Drone regulations in Poland

Flying drones in Poland

In this post, you will find the Polish laws for the use of drones.

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

Overview of the European rules that apply in Poland

In Poland, 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 Poland

Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Poland, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.

Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Minimum age for remote pilots16 years
Contact information

Unmanned Aircraft Department:
E-mail: [email protected]

Tel.: +48 22 520 75 49

Further regulations in Poland

A drone liability insurance is mandatory only for commercial pilots. We recommend having insurance anyway, even as a recreational flyer. You can find an overview of our insurance policies here.

Safety distances and flight bans

Poland distinguishes between drones up to 600 grams and over 600 grams when it comes to safety distances.

If your drone weighs up to 600 grams, you should keep a distance of one kilometer from the outer borders of airports and not fly higher than 30 meters. You need a permit for other distances.

For drones over 600 grams, the distances are more precisely defined:

Without prior approval from air traffic control, you must keep a distance of 6 kilometers from airports and must not fly higher than 100 meters above the ground.

Several regions in Poland are only permitted to use drones to a limited extent. For example, you need a permit from the respective park administration for national parks. Also note that flights in the eastern border areas must be approved by the border guards. For flights in the capital Warsaw, several permits are required due to the above-mentioned safety distances and flight zones, including those of the State Protection Service.

A helpful app that shows you the flight zones and requirements in Poland is DroneRadar .

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Poland 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 Poland!

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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

  • Akaias | 14.05.2017

    In Poland: Max altitude 150m 0,6-25kg you need to keep 100m horizontally from populated areas, 30m from people, animals, vehicles… Stay away from power plants, water companies, military areas, other strategical objects, can’t even cut power lines. Commercial flights – licensed pilot only. Under 0,6 kg free for all.

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Thanks, Akaias, for your support!

  • Martin | 07.03.2018

    Now the law in Poland is more complicated. Different for drones below 600g (from DJI: Spark, Mavic Air) than described above.

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Martin,
      Do you have a source with the new laws? Thanks in advance!

  • John Mooney | 09.04.2018

    Any news on mavic air ? Is it still free to fly being under 600g or is there new rules now ?

  • anotnio | 18.04.2018

    any advise where to fly a MAvic Pro in Warsaw. any park regarding all rules.
    I got the magic some month ago and now I like to use it again..
    curruentky living in Warsaw.

  • Matze | 18.04.2018

    Hi
    Here you can find the regulation for drones under 600 g
    http://www.dziennikustaw.gov.pl/du/2016/1317/D2016000131701.pdf
    Rozdział 4, 4.2 & 4.3
    Best regards

  • Pawel | 25.04.2018

    In Poland please use accepted and recomended by gov application DroneRadar.

  • Dawood | 26.04.2018

    What type of licence must commercial drone pilots must hold?
    Is FAA 107 licence is acceptable in Europe?

  • Timothy Brandsberg | 17.06.2018

    Regarding compulsory insurance, the discussion of drone flying in Poland states:
    “We recommend the completion of a corresponding Police also for leisure-flyers.”
    what does “completion of a corresponding Police” mean and how is it accomplished?

  • kat | 20.07.2018

    Is ok to flight in national park?

    • Stan | 23.07.2018

      I can’t fly in notional part without official permission. 🙁

      • Kat | 24.07.2018

        So it means flight is ok. Its not forbidden zone. Who can ask permission in the mountain)? Where are only tourists

        • Pawel | 24.07.2018

          The only authority to grand permission for drone flight even for tourist in National Park is manager of the park. You can find phone number in DroneRadar App Premium or on Park’s web page.

  • Sushant Jain | 19.09.2018

    hey, will there be a problem I fly into Poland with my phantom 3 pros?
    I fly into Poland from Frankfurt, any info about the rules will be appreciated.

  • shafigh | 13.04.2019

    “if you have already received a permit for ascent in an EU Member State, it will be recognized straightforward after a short mail change”

    are you sure? since each EU member states has its own specific regulation for drones: for example in germany max altitude is 100 m , in poland 150 m, in Czech 300m. there are huge differences in others details.
    So what was your personal experience ?

  • Miroslaw | 30.04.2019

    If you want to use drone in Poland – first you need to use DroneRadar app. It’s very helpful and the zone’s are on-line updated and is more reliable than the DJI app.

  • tom | 26.11.2019

    Hi, I´m a Spanish Drone Pilot. I own mavic 2 pro. I´m travelling Poland (lived there for 3 years), however, I´m not sure about the law …as read:

    1. I´d like to fly in KRK for fun, non-commercial.
    2. 100meters in line away from any crowded points.
    3. Can´t flight over constructions, castle, stare miasto, etc…
    4. Flight radar app to check zones.
    5. CTR is allowed flight without permission, 8kms away from airport? i´m right? MAX ALTITUD?
    6. idea is to flight in Stare Miasto, WHAT DO i NEED FOR¿¿’??

    Thanks in advance!

  • Colin | 30.12.2020

    I am expecting to travel to Poland in March and would like to use my Mavic Mini 2. I have registered the drone with the CAA, taken the online test and have the Operator and Flyer ID numbers.

    With the UK no longer in the EU, do I need to do likewise for using my drone in Poland and if so how I go about it.

    Thank you

    • Drone Traveller Team | 30.12.2020

      Hi Colin,
      Even with Brexit, the UK is planning to implement the new EU regulation. It might take some time until everything is sorted out, unfortunately, so you could maybe try to get in touch with the Polish CAA before you travel there. You can read more about the UK transition here: https://info.caa.co.uk/uk-eu-transition/drones/

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