Drone laws in Montenegro

Flying drones in Montenegro

In this article, you will find the laws for the use of drones in Montenegro.

The rules for flying drones in Montenegro described below do not apply if the aircraft can not achieve kinetic energy greater than 79 joules or weighs less than 500 grams and can not fly faster than 20m / s, more than 15 meters away or higher than 10 meters.

Bringing a drone into the country

If you bring a drone into the country, even if it’s only for a few days, you’ll need to apply for a permit from the Ministry of Economy. Otherwise, the drone could be confiscated when entering the country. The processing time of the application is up to 30 days. On the Ministry’s website, you will find a form that includes the import of drones. However, the form is not enough and the application is rather complex, according to people who have tried, because it is not possible to send it by e-mail. Instead, you must submit your application in duplicate and either in person or through an authorized person. Also, the import fee must be paid locally. The other documents required apart from the form (including proof of payment, drone specifications, statement on the knowledge of the regulations, the length of stay and drone use) must be written in Montenegrin and notarized. So you should be well versed with the language and the bureaucratic intricacies of the country to successfully apply for this import permit.

Overview: Drone rules in Montenegro

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:150 Meter (492,1 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?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

Civil Aviation Agency
Josip Broz Tito bb
81000 Podgorica
Montenegro

E-mail: [email protected]

Contact person in the Ministry of Economy:

[email protected]

Drone registration

Drones that weigh more than 500 grams and can fly away further than 15 meters and higher than 10 meters should be registered in Montenegro. The application form Declaration in accordance with Ordinance for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) should be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by post or e-mail.

Classification of drones

In Montenegro, potential flying areas are divided into four classes:

  • Class I: a non-built-up area without constructed buildings and persons, except for pilots and personnel required for flying;
  • Class II: developed uninhabited area with commercial facilities or constructions that are not intended for the permanent residence of people where there are no people, except pilot and staff for flying.
  • Class III: inhabited area with buildings or facilities primarily intended for residence, work or recreation (houses, schools, offices, sports fields, parks, etc.);
  • Class IV: Urban zones (downtown, settlements, etc.).

As a private pilot, you are only allowed to fly a drone in classes I and II.

There are four categories depending on the above-mentioned flying areas and the weight classes mentioned below, for which different requirements apply.

Categories for drone flights in Montenegro
Categories for drone flights in Montenegro

To fly in Category A, you must complete a statement and send it to the Aviation Authority. For Category B flights, you will also need an Operations Manual for your maneuvers. Copter flights in Category D may only be made with the approval of the CAA.

Overview of Montenegro Drone Rules

Maximum altitude: Drones must not fly higher than 150 meters above ground in Montenegro.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones in Montenegro can only be operated within the direct line of sight and up to a maximum distance of 500 meters. FPV flights are allowed for model airplanes when an Observer monitors the drone with the naked eye.

Compulsory insurance: In Montenegro, you have to cover your drone. Proof of insurance must always be with you.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): There are three weight classes in Montenegro:

  • Class 5: ascent mass under 5 kilograms
  • Class 10: 5 kilograms to 10 kilograms
  • Class 20: over 10 kilograms to 20 kilograms

Distance to airports: At airports, a sufficient distance must be kept.

Other safety distances: Your drone must be at a distance of 150 meters from uninvolved persons and 30 meters from buildings, vehicles, and animals.
Groundings:

Operating hours: Drone flights at night are not allowed in Montenegro.

Special legislation: Drones must be marked so that strangers can identify the owner. Here you can order drone stickers.

Commercial pilot regulations: Commercial pilots must register their aircraft with the aviation authority. Besides, a logbook must be maintained by documenting the following information for each flight:

  • Date of flight
  • Start and landing time as well as the total duration of the operation
  • Full name of the pilot
  • Location with classification
  • The weight of the drone
  • Remarks on special occurrences

The documentation must be kept for at least two years.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Montenegro to the best of our knowledge. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, 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 Montenegro!

