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New rules on the use of aerial drones in Iceland announced

By Staff

  • The resricted area in Reykjavík The new rules restrict the flight of drones within 2 km (1.24 mile) from airports. Photo/The Transport Authority

The Icelandic Transport Authority has issued new rules governing the use of aerial drones in Iceland. The new rules prohibit the use of drones within 2 km (1.24 miles) of commercial airports and within 1.5 km (0.93 miles) of other airports.

This makes it illegal to operate a drone in downtown Reykjavík, the old harbour and the nearby residential areas. It will, however, be legal to operate drones within these areas if the drone at no time files higher than the nearby buildings. According to the new rules it will also become illegal to fly drones at altitudes greater than 130 meters (427 feet). 

Read more: Stricter rules on aerial drones debated after near-collision over downtown Reykjavík

The Icelandic Transport Authority can issue exemptions, which could permit the operation of drones above the altitude limits, and to the operation of drones in the vicinity of airports. The Transport Authority argues that there was a great need for clearer rules on aerial drones in Iceland.


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