Drone regulations in Slovenia

In this post, you will learn all you need to know if you want to fly a drone in Slovenia.

The EU Drone Regulation has been in force in Slovenia 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 Slovenia, you can do so via this link.

Overview of the European rules that apply in Slovenia

In Slovenia, 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.

Is registration necessary? Registration is mandatory for all drone operators, unless the drone weighs less than 250 grams and is NOT equipped with sensors to collect personal data (e.g. camera, microphone). Drones that fall under the EU Toys Directive are also exempt. The registration is recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
LabelsAll drones must be visibly marked with the individual registration number (e-ID). If available, the number must also be loaded into the drones remote identification system. More info on drone badges
Drone license:Depending on the category, pilots must take exams to obtain the EU drone license. These are recognized in all countries that have also introduced the EU Drone Regulation.
Differentiation by category: Open Category (with three subcategories), Specific Category and Certified Category; no distinction between private and commercial pilots.
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter in uncontrolled airspace in Open Category.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

National peculiarities in Slovenia

Each country can define certain aspects of its drone regulations. For Slovenia, the following requirements apply in addition to the European regulations.

Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Minimum age for remote pilots16 years
Contact information
Civil Aviation Agency Slovenia
Kotnikova ulica 19A
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
E-Mail: [email protected]

Regulations for drone pilots in Slovenia

If you want to acquire a drone license in Slovenia, you can find information via this link. Existing licenses remain valid until December 31, 2021.

There were restrictions in the old law on the subject of aerial photography. This meant that recordings with model aircraft are allowed if they are made exclusively for private purposes and by drones weighing up to 25 kilograms. It can be assumed that Slovenia will revise such special regulations.

In this map you will find no-fly zones:

Insurance is required for drones which weigh 20 kilograms or more. Nevertheless, we recommend you have appropriate insurance.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Slovenia 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 Slovenia!

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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

  • Tom Moran | 24.02.2018

    Hey Francis, as an amateur travelling to Slovenia, what if I were to bring a dji spark to fly in uninhabited areas? Could I not take any video with this?

    Thanks,
    Tom

    • Francis Markert | 28.03.2018

      Hi Tom,
      The rules are clear on that point. You are not allowed to fly a drone for photography in Slovenia.

      • Thomas Moran | 28.03.2018

        Thanks Francis, was just looking to confirm that they explicitly ban videography. As you mention in your article, this is a bit backwards. Was hoping to fly in uninhabited areas at low altitudes, shame that even this small subset of uav videography is excluded. Appreciate the reply

  • Thomas Moran | 28.03.2018

    Hi Francis, just following up. What is classified as an aerial photograph? any sort of imaging device or aerial photography for commerical use such as orthoimagery or image mosaics.

    Thanks!

  • Maj | 01.04.2018

    actually you are free to fly your Spark as it is under 500g.
    You are not allowed to do any “activity” with it.
    That includes photgraphy of any kind.
    If you want to do that you have register with CAA. and state that you know legislation. and pay 80 eur tax.

    • Eduard | 30.08.2018

      Him do you know any form where should I apply if I would like to register with CAA in Slovenia?

  • Robin van Damme | 03.04.2018

    Hi there,

    Flying drones is new for me and I searched for over an hour to find the exact rules for drone use in Slovenia.

    I am wondering if someone knows the answer on 2 kind of simple questions:

    1. Is bringing my drone by hand luggage cause any problems?

    2. If question 1 is no problem, can you fly your drone in Slovenia by using common sense? Aiming for three 10 minutes flights max. (Bled, Predjama castle and Ljubljana. Ljubljana ofcourse not the inner city but outside it).

    It would be really great if someone can inform be about it. Thanks a lot!

  • Maj | 15.04.2018

    For flying heavier drone than 500g it has to be registred and flight reported to CAA. See regulations in english.

    https://www.caa.si/upload/editor/file/filec20f304260a7f66.pdf

    when flying 4 prop drone you have to stay 30m away from objects, people, infrastructure. That is on short.

    • onur | 19.04.2018

      Maj Hi,

      so i guess I can fly dji spark at slovenia right?

  • Robin van Damme | 17.04.2018

    Thanks Maj! This is helpfull.

    My drone weights 1kg (Karma). If I don’t register, will this give me problems at the airport?

    And do you know anything about the fine for flying without a permit?

    My idea is to do a really short flight to shoot some nice footage and that’s it.

    The paperwork and 80 euro tax isn’t really motivating for me.

    Thanks again!

    • Maj | 24.04.2018

      Would not know about airport. I suppose owning a drone is legal anyhow. Rules are just for flying.

      Fines are genaraly in 200 to 2000 euros range.
      For person. And for company as well. I guess you would be breaking more than just one paragraph. Probably multiplying a fine.

      Eitherway, use common sense, dont fly close to people, objects, infrastructure, …

  • Miko Ratajczak | 17.09.2018

    sHello Francis , thank you for this website very helpful. So if Flights are only allowed for leisure activities in uninhabited areas in Slovenia, do i need special permits to fly my Karma Hero6 drone for leisure ? From what i read on this site i can fly but not film or take pictures ?? Did you ever hear that this rule is very stirct and that fines are actually given to people ? Thank you

  • Melvin | 11.06.2019

    Your info on drone laws is really helpful. And it’s very valuable that you add a link to the country’s regulations, so that it’s possible to double check.

    We’ve checked you website already a couple of times in the past.
    Keep the good job going!

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