Switzerland adopts EU drone regulations
- The date for the entry into force of the EU drone regulations in Switzerland is not yet confirmed, as the procedure for adopting these regulations is still pending. Until further notice, the existing national law applies.
- Swiss drone pilots can already register here on a voluntary basis and complete the certificates. The registration and certificates will be valid once the EU regulations will enter into force in Switzerland.
- There are transitional provisions and transition periods for the adoption of the EU regulations. Information can be found on the respective pages:
- The FAQ provides answers to the most important questions regarding the EU drone regulations in Switzerland
On 31 December 2020, a single regulatory framework for civilian drones came into force in the European Union (EU). Switzerland would also have adopted this EU drone regulation since Switzerland and the EU regulate the international aviation sector in a uniform manner under their bilateral air transport agreement. Since 2002, therefore, European aviation law applies in Switzerland. This agreement also gives Switzerland full membership of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), meaning it can directly shape the rules and regulations concerning manned and unmanned aviation in Europe. It also played an active role in the drafting of the EU drone regulation.
The EU drone regulation would have introduced new rules for Swiss drone operators in a number of areas, including model aircraft, as the EU drone regulation does not in principle distinguish between drones and model aircraft. The regulation provides for far-reaching exemption possibilities for model aircraft when operated by members of an association or club. In addition, it requires all operators to register electronically, regardless of club or association membership.
As a result, the parliamentary motion 20.3916 was proposed, which instructs the Federal Council to exclude traditional model aircraft when adopting EU Regulation 2019/947 and leave this category under national law. On 10 September 2020 this motion was debated in the National Council and was adopted by 93 votes to 79. On 8 December 2020, the Council of States also voted in favour of Motion 20.3916 by 20 votes to 19. The Federal Council had requested both chambers to reject the motion.
Debate in the National Council (German and French only)
Dabete in the Council of States (German and French only)
Discussions were held with the initiators of motion 20.3916. In the meantime, a solution has been found, in order to implement the content of the motion. With this, the formal adoption procedure of the EU drone regulations has been started. As this procedure is still pending, it is not yet possible to annouce a specific date for the entry into force of the EU regulations in Switzerland.
Last modification 22.08.2022