Drone regulations in Cyprus

Flying Drone in Cyprus

In this post, you’ll learn what laws to follow if you want to fly a drone in the Republic of Cyprus (the part of the island with Greek influences)

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Cyprus 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 Cyprus, you can do so via this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Cyprus

In Cyprus, 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 Cyprus

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

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

E-Mail: [email protected]

Safety distances and flight bans

Drones cannot fly closer than 8 kilometers to an airport. You must maintain a distance of 3 kilometers to heliports.

Multicopters are not allowed to fly over archaeological sites and military facilities. Unfortunately, drones are also not allowed to fly around the Stavrovouni Monastery.

Further regulations in Cyprus

Licenses that have already been issued can be converted into an A2 certificate if the pilot has taken the A1 / A3 exam. The uas.drones.gov.cy platform is available for the new EU drone licenses.

The rules mentioned here refer to the Greek Republic of Cyprus. If you want to travel to the north of the island, you have to adhere to the Turkish drone regulations.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Cyprus 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 Cyprus!

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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!

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