Can you fly a drone in Croatia?
Google the term ‘drone laws Croatia’ and you will be pushed to pick up much valuable information, we have recently visited the country and managed to get CAA approval to operate out there and will list below a short description of the basic rules and regulations to get you going.
Flight Operation Categories, Registration, Exam, and Approval Requirements
The operator shall conduct flight operations in accordance with requirements from the table below.
We initally planned on taking the inspire 2, but had a kind offer from our friends at Fligh High Imaging to take their small DJI Mavic air, for ease this is the option we went for. We didn’t want to be restricted to ‘unpopulated areas’ so with the MTOM and requirements to operate Day & Night in populated / unpopulated areas, we needed to resigster as an SUA operator with the category B2.
The SUA Operator registration form can be found HERE
Once you have entered your details, and SUA serial numbers, you are to pay an administrative fee of 20 HKR (At time of writing approx. £2.50) details for payment can be found HERE http://www.ccaa.hr/download/documents/read/podaci-za-placanje-upravne-pristojbe_4011
It is to note that your bank will charge for an international payment, our bank transaction free was around £22!!
Proof of payment must be attached to the form, as well as ID etc.
We received our SUA Registration certificate the next day. Onto the next step….
Once you have been issued with your certificate, you must register with https://amc-en.crocontrol.hr/ there is a AMC app for IOS/ android devices that you can use on the go. You will need you SUA Operators number to be able to register on the app.
ALL FLIGHTS whether in controlled airspace or not, must be logged on this application, here is a video demonstration of how to use the app and how effective it is for sharing the airspace in live time.
That is about it, remember to check for updated regulations before you go, and give yourself plenty of time to register as an SUA operator and get set up on the AMC Portal, please use common sense when operating in tourist destinations, respect peoples privacy and keep the UAS over water and avoid overflying people or properties not under your control. I would suggest avoiding peak times for flight to allow people to enjoy their holidays, saying that when everything dies down in the evening, you can get amazing shots of this beautiful country.
If you have any further questions, drop one below. Happy flying.