Drone Laws in Czech Republic
Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Czech Republic.
Czech Republic Drone Regulations
According to the Czech Republic’s national aviation authority, the Czech Republic Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flying a drone is legal in the Czech Republic, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
If you’d like to contact the CAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: CAA Contact Page / +420 225 421 111
Why fly a drone in the Czech Republic? To get great aerial shots like these!
General Rules for Flying a Drone Within the European Union
Czech Republic is a part of the European Union and therefore must abide by the drone regulations put in place by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In addition to these regulations, Czech Republic also has regulations that are country-specific.
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone within the European Union.
There are three operational categories that determine drone regulations based on the weight of the drone and the intended operation. This section will only cover the Open Category, to see all European Union laws and categories, click here.
A drone can be operated in the “Open “category if:
- The drone has one of the class identification labels 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
- The drone was purchased before 1 January 2023, with no class identification label as above.
- The drone has a maximum take-off mass of less than 25 kg (55 lbs).
- The remote pilot keeps the drone at a safe distance away from people.
- The drone will not be operated directly over people unless it has a class identification label or is lighter than 250 g (0.55 lbs). (Please refer to subcategories of operations: A1, A2, and A3 to find out where you can fly with your drone).
- The remote pilot will maintain a visual line of sight (VLOS) or the remote pilot will be assisted by a UA observer.
- The remote pilot will not operate the drone above 120m (400ft).
- The drone will not carry any dangerous goods and will not drop any material.
General Rules for Flying a Drone in the Czech Republic
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in the Czech Republic.
- A license is required for commercial drone operations in the Czech Republic, and a permit may be required for hobbyist drone operations. See the section below for more information on licensing and permit requirements in the Czech Republic, or visit this page on the CAA’s website to learn more.
- Drone operation are generally permitted in Class G airspace in the Czech Republic. This airspace extends from the ground up to 300 m above the ground. See this page on the CAA’s website for more information on flying a drone near an airport.
- A visual line of sight must be maintained with the UAV at all times by the drone Pilot in Command (PIC).
- Drone operations must not be carried out at unsafe distance from persons, structures, and densely populated areas. See this page on the CAA’s website for details on what constitutes an unsafe distance.
For more information on the Czech Republic’s drone laws, see this page on the CAA’s website.
Know something we don’t about drone laws in the Czech Republic? 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 the Czech Republic can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.
Licensing and Permits Requirements for Flying a Drone in the Czech Republic
A license is required to use a drone for commercial operations in the Czech Republic. See the first section on this page on the CAA’s website for step-by-step information on how to obtain a license.
A permit is required to use a drone for personal use (i.e., as a hobbyist). See the second section on this page on the CAA’s website for more information on obtaining a permit to fly for personal use in the Czech Republic.
Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in the Czech Republic? Here you go: