Drone regulations in Cyprus
In this post, you’ll learn what laws to follow if you want to fly in Cyprus with a drone.
In Cyprus, all drones must be registered. The Cypriot aviation authority has meanwhile set up an online form for this purpose. We received an answer to our registration after just under three weeks.
After registering your drone, you must abide by the following rules.
Overview: Drone rules in Cyprus
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Further requirements for drone pilots in Cyprus
Due to the airspace structure over Cyprus, the maximum permitted flight altitude is at 50 meters (170 feet) above ground. If you want to fly higher, you will need a permit for “Special Category” flights (120 meters).
The operation of drones is allowed in Cyprus only in daylight and within visual line of sight. The maximum allowed horizontal distance is 500 meters.
Up to a take-off weight of 3 kilograms, no permit must be requested from the aviation authority (Open Category). If you want to bring a copter with more weight into the air, you need a “Special Category” permission.
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 (helipads).
In Cyprus, you should stay one kilometer away from inhabited areas (cities, settlements, villages). For objects and persons, a distance of 500 meters is to be taken into account, unless you have obtained the permission of the owner or the person concerned in advance.
Copters are not allowed to fly over archaeological sites and military installations.
Rules for commercial pilots
Commercially motivated drone missions require a permit for flights of the “special category.” With permission, there are certain other requirements.
The rules mentioned here refer to the Greek Cypriot Republic. If you want to travel to the north of the island, you must follow the Turkish drone rules.
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!