Drone regulations in Estonia

In this post, you will learn which rules apply to the operation of drones in Estonia.

In Estonia, you are always allowed to fly with your drone. However, there are areas where special permits are required. This map shows several regions. For the blue area around Tallinn, you get a permit for 45 euros (application here), which is valid for twelve months. For the red-marked areas, you can apply for individual permissions per flight. The processing time for such applications is about three to seven working days.

General rules for the operation of drones in Estonia

Maximum flight altitude: In Estonia, a multicopter can fly up to a height of 150 meters.

Compulsory insurance: As far as I know, there is no obligation to make drone insurance. Nevertheless, I strongly urge you to complete a valid policy.

Distance to airports: Drone flights are not permitted in the entire range of controlled airspace.

Flight bans: In the controlled airspace (Tallinn, Tartu, and Aemari) flights are only possible with permission and release from the tower.

Flight approval: Permissions can be issued for one year if you want to fly over 150 meters or in controlled airspace. The license is 45 euros and valid for up to one year. Despite the permission, the respective flights in this airspace must be coordinated with the air traffic control. The processing time is 3 or 7 working days.

Regulations for commercial pilots: As far as I know, there is no subdivision of copter flights according to purpose in Estonia. Thus, the rules apply equally to commercial pilots.

Helpful links: ECAA

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Estonia 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 Estonia!

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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!

Discussions

  • Kris | 15.03.2018

    In Estonia you can fly in the red zone if you have a permit (it taks up to 3 to 7 days to get it). In the blue zone you have to have a permit that is released for a year (45 euros). Everywhere else you can fly if you do not go over 150m and you can see a drone.
    Map with teh zones:
    https://droonipiloodid.ee/

    It is possible to apply for a permit in here (for the blue zone) :
    https://droonipiloodid.ee/permit/application

    And for the red zone (for applying for this one you have to have permit for the blue zone)
    https://droonipiloodid.ee/permit

  • Rachel | 02.10.2018

    Can anyone recommend me a professional drone operator in Tallinn?
    Possible half-day shoot of architectural building material.
    Thanks

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