Drone regulations in Latvia

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

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Latvia since December 31, 2020. This has largely harmonized the rules for remote pilots. You only have to register as an operator in one European country and your EU drone license is also recognized across countries.

If you want to register in Latvia, you can do so via this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Latvia

In Latvia, the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) apply. The following is a summary of the key facts. For a complete overview, read our article on the new EU drone regulation.

Is registration necessary? Registration is mandatory for all drone operators, unless the drone weighs less than 250 grams and is NOT equipped with sensors to collect personal data (e.g. camera, microphone). Drones that fall under the EU Toys Directive are also exempt. The registration is recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
LabelsAll drones must be visibly marked with the individual registration number (e-ID). If available, the number must also be loaded into the drones remote identification system. More info on drone badges
Drone license:Depending on the category, pilots must take exams to obtain the EU drone license. These are recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
Differentiation by category: Open Category (with three subcategories), Specific Category and Certified Category; no distinction between private and commercial pilots.
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter in uncontrolled airspace in Open Category.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

National peculiarities in Latvia

Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Latvia, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.

Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Minimum age for remote pilots16 years
Contact information

CAA: [email protected]

Additional regulations for drone pilots in Latvia

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

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

In the transition phase in 2021, Latvia will revise the existing rules. Flight permits that have already been issued are still valid until July 1, 2021.

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.

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.

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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