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.

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.

Helpful links: IAA: Rules and forms

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

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