Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

Traveling Soon? Make Sure to Check Vaping Laws and Restrictions

While vapers in the US and the UK are breathing a much-needed sigh of relief as their governments take a more positive stance on e-cigarette regulation, it is easy to assume that other countries are following suit. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and traveling with your e-cigarette or vape juice can get you into a lot of trouble, ranging from confiscation of your devices and e-juice to fines, and even prison.

Asia

Recently, a number of British newspapers reported on the Thai vaping ban since the majority of travelers were unaware of its existence despite it having been in effect since 2014. Anyone caught with an e-cigarette while visiting the Land of Smiles, known for its friendly locals, stunning beaches, and delicious food, risks having their device confiscated, a fine, or up to ten years in prison.

If that sounds harsh, consider that the Hong Kong government currently classifies nicotine-laced e-juice as a Type 1 poison and as pharmaceutical product. If caught with an unregistered pharmaceutical product, in our case, an e-cigarette containing nicotine, travelers risk up to two years in prison and a hefty fine of HK$100,000, which is about $12,500! You can, however, use zero-nicotine e-cigarettes, although the nation’s Food and Health Bureau is currently in the process of crafting legislation to make the sale and possession of e-cigarettes illegal.

Australia

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but the nation of barbies, laid-back surfer dudes, and the Crocodile Dundee also classifies liquid nicotine as a poison. While it is legal to buy non-nicotine vaping devices, it is against the law to sell, possess, or use nicotine e-cigarettes. According to the Huffington Post, “a group of 70 Australian health researchers and clinicians signed a letter urging the NHMRC to commission an open the review, arguing the latest evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking and could lead to substantial improvement in public health.” While it is unclear if the petition to the National Health and Medical Research Council will bring about any change in legislation, it is a good sign for vaping enthusiasts.

Middle East

Most travelers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are aware of the restrictions on the consumption of alcohol and pork in the Arabian Peninsula nation. However, many don’t know that the UAE prohibits the use and sale of e-cigarettes, confiscating all vaping devices at the airport.

South America

Known for its remarkable natural beauty and vibrant culture, Brazil is another favorite with tourists. A lesser known fact about the tourist destination, though, is that it prohibits the manufacturing, sale, importation, and advertising of e-cigarettes. Other South American countries that have a total ban on vaping and e-cigarettes are Argentina and Uruguay, so vapers are advised to leave their electronic devices at home.

Central America

Panama has banned the importation, distribution, and sale of e-cigarettes since June 2009 as a result of a flawed study. Unfortunately for vaping enthusiasts with Panama on their bucket lists, there is no foreseeable change in legislation on the horizon.

North America

While visiting our neighbors to the south, keep in mind that while you may see many people using e-cigarettes in Mexico, there are stringent restrictions regarding the sale and promotion of vaping products.

Europe

If, while reading this blog post, you’ve been wondering where you actually can vape on vacation, the answer is Europe! Most European countries either allow the sale of nicotine-containing and nicotine-free cartridges or the sale of nicotine-free and nicotine-containing cartridges below certain level.

When traveling to foreign destinations, we advise exercising caution above all and researching the laws and regulations right before you leave since vaping legislation is constantly evolving.

What has been your experience traveling with a vaping device? Tell us in the comments section below.

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