Allowed and forbidden items


Allowed and forbidden items

Certain items, which are considered to be dangerous, may not be carried in a passenger’s luggage. A list displays a selection of dangerous items frequently carried. This list is meant to assist and to raise the awareness of flight passengers.



Where is it allowed to fly with drones?

Up to a weight of 30 kg drones can basically be operated without a special permission. Nevertheless, there are some rules to be observed.

More information here.

The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and is charged with ensuring that the high safety standards in civil aviation in Switzerland are maintained, and with pursuing a policy of sustainable development.

Note: Most Press releases are only available in German, French and Italian. Please check the FOCA homepage of these languages.  

Press Releases


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Gotthard-Eröffnung: Luftraum-Einschränkungen

Vom 31. Mai bis 1. Juni 2016 gelten aufgrund der Eröffnung des Gotthard-Basistunnels für alle Luftraumbenutzer temporäre Einschränkungen im Flugbetrieb. Detaillierte Informationen sind wie üblich den offiziellen Publikationen zu entnehmen.
Alle Luftraumbenutzer werden darauf hingewiesen immer die offiziellen Publikationen zu beachten.

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Drones and aircraft models

Drones are mostly remotely piloted aeral vehicles. They are de jure aircraft models. Up to a weight of 30 kg these aeral vehicles can basically be operated without a special permission under the condition that the pilot has at anytime eye contact with the flying object.




Info on the EU Regulation on EASA Air Ops Part-NCC

As of 25 August 2016, EU regulation No 965/2012 amended, Annex VI (Part-NCC) becomes applicable in Switzerland and all EASA member States. EASA Part-NCC in combination with Part-ORO and Part-SPA is addressing requirements for non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aeroplanes and helicopters.

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For Specialists

In addition to the general website, the FOCA also operates a "Portal for Specialists", which contains detailed informations, documentation and forms for people who are active in the civil aviation sector in a professional or private capacity.