Drone regulations in Slovenia

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

Overview: Drone rules in Slovenia

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:150 Meter (492,1 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Yes.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people
Contact information
Civil Aviation Agency Slovenia
Kotnikova ulica 19A
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
E-Mail: [email protected]

Regulations for drone pilots in Slovenia

Slovenia has quite complex drone regulations. However, they have been made available in English, so you can read them carefully if you click the links above. This has also made it clearer what is allowed.

Slovenia differentiates between drone use for leisure or sport and commercial activities.

Drones for leisure and sport are referred to as aircraft models and may only fly in classes I and II, which means uninhabited areas according to the regulations:

  • Class I: “area where there are no structures and people, except for operators and personnel necessary to perform flying”
  • Class II: “area where there are ancillary structures or structures not intended for residential purposes of people and where there are no people, except for operators and personnel necessary to perform flying, and where only the occasional passage without stopping of people in this area (e.g. cyclists, walkers) is allowed”

Article 13 (4) of the law provides the crucial information on aviation activities, which include aerial photography. It states that aerial photography is allowed if it is for private use only and the drones weighs no more than 25 kilograms.

In addition, the following safety regulations must be observed:

  • Do not endanger others.
  • Before the flight, check that the drone is functioning properly and that the weather and other conditions are good.
  • Only fly one drone at a time.
  • Fly only during the day, otherwise a permit is required.
  • Keep a distance of 30 meters to people, animals, objects, vessels, vehicles, power lines and roads.
  • Keep at least 150 meters distance to groups of people (from 12 persons).
  • Keep a safety distance of 5 kilometers to airports (see map below).
  • In uncontrolled airspace, do not fly higher than 150 meters, in control zones 50 meters.
  • Keep the drone within visual line of sight, with a maximum of 500 meters between the pilot and the drone.
  • FPV flights are allowed if a second person keeps an eye on the copter and is in close proximity to the pilot.
  • Give priority to manned aircraft.

Drones that weigh more than 500 grams must be marked and starting at 5 kilograms, the material of the identification plate must be non-flammable. The marking shall include:

  • identification mark (must not begin with a capital D)
  • name, address, contact details
  • weight of the drone

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

Regulations for commercial pilots in Slovenia

Commercial drone flights require a permit according to the flight category. Aerial photography must be approved and flights must be pre-registered. Commercial pilots also need a certificate.

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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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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