Can i use my radio in europe?

Many radio users ask this question; either for personal use when travelling abroad, or for event or sporting companies wishing to use their radios for business purposes in other countries. Each country has their own regulations with regards to frequencies used for two way radios, including regulations regarding specifications of radio models. Therefore we have broken down some information to help answer this ever popular question.

License Free radios (PMR446, Walkie Talkie) 
0.5watt License Free radios transmitting on 446.0 – 446.2 MHz frequencies, either digital or analogue, are suitable for use in the following countries without requiring a license or country authorization:

  • Eastern Europe – Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Ukraine
  • Northern Europe – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Southern Europe – Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Vatican City
  • Western Europe – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Switzerland

PLEASE NOTE: RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND UKRAINE CURRENTLY ALLOW ONLY 446.0-446.1 MHz. New radios using the 446.1-446.2 spectrum will not be suitable. (Info correct as of 10/2018, we will strive to update this when new confirmation is received.)

Azerbaijan , Georgia and The Former Yugoslav are part of the 48 countries covered by CEPT and the Electronic Communications Committee. Therefore use of PMR446 radios is also permitted in these countries, as they are in the European countries listed above.

For further information please see https://www.ecodocdb.dk/download/b8797390-4577/ECCDec1505.pdf.

For all other countries you will need to check with the corresponding government or legislative authorities.

Licensed Radios (Business Radios)
4-5watt (or higher) radios transmitting on either Business Radio Simple UK Light frequencies; or within the VHF 136-174MHz or UHF 350-490MHz bandwidths; will be subject to each individual country’s regulations. You will need to apply for a license from the country’s regulatory board, which could be costly and may not always be granted, so it’s advisable to establish first whether a quality License Free radio will give sufficient distance for what you require. If it is absolutely necessary to use a licensed radio you can find further information on applying for a license here:

https://www.cept.org//files/16903/Contacts%20in%20CEPT%20administrations%20with%20respect%20to%20PMR_PAMR-UK%20July18.docx

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