Drone regulations in Bulgaria

In this post, you learn about the drone rules in Bulgaria.

According to the BULATSA Air Force, each pilot must obtain permission from the Directorate General “Civil Aviation Administration” (DG CAA) before a flight. This can be done using this form. For this purpose, a table is also provided with which you can determine the flight category and the drone class. The request should be sent to [email protected]. After confirmation, BULATSA must reserve airspace for your maneuver. Use this form and send it to [email protected] at least 8 days before. You can send the forms to the CAA and BULATSA at the same time to get your permits faster.

Please note that Bulgaria, as a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), adopts the EU drone regulation, which will enter into force on 31 December 2020. Information about the new rules can be found in our overview article and on the pages linked there.

Overview: Drone rules in Bulgaria

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Resources:CAA
BULATSA

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Discussions

  • Stanimir Dimitrov | 30.01.2018

    Hi,
    Yes everything that you know is exactly correct. You need permissions from two agences for safety fly.
    Here: https://www.caa.bg/en/category/641/drones and here: http://www.bulatsa.com/en/services/information-remote-controlled-aircraft

    But if you fly under 50 m. Nobody tell you something and you can fly without that permission. Inlegal of course and for your responsibility!

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Stanimir,
      Thank you for your feedback! Very helpful! 🙂

  • Ryan | 12.03.2018

    Where is there information regarding the 50m exception?

    I’ve seen a couple of people online say that permission is not required for drones up to 4kg and if flown under 50m, but I can’t find anything official to verify.

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Ryan,
      As Stanimir said, it is not an official rule.

  • Nikolai Tsekov | 04.09.2018

    I’d not bother with documents for flying in Bulgaria, unless trying to film around the ministries buildings and the Parliament building in Sofia.

    But I’d not try to fly >2kg drone anywhere within the city, and I’d keep it in sight.

  • Sorin | 27.09.2018

    Guys, I want to bring my Mavic Pro to Bansko.
    Will use it for amateur purposes: tracked downhill rides, ridiculos selfies & stuff.
    Are there any restrictions?
    Should I ask for authorities approval?

    Cheers!

    • Nikolai Tsekov | 28.09.2018

      Don’t bother, I’ve never heard of anyone needing authorities approval, and I guess I never will. May be if you are filming something with many people, like a concert, or something similar, it would be good idea to try them, otherwise just fly and enjoy. Mind the winds, I’ve been to Bansko twice and both times it was very windy.

      I’m in Croatia right now, on a trip we decided in the last moment, and I regret they have such a lousy law about drone flights.

    • Nikolai Tsekov | 28.09.2018

      P.S. Try “patatnik” and “tarator w/o garlic” (unless you like garlic) at the tavern at the dead center of the town 🙂

      • Sorin | 30.09.2018

        Thanks!!

  • Ollie | 03.09.2020

    Hi there – Im travelling to Varna, and would like to know If can I fly my DJI Mavic Mini (249g) If so how high and are there any rules? I have sent documents as outlined below. Cheers

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