Vaping Abroad - Rules and Restrictions 

Being a relatively new phenomenon, the rules and regulations on vaping can change rapidly and without warning. If you are traveling and planning on bringing your e-cigs and accessories with you, it’s crucial to understand the rules, laws, and regulations in the countries you’re traveling to. We’ve already covered TSA’s rules for flying and prohibited items in the air but in this article we’re covering what you need to know about the countries you land in. 

Countries Where Vaping is Legal

In this segment, we’re going to break down the list of countries where vaping is currently legal. However, it is critical to note that vaping is often restricted to specific areas and zones within countries. For example, vaping can be banned in public spaces, allowed in bars, banned near schools, etc. Therefore, you should research the specifics of the vaping regulations in the country you’re traveling to. Furthermore, laws are subject to change so you should check them right before you travel just in case. 

Vaping is Currently Permitted in: 

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canada
  8. China
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Croatia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Dubai (UAE)
  15. Estonia
  16. El Salvador
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Gibraltar
  21. Greece
  22. Honduras
  23. Hungary
  24. India
  25. Ireland
  26. Israel
  27. Italy
  28. Japan
  29. Latvia
  30. Malta
  31. Mexico (Importing vape products is illegal so travel lightly with vape products and e-liquids)
  32. Netherlands
  33. New Zealand
  34. Norway
  35. Paraguay
  36. Peru
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Russia
  41. Slovenia
  42. South Korea
  43. Spain
  44. Sweden
  45. Switzerland
  46. Taiwan
  47. Turkey
  48. UK
  49. Ukraine

Countries Where Vaping is Illegal

In this segment, we’ll be breaking down the countries where vaping is illegal. Fines, penalties, and even imprisonment are potential consequences for vaping in these countries, so it is not worth it to risk it! Again, since laws are subject to change, as the date of your trip approaches, check the most recent legislation to understand the status of vaping in the country you’re visiting. 

Vaping is currently banned in: 

  1. Argentina
  2. Brazil
  3. Brunei
  4. Cambodia
  5. Egypt
  6. India
  7. Indonesia
  8. Jordan
  9. Lebanon
  10. Lithuania
  11. Oman
  12. Panama
  13. Philippines
  14. Saudi Arabia
  15. Seychelles
  16. Singapore
  17. Suriname
  18. Tajikistan
  19. United Arab Emirates
  20. Uruguay
  21. Venezuela
  22. Vietnam

Countries Where Vaping is Legal But Restricted

The status of vaping can get even more confusing within certain countries that have more complicated restrictions. For example, the legality of e-cigs is pending in many nations. Also, newer vaping technology is constantly under legal scrutiny and evaluation. If you’re visiting any of the following countries and planning on vaping, take extra care in reviewing the most recent policies. 

The following countries have more of a grey-area legal perspective on e-cigs

  1. Australia: Vaping is allowed here but there are harsh regulations on nicotine and the importation of nicotine-related products and vapes.
  2. Colombia: Colombia’s laws regarding vaping are unclear but it seems permissible. 
  3. Hong Kong - Nicotine vape juice is illegal.
  4. Malaysia - Vaping nicotine e-liquid is illegal.
  5. Nicaragua - Large-scale bans on vape juice with nicotine are in place.
  6. Panama - You can use vape products but cannot important or sell them 
  7. South Africa - Nicotine vaping is illegal.
  8. Turkey - You cannot purchase e-cigarettes in Turkey, but you can bring your own for personal use. 

Planning your Trip 

If you are able to vape where you travel, South Beach Smoke can make sure you’re stocked up with supplies. Load up on all your favorite flavors of cartridges here. Get everything you need in a portable package with our one-stop-kit here. Grab extra batteries, chargers, cases, and other useful accessories here. Most importantly, remember to have a fun and safe trip!