Drone regulations in Liechtenstein

This article deals with the legal situation around the use of drones in Liechtenstein.

The handling of drones is very liberal in Liechtenstein. Flights are permitted in principle and require approval only if one of the following conditions applies:

  • Drone heavier than 30 kilograms
  • FPV flights without a spotter that has direct visual contact
  • Drone flights within a radius of 100 meters around gatherings of people (gatherings of people are groups with more than 24 persons in a narrow space)
  • Flight maneuvers, which should take place within 5 kilometers around an airfield
  • Flights in the publicly accessible area, which are not exclusively for private purposes
As a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Liechtenstein was actually supposed to adopt the EU drone regulation, which came into force on December 31, 2020. The introduction has apparently been delayed even further..

Overview: Drone rules in Liechtenstein

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for private and commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?No.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Further rules for drone pilots in Liechtenstein

In individual cases, you need permission for taking images in public places if people are identifiable. Please also look at the link to Office for construction and infrastructure.

You must always be able to spot your drone with the naked eye. Operation of drones outside the visual line of sight must be authorized by the authorities. The use of video glasses is allowed with an observer, who must stand next to the pilot and can intervene directly.

For a take-off weight of more than 500 grams, you must complete drone insurance. It must cover damages of at least 1 million francs.

The maximum take-off weight for private flights is 30 kilograms. Heavy drones may only be operated with an authorization.

Safety distances and flight bans

In Liechtenstein, you have to keep your copter 5 kilometers away from airports.

A distance of 100 meters must be observed to gatherings of people (24 persons or more). I do not know any further safety distances. Always make sure that you do not endanger anyone with your flight maneuvers.

The municipality of Balzers and the ‘Government building – Parliament – Vaduz Castle’ area is a no-fly zone. A detailed view of all no-fly zones can be found on the drone map of the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA, which is also used in Liechtenstein.

Peculiarities in Liechtenstein

The operation without permission is only allowed in the wild nature if there are no gatherings of people (24 persons or more).

Permission is also required as soon as the resulting images are to be published. Commercial pilots must also obtain a permit. Inquiries about licensing procedures and general questions about drones should be addressed directly to the Civil Aviation Division of the Office of Structural Engineering and Spatial Planning.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein!

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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 several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

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