Drone regulations in Cyprus

Flying Drone 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.

Please note that Cyprus, 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 C

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:50 Meter (164,0 Fuß) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact informationE-Mail: [email protected]

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!

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About the author

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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