Drone regulations in Lithuania
In this article, you find all relevant rules for drone flights in Lithuania, the southernmost of the three Baltic states.
The regulations for drone pilots are quite clear and easy in Lithuania, even for commercial drone flights. There is almost no bureaucracy involved. Here you can find an overview of the most important regulations.
Overview: Drone rules in Lithuania
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Further rules for drone pilots in Lithuania
In Lithuania you must have a drone insurance.
The drone is allowed to move a maximum of 1,000 metres away from you, but must still be operated within visual line of sight. This means that only very large copters can legally push this limit. If you lose control of the drone during the flight and it flies out of your field of vision, you must immediately inform the nearest air traffic control centre by telephone. The contact details of the air traffic control centres can be found on the CAA website. The following information must be provided: Name and surname, the location where control of the unit was lost and last known altitude and direction of flight of the drone.
The rules listed apply to drones weighing between 300 grams and 25 kilograms.
Safety distances and flight bans
The international airports of Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai, and Palanga must be kept at a distance of one nautical mile (1.8 kilometers). Within the control zones (CTR) you are not allowed to climb higher than 60 meters above the ground. The distance rules around airfields also apply to toy drones weighing less than 300 grams. Manned aircraft always have priority over unmanned aircraft.
A distance of 50 metres must be maintained to foreign persons, vehicles, and buildings.
Flying over military terrain, in uncontrolled airspace above 400 feet (120 meters), over densely populated areas in cities or over gatherings of people is prohibited.
With this map you can identify the no-fly zones online.
UAV pilots under the age of 16 may only fly drones up to a weight of 3 kilograms and only under the supervision of an adult.
You are only allowed to fly your drone under mentally clear conditions, i.e. not when you are too tired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medicines.
Before the flight, you must know all flight safety information, legal requirements, restrictions imposed by the local government, and the military commander, as well as the meteorological situation (and weather forecast, if applicable).
You are personally responsible for ensuring that your drone is in perfect condition. Before each flight, you must check and ensure that all controls and the propulsion engine are working properly. If you have doubts about the functionality of the unmanned aerial vehicle and/or the meteorological situation, flying is prohibited.
Regulations for commercial pilots
To my knowledge, there is no distinction in Lithuania between recreational and commercial copters. Therefore no further permission is required if you want to fly commercially in Lithuania with your drone.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Lithuania 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 Lithuania!