Drone regulations in Hungary
In this post, we have summarized for you the current laws for the use of drones in Hungary.
At the moment it is quite time-consuming to obtain permission for a drone flight in Hungary. The Hungarian government has been working for some time on new laws. Hopefully, the new law will simplify the situation in the future. At the moment you have to adhere to the following rules.
In April 2020, the Ministry of Defense has introduced new forms which allow for the electronic submission of applications. The old forms may only be used until May 30th, 2020.
Overview: Drone rules in Hungary
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State Aviation Department at the Ministry of Defense: [email protected] or +36/1/474-12-74
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Apply for airspace clearance
First of all, you need temporary designated airspace (Eseti légtér engedély) from the Military Aviation Authority to use a drone. The procedure for this has changed in April 2020 and there is now only an electronic and a paper-based form, which can be submitted by mail. Sending the form by e-mail seems to be possible only in special circumstances. For the electronic form you need Java and a special form filling program. You can read how this works here. If you prefer to work with the paper form, you can download it in Hungarian. There is an English language guide for filling out the form. In any case, you need the exact coordinates, altitude and data of your planned flight. You will also have to pay a handling fee of 3000 Forint (about 10 Euro), which you can pay via bank transfer. The authority recommends that you submit your application 45 to 60 days before your planned drone flight.
If you have been granted temporary air clearance, you will not need to obtain additional permits as a hobby pilot. However, you must carry proof of drone insurance valid in Hungary with you.
If you plan to use your drone in Hungary commercially, you must inform the Hungarian Aviation Authority about the scheduled drone flight. For this, the authority will provide this form, which you can fill out and send to [email protected]
Be careful when leaving the country
When you leave Hungary by plane, there is a special feature to consider: in Hungary, you can not take your copter into your luggage. On departure from Hungary, you have to transport your copter with your checked baggage.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Hungary 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 Hungary!