height flight limit

120m max height

cant fly over crowds of people

Safe distance from people

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No night flying

line of sight law

Only line of sight

All Drone Laws in Netherlands for 2020 (Complete Guide)

Welcome to our Dronesgator guide to the drone laws in the Netherlands. This guide outlines how to remain updated with the latest drone laws in the Netherlands. The information covers where one can get a drone permit, areas for flying the drone travel guides and contact information.

Drone Laws in the Netherlands include the islands of Sint Eustatius, Saba, and Bonaire.

Table of Contents

Can I fly a drone in the Nethelands?

Yes, you can fly a drone in the Netherlands as long as you follow the rules and classifications bellow.

Contact information

The body tasked with drone regulation in the Netherlands is the Netherlands Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA. 


Phone: +3170351 6171

How are drones classified in the Netherlands

Drones are classified between commercial and recreational use. Both categories are governed by strict regulations.

Can I bring a drone to the Netherlands?

Yes, no law exists that prevents foreigners from bringing a drone. However, be sure to observe all laws and regulations. Some airlines have strict laws on the storage of lithium-ion drone batteries. Make prior inquiries.

What are the Drone Laws?

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These are the drone laws for netherlands (few in number, so easy to be followed).

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    Height limit of 120m
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    No night flying
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    Line of sight
    Keep your done within the visual line-of-sight of an observer who is next to you or in direct communication with you
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    Drones should keep a safe distance from buildings and people.
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    Give priority to airplanes

Recreational flight rules

  • Avoid flying over crowds of people
  • Private drones should not weight over 25 Kg
  • Use the drone to take aerial photos/videos on recreational grounds

What activities lie under commercial drone use in the Netherlands?

  • Taking aerial photos and videos
  • Promo videos for your business
  • Using a drone for inspections on your site.

Frequently asked questions


There not many harsh restrictions in the Netherlands, but you may want to know the answers to a few basic questions.

Yes. Breach of the laws can result in your drone being confiscated, facing a fine or imprisonment.

Unfortunately, First-Person-View is not authorized.

Provided you do not stray into the protected or classified zomes, you are good to go. The Netherlands has a detailed map showing areas of flight.

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