Drone regulations in Romania
Learn all about the drone rules in Romania.
To be allowed to do drone flights, you have to overcome some hurdles in Romania. We recommend that you gather all the necessary documents and information in good time so that the permits can be issued quickly.
First of all we will give you an overview of the Romanian rules.
Overview: Drone rules in Romania
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For a drone to fly legally in Romanian airspace, it must be registered with the civil aviation authority, if its take-off weight exceeds 500 grams. Registration normally costs 90 Euro plus VAT. However, according to older information, documents from foreign aviation authorities are sometimes accepted. Our readers have pointed out though that other documents are needed, including a filled-out form, copy of ID, photos of the drone, and proof of ownership. You can find the application form (in Romanian as doc-file) here.
In addition to that, you have to personally go with your drone to the authority where the registration number and a microchip will be attached to the drone.
Unfortunately, registration is not enough to fly with the drone in Romania. Permission for flights below the minimum safety level (300 meters in urban areas, 150 meters outside urban areas) must be requested in advance. The corresponding form is available here. The application should be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority ([email protected]) at least 10 working days before the flight.
In addition, you need a permit for aerial photography from the ministry of defense. This application should also be submitted at least 10 working days before the flight to [email protected]. The form can be found here in English, a guide is available as a pdf.
If you have the permits, you should also have received contact details to announce your intention to use your drone shortly before take-off.
Additional rules in Romania
In Romania, your drone cannot fly further than 300 meters from the pilot. You must keep visual contact with the drone throughout the flight.
You must have drone insurance if your drone weighs more than 20kg.
Flights with unmanned aerial vehicles may only be carried out outside of cities. The Romanian CAA may grant individual authorizations. A drone cannot fly over crowds.
For operations in the biosphere reserve “Danube Delta” an overflight permit is required.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Romania 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 Romania!