Drone regulations in Lithuania

Flying drones in Lithuania

In this article, you find all relevant rules for drone flights in Lithuania, the southernmost of the three Baltic states.

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Lithuania 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 Lithuania, you can do so via this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Lithuania

In Lithuania, 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 Lithuania

Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Lithuania, 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

Further rules for drone pilots in Lithuania

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.

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.

You are only allowed to fly your drone in 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.

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!

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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

  • bbd666 | 26.08.2017

    No problems at all, you can fly anywhere you want 🙂 I live here, reaching 500 meters altitude when no wind, flying in city center and so on. Distance to airport is correct and better no fly here

  • Dino Beaton | 20.12.2017

    First off, Thank your for this post. I will be traveling to Vilnius in a few weeks coming from the United States. Is there any issues with customs in bring my drone into Lithuania? I fly a mavic pro. And if you have any other information about drones in country that would be great. I have just heard terrible stories of having to pay huge fees to customs and people getting drones confiscated when traveling. Thank you so much!

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      I don’t think that you run into trouble with the customs.

  • Jensen | 23.12.2017

    Hi there, I will visiting Vilnius in Jan. Is there a need for insurance for drone ? I should be flying my Mavic in remote area .

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Jensen,
      Yes, you need insurance for drone flights in Lithuania.

      • Jensen | 28.03.2018

        LOL..thanks. Already visited Vilnius and Siauliai ..flown drone at Hill of Crosses also at birch forest without issue… no insurance though.

  • Jorge | 12.04.2018

    hi i will like to know if you have travel with wizzair and if you have bring your drone with you, does the company has special regulation for drones?? i am coming to vilnius and is the first time that i will take the drone with me. i am new at all this… Any information will by great. i have a dji mavic air.
    thanks for your time.

    • Jensen | 16.04.2018

      hi there, i travelled with Turkish Airway from Singapore. No issue all the way. hope my info helps.

  • Gilmantas | 25.04.2018

    Hi there, I’m from Lithuania. You should add a link http://oran.lt to the usefull links as it shows no-fly zones of Lithuania (unfortunately only in native language).

    • Jarosław | 30.04.2018

      Gilmantas: Very helpful.
      Finally a good map. I’m going to Vilnius in a few days and I have a question. Is there still no distinction between commercial and non-commercial flights, as Francis wrote?

    • Dalcarin | 08.05.2018

      Seems like most parts of Vilnius no flying in red?

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hello Gilmantas,
      The map is very helpful. I add the link!
      Best regards, Francis

  • Michael korkus | 23.03.2019

    Lets say i want to buy insurance for the drone that will cover lithania, someone knows how to do it?

  • Sawyer Johnson | 10.06.2019

    What do I need to do or have to fly my mavic 2 zoom in Lithuania?

  • Kristijonas | 28.04.2020

    A drone licence is required if u plan to fly anywhere closer than 50meters to buildings.
    No insurance is required for recreational drones (Mavic2 and so on)

  • Snooker | 26.07.2020

    I’m plan bring my fpv drones I have 2 analog 5 inch and 1 digital I’m plan to flay in gaps between buildings, windows. I’m interesting is gonna be need buy insurance for it.

  • Julius | 13.08.2020

    flights in the border area are prohibited. Unless permission is obtained from the Air Force.

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