Drone regulations in Poland

Flying drones in Poland

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

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

Overview: Drone rules in Poland

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for 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? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

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

Tel.: +48 22 520 75 49

Further regulations in Poland

Drone flights for recreation or sports don’t require a certificate of qualification or aero-medical examinations.

A drone liability insurance is mandatory only for commercial pilots. We recommend having insurance anyway, even as a recreational flyer. An overview of insurance policies can be found here.

The maximum take-off weight is 25 kilograms.

Safety distances and flight bans

Poland distinguishes between drones up to 600 grams and over 600 grams.

If your drone weighs up to 600 grams, you should maintain safety distances to populated areas, cities, crowds and people, vehicles, and buildings, but the distances are not strictly defined. To the outer limits of airports, you should keep a distance of one kilometer and fly no higher than 30 meters. For other distances, you need a permit.

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

Please keep 100 meters away from populated areas and crowds and 30 meters from people, vehicles and structures. Without prior approval from air traffic control, you must be 6 kilometers away from airports and must not fly higher than 100 meters above the ground.

In Poland, drone maneuvers are only allowed within visual line of sight. FPV flights with drones under 2 kilograms are allowed taking into account the safety distances. FPV flights without an observer can only take place up to an altitude of 50 meters and with a maximum distance of 200 meters.

Several regions in Poland are restricted for drones. 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 Guard. For flights in the capital, Warsaw, several permits are required, including those of the State Protection Service, due to the above-mentioned safety distances and air traffic zones.

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

Requirements for commercial pilots in Poland

For commercial drone flights, a complex certification process (theoretical and practical test, for drones over 5 kilograms aero-medical examination) is necessary. However, if you have already received a permit in an EU member state, it will be easily recognized after a short mail exchange.

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.

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