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Drone Laws in Malta

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Malta.

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According to Malta’s national aviation authority, the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD), flying a drone is legal in Malta, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.

If you’d like to contact the CAD directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: civil.aviation@transport.gov.mt / +356 2555 5606

flying a drone in Malta

Why fly a drone in Malta? To get great aerial shots like these!

General Rules for Flying a Drone Within the European Union

Malta 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, Malta 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 Malta

Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Malta.

  • Drones may not be flown over populated areas such as towns, cities, and villages; people or crowds; vehicles or vessels; or private property without the permission of the property owner.
  • Drone pilots should be aware that the collection of images of identifiable individuals, even inadvertently, when using cameras mounted on small drones, may be subject to Malta’s Data Protection Act.
  • Drones must give way to manned aircraft in all instances.

For more information on Malta’s drone laws, see this page on the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Malta? 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 Malta 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 Malta? Here you go: