any damage from occurring. Both terminals have a baggage wrapping service. Find more details here.

What is the penalty for breach of the laws?

Drone flights lacking adequate authorization are subjected to three misdemeanor categories.  The fines vary from 0 to 300,000 euros. Part of the new laws kicking in this June will try to standardize the fines process. For instance, if a drone pilot happens to threaten or endanger someone’s life, authorities can launch a criminal prosecution. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Hungary?

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 Mini 2- The best international travel drone (under 250g)

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4k

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31 min

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10 km

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DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is legal to fly in most countries without registration.

It comes at a very cheap price for its incredible specs.I have covered it much more in-depth in my article review and even compared it with the Mavic Air 2.

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 its price since it was first released.

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's official 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

These would be the current updated drone laws for Hungary. I suggest checking my full map with all the countries' drone laws to see where it's best to travel.

Conclusion 

If you are going to visit Hungary, make sure you’ve learned all the dos and don’ts of flying drones in this region. This will help you have a safe journey and enjoy flying your drone without getting yourself into trouble. 

Also, keep in mind that, commercial and recreational drones are treated differently in most countries therefore you will need to prepare yourself accordingly. Last but not least, always follow rules and regulations and make sure to respect the laws of every country.

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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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Paul Posea
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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