The list of official NoFly Zones in the world

Nofly Zones in Switzerland (OFAC)

What is a Nofly Zone? It is a place that it is forbidden to fly over with a drone. As a general rule, a country's regulations are based on texts that set out prohibitions and restrictions. What is complicated is to materialize the prohibited areas on maps. Some countries have taken the initiative to offer official cards for drone pilots.

Perfect but...

The Nofly Zones in France (Geoportail)

You still need to know about their existence! Here is a list of official charts listed worldwide. Why only the official versions? Because it is virtually impossible to verify the relevance of the information published by the countless private service providers. Are these maps error-free because stamped official? No ! The graphical representation is complex to set up, difficult to maintain over time as regulations change and is rarely updated in real time to reflect NOTAM-type aerial information.


DJI GEO Zones.

It is necessary to add some details about the DJI Nofly Zones, which are integrated into its drone ranges as GEO zones. These are unofficial areas, which are not in compliance with the regulations of different countries, even if DJI strives to improve its service. What you need to know, and this is important: just because the DJI GEO service allows you to take off does not mean that the place is authorized to fly! It is imperative to inquire on the official sites, which offer maps and indications on the possibilities of flight.

Work in progress...

This list is subject to changes according to the publications of maps by the administrations of each country. If you notice a link that no longer works, if you know of an official map that is not listed, let us know! This list only lists links to official sites. Private applications and webservices are not indicated.

The list of official NFZ maps in the world

Updated June 1, 2023

Note: these cards are not sufficient to ensure legal flying. Do not forget to consult the regulations that apply to each country (see here).

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  1. Hello and thank you for this article.
    There is an application containing information from the Geoportal site but with the location. That would be great! I can't find.

  2. Thank you Fred for the maps again and it is important to know the regulations of each country

  3. I am auscultating my vacation spots in France, there are still some weird things about the authorizations if we refer to the prohibited areas… 🙂
    We can say that the military reserve more space than all other activities combined (ex: look at the Mediterranean south of the golden islands, on the Atlantic coast etc... 🙁 🙁

  4. Ah well great….. there is a spot where I like to fly which has obviously gone to 100m restriction instead of 150m in height…


    Certain zones “drawn with the rule” on Geoportail (located outside cities and airports, hospitals, etc.) make me think of the victors of the 2nd World War who shared countries by drawing in 10 seconds in Yalta a large line to point A to point B rule.

    What particularly concerns me is the increasing number of red restriction “tasks” on the map.

    There are also mind-blowing “spots”.
    Small areas not formally prohibited (not red) in the heart of the city which could imply that we have the right to fly in these places in urban areas when it is not private land. It's weird...

  5. I'm in the middle of 2 big circles in Quebec, yet I manage to fly, not even a warning, it's really strange...

  6. @fred: yes yes I understood, by the way very nice this synthesis of the nfz
    Ca, ca means that the day dji takes into account all the nfz, I'm cooked, being totally surrounded by a red circle? Knowing that these are also tiny countryside airports...

  7. @fred: ay repencer, he's giving me a djigo warning, he's telling me I have to fly with caution because I'm in an amusement zone.

  8. Hello,

    I was able to see that the Geoportail maps do not necessarily coincide with the DJI NFZs. I was also able to see the reality of the system because when NFZ is displayed on the screen the drone does not take off. In Helsinki (Finland) I noticed that in certain parts of the city the flight ban is materialized by signs and that indeed in these perimeters take-off is not possible. I concluded that it is technically very easy to prevent DJI drones from taking off. So if this or that national authority wants to protect its spaces, I can imagine that it can do so perfectly by asking DJI. However, if it is technically possible to fly in France in areas prohibited on geoportal maps, it is because the authorities remain tolerant (except of course near and above airports and sensitive areas where the NFZs are operational) but that overnight they can absolutely lock everything for the professional or recreational drone.

  9. @ Bellenger: In France, it's not a story of tolerance, it's a question of regulations. There is no law to force manufacturers to include NFZs in their machines. For this to be the case, there would have to be a text in the OJ which decrees the addition of geofencing. The October 2016 law provides at best a capacity limitation (i.e. a flight envelope around the pilot).
    Geofencing is provided for by European regulations. But it will be necessary to harmonize and simplify the NFZs in all European countries beforehand, the methods used are currently too different between each country. France, for example, with its zones with complex shapes, is a concern: either you need a monstrous memory on board the machines and a dedicated processor to calculate the zones in real time, or you need a simplification that necessarily prohibits too much.

  10. Question: let's say I'm flying in the direction of an nfz, what's going on? The drone stops flying and lands immediately at the entrance to the nfz? And let's say this entrance is right in the middle of a river? What is happening ?

  11. @Mickmick I think it would. @Fred I understand your explanation Fred which is very interesting. The best would therefore be to have direct access to the DJI maps to know precisely where we can fly or not. The fact remains that for me a question remains. You say that France, for example, cannot impose its card on a manufacturer partly for technical reasons (complexity of shapes) but also because legally it is not possible. But then how is it when Finland to take the example that I know. Some tourist areas in the capital Helsinki are NFZ, identified on the ground by signs as NFZ and actually NFZ in practice since it is not possible to take off there. At least it took a dialogue between the authorities and DJI to achieve this result. What is your explanation? THANKS

  12. @ Bellenger: You have access to DJI maps, either directly in the menus of the DJI GO 4 app, or on the DJI website...
    In Finland and other countries, I guess the dialogue has been established between DJI and the authorities, yes. The DGAC is probably not the easiest of administrations, and DJI is probably not outdone when it comes to negotiations. It's the same in the United Kingdom: the R 157 and R 158 in London are not present at DJI...

  13. @ Fred Thank you Fred, it's still the height! I can very well request authorization from the French authorities and be validated, but in the end it is DJI who has the last word! But I do know that if you're registered with them you can get an area unlocked.


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