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Drone Laws in Monaco

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Monaco.

drone laws in MonacoMonaco Drone Regulations

According to Monaco’s national aviation authority, Monaco’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), flying a drone is legal in Monaco, 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 Form / +377 98 98 87 11

flying a drone in Monaco

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

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Monaco

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

  • The use of drones that weigh less than 500 grams (1.1 pounds) for recreational purposes is freely permitted, with the exception of the vicinity of the Prince’s Palace, the Place du Palais, and within 150 meters (492 feet) of any airport or heliport.
  • To operate drones that weigh more than 500 grams (1.1 pounds), a certificate of authorization must be obtained from the CAA. See the section below for more information on how to obtain a certificate.
  • You may not take photographs or video by drone without permission. Permission must be obtained at least 15 days prior to the proposed shoot. Learn about the process for obtaining permission here.
  • Drone insurance is required to operate any drone that weighs more than 500 grams (1.1 pounds).

For more information on Monaco’s drone laws, see this page on the CAA’s website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Monaco? Send us an email at support@uavcoach.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 Monaco can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Certification Requirements for Flying a Drone in Monaco

A certificate of authorization issued by the CAA is required to fly any drone weighing 500 grams (1.1 pounds) or more in Monaco. Here are some details:

  • Operators of drones weighing over 500 grams (1.1 pounds) must apply for a general permit before flying. Once obtained, the permit is good for three years.
  • In addition, operators must obtain authorization from the CAA before every flight they conduct. Learn more about the application process for obtaining authorization to fly here.
  • A separate authorization must be obtained for shooting photos and / or videos. Learn more about that process here.

Want to get a feel for the kind of footage you could get flying a drone in Monaco? Here you go: