The Ultimate Guide to Cyprus (Larnaca) Drone Laws & Rules

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links & known regulation around recreational & commercial drone use in Cyprus (Larnaca). 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 Cyprus


Cyprus differentiates commercial & recreational drone usage - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage. Both are subject to restrictions & a code of conduct.


✅ In Cyprus, drone laws fall under management of the Department of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transport & they can be contacted via this contact form ("It wasn't working when we tried tho"). There is a sub department in charge of drone operations; the Unmanned Aircraft Department of Civil Aviation.


✅ Cyprus will classify your drone operations into the 'Special Category' if:

  • you fly a drone weighting more than 3 kg

  • you fly a drone for commercial purposes

For any flights under this category, you will need a Cyprus license to fly your drone.

Can I travel to Cyprus with my drone?


✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Cyprus 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 Cyprus?


✅ Cyprus built a detailed drone flight map showing flight restricted areas for recreational use mainly. The map is organised in a color scheme and symbols to help drone owners to fly responsibly & safely within Cyprus:

  • Red = Airport Control Zones

  • Green = Restricted Areas (Marki & Tersefanou).

✅ The live version of the map will also display hospitals & other sites to fly away from.


Cyprus Drone Fly Map


🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations, archaeological sites & strategic infrastructure. Larnaca, Marki & Tersefanou cities are pretty much out of question without a permission as too close to the airport (Larcana & Tersefanou) & microlight airports (Marki).


🦅 National parks & reserves are on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the park or reserve authorities (note they are not represented on this map).


🚨 This map & the below rules are only valid for the Southern part of the island, the North being under the control of the Turkish rules & administration.

Recreational Drone use in Cyprus


✅ Good things first, you will not need a license to fly your drone for recreational use in Cyprus as long as you keep your flight away from a restricted flight zone & fly with a drone weighting less than 3 kg


🚨 Make sure to register your drone prior flying your drone in Cyprus (see below how to).


Saying this, within the Cyprus permitted zones, you will need to follow a few rules:

  • fly your drone at a maximum of 50 m above ground or water & 500 m away from you.

  • fly a drone that weights less than 3 kg (above you fall into the Commercial rules).

  • fly your drone only during daylight & always in sight.

  • fly your drone 1 km away from residential areas & 500 m away from buildings, vehicles, animals structure, people (unless consent) & respect individuals' privacy.

  • fly at least 8 km away from airports & 3 km from heliports & give priority to all other categories of aircraft. If you see an aircraft during your flight, land immediately.

  • fly away from archaeological sites unless private and you have authorisation.

  • do not drop anything from your drone while flying.

  • do not take photos or videos of National Guard installations.

  • do not fly near a natural disaster or somewhere emergencies will need to intervene



How to register my drone for recreational use in Cyprus?


✅ The process is pretty simple, simply complete this online form as soon as possible. You will need to complete it with:

  • your full personal contact details

  • the drone's full technical details including serial number


What do I risk for flying a recreational drone illegally in Cyprus?


🚨 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 and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such. However, local authorities specify that you will be judge according to articles 245, 246 & 247 of the Civil Aviation Act 2002.

Commercial Drone use or drones over 3 kg in Cyprus


Cyprus requires you to have a license as a drone pilot & register your drone to undertake any flight with a drone weighting more than 3 kg or of commercial purpose. Once you got your license, you will need to follow all the rues of the recreational use, except that you fly up to 120 m altitude 👌


How to obtain my drone license for commercial use in Cyprus?


✅ To be eligible, you will need a valid Health Certificate (Class 3 Medical Certificate) & a drone operations insurance covering you up to 1 Million € for third party damage.


A drone license is issued in Cyprus by the Department of Civil Aviation, subject to an application by a registered company. You can get further information via this contact: uav@dca.mcw.gov.cy


🕔 Allow about 1 year to complete "The government is hiring one more person to accelerate this process" - Rapid growth of drone use requires new law, experts say.


What do I risk for flying a commercial drone illegally in Cyprus?


🚨 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 and/or if you had any commercial purposes to do such. However, local authorities specify that you will be judge according to articles 245, 246 & 247 of the Civil Aviation Act 2002.

Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above Cyprus' awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:


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Travelling further? Check out our Drone Rules World Map; country by country!

✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Cyprus! Have fun & safe flight!

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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.


Other resources

Drone fly map in Cyprus

UAVS Decree 402-2015

Drone FAQ in Cyprus

Register your drone in Cyprus


Sources

Cyprus Department of Civil Aviation

Unmanned Aircraft Department of Civil Aviation

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