🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all law links and known rules about recreational and commercial drone use in Moldova (Chisinau). 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 Moldova
Moldova does not seem to differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage.
✅ In Moldova, drone laws falls under the Civil Aviation Authority & they can be contacted anytime via:
Phone: (+373) (22) 823 500
Can I bring my drone to Moldova?
✅ Currently, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions on bringing drones within Moldova (Chișinău) 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 Moldova?
✅ We did not find an official fly zone map for drones in Moldova "If you have more information about this, please let us in the Forum know anytime". Thankfully, app.airmap.io has listed all flight zones in a convenient 3 color legend.
Moldova drone fly map
🚨 You should not fly above or near military installations & strategic infrastructure. Fly away from airports.
🦅 National parks & reserves are on a case by case permission & you might need to check directly with the local park or reserve authorities. 🐢🦎
Recreational & Commercial Drone use in Moldova
✅ Moldova is currently reviewing its drone regulation & there is a simple mention that it will adopt the upcoming common European rules (set for early 2019) - see here.
In the meantime, it isn't because there aren't any drone regulation or that the rules are under revision in Moldova that you should do crazy things. As for a minimum behavior, it is always advised to:
fly away from airports (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft or helicopter take off & land) & give way to all other type of aircraft.
keep your drone in visual sight when flying and fly below 120 m during daylight.
avoid flying above people without their consent or moving vehicles.
ask before flying over military facilities, archaeological sites or religious buildings.
fly away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first responders.
Once you've got everything in order, you can start flying above Moldova's awesome landscapes and create videos like this one:
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✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in the Moldova! 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.