🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links & known rules about recreational & commercial drone use in Croatia (Zagreb & Split). Give a 👍 at the end of this post if you enjoyed it & feel free to comment your experience or any updates 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 Croatia
Croatia does not differentiate much commercial & recreational drone uses. Both are subject to restrictions & a strict code of conduct. Additionally, depending on the weight of your drone, different rules will apply.
✅ In Croatia, drone regulation falls under Croatian Civil Aviation Agency (CCAA) & they can be contacted anytime via;
Phone: (+385) 1 2369 300
✅ Croatia exempts the below rules for drones which weight more than 150 kg (falling under manned aircraft rules), drones used indoors or by emergency services.
✅ The country additionally differentiates five drone weight classes:
below 250 g (considered as a toy).
between 250 g & 900 g (B1)
below 5 kg (B2)
between 5 & 25 kg (C1)
between 25 & 150 kg (C2)
Can I bring my drone to Croatia?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Croatia (Zagreb & Split) as long as your import is considered as legitimate (generally one drone per person).
🚨 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 Croatia?
✅ Croatia flight map is controlled by AMC Portal showing flight restricted areas for recreational use mainly. The portal references live and planned parachute, drone & airplane activities to help a secure flying experience for all.
Croatia Drone Fly Map
🛬 Controlled airport airspace operates up to 5 km around any airport - see a full list of control towers here.
🚨 Zagreb city centre can be subject to temporary flight restrictions - check here
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Croatia
✅ Good things first, you will not need a license to fly your drone for recreational use in Croatia if your drone weights less than 5 kg as long as you keep your flight in a non restricted area.
✅ To fly a drone in Croatia, you first need to be eligible:
for drones between 250 - 900 g (B1), you need to be at least 14 years old (if not, you need an adult to supervise you).
for drones below 5 kg (B2), you need to be at least 16 years old.
for drones between of 25 kg+ (C1 & C2), you need to be at least 18 years old.
In every category case, you will need:
fly at a maximum of 120 m altitude (50 m within airport controlled zones (3 to 5 km distance) or 50 m above an obstacle) & 500 m away from you.
fly always in sight & if you wish to fly by night your drone will need a lighting system.
you will need to mark your drone with a non inflammable labelling system mentioning your full contact details (drones weighting less than 250 g are exempt).
run a back check of your drone and the flights' surroundings prior any take off.
fly at least 3 km away from airports. You must also give priority to all other categories of aircraft & if you see n aircraft during your flight, land immediately.
fly your drone 30 m (5 m in low speed) away from animals, objects, vehicles, roads, railways, waterways, power lines, people & respect individuals' privacy.
fly your drone 50 m from crowds.
do not transport anything on your drone.
fly away from urban areas (flight for 'fun' are not allowed there).
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🚨 If your drone weights more than 5 kg, you will need a license to fly it in Croatia
✅ During your flight, you must be able to present / carry:
the manual of your aircraft
your permit for flying (if in a restricted airspace)
a copy of your insurance (when applicable)
How to register my drone in Croatia?
✅ This is done in one simple step by completing this online form You may contact the Croatian Airspace Cell (AMC) for more info around your application by:
Phone: (+385) 1 6259 309
Courrier: CROATIA CONTROL LTD, AMC Croatia, Rudolfa Fizira 2, P.O. Box 103, HR-10410 Velika Gorica, Croatia
How to obtain my drone license for commercial use in Croatia?
First things first, to be eligible you will need to:
have a valid Health Certificate (Class 3 Medical Certificate)
be at least 18 years old
The license has 2 parts:
A theory exam tot est your aeronautical skills (for drones over 5 kg)
A practical exam to apply all about the rules up there (for drones over 25 kg).
What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in Croatia?
🚨 The amount & scope of the fine will depend on the nature & severity of your infraction. The judges will also evaluate if you intentionally committed the infraction &/or if you had any commercial purpose during your flight.
Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above Croatia's 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 Croatia! 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 rules and regulations.
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