Drone regulations in Finland

In this post, you will learn about the Finnish rules for the operation of drones.

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

Overview of the European rules that apply in Finland

In Finland, 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 licence:Depending on the category, pilots must take exams to obtain the EU drone licence. These are recognised 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 Finland

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

Is drone insurance mandatory? Recommended, but not compulsory for drones under 20 kg. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Minimum age for remote pilots16 years

Special features for aerial photography of military zones

A permit is required to fly your drone over military zones and to take photos from the air. This is required regardless of the flight altitude and the type and weight of your drone. The permit is issued by the Finnish Defense Command and costs 86 euros.

You need a permit for aerial photography and storing information for:

  • Areas that are permanently closed to air traffic (EFR11, 35, 37, 43, 45, 54 and 100)
  • Fortified areas, fortifications and garrisons
  • Military ports or military airfields
  • Warehouses or storage areas of the Finnish armed forces
  • FDF signal stations, antenna sites and other defense equipment or material
  • FDF or Border Guard field exercises
  • You do not need permission if

You do not need permission if:

  • your images are for private use
  • what you are photographing is already known and identified and is not troops, buildings or vehicles referred to in section 14 of the Territorial Surveillance Act
  • the photography does not cover a large area and is limited to a predetermined target (a narrow power line, a block, a park area, an industrial area, a forest area) or an area of less than 500 km²
  • The use of drones or flying in terrain must be carried out in accordance with the applicable aviation laws and regulations.

If you are not sure whether you need a permit or suspect that you may have photographed targets listed in the Area Surveillance Act, you can contact the Defense Command by email at [email protected].

How to apply for an aerial photography permit

You can apply for a permit by sending an email to [email protected]. The application must include the photographed area as an attached map as well as geoinformation (ESRI, shp, KMZ) or coordinate points. The processing time for an application is approx. 14 days.

Further information can be found on the website of the Finnish Defense Command.

Further rules for drone pilots in Finland

If you want to take off within a radius of 5 kilometers distance to an airport, you need a clearance from air traffic control. Outside the perimeter, a maximum flight altitude of 50 meters applies within a control zone. You can find several maps with information on prohibited zones in this list.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Finland 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 Finland!

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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 several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • Jarno Laine | 14.05.2017

    For Finland
    Please visit

    Also regulations in english are listed here.

    Basically max altitude 150m EXEPT near airports (how ever “near” can be over 10km)

  • Andrew Meadows | 17.09.2017

    Is there a app that advises where you can fly in Finland ?
    i’m taking mine with me on holiday purely for holiday videos and photos do I need to do anything for this, also
    are there any restrictions in Singapore as I would like to use it there also

    • Ash | 12.12.2017

      Sorry for very late reply! I use the app called AIRMAP – which is quite accurate. In Helsinki, you will need to be aware of the new no fly zones which are in several places. In the city itself, it covers the cathedral / university / government districts of Kluvvi and Krunnunhaka down to the harbour. The area is well sign posted as a no fly zone (unlike other places which leave you guessing – Thanks Sydney!). This site has rules for Singapore: https://www.caas.gov.sg/public-passengers/unmanned-aircraft-systems.
      In singapore, I’d fly well away from the city as it’s not only very dense structurally, there are always a ton of citizens and tourists around at any given time.

  • Vladyslav | 06.12.2018

    Good evening!
    I am little bit not understand.
    I have drone 250mm frame size, 0.5kg.
    Flying up to 100m in height and up to 300m into the distance.
    Do the rules about getting permission to fly concern me?
    I flying under open spaces, where there are no people.

    • Francis Markert | 09.01.2019

      After what you describe, you probably will not need a permit.

  • Parkkinen | 08.04.2019

    Been Flying drone in Finland for 3 years,

    Flying a drone in Finland has been made easy so drone development / services development can be made for the public. This is the reason behind relaxed laws and regulations.
    In Finland it is very easy to ask guidance from flight towers/police/border guard ect. If you are not sure if you can fly in certain areas. Use this possibility and you have pleasant experience capturing the amazing northern environment 🙂
    Unlike in many places, they are there to help and inform you, not to get you in trouble in first sight…since they are also using drones in their work!
    As you can understand, there is always pressure to tighten up the regulations, and any bad publicity with the drones will be bad for the future regulations. Fly with caution, don’t disturb people or animals, fly in places that you should not (common sense), and you are just fine 🙂

    here are the needed links for travelers, that summarize the rules ect.


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