Drone Laws in Croatia
Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Croatia.
Croatia Drone Regulations
According to Croatia’s national aviation authority, the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, flying a drone is legal in Croatia, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
If you’d like to contact the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: email@example.com / +385 1 2369 300
Why fly a drone in Croatia? To get aerial shots of beautiful spots like this!
General Rules for Flying a Drone in Croatia
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Croatia.
- Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters above the surface or 50 meters above the obstacle, whichever is greater.
- When flying in controlled airspace, maintain a radius of at least 5 km from the aerodrome up to 50 m above the surface.
- When flying in uncontrolled airspace, maintain a radius of at least 3 km from the aerodrome up to 120 m above the surface.
- Maintain a visual line of sight with the drone at all times.
- Drones must maintain a distance of at least 30 m away from uninvolved people, unless the low-speed mode is activated and the maximum speed doesn’t exceed 3m/s. In that case, the drone must remain at least 5 m away from uninvolved people.
- The minimum allowed distance from a UAV in flight to a group of people is 50 m.
- All drones weighing more than 5kg must be labeled with a non-flammable identification plate or with an identification label if the drone weighs less than 5kg. The non-flammable identification plate or identification label must contain the identification mark of the unmanned aircraft system and the owner’s contact information (name, surname, address, phone/e-mail).
- Do not operate more than one drone at a time.
- Do not fly within the area in which emergency response effort is being conducted.
Flight Operation Categories, Registration, Exam, and Approval Requirements
The operator shall conduct flight operations in accordance with requirements from Table 1.
- For category A and B1 flight operations, the operator is not required to register their drone or to pass an exam.
- For category B2 and C1 flight operations, it is mandatory to register your drone using the Registration of UAS Operator Form: FOD-FRM-005
- For category C1 flight operations, the drone operator must pass a theoretical knowledge test in addition to registering his or her drone.
- For category C2 flight operations, the drone operator must pass a theoretical knowledge test, demonstrate flight proficiency, and receive approval from the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency.
The registration form and inquiries about the theoretical knowledge exam should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the full Ordinance on Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Republic of Croatia here. Additional information about airspace obligations and/or restrictions can be found on the Airspace Management Cell (AMC) Portal.
Rules for Flying a Drone at Night in Croatia
Drone flight operations may be conducted at night in accordance with the following provisions:
- The drone operator has met the registration, exam, and approval requirements designated above in Table 1. Please refer to the table since the requirements are not the same for every category of drone flight.
- The drone is equipped with lights that ensure the determination of orientation of the drone in the airspace.
- Lights on the drone must be visible to the remote pilot during the whole flight.
Rules for Taking Photo and Video With a Drone in Croatia
In Croatia, aerial photography and video footage for professional purposes requires a permit. Aerial imaging of the national territory of the Republic of Croatia needed for land surveying, researching, spatial planning, and for other business and scientific purposes may be carried out by legal and physical persons registered for aerial imaging activities with the competent registration bodies in the countries where they have seat.
If you plan to take photos or record video footage with a drone in Croatia, you must:
- Obtain permission to fly from the CCAA
- Apply for a Request for Issuance from the State Geodetic Administration
- Provide proof of the intended use for the aerial photographs/video footage
- Do not take aerial photos or record aerial footage for private use
- Submit the photographs and video footage to the State Geodetic Administration for control within 8 days of shooting the material
- Be aware that all filmed material will remain archived in State Geodetic Administration
The permit for aerial imaging is valid for a maximum of three months. For more information on regulations regarding aerial imaging in Croatia, you can review the Government of the Republic of Croatia Regulation on Aerial Imaging.
For more information on Croatia’s drone laws, see this page on the Croatian Air Traffic Control website.
Know something we don’t about drone laws in Croatia? Send us an email at support[at]uavcoach[dot]com. We are not international aviation attorneys and do our best to keep this page up-to-date for drone pilots, but the reality is that given the pace of the small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) industry and how governments are responding, drone regulations in Croatia can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.
Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Croatia? Here you go: