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Drone Laws in Russia

Drone regulations and links for people flying drones in Russia.

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

If you’d like to contact the SCAA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: +7 095 155 5395

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

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Russia

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

  • All drones weighing more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) must be registered.
  • Fly only during the day with clear weather and visibility.
  • Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone while flying.
  • Do not fly over people or congested areas.
  • Do not fly over sensitive areas such as military installations.
  • Flights are not allowed on the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square.

For more information on Russia’s drone laws, see this page on the SCAA website and this informational article posted on the Moscow Mayor’s official website.

Know something we don’t about drone laws in Russia? 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 Russia can change throughout the year, and those changes can be hard to track. If we missed something, please reach out to let us know.

Registration and Permit Requirements for Flying a Drone in Russia

Registration

Drones weighing 250 grams (.55 pounds) or more must be registered, and their operators must write flight plans to be submitted to the local air traffic controllers. Drones weighing less than 250 grams (.55 pounds) can be used without registration.

Learn more about registering your drone in Russia on this page on the CAA website.

Permit

To obtain a flight permit, you must submit an application to the local office of the Air Traffic Management system.

For the application you will need to provide your personal information and details about the flight and the drone. Learn more about where and how to submit the application here.

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