Drone Laws in Liechtenstein
Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein Drone Regulations
According to Liechtenstein’s national aviation authority, Liechtenstein’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flying a drone is legal in Liechtenstein, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / +423 236 60 72
Why fly a drone in Liechtenstein? To get great aerial shots like these!
General Rules for Flying a Drone Within the European Union
Liechtenstein 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, Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Liechtenstein.
- When operating a drone with visual recording equipment, images and videos recorded may only be for personal use and cannot violate individual privacy rights without express permission. Liechtenstein has very strict privacy laws that can carry legal penalties for accidental violation of an individual’s privacy—learn more about privacy regulations in Liechtenstein here.
- A permit from the CAA is required in the instances listed below—you can find the application to obtain a permit here.
- To fly a drone that weighs more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds).
- If the drone pilot wishes to engage in “First Person View”.
- For flights within 100 meters (328 feet) of crowds.
- For flights within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of an airport or over private property.
- For drones weighing more than 500 grams (1.1 pounds), liability insurance is required.
- Operators must maintain an unaided visual line of sight with their drone while flying.
- Drones may not be flown within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of the Balzers area.
- Drones may not be flown near the Landtag Building or Vaduz Castle.
For more information on Liechtenstein’s drone laws, see this page on the CAA’s website.
Know something we don’t about drone laws in Liechtenstein? Send us an email at email@example.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 Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein? Here you go: