Drone regulations in Romania

Flying drones in Romania

Learn all about the drone rules in Romania.

Overview: Drone rules in Romania

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:300 Meter (984,3 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Unknown.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information

AACR: [email protected] and [email protected]

MAPN: [email protected]

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!

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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

  • Mihai Bogdan Roman | 27.09.2017

    Hello,
    Information for Romania:
    If the drone’s takeoff weight is less then 500g and you don’t use the drone to take aerial footage then you don’t need any special permissions and you don’t need to register the drone.
    If the drone’s takeoff weight is between 500g and 15kg then you need to register the drone with CAA.
    Drones that weigh more then 15kg require a licence.
    Drones that weigh more then 20kg also require a liability insurance.
    If you would like to use the drone to take aerial footage then you need a special permission from MApN (Romanian Ministry of National Defence).
    It is illegal to fly a drone FPV without a licence.
    According to caa.ro the maximum altitude for a drone is 300m. The pilot needs to have the drone in sight at all times and the distance between the pilot and the drone should not exeed 300m.
    It is illegal to takeoff or land a drone in cities or towns, it’s illegal to fly above crowds without a special permission and it’s illegal to fly near airports, military bases, prisons and some other public buildings.
    To register a drone that weighs between 0.5 and 15kg will cost 90€+VAT and the process will take up to three weeks. This can only be done in Bucharest and you will have to leave the drone with CAA for the whole period so they can fit a chip and put a registration number on it.
    For drones that weigh between 15kg and 150kg the fee is 540 euro plus VAT for the flight permit for one year and after that the renewal is 300 euros plus VAT.
    Source of information:
    http://www.caa.ro/supervizare/operare-uav-uas

    Best wishes
    Mihai

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hello Mihail,
      Thank you very much for your excellent summary. I have completed our article. Best regards, Francis

    • fred | 30.05.2018

      hey do you have messenger to chat about drone flying in Romania?

  • Tnikce | 03.05.2018

    If my drone weighs < 500g can I take flight with it? I understand that I don't need a licence but what does "aerial footage" mean? Whats that height?

    • Mihai Bogdan Roman | 19.12.2018

      Hi Tnikce
      Most probably by now you have found the answers to your questions, but I will answer them anyway just in case somebody else has similar queries. I’m not a regular on this website and I’ve stumbled across this article again looking for something else so I apologise for the late response.
      As your drone weight is less then 500g you don’t need to register it and you don’t need any special permissions from the Civil Aviation Authority. The “hight” should not be more then 300m. That is the distance between your drone and the ground underneath it. In most of the other EU countries that hight is 120m or 400ft and if you have a DJI drone it will be set to 120m by default. If you are flying your drone off a cliff, mountain or something similar you will have to be extra careful not to exceed the hight limit because the drone will tell you the hight between it and the point it took off and not the actual hight between it and the ground below it. Aerial footage is any picture or video taken from something that flies (drone, helicopter airplane etc).
      So that is what the law says regarding drones in Romania. Now from my own experience flying drones in Romania I can ADVISE you the following:
      1 DO NOT fly more than 300m above the ground as you will be putting helicopters and low flying airplanes in danger.
      2 Stay well clear of airports (at least 5km away)
      3 As tempting as it might be, please don’t fly too close or over historical sites. Some of them will have signs that clearly say NO DRONES ALLOWED but some of them won’t.
      4 When flying, try to attract as little attention as possible. Find a quiet place, away from peoples view from where you can take off/ land and fly without being disturbed. Some people don’t know much about drones and they can easily get paranoid about them.
      5 If you see the police then please don’t fly anywhere near them. Unfortunately like in many other countries, most of the police officers have limited knowledge about drones and regulations so it is better to stay away from them. It’s better to be safe then sorry and it will save you a lot of time trying to explain to them that what you are doing is perfectly legal.
      6 DO NOT fly near or above crowded areas where you have a lot of people together. Use your common sense and think that if you have to do an emergency landing can you do it safely without hurting anybody.
      7 Do not worry too much about asking for permission from MApN (The Ministry of Defense) to take pictures or videos with your drone. Most probably if you will call them to ask for permission to film with your drone, they will hang up on you thinking that you are making fun of them. As long as you don’t try to take pictures of some military stuff they won’t care.
      8 Do not loose track of your drone. The law says that you can fly up to 300m away from you but in some cases, depending on the drone size, colour, your eye sight, you will loose track of your drone much sooner so please don’t push it all the way to 300m because that’s what the law says.
      If you follow this 8 tips then you shouldn’t have any problems flying a drone in Romania.
      Stay safe and happy flying.
      Best wishes
      Mihai

  • Gheo | 27.05.2018

    Of course have communist laws regarding drones, compared to other EU countries. It is like this because Dragnea&Co are afraid of the eyes in the skies, because those might show to the world what you cannot see from the ground level(their villas, illegal destroying of forests and natural areas etc).
    Welcome back to the communism, Romania!

  • Antony Paul | 24.05.2019

    Hey buddy,
    I am planning to make a vacation trip to Romania from dubai, I am carrying my dji spark (drone), which the weight and flying altitude is below the policy, weather I want to make any special permission to enter my drone at Romania, in this case my drone gas been registered in dubai..
    Thank you

  • Mihai Bogdan Roman | 28.05.2019

    Hi Antony
    You don’t need any special permission to enter/leave Romania with a drone regardless of it’s size, weight and shape. DJI Spark weighs 300g so you don’t need to worry about registering it in Romania either. Some airline companies have policies in place regarding drones, batteries and how to transport them safely on their aircrafts so please check with your airline before talking it on the plane.
    Enjoy your trip and happy flying.
    Best wishes
    Mihai

    • Antony Paul | 03.06.2019

      Mulțumesc frumos, thats sounds wonderful..

    • Chris Brodie | 01.07.2019

      Hi Mihai, this is the only thread I can find on actually taking a drone into the country, I will be travelling from Bulgaria (via train) to Bucharest and following the strict laws on flying I will not be doing so. I am just worried I will get stopped and it taken from me – This happened in Azerbaijan and caused all kinds of problems! I do not want to miss out on flying in Bulgaria.

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