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Switzerland Drone Laws (updated for 2021)

Updated in 2022 by Paul Posea
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Switzerland is a beautiful country with green forests, fresh lakes, mountains, and clear skies. Just the perfect recipe for flying drones overhead. The Swiss recently adopted the EU 2020 regulations on drones and should kick in this July 2020. 

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Contact information

Drones and unmanned aerial aircraft are administered by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation, FOCA. 

Telephone: +41 58 465 8039

Email rpas@bazl.admin.ch

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What are the Drone Laws in Switzerland?

You can do pretty much anything in Switzerland as long as you ask for permission.Let's see a few details about it though.

You can fly a drone in Switzerland if:

  • You do not pose a risk to people and animals
  • Comply with the law
  • Complete control and use of the drone
  • Respect others privacy 
  • Do not use the drones for hunting
  • Always seek permission from local authorities
  • Avoid oncoming aircraft
  • Have an insurance cover of 1 million (Swiss francs) when flying a drone over 500g

You need permission to:

  • Fly anywhere within 5 Km of airports or helipads
  • Fly over 150 meters over above the surface.
  • Do not fly close to a disaster or emergency area. For instance, taking aerial footage where an accident has occurred can impede a helicopter rescue operation.
  • Do not fly over people congregated. The large crowds ?9over 100 people) need FOCA authorization.
  • You can use FPV provided the drone remains within line of sight
  • Any aircraft weighing over 30 Kg needs FOCA authorization. 

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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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