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Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland)

Switzerland adopts the new European drone regulation, which came into force on 1 January 2023. From this point on, there is a registration obligation for drone pilots and drones.

  1. You register (privately or as a company) on UAS.gate and receive an operator number that you attach to your drone.
  2. Check the table below to see in which category you can fly your drone and take the “small drone license” accordingly, and for subcategory A2 additionally the “large drone license”.
  3. Special case “transitional category”: Currently, many drones do not yet have a class designation from the manufacturer, and older drones will more receive one. These devices fall under the “transitional categories”, which in practice means that you have to keep higher distances with “old” drones. See table below for details.

In which category does my drone fly (Switzerland)?

last update: 01.05.2023

CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategorySpecial Category
SubcategoryA1A1A2A3
Class designationDrone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 1Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 1Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 3Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 4Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 4Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 6Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 7Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 8Drone regulation from 1 January 2023 (Switzerland) 9Left
Drones with class designation from the manufacturer DJI Mavic 3 (C1), Mavic 3 Classic (C1)DJI Mavic 3 Pro (C2)DJI Inspire 3 (C3), DJI Mavic 3 Pro (C2) -> DJI Mavic 3 Pro can be promoted to category A2 with a large “A2” driver’s licenseDelair UX (C6)
Types of drones without class designation from the manufacturerDJI Mavic Mini, Mini 2, Mini SE, Mini 3, Mini 3 Pro, Autel EVO NANO+Until December 23 in this category: DJI Spark, Avata, Parrot AnafiUntil December 23 in this category: DJI Air, Air Air 2, Air 2S, Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, DJI FPV, DJI Phantom 1/2/3/4 AirFrom January 24 in this category: DJI Spark, Avata, Air, AirAir 2, Air 2S, Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, DJI FPV, Parrot Anafi, DJI Phantom 1/2/3/4 Air

Until December 23 and from Jan 24 in this category: DJI Inspire 1, Inspire 2
CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategoryOpen CategorySpecial Category
SubcategoryA1A1A2A3https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/de/home/drohnen/open.html
Drone weight up to<250g<900g
+Transitional <category 500g until Dec 23
<4’000g
+Transitional <category 2’000g until Dec 23
<25’000g
+Transitional >category 250g from Jan 24
<25’000g
without class, until Dec 23A1 (250g) okgo to A2
without class, from Jan 24A1 (250g) okgo to A3
License plate or registration as a drone operator (private or business)neededneededneededneededhttps://www.uas.gate.bazl.admin.ch//
small driver’s license “A1/A3”not necessaryneededneededneededneededhttps://www.uas.gate.bazl.admin.ch/
large driver’s license “A2”not necessarynot necessaryneedednot necessaryMost NeededLow-cost online provider: https://www.droneschool.eu/slides/drone-license-open-a2-online-32
Driver’s license STS-01/2 not necessarynot necessarynot necessarynot necessaryneeded
Approval proceduresnot necessarynot necessarynot necessarynot necessarySTS-01 to operate drones C5 in A2,
STS-02 to operate drones C6 BVLOS,
PDRA,
SORA
LUC
https://www.bazl.admin.ch/bazl/de/home/drohnen/specific.html
Liability insurancenot necessaryneededneededneededneeded
Flying over uninvolved personsallowedavoidforbidden, distance to people: flight altitude = min. Distance, min. 30m, in low-speed mode min. 5mforbidden, distance to people: flight altitude = min. Distance, min. 30m or distance traveled in 2s (whichever is greater)
Flying over crowds of peopleforbiddenforbiddenforbiddenforbidden
Flying in the city (uninvolved persons are usually to be expected)allowedallowedforbiddenforbidden
Flying out of townallowedallowedallowedpermitted, while maintaining a minimum horizontal distance of 150m from residential/commercial/industrial and recreational areas
Altitude.max. 120 m above ground level.max. 120 m above ground level.max. 120 m above ground level.max. 120 m above ground level
VLOS (flying without visual contact with the drone)forbiddenforbiddenforbiddenforbiddendepending on the authorisation obtained
Exclusion zones5km around airports, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, temporary area restrictions5km around airports, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, temporary area restrictions5km around airports, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, temporary area restrictions5km around airports, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, temporary area restrictionshttps://www.skybriefing.com/de/home
https://www.skyguide.ch/de/dienstleistungen/drohnenfluege
https://map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=aviation&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-grau&layers=ch.bazl.einschraenkungen-drohnen&X=189554.62&Y=664804.11&zoom=1&catalogNodes=1379&layers_opacity=0.6&lang=de
Minimum age12 years, under 12 years with accompanying person 16 years12 years, under 12 years with accompanying person 16 years12 years, under 12 years with accompanying person 16 years12 years, under 12 years with accompanying person 16 years
All information is provided without guarantee

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If your requirements cannot be covered by one of the “open categories/subcategories”, e.g. BVLOS (flying out of sight), then you fall into the “special category”, and there you need special permits that are difficult to obtain. Certain associations have obtained permits for their members for specific assignments. Check with your association about this.

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