Drone regulations in Bulgaria

Unfortunately, I found only one source for the drone regulations 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. The application had to be submitted 8 days in advance. After confirmation, an airspace is reserved for the specially signed maneuver by BULATSA. I have to say, that the information relates to a publication from the year 2014, so I am not sure if there are now new laws. A request to the aviation authority has so far remained unanswered.

Helpful links: BULATSA

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria!

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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!!

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