Drone regulations in Greece
Since January 2017, there are first binding rules for drone pilots in Greece. Unfortunately, Copter flights are associated with high bureaucratic requirements. In this article, you will learn what you need to know as a drone pilot in Greece.
Drone flights are allowed in Greece as long as you stay in permitted areas. However, you must obtain permission in advance if your drone is to move more than 50 meters away from you. Approval must be obtained with this form from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA). In the application, you have to provide various information about you and the aircraft. Among other things, you will be asked for a Pilot Training Certificate and a registration number of the drone. As long as you do not have a registration number from a European country, additional registration with the HCAA is required.
But that’s not all. If the HCAA has approved your application, you must go to the nearest police department and the city hall before your flight to register your plans and verify your identity. Only then have you met all the requirements to fly legally in Greece with a drone.
Overview: Drone rules in Greece
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Further requirements in Greece
Without a permit, your drone may not fly higher than 160 feet (49 meters) above ground. With permission from the HCAA, flights up to 120 meters (328 feet) above ground are permitted.
Your copter may not move more than 500 meters (50 meters without permission from the HCAA) away from you and you must always maintain visual contact with the drone. Anyone who argues to the authorities during an inspection that they can see through the live image where the drone is flying to and what it is doing (first-person view) is immediately classified as a commercial pilot and requires a special permit from the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.
The drone must have a proven insurance policy. Here you can find information on liability insurance for drones. The proof of insurance should be brought to Greece in a translated version. This can simplify the entry or the inspection during a check.
Unmanned aircraft in Greece may weigh up to 25 kilograms.
Safety distances and flight bans
A distance of 8 kilometers must be maintained from airports. This means that you are not allowed to fly on almost any Greek island that has an airport, because many islands are quite small. Exceptions are possible with the written permission of the Greek aviation authority.
Do not fly over people and keep at least 50 meters of safety distance (e.g. during protest, events) – unless a permit is available.
Flight bans apply over military installations, hospitals, prisons, and other government facilities. Furthermore, you are not allowed to operate a drone over people, populated areas, parking lots, and roads. No-fly zones can be determined with the free application Drone Aware – GR.
The owners of land (this also applies to hotels) must agree to a take-off on their property. Personal rights must be respected. Flights in nature reserves are only possible with prior permission. For flights over archaeological sites and archaeological sites, permission must be obtained from the Ministry of Culture. Please note that the Greeks are very strict here!
Drone flights are only allowed during daylight. In Greece, this means that you are not allowed to take off earlier than 30 minutes before sunrise. From 30 minutes after sunset on there is a night flight ban. Permits for night flights must be applied for separately.
Good to know
Anyone who violates the drone laws can expect a penalty ranging from 500 to 250.000 euros. You also need to make sure you’re available by phone.
You should definitely follow Greek regulations. In almost every city or area in Greece, there is said to be a police squadron of trained birds of prey who are specialized in bringing drones down from the sky. Apparently this is supposed to be a counter-terrorism operation, but you never know.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Greece 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 Greece!