Drone regulations in Latvia

In this post, you will find the current drone laws for Latvia, the middle of the three Baltic states.

The regulations for drone pilots are quite clear in Latvia. Nevertheless, you should familiarize yourself with them.

Here you will find an overview of the most important regulations in the country.

Please note that Latvia, 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 Latvia

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, without further requirements
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

CAA: [email protected]

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Additional regulations for drone pilots in Latvia

In Latvia, you should only operate your drones within line of sight and within a maximum of 500 meters. Drone flights may only take place in daylight.

You also need to take out liability insurance. The minimum liability limits are defined according to the copter’s starting mass:

  • 250 – 1500 grams: 150,000 euros
  • 1501 – 5000 grams: 500,000 euros
  • over 5000 grams: 1,000,000 euros

The maximum weight for unmanned aircraft is 25 kilograms.

Safety distances and flight bans in Latvia

A distance of 5 kilometers must be kept from airports.

If your copter weighs between 250 grams and 1.5 kilograms and has a maximum speed of 19 m / s, you may only approach people up to 30 meters. At a weight between 1.5 and 2.5 kilograms and a speed of up to 36 m / s, a horizontal safety distance of 150 meters from bystanders and buildings applies.

You should keep a distance of 50 meters from groups of people. In order to film or photograph events from above, you need the written permission of the organizer and the responsible local administrative authority.

The following objects may not be overflown: buildings, bridges, railways, motorways, motorway junctions, power and communication lines, Bank of Latvia facilities, cemeteries, gatherings of people, pilgrimage churches, prisons and military infrastructures.

Good to know: special requirements in Latvia

The minimum age to control drones is 18 in Latvia. Metal propellers must not be used.

Drones must be labeled with the owner’s name, address, and phone number. During the flight, the operator must identify as a drone pilot using a hat, shirt or similar.

In addition, drones in Latvia must be able to land autonomously in the event of a break in the radio connection (failsafe function).

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Latvia 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 Latvia!

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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!

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