Sky lanterns

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Sky lanterns are not permitted in certain parts of Switzerland, including in the cities of Zurich and Bern, within a 12km radius of Basel-Mulhouse airport – and therefore in the entire canton of Basel Stadt – and in the cantons of Basel-Landschaft, Valais and Geneva. Authorisation from Skyguide is required to launch sky lanterns near aerodromes with air traffic control; within a radius of 5km of Zurich and Bern airports, authorisation is generally only granted after close of operations.

Map of Swiss aerodromes with a 5km radius around the runway(s)

The interactive map only shows restrictions on the flying of sky lanterns in relation to Swiss aerodromes. Click on a given zone to get information on restrictions and where to obtain authorisation. The competent communal or cantonal authorities and/or fire service must be consulted about any requirements at the launch site not relating to aviation safety.



Additional Information


Bundesamt für Zivilluftfahrt BAZL

3003 Bern
Tel: +41 58 465 80 39

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