Drone regulations in Ireland

Flying drones in Ireland

In this article, we have compiled for you the Irish rules for the use of drones.

To use your drone in Ireland you need to register. If you do not do that, you must not fly higher than 15 meters and your drone may weigh a maximum of 1 kilogram. You can easily register online from a minimum age of 16 years. To process the registration, a fee of 5 Euros will be charged, which you can pay with a credit card.

The Irish Aviation Authority provides step-by-step instructions for registration.

Please note that Ireland, 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 I

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Maximum flight altitude: The maximum flight altitude is 120 meters in uncontrolled airspace and 15 meters in controlled airspace in Ireland. Without a registration, your copter may not fly higher than 15 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Your drone is allowed to move a maximum of 300 meters away from you in Ireland. The direct visual contact must always be present.

Compulsory insurance: The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) recommends the completion of a drone insurance. And we agree with the recommendation.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): From a take-off weight of 1 kg, a previous registration is necessary. The maximum weight of copters that can be registered online is 25 kilograms.

Distance to airports: Drones may approach a maximum of 5 kilometers to an Irish airport.

Other safe distances: Your flying copter must keep 30 meters distance to persons, ships, cars, and buildings. It is not allowed to fly over groups (12 persons or more).

Flight bans: Drones cannot be operated on national monuments.

Flight approval: Individual flight permissions must only be granted if the general rules are to deviate.

Time of operations: As far as I know, drone flights are permitted at night in Ireland.

Regulations for commercial pilots: The Irish legislature has decided that the same rules apply to private and commercial drone users. This does not require any further approval, as long as you follow the general conditions.

Good to know: On its website, the IAA has documented the regulations very transparently including all processes.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Ireland 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 Ireland!

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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!

Discussions

  • Rich | 13.04.2018

    I’m planning a vacation to Ireland and would like to take my drone. But given the restrictions I’ve read I’m not sure it’s worth taking it. What do you recommend. My drone is a mavic air.

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      I would give it a try.

  • Paul | 14.04.2018

    Hi,

    I’m also planning to bring my DJI Spark Ireland and flying with Aerlingus. Is Sparks more easy about the rules and regulation? Do you have any more tips what should I do?

    Thanks,
    Paul.

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      HI Paul, no, there are no significant differences. Enjoy your time!

  • Zed | 07.06.2019

    Hi Francis, I’m planning to carry my Spark with me to Ireland, for personal use. Is there any risk of carrying the spark without a registry to pass through security in the airport when arriving in Ireland? Is it allowed or they can retain the drone in security?
    Thanks.
    Zed

  • Fergal | 01.02.2021

    Why are you promoting scam sites within your information. The label ordering site you have links to is a scam site, they are offering to register people for 5 times the actual charge. Please remove this.
    If people need to register a drone in europe they have to do it through their local aviation regulator. This is the IAA in the case of Ireland (https://www.iaa.ie/general-aviation/drones/drone-registration).

    • Drone Traveller Team | 05.02.2021

      Hi,
      Thank you for your concern! We know the guys who own this site and are in touch with them. We have linked to them mainly because of their drone labels and you may have noticed that the registration service is not available anyway. We wouldn’t call this kind of service a scam because we know of many people who are happy to pay someone to do it for them. Apart from that, we are also working on updating our articles about the rules in the EU countries and will include links to the official drone registration platforms in each country soon, stay tuned!

  • rogerio | 06.03.2021

    I am baying the DJI mini 2 I have to register as well? they had 249g

    • Drone Traveller Team | 13.03.2021

      Hi,
      Yes, the Mini 2 has a camera so it has to be registered according to the new EU rules, regardless of weight.

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