Drone regulations in Portugal
Last update on 11.04.2021 | 11 Kommentare
Picturesque landscapes with idyllic, dream-like beaches, rugged cliffs and green mountains – the diverse country in the west of the Iberian Peninsula offers many great locations for drone pilots. In this article, you will find all the information you need to know for a trip to Portugal with your drone.
The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Portugal 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 Portugal, you can do so via this link.
Overview of the European rules that apply in Portugal
In Portugal, 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.
National peculiarities in Portugal
Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Portugal, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.
AAN: [email protected]
Further rules for drone pilots in Portugal
Insurance is mandatory in Portugal for all drones weighing 900 grams or more. The amount of coverage depends on the weight:
- 900 grams up to and including 1.5 kilograms: 260,000 special drawing rights (approx. 310,000 euros, as of mid-February 2021)
- more than 1.5 kilograms up to and including 4 kilograms: 380,000 special drawing rights (approx. 452,000 euros, as of mid-February 2021)
- more than 4 kilograms up to and including 20 kilograms: 560,000 special drawing rights (approx. 666,000 euros, as of mid-February 2021)
- more than 20 kilograms: 750,000 special drawing rights (approx. 900,000 euros, as of mid-February 2021)
Safety distances and flight bans
The distances and permitted flight altitudes near airports differ. Check the links on this page for the information relevant to you. For many smaller airports, a distance of 2.5 kilometers applies. You must keep a distance of 1 kilometer from helicopter landing pads.
Flights are not allowed over gatherings of people (12 people or more), embassies, military installations, security force installations, rescue operations, prisons and education centers. Additional no-fly zones can be identified using the app Voa Na Boa (download link above) from Portuguese air traffic control.
A separate flight permit may be required for flights at historic sites and national parks.
The above rules apply to drone use per se. However, if your drone has a camera, you need special permission from the Autoridade Aeronáutica Nacional (AAN). It is irrelevant for what purpose the recordings are made.
You can submit applications via the e-AAN portal, where you should register in good time. Once you have created your account there, you will receive an email with a declaration, which you must sign and send back to the AAN by post. Only then will your account be activated. So far, this has worked quickly for our readers.
You can then add pilots and drones in the portal. A lot of data is queried, which you should enter as best you can. You will also be asked for a registration number. In Portugal, the registration of drones from 250 grams is planned, but this is supposed to be done in connection with another platform that does not yet exist. According to an AAN information sheet, the field can be filled in with “N/A” or “Não Aplicável” until implementation.
You can now submit applications for your flights via e-AAN.
If you want to take aerial photographs (photo or video) over water (e.g. ocean, lake, and beaches) in Portugal, you need special permission from the Autoridade Marítima Nacional (AMN). Apparently, they sometimes ask for an administration fee (around 20 Euros).
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Portugal 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 Portugal!