In Malta, there are currently no specific laws geared to operate drones. Furthermore, there is also the complicating fact that Malta is entirely within the controlled airspace. Because of this, Malta is in a unique situation. In contrast to the most other European countries, Malta permits the operation of multicopters in controlled airspace.
Currently, all drones must be approved by the Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) if the copter weighs more than 250 grams. Thus, a permit is required for all relevant camera drones. You will receive the permission if you send a self-declaration (similar to the German general decrees). You can download a form from the CAD website. The processing time is about seven days.
When applying, you must prove valid drone insurance. In addition to information on the type of your drone (type/manufacturer/ model), you should of course also include your contact details, which you can reach in Malta.
Maltese rules in the overview
If you refer to the Self Declaration, the following rules apply in Malta. For drone flights that exceed these limits, you will need a separate individual permit.
Maximum altitude: The maximum height is 60 meters.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Your drone must always be within sight of Malta and never be more than 300 meters from the helm.
Compulsory insurance: In Malta, you are obliged to insure your drone.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Unmanned aerial vehicles may not be heavier than 25 kilograms.
Distance to airports: In Malta, there is a safe distance of one kilometer to airports.
Other safety distances: To uninvolved persons, vehicles, ships, and structures are to be kept a distance of 50 meters. To many other objects is a minimum distance of 120 meters. These include police properties, military and industrial plants, power plants, hospitals, embassies and consulates, ports, buildings of international organizations and crowds of people (minimum 12 people).
No-fly zones: In Maltese nature reserves flying a drone is prohibited.
Operating hours: No restrictions known.
Good to know: The permit issued by the self-declaration is valid for six months.
Regulations for commercial pilots: Currently, there is no distinction according to the purpose of drones
Helpful links: Transport Malta, Times of Malta
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Malta 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 Malta!