In this blog post we’ll share all law links & known rules about recreational and commercial drone use in Belarus (Minsk). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to ask any questions or share your experience in The Forum. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our ability & does not replace official sources & your own research.
Recreational vs Commercial drone use in Belarus
Belarus does not seem to differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage. However, both are subject to restrictions & a strict code of conduct. Additionally, depending on your drone's weight & your destination within the country, different rules will apply.
✅ In Belarus, drone laws falls under the Ministry of Transport & Communications & they can be contacted anytime via:
Phone: (+375) 17 335 2140
Can I bring my drone to Belarus?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Belarus as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person). However be aware that you're allowed to carry up to 50 kg of personal luggage for a total value up to 1,500 €. Over this, there is a 30% import tax on goods you bring (minimum of 4€ / kilo).
🚨 Be aware of the airline you purchase to travel as some main ones will only accept your drone on-board if its batteries are detached & placed in a firecase during travel time. Most airlines will have a battery voltage limit based on the recommendation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You can find more info about a specific airline here.
Where can I fly my drone in Belarus?
✅ Belarus authorities build a cool interactive map to show where you can fly or not within the country. The European borders are clearly defined as a restricted zone to avoid. You can find a live version here.
Belarus drone fly map
🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations & strategic infrastructure. Fly away from airports & any aerodromes or airports or in other sensible areas of the country which have been identified as:
Minsk Region; the whole city center, its diplomatic town, Pobeditelei & Nezavisimosti Avenues, the Northern part of the Minsk ring road, Minsk Arena, Chizhovka Arena, Independence Palace, Lipki airfield, Beijing Hotel area, Minsk One Airport area.
Minsk Oblast Region; Minsk National Airport, Machulishchi, Ostroshitsky Gorodok, Part of the M3 and P80 motorway, Part of the M2 motorway.
Brest Oblast Region; Brest Airport
Vitebsk Oblast Region; Vitebsk Airport, Western & northern parts of Postavy.
Gomel Oblast Region; Gomel Airport; 2. southern part of Rechitsa.
Grodno Oblast Region; Western part of Grodno, including OAO Grodno Azot, Eastern part of Lida & an area to the west of the city, Belarusian nuclear power plant.
Mogilev Oblast Region; Mogilev Airport, Area near the villages of Brozhka, Tugolitsa, Telusha to the south of Bobruisk.
🦅 National parks & reserves might be on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities.
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Belarus
✅ You do not need a permission or a license for flying your drone in Belarus. However, there are strict rules depending on your drone's weight, your flight zones and a code of conduct to follow for all operators.
Additionally, you must fly:
at a maximum altitude of 100 m above the ground & always within sight.
you should not fly near the President of Belarus 👌
a drone weighing more than 500 g should be labelled by yourself in a clearly manner including your full name & your address.
away from airports (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft or helicopter take off & land) & give way to all other type of aircraft.
away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first responders.
avoiding sensitive areas including government or military facilities.
Once you've got everything in order, you can start flying above Belarus' awesome landscapes and create videos like this one:
✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in the Belarus! Have fun and safe flight!
Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about local drone regulations.