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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

  • Yaakov Krupka | 21.05.2018

    Hello Francis,
    Please specify which form is mentioned here:
    “To fly in Category A, you must complete a statement and send it to the Aviation Authority. ”
    I would like to use my Phantom 4 in Montenegro just for our tour pictures.
    Many, many thanks,
    Yaakov

    • Igor Merabishvili | 24.05.2018

      I’ve asked the Montenegro Aviation Authority directly by email [email protected]. They answered, than the filled form can be send them by email.

  • Ms | 21.05.2018

    Hey i got the same question “statement and send it to the Aviation Authority” with document and where send oraz is it enough to send in AIRMAP ??

  • Andrey | 05.02.2019

    Dear Francis, hello!
    Could you please clarify which should I sent to the aviation service of Montenegro. I have Mavic Air, would it be enough to sent Declaration in accordance with Ordinance for UAS? Thank you for your reply!

  • Joe Sal | 07.03.2019

    Hi, the CAA (civil aviation agency) told me to contact some foreign ministry department and in one of their forms (required to import) I need to supply: tariff code, importer of goods and user goods (translated from: Tarifna oznaka, uvoznik robe, korisnik robe). they do not seem able to answer my query on why i need to supply this information for personal use.

    I have a DJI spark and will only be using the drone for personal activities during my vacation for a few photo and video shots. do i need to go through all this hassle to bring my drone in the country?

    • Javier | 13.03.2019

      Hi! I am in the same situation. What did you do in the end? Did you have any problem getting there with the drone?
      Thanks

      • Joe Sal | 18.03.2019

        Hello!

        I have filled a form and submitted to Montenegro Civil Aviation Agency and got a confirmation that its ok.

        However, I still have to receive from the Foreign Ministry Department. the CAA seems more up to date and perhaps more English speaking friendly.

        • Caroline | 17.08.2019

          hello, we are leaving soon in Montenegro, we sent the documents to CAA (we have permission) but they sent us documents to the Ministry of Economy. what did you finally do? do you carry your drone only with CAA authorization? thank you in advance

  • JB | 26.03.2019

    Did anyone find an insurance company offering 3rd party liability in Montenegro?

  • Piet Cosaert | 28.05.2019

    It seems that it take a lot of effort (and money) to bring a small drone for vacation into Montenegro. I don’t think it’s worth €150,- to have all the correct paperwork, permits, … . + the expences for name tags, insurance, …

  • Jomy George | 01.06.2019

    Many thanks to the article for letting me know about these regulations in Montenegro. With Mavic Pro, I only need A rank to get the travel pictures here.

  • JB | 28.06.2019

    I got a months 3rd party cover for £16, and a fireproof tag for 8Eur. (https://shop.drohnen.de/en/)

    The paperwork took about 1 hour to fill in and the CAA replied in 2 days with a permission letter.

    not too bad.

    • Caroline | 17.08.2019

      hello, so you left with the authorization of CAA only? do not need an authorization for the import of the drone on the territory (by the ministry)? thank you in advance

  • Victoria | 07.10.2019

    Please add to the information above that you need to fill a declaration in a red channel, when landing to Montenegro. Otherwise drone will be confiscated at the customs

  • Michael | 10.10.2019

    First if all, you have to declare the import of the drone IN ADVANCE!

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    All information as well as instructions regarding application for obtaining a permit for importing drones into Montenegro are available on-line http://www.mek.gov.me/biblioteka/obrasci.
    Also, all necessary documentation as well as instructions is attached to this e-mail.
    The deadline for resolving the request is up to 30 days from the date of submission of the request to the Ministry of Economy.
    – The request must be precisely filled, such as: the tariff number of the goods etc.?
    – Additionally to the application you should provide all the necessary documentation, including proof of payment of the state tax.
    – The statement must be certified by NOTAR!
    – The document must be submitted in two copies to the archives of the Ministry!
    – The application must be submitted personally or through Authorized person in the Montenegrin language (the person who can submit a request and later take over the license may be either authorized or personally get it with the relevant document.)
    It’s up to you to find the best and the easiest way to deliver documents, in accordance with our instructions the you’ve already received.
    We look forward to your arrival.

    Therefore, there is no possibility of receiving permission or send a request via email !!!

    You can send a complete request, duly filled in, by regular post office to the Ministry’s address.

    Ministarstvo ekonomije
    Rimski Trg 45
    81000 Podgorica
    Crna Gora

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