Drone regulations in Spain

Flying Drones in SpainIn this article, we have summarized for you the drone laws in Spain.

Maximum flight altitude: In Spain, drones may climb up to a height of 120 meters.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones flights are always to be carried out in direct line of sight, it 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 eye and be in direct contact with the pilot.

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

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Commercial pilots can obtain permission up to a weight of 150 kilograms. For private flights, I assume, a maximum weight of 2 kilograms. But ask the AESA, if your copter weighs more.

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

Other safe distances: 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.

Flight bans: Flights over buildings, settlements, and gatherings of people are not allowed. 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 a flight height of 20 meters above ground is not exceeded.

Flight approval: 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).

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

Specific regulations: Regional authorities can issue their regulations for the operation of drones. Therefore, it is always useful to ask around for the rules on the spot.

Regulations for commercial pilots: A permit is necessary for business drone flights. The Spanish aviation agency differs in three scenarios.

Good to know: You can contact a partner from AESA at [email protected].

Helpful links: Information from the AESADecree of December 2017

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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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

  • 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

    Rupert

  • 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
    Cian

    • 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

      https://drones.enaire.es/
      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.

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