Drone regulations in Luxembourg

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

Luxembourg is currently in a transition period before the EU-wide drone regulation comes into force.

For now, a permit for private and commercial drone flights is required. A distinction is made between generic authorization (authorization générique) and specific authorization (authorization spécifique).

Generic authorization is required for pilots whose drones weigh less than 4 kg, who want to fly at an altitude of up to 50 meters, during the day and outside the protected areas. This approval applies to all flights that meet these characteristics and is valid until November 18, 2020

For flights with a drone weighing over 4 kg, at night, at a height of more than 50 meters or in a protected area, a specific permit is required, which is limited in time and location.

Both permits can be applied for using the form ADM310-1 (doc file, English version).

Commercial pilots have to meet further requirements, for example paying a one-off tax of 619.73 €. There is more information on the website of the civil aviation authority.

Please note that Luxembourg, as a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), adopts the EU drone regulation, which will enter into force on 31 December 2020. Information about the new rules can be found in our overview article and on the pages linked there.

Overview: Drone rules in Luxembourg

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:50 Meter (164,0 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
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? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

E-mail: [email protected]

Resources:DAC

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More rules for drone pilots in Luxembourg

Drones may only be operated within direct visual contact in Luxembourg.

All copter flights must be covered by a drones insurance.

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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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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