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The Ultimate Guide to the Vatican's Drone Laws & Rules

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all drone law links & known rules around recreational & commercial drone use in the Vatican. 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.

Vatican drone laws and rules

Recreational vs commercial drone use in Vatican

Vatican does not differentiate commercial & recreational drone use - see our post to differentiate recreational vs commercial drone usage. Both are subject to the strictest restrictions & a code of conduct.

🚨 For the moment, the use of drones is restricted. Drone regulation is delegated to the responsibility of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) & can be reached via email at or over phone (+39) 06 445 961

🚨 Some guys tried in the past & got arrested & expelled for flying above the Vatican, so we strongly recommend to keep your drone on the ground this time. Moreover, if not flying above the Vatican itself, you will fall immediately into Rome's skies which is severely controlled as well - see "The Ultimate Guide to Italy (Rome) Drone Laws & Rules"

What do I risk for flying a drone illegally in the Vatican?

🚨 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, some journal stories prove that they are quite severe fines and expel orders applied to those flying without permission.


If you got everything in order, you can start flying above Vatican's (& Rome eventually) awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:

Country by country drone laws map

✅ Please leave a comment or update the Forum when you receive news and/or gain experience with your drone in Vatican! Have fun & 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 airline drone policies.

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