Drone regulations in Poland

Flying drones in Poland

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

Maximum flight altitude: There are currently no restrictions on the flight altitude in Poland. We advise flying not higher than 150 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: In Poland, drone flights are only allowed within the visual distance.

Compulsory insurance: A drone liability coverage is required for commercial multicopter users in Poland. We recommend the completion of a corresponding Police also for leisure-flyers.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The maximum take-off weight is 25 kg.

Distance to airports: Without prior approval of the air traffic control system, you must keep 5 kilometers from airports.

Other safety distances: In Poland, please keep 100 meters to populated areas and 30 meters to persons, vehicles, and animals.

Flight bans: Flights over people, cities, streets, and buildings are not allowed.

Flight approval: An additional authorization from the Government Protection Bureau (BOR) is required for flights in Warsaw.

Regulations for commercial pilots: A complicated certification process (medical certificate, theoretical and practical test) is necessary for business drones flights. However, if you have already received a permit for ascent in an EU Member State, it will be recognized straightforward after a short mail change.

Helpful links: Polish Air-traffic control Authority, BOR Homepage

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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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.

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