Switzerland

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UAV Laws

Multicopters up to 30kg can be used commercially without any big limitations. As of August 1st 2014 you’ll need a permit to fly above areas with a lot of people (concerts, public viewings etc.) The usual media laws apply (e.g. the right to the personal image, name and personal rights) or other legal provisions. Kantone (cantons/states) can set local laws that further limit what is allowed. Further down is a example of the city of Zürich.


General Swiss law:

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More legal aspects for filming with a drone:

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To order a special permit to fly over crowds you’ll find all information on following pages

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Special limitations for Zürich

(Info taken from Riot Media)


Permit to Fly is granted by NAA, based on specific national rules, possibly on a case-to-case basis& for a limited duration.

FPV is only allowed using a second person (spotter)
Max. altitude is 150m
In general its only allowed to fly within line of side 
(you should understand the orientation of your aircraft without additional devices)
You need in general permission of the owner of the property where you want to start and land
Up to 500g every UAV is defined as "toy" can be flown anywhere
Over 500g
   Forbidden to fly within a radius of 5000m around airports
   (every airport even the very small ones. Consider Switzerland has a plenty of small local airports)
   In controlled airspace "CTR" you have to ask for permission of the local airport 
   and you have to contact Skyguide to ask for special permission.


Legal Source

Travel Experiences

January 2014: Flew into Geneva, no problem at all at customs with DJI Phantom, no questions asked. From what I understand, one can fly small UAVs in Switzerland without permission as long as you fly in rural areas.