Drone regulations in Austria

Flying drones in Austria

In this article, we explain the legal situation for the use of drones in Austria.

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Austria since December 31, 2020. This has largely harmonized the rules for remote pilots. You only have to register as an operator in one European country and your EU drone license is also recognized across countries.

If you want to register in Austria, you can do so via this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Austria

In Austria, the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) apply. The following is a summary of the key facts. For a complete overview, read our article on the new EU drone regulation.

Is registration necessary? Registration is mandatory for all drone operators, unless the drone weighs less than 250 grams and is NOT equipped with sensors to collect personal data (e.g. camera, microphone). Drones that fall under the EU Toys Directive are also exempt. The registration is recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
LabelsAll drones must be visibly marked with the individual registration number (e-ID). If available, the number must also be loaded into the drones remote identification system. More info on drone badges
Drone license:Depending on the category, pilots must take exams to obtain the EU drone license. These are recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
Differentiation by category: Open Category (with three subcategories), Specific Category and Certified Category; no distinction between private and commercial pilots.
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter in uncontrolled airspace in Open Category.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

National peculiarities in Austria

Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Austria, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.

Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Minimum age for remote pilots16 years
Contact information

Austro Control

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone unmanned aerial vehicles: +4351703 7111

Further regulations

Austro Control is responsible for EU licenses in Austria. You can find information on the authority’s website. If you have already been a long-distance pilot in Austria, you can benefit from a transition phase. Examination certificates in combination with operating licenses remain valid until January 1st, 2022, but you cannot have them transferred to an EU license. This means that you will need one of the new licenses by 2022 at the latest if this is necessary for your maneuvers.

Your liability insurance for the drone must include coverage of at least 750,000 special drawing rights (equivalent to 900,000 euros, as of the beginning of February 2021).

Radio transmission is possible on the frequencies 2.5 GHz with a maximum of 10 mW and 5.8 GHz with a maximum of 25 mW.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Austria to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Austria!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • A. Twyers | 23.01.2018

    There is a quite common misunderstanding of Austrian drone regulations. Nowhere in these regulations the mass of 250 g has been mentioned. A drone is considered to be a toy (and as such not an interest of the Austro Control) as long as it flies below 30 m AND its impact energy does not exceeds 79 J.
    So, 250 grams falling down from height of 30 m reaches the energy of 79 J (now we know where this 250 comes from). But for instance the maximum energy of a 400 g drone operating below 20 m also is 79 J, and such a drone is treated as a toy according to the Austrian regulations.

    • silvia | 26.01.2018

      hi A. Twyers, where could i find the exact sentence of the law in German which implies that ” 400 g drone operating below 20 m also is 79 J”. so it means that i can put a camera on a 400 gr drone and film from as low as 10 meters?

      • Justin | 29.11.2018

        I am not sure the exact wording of the law in German but the Austrian Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie has put out a German pamphlet explaining the law. You can find it at https://infothek.bmvit.gv.at/assets/uploads/2015/10/Flugblatt-Drohnen_20150921_v3.pdf

      • Justin | 29.11.2018

        The German wording of the law can be found at https://www.jusline.at/gesetz/lfg/paragraf/24d

        Google translates the German as follows:

        Insofar as unmanned devices with a maximum kinetic energy below or equal to 79 joules, which can be used independently on the fly, are not operated more than 30 meters above ground, care must be taken to ensure that no persons or property are endangered by the operation. Apart from this, these devices do not fall within the scope of this Federal Law.

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi,
      Yes, you’re right. My formulation is a bit misleading. I will explain the 79 Joule rule in more depth here in the near future.

  • Bryony | 02.04.2018

    Does anyone know what the consequences are if found without a license?

    • Francis Markert | 02.07.2018

      In Austria, penalties of up to 22,000 euros are possible.

  • michel | 20.06.2018

    Here you can find more about the 250 grams, i going to take my spark or Mavic Air to Austria next winter.

    Just to shoot some pictures on the mountain, whne there is nobody around. First this summer to Lake Garda, and the Italians are so relaxed about this, did it last year, had no problems.

    • Giulio | 22.11.2018

      Hi micheal. I will also be in Austria, in Seefeld, from December 23rd to 30th with my Mavic 2 Pro. I hope to shoot good videos. I am informing about the Austrian drone laws to avoid problems.

  • Wally Gargett | 17.07.2018

    I am going on a bus trip from the UK to Austria.
    I would like to take my Mavic Pro with me to take some holiday snaps in open spaces. I am a hobbyist pilot. Registered with Drone Safe and Insured. Is there any rules I should know before taking my drone?

  • Jon Garratt | 02.08.2018

    I have a Mavic Air, Can anyone tell me if you are likely to get stopped at the airport in Austria for carrying the drone. I was thinking of taking it and only using it in wide open and unpopulated areas but wouldn’t want to risk having issues at the airport for even having one in my luggage. Thanks

    • Emrah | 26.08.2018

      Any update?

      • Warner | 10.10.2018

        I have flow to Austria many timew with a drone and they have never checked my bagged or said anything.

      • jon garratt | 04.01.2019

        it was fine

  • Toni Giskemo | 19.08.2018

    Thanks for the great post! I’m planing a commercial shoot for a hotel I Seefeld Austria in mid December, and it involves some drone-shooting. Do you know of a drone insurance that will cover commercial shooting/flying for multiple nations? I’m a Norwegian currently living in Spain.

  • TC | 23.08.2018

    We are also going to be travelling to Vienna, Budapest, Prague in Winter. I was thinking of foraying into drones with the new Mavic 2 Zoom or Pro. Any comments about laws on filming the beautiful architecture in these countries would be appreciated. Are they prohibited? How can I get the Drone Safe & Insured Status?

  • Anushka | 01.09.2018

    Can anyone please share the problems faced in Austria due to drones?

  • Loredana | 19.12.2018

    I fly my drone already in Austria Vienna and I don’t have problems because I have the smallest one dji spark and is 300 g. I don’t know where to record my drone and if its necessary.

  • Jon G | 04.01.2019

    I went there for a week and flew my M air in rural areas.
    I think its slightly exaggerated how bad it is if im honest. At the end of the day its using common sense and using it away from people. That’s kind of my rule using it anywhere really as people rightfully get pissed off if you fly it in built up, crowded areas.

  • Francis Markert | 07.01.2019

    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  • Vlad | 29.07.2019

    Hey all, I’m sorry for maybe stupid question, but I did not get it: I have a Mavic Pro + insurance. Question: Should I fill in any applications and register something somewhere? Maybe I did not fully understand the requirements, so hope you can clarify that for me. Thank you in advance!

  • Richard | 09.07.2021

    if youre drone weighs less than 250g but is equipped with a camera, you still need to register it

    • Drone Traveller Team | 01.08.2021

      Hello Richard,
      You register as an operator if you want to use a camera drone in Austria.

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