Drone regulations in Cyprus

In Cyprus, all drones must be registered. The corresponding form with the mail address to which the registration must be sent can be found on this website.

Maximum flight altitude: Due to the airspace structure over Cyprus, the maximum permitted flight altitude is at 50 meters (170 feet) above ground in Cyprus. If you want to fly higher, you will need a permit for “Special Category” flights (120 meters).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights must always be in direct visual contact. The maximum allowed distance is 500 meters.

Compulsory insurance: Drone insurance is only required for commercial use in Cyprus. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend the conclusion of such a policy!

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Up to a take-off weight of 3 kilograms, no permit must be requested from the aviation authority (Open Category). Who wants to bring heavier copters in the air needs a “Special Category” permission.

Distance to airports: Drones may approach airports to a maximum of 8 kilometres. You must maintain a distance of 3 kilometres to Heliports (Helipads).

Other safe distances: In Cyprus, you should stay 1 kilometre 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.

Flight bans: Multicopters are not allowed to fly over archaeological sites and military installations.

Flight approval: All drones must be registered at [email protected] prior to operation.

Time of operations: Operation of drones is allowed in Cyprus only in daylight.

Specific regulations: If you want to take photos or videos from the air, you need a permission from the Ministry of Transport (click here for the application form).
In order to fly drones in Cyprus, you must have completed a training beforehand.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercially motivated drone missions require a permit for flights of the “special category”. With the permission, certain conditions are granted.

Helpful links: UAVS Decree

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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