According to Spain’s national aviation authority, the State Agency of Air Security (AESA), flying a drone is legal in Spain, but we recommend being aware of and compliant with the drone regulations listed below before doing so.
If you’d like to contact AESA directly before you travel with any questions you might have, here is their contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org / +34 91 396 80 00
Why fly a drone in Spain? To get great aerial shots like these!
General Rules for Flying a Drone in Spain
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in Spain.
- Regional authorities have the ability to issue their own drone regulation, so it’s a good idea to do local research before flying.
- A permit is required for commercial drone flights.
- Liability insurance is required for commercial drone pilots.
- Drones may be flown up to 120 meters (394 feet) above the ground.
- Drones may only be flown during the day. For drones with a take-off weight of less than 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds), flights may also be carried out at night as long as a flight altitude of 50 meters (164 feet) above the ground is not exceeded.
- Drones must always be flown within the visual line of sight. During FPV flights a second visual observer must monitor the drone with the eye and be in direct contact with the pilot.
- Drone pilots must maintain a distance of at least 8 kilometers (5 miles) to airports in uncontrolled airspace, or 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) on approved BVLOS flights.
- Drone pilots must maintain a distance of 150 meters (492 feet) from buildings, and a distance of 50 meters (164 feet) or more from people not involved in the flight.
- For flights in national parks, you need permission from the AESA. The use of drones in no-fly zones must be approved by the Spanish Ministry of Defense (processing time is approximately one week).
For more information on Spain’s drone laws, see this page on the AESA website.
Know something we don’t about drone laws in Spain? 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 Spain 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 Spain? Here you go: