Drone regulations in Luxembourg

This article explains the legal situation for the use of drones in Luxembourg.

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg, you can do so by following this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, 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 Luxembourg

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

E-mail: [email protected]

More rules for drone pilots in Luxembourg

If you want to get a drone licence in Luxembourg, you can register here.

Safety distances and flight bans

A distance of two kilometers must be kept around helicopter landing sites and airfields. To the Luxembourg International Airport, you have to keep a distance of 5 kilometers.

It is not allowed to fly over persons, highways, railways, and animals with a drone.

Specific regulations

Drones in Luxembourg must have an integrated landing function (failsafe) in case of a technical defect or disconnection. An expanse (“working area box”) must be defined for each flight in which you will fly. The Working Area Box may not be accessible to the public. Geofencing must also ensure that your drone cannot leave the working area box.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Luxembourg 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 Luxembourg!

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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

  • Reds | 09.10.2018

    It is pain in the ass to get this permission even for recreational flights.
    You also need an authorization from landlord because all lands in Luxembourg belong to someone.
    Be ready for a long and exhausting process.

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Sounds annoying. Thanks for your comment!

  • Trian | 27.10.2018

    I just bought a DJI Spark and I find it totally annoying that the drone flying regulations in Luxembourg make no sense whatsoever. A specific flight plan for EACH flight?? That has to be submitted for approval 2 WEEKS before the flight? If that’s not ridiculous I don’t know what is!

    • Francis Markert | 01.11.2018

      Nothing to add..

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