New Drone Regulations In Hungary
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2021 ushered in a new era for drone users as new regulations
introduced a more detailed and stricter regime. The main points of
the new framework are outlined below, and the topic is discussed in
more detail in our article here:
- Drones and drone operators must be registered: All types of
drones must be registered in Hungary except toy drones. In
addition, drone operators and drone owners are obliged to be
- Drone operators must take an exam: To legally operate a drone,
all drone operators must undergo a state-certified training
programme and take an exam. Nevertheless, the details of the
training programme, the certification of training centres and the
exam requirements are still unclear.
- Use of airspace: Drones may be used above inhabited areas
solely with a permit issued by the Ministry of Defence, in which a
certain airspace is designated for the drone user temporarily.
Drone operators must avoid no-fly and no-drone zones by using a
government-maintained mobile application. However, the government
decree regulating the mobile application and its usage has not been
- New fines and criminal consequences: An aviation fine of up to
HUF 100,000,000 (approx. EUR 280,000) may be imposed for violations
of drone usage rules. Unauthorised recording of sound or images
from dwellings and other premises qualifies as a misdemeanor
leading to confinement. If the unauthorised recording occurs
repeatedly, the punishment may include imprisonment of up to one
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