Drone regulations in Spain

Flying Drones in Spain

In this article, we have summarized for you the drone laws in Spain.

Due to its unique culture and fascinating landscape, Spain is a popular travel destination for many. And rightly so! The southern European country has the most diverse drone motives from beaches to mountains, lakes, forests, cliffs and volcanoes.

Please note that Spain, as a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), adopts the EU drone regulation, which will enter into force on 31 December 2020. Information about the new rules can be found in our overview article and on the pages linked there.

Overview: Drone rules in Spain

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:400 Foot (121,9 Meter) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. 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

AESA: [email protected]

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Further rules for drone pilots in Spain

Details of the drone (manufacturer, model, serial number), the full name of the owner, and means of contact must be visibly displayed on the drone and on the remote control using a fireproof identification plate.

Drones flights are always to be carried out in direct visual line of sight, which means that the copter shall not be more than 500 meters away from the pilot. During FPV flights, a second person must monitor the drone with the naked eye and be in direct contact with the pilot.

As far as I know, liability insurance for drones is only required by commercial pilots in Spain. Nevertheless, is is strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate policy!

Commercial pilots can obtain permission for their drones up to a weight of 150 kilograms. Applying for this permit entails getting a drone license and a medical certificate.

Safety distances and flight bans

Drone pilots must maintain a distance of at least 8 kilometers to airports in uncontrolled airspace (15 kilometers on approved flights out of sight).

Flights over buildings, settlements, and gatherings of people are not allowed. A distance of 150 meters must be maintained to buildings. To persons who are not involved in the flight, the drone must be kept at a distance of 50 meters. Additional conditions may apply in nature reserves. Of course, flights in controlled airspace are also prohibited. Flights over buildings and people are allowed when the drone weighs less than 250 grams and the altitude does not exceed 20 meters above the ground.

For flights in national parks, you need permission from the administration. The use of drones in no-fly zones must be approved by the Spanish Ministry of Defense (processing time approximately one week).

The use of copters is permitted only during the day. For drones with a take-off weight of fewer than 2 kilograms, flights may also be carried out at night as long as a flight altitude of 50 meters above the ground is not exceeded.

Regional authorities can issue their own regulations for the operation of drones. Therefore, it is always useful to ask around for the local rules. The nearest police station may be a good starting point.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Spain 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 Spain!

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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!


  • Rupert | 31.03.2018

    Hello! Did you travel to ibiza with your drone? Hoping to get some advice how to travel from London to Spain with my DJI Phantom 3 ? Thanks so much


  • Cian power | 26.04.2018

    Hi, i plan on taking a holiday to marbella this year and would like to bring my mavic pro along for the journey, however i am worried about getting the drone confiscated while going through airports. Any advice on how i could prevent this would be much appreciated

    • Miguel | 01.08.2018

      Never had any problem in security. Always had the drone in carry-on.

  • Slava | 05.05.2018

    I flew from Amsterdam to Alicante. Dji mavic pro was in luggage and everything went well. Stop being afraid.

  • snikpoh | 29.05.2018

    I’ve been told I need a licence to fly a drone in Spain – is this correct (May 2018)

    • Rory McCarthy | 03.08.2018

      No you only need a licence for commercial drone use in Spain

  • Brett Clark | 06.06.2018

    If I am reading this correctly, you can’t even fly a Mavic Air (430g) over a building or people?

    • kolergy | 10.08.2018

      Whatever the country you are not supposed to fly over people or buildings, this is basic safety.

      • Brett | 07.09.2018

        Adventure video and Construction progress video always requires you fly over people or buildings. People pay money for this

  • Jan | 08.06.2018

    Hi Francis,
    thank you for the informative article, would you by any chance know what commercial license is needed for real estate? I am certified UAV pilot in Czech republic by UCL and am allowed to do commercial work here, however I was asked to photograph several villas around Benidorm.

    Any additional info is very appreciated.

  • Pedro | 29.07.2018

    Jan, you need AESA license for real estate.

  • Sergei | 17.08.2018

    Hi Francis,
    thank you for the article!
    We are going to travel from Genona to Barcelona along South of France. I examined some legislation in Europe, so there is no chance to use drone in towns. So we can use drone in the countryside and make pictures of fields and so on. A what about your recent expirience?

  • Terry | 06.09.2018

    Hi Francis
    I am going to ibiza on Monday 10th phoned airport and they told me I had to put it in the hole and I am concerned my last message mavic pro will get damaged ?

  • KC | 12.09.2018

    Hi am going to bring my DJI spark drone to Ibiza this 17 Sept. should not be an issue right?

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Right 🙂

  • Sharon | 24.09.2018

    Does anyone offer a photography service for property sales in the canary islands and what pitfalls would you for see. Any advice please?

    • Arvid Berg | 26.10.2018

      Well, some do, including me, but it is a market where brokers usually takes their own iPhone pictures for you know 1M€ properties and thinks that’s OK.

  • Mike D | 02.01.2019

    Great post, very informative. I am traveling to Tenerife in a few weeks and taking my Spark , I’m guessing i will be ok to fly there using common sence.

    • Francis Markert | 07.01.2019

      Let us know what experiences you have in Spain!

  • Tom | 17.01.2019

    I’ve read somewhere that if you fly a drone in Spain, you need to put a fireproof label on it with some owner data, is that true?

  • Harold | 13.02.2019

    Hello, I am going to Begur in Spain this summer. I can not find anywhere whether you can fly here. Do you know this?

    In addition, you can not be above the beach, can you be on the beach if you are flying above the sea?

  • JMS | 16.02.2019

    Hi. I am going to Costa Blanca and wants to make some movies in the nature. Do you know where I can find a map for legal flying, and nature parks with restrictions / forbidden flying ? We have some salty lakes often with flamingos and I dont know if they er nature park, or if it is legal to fly in the area.

    • Joris | 24.03.2019

      I haven’t found this link on any English site yet, but thankfully a friendly lady at a visitor information centre helped me out. Hope it helps you all!

  • Peter | 06.05.2019

    Hi, Can i use My Dji Spark in central of Barcelona? Near la sagrada familie and barcelonetta Beach?

    • Joris | 09.05.2019

      The rules above state: “A distance of 150 meters must be maintained to buildings. To persons who are not involved in the flight, maneuver must be kept at a distance of 50 meters.”
      The Sagrada Familia is a building. Both places have lots of visitors, who you should classify as persons who are not involved in the flight. I’ll leave the conclusion to you.

  • Hassan | 07.02.2020

    Is there any rouels about drone fishing in Costa del Sol?

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