Drone regulations 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
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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!