You’re all set to go on that trip of a life time, but do you know the international vaping laws in the country you’re going to?
Be in the know
It’s really important to know about the local laws on vaping before you leave for your holiday. In some countries it is illegal to vape and in others it is restricted. Not knowing the international vaping laws and using the defense that ‘you didn’t know’ won’t keep you out of jail. Not the best way to spend your holiday that you’ve saved so hard for. I’ve done some research on international vaping laws to help you on your way. However, you must do your own research on the country or countries you intend to travel in. Speak to your travel agent or airline prior to leaving.
International Vaping Laws – A Guideline.
Just recently, Cambodia, parts of India, Lebanon, Philippines and Vietnam, issued severe vaping bans which will see harsh penalties imposed on those who disregard the local law. Quicker than putting juice in your tank, travellers could see their trip of a lifetime turn into a holiday from hell.
Argentina: You can’t legally purchase, sell or import e-cigarettes and even nicotine-free e-cigarettes are banned.
Brazil: In 2014 the government banned manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes. Fines have been known to be handed out for any vaping product confiscated.
Brunei: Since 2010 it has been illegal to have E-cigarettes. Anyone caught using a vaping device in a no-smoking area can be fined $300 (€256) if it is their first offence which increases to $500 (€427) for a subsequent offence. Personal use is not specifically outlawed but travellers are advised to exercise caution.
Cambodia: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2014.
Canada: Meanwhile in Canada, vaping is prohibited for under 19-year-olds. And while it is allowed in many establishments, it is seen as rude not to ask first.
Egypt: While there are lots of grey areas surrounding the law, e-cigarettes have been banned since 2015 and they can be confiscated at customs.
Finland: a new law has now enabled building associations and owners to ban smoking on balconies and other outdoor spaces.
Hong Kong: Possessing or selling e-cigarette liquid containing nicotine, which is categorised as a poison, carries a potential penalty of up to two years in prison and a large fine. By next year e-cigarettes are likely to be completely illegal.
India: In 2016, a man was sentenced to three years in prison and fined for allegedly selling and using vapes in Punjab. E-cigarettes are banned in six states, including Jammu, Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra, and Kerala. The laws are strictly enforced in these states.
Indonesia: Vaping is banned in Indonesia, even though travellers have reported that e-cigarettes are openly available for purchase in tourist areas and a number of e-cigarette cafes openly operate in Bali.
Japan: Japan allows vaping, but it is illegal to buy and sell liquid containing nicotine and travellers can only import 120ml of nicotine into the country.
Jordan: E-cigarettes, including those without nicotine, have been banned since 2009. Despite the fact that cigarettes are still legal, Ministry of Health in the UAE banned the products because they could be hazardous to users’ health with the reasoning that nicotine is damaging to the health.
Lebanon: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2016.
Oman: While some expats report that personal use is still permitted, e-cigarettes have been banned since 2012.
Qatar: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2014 and cannot be brought into the country.
Malaysia: The laws around vaping in Malaysia can be confusing for travellers. While there is no nationwide ban on vaping, the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri, Terengganu and Sembilan have banned their sale. Vaping is illegal in parks, gas stations and public buildings in Selangor and could result in a $2,300 (€1964) fine or up to two years in prison.
Mexico: E-cigarettes are banned as anything that resembles a tobacco product but is not a tobacco product cannot be sold or imported in Mexico. Although many tourists have been known to enter the country without any complications, there have been reports of authorities confiscating e-cigarettes for various reasons.
Norway: All products containing nicotine are banned in Norway. However, Norwegians can import e-cigarettes if they have a medical note to prove that they need them to quit smoking. Travellers cannot bring e-cigarettes into the country.
Panama: Despite reports that the personal use of e-cigarettes are generally tolerated, the importation and sale of e-cigarettes is illegal and they can be confiscated.
Philippines: E-cigarettes are banned and anyone caught breaking the law can face up to four months in prison.
Singapore: All vaping devices, supplies and accessories have been illegal to buy, sell or use since 2010. Fines of up to $5000 (€4270) can be applied for the first offence. E-cigarettes can be confiscated at customs and are considered contraband.
Taiwan: E-cigarettes are classified as a regulated drug and their import and sale can lead to prison sentences and fines.
Thailand: Thailand has some of the harshest vaping laws in the world. If you’re caught with an e-cigarette you could be fined and potentially face a prison sentence of up to ten years.
Turkey: E-cigarettes are banned in Turkey and there have been reports of e-cigarettes and accessories confiscated from travellers at customs.
United Arab Emirates: The sale and import of e-cigarettes is illegal. The product will be confiscated at the airport if travellers attempt to bring it into the country.
Uruguay: put a blanket ban on electronic cigarettes and has been illegal since 2009.
Venezuela: While travellers have reported being able to vape in some public places, the purchase and sale of e-cigarettes is banned in Venezuela. Be aware that fines can be given on the spot.
Vietnam: Vaping has been recently banned in Vietnam and harsh punishments can be enforced.
It’s worth noting that many other countries have imposed various restrictions around vaping without enforcing an outright ban. Always check the international vaping laws before travelling as they will change without anyone knowing unless you are keeping up to date yourself.
Check out this helpful information about travelling with your vape equipment.