Can you fly your drone in Greece? Here’s what you should know!

  • Can you fly your drone in Greece? Here’s what you should know!

    Posted by Maura on 2022-06-10 at 3:52 AM

    The Summer holidays are coming and one of the preferred touristic destination in Europe is Greece. This could allow filmmakers to take breath-taking footage from the beautiful Greek Islands, such as Thassos, Crete, Santorini, Lefkada, or even from the impressive Meteora.

    If you plan on taking your drone with you and take advantage of the beautiful landscapes, here are the law regulations that you should be aware of:

    Greece Drone Regulations

    1. Flying drones is legal in Greece, according to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA) and you can always contact them to ask questions if you need more information. Their contact details are: [email protected] / +30 210 891600

    2. Aside from the regulations that are enforced by the country, you should be aware that Greece is part of the European Union (EU). This means that you should also follow the drone regulations provided by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

    3. You are not allowed to fly your drone directly over people, unless it has a class identification label or is lighter than 250 g (0.55 lbs).

    4. You are not allowed to fly your drone above 120 m (400 ft).

    If you plan to fly your drone up to 50 meters (164 ft) or above, you need to fill in an application for each individual drone flight that you plan to conduct. You also need to have your application approved by HCAA and get in touch with the local police department to share your flight plans. The maximum distance that you can be allowed to fly your drone is 120 meters (393 ft) above the ground.

    5. You are not allowed to use your drone to carry dangerous goods or drop any material.

    6. Your drone needs to maintain a safe distance from people at all times and you need to maintain visual contact with the drone at all times.

    7. You are not allowed to fly your drone during the night.

    8. You are not allowed to fly a drone which weights more than 25 kg (55 pounds).

    9. You are not allowed to fly your drone over prisons, hospitals, government, military facilities and other sensitive areas. Also, you are not allowed to fly your drone over private properties, without the permission from the property owner.

    You can read the legal framework of flying drones in Greece on the HCAA website: https://dagr.hcaa.gr/docs/HCAA%20UAS%20Regulation.pdf

    Now, that you are aware of the basic legal framework that is required to fly your drone in Greece, I am looking forward to see what will you film during your holiday!

    István replied 1 month, 1 week ago 6 Members · 9 Replies
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    Alex

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    2022-06-10 at 3:57 AM

    I have been to Crete. It is a wonderful place and the architecture is impressive. I did not know there are so many regulations when it comes to drones, even to small ones, under 250 g. I don’t know when I will visit Crete next time but I would like to fly my drone and snap a few aerial pictures and shoot a few videos from there.

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    Lili

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    2022-06-10 at 4:00 AM

    I have just finished booking my accommodation for my Holiday in Greece, when I read your post. Greece is, indeed, a very popular and beautiful destination and people from all over the world come to visit it. It is always best to know the regulations before flying your drone in Greece, otherwise you could get in trouble or pay big fines.

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    István

    Member
    2022-06-11 at 5:48 AM

    People should always check the regulations before filming in a place because there are always things you are not aware of that you should be. Safety first.

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    Marianna

    Member
    2022-06-12 at 10:20 AM

    Many Germans go to Greece for their summer holiday. The country has many beautiful places, such as Crete, Rhodes and Kos. I would see why they would want to bring their drones with them. It’s good to know there are additional laws.

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    Julia

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    2022-06-27 at 6:57 AM

    I was completely clueless that there are more than one set of rules and regulations when it comes to drones. There should be more education done on this topic, because more and more people are purchasing small drones and they believe there are no rules because the drones are under 250 g.

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      Alex

      Member
      2022-06-28 at 5:42 AM

      You have a valid point, Julia! Imagine having hundreds of drone pilots flying their drones over private properties. Accidents will happen. And at some point, people will learn from their mistakes and tell others what they learned and little by little, there will be awareness.

      It would have been nice if you would have to take a course and pass a final test in order to be able to purchase your first drone. For some reason, no one thought about this. I guess no one thought of the consequences.

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        Lili

        Member
        2022-06-28 at 5:52 AM

        I truly wonder why they didn’t do this. It would’ve been the best decision for everyone. Even kids can purchase drones from Amazon and they can use them to create so many hazards.

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      Maura

      Member
      2022-06-29 at 6:48 AM

      You are right! There is too litle education being made on drones and regulations but I imagine things will change in the future. Drones are not as popular as cellphones and not everyone owns one, so there shouldn’t be such a big issue at the moment. It remains to be seen how their popularity will change in the future. At the moment, the majority of those who own drones are using them for work-related purpose (photographers, video makers, television workers etc)

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        István

        Member
        2022-06-30 at 1:02 AM

        No one taught the population what are the rules when riding a bicycle in your country and in other countries as well but in the end, the fines they received from the police and a few unfortunate accidents were valuable lessons because the word of mouth also travels. Bicycles are more popular than drones at the moment, but I can see the same happening with drones as well. When you get a drone, you should look up the law and rules if you are a responsible person. If not, you will learn from the fines you will receive probably. 🙂