Are you jetting off around the world this summer? No doubt you will be hoping to see some sights, soak up the sun, relax and have a vape. Vaping laws can vary dramatically from country to country so wherever you’re heading be sure to read up on the local regulations.
For the majority of global destinations, there’s not much to worry about for vapers. However, there are a few popular holiday destinations where the vaping regulations are particularly draconian. We’ve handpicked a few popular tourist hot spots but wherever you head to, be sure to do your research.
If you’re staying within the European Union, you’re in luck. Vaping laws in the EU are covered by the Tobacco Products Directive. This means that Spain, Italy, Germany, France and all the other EU members employ very similar restrictions as those in the UK.
Advertising, tank size, nicotine strength and bottle size restrictions remain the same. So, continue to be courteous and respectful when vaping out and about but in terms of regulation, you don’t need to make any dramatic changes when travelling within the EU.
Football fans, this is one for you. If you’re making your way to Russia for the World Cup, we can’t promise England will give you a lot to cheer about but at least the vaping laws are pretty lax.
The Russian government now takes a positive stance on vaping. E-cigarettes are encouraged to help reduce smoking rates and there are now around 4 million Russian vapers so using your e-cigarette in Russia shouldn’t be an issue.
It is however illegal to vape near schools in Russia so do bear this in mind. Similarly to the UK, the smoking ban is in force meaning no smoking in indoor public places.
Vaping policy differs significantly across the various US States with some employing a much stricter view than others. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting New York then you will be met with relatively strict regulations… But it could be worse.
Vaping is banned in all indoor public places throughout New York. Previously, this policy covered New York City and some other municipalities in the State however in October, the ban spread to cover the whole of New York State.
So whether you’re going to New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse or anywhere else within the State, you will be allowed to vape, just not inside.
Unfortunately, it’s not good news if you were hoping to enjoy a vape in either of these beautiful countries. Vaping is completely banned in Thailand and Singapore and the repercussions for breaking the rules can be drastic.
According to the Foreign Office website: “You can’t bring vaporisers (like e-cigarettes and e-baraku) or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.”
According to the Singapore Legal Advice website “it is illegal to possess, purchase and use vaporisers in Singapore as of 1 February 2018.” and “Persons found guilty of this offence can be fined up to $2,000.”
Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and Hong Kong also have various bans on vaping and importation making South East Asia particularly unfriendly for vapers. If you’re travelling to this area of the world ensure you read up on the specific local laws.
With Dubai being one of the most popular tourist destinations for British citizens it is unfortunate that vaping is not welcomed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Many of the rules in the UAE contrast significantly to those in the UK and e-cigarettes is no exception. According to the Foreign Office website “Electronic cigarettes are illegal in the UAE and are likely to be confiscated at the border.”
Vaping laws in Australia are particularly complex as the various territories across the South Pacific country have different policies.
In some states, it is legal to buy e-cigarettes and in others it is illegal. However, “buying, possessing or using liquid nicotine in an e-cigarette is illegal across Australia — a ban that was upheld by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in March, 2017”.
There is support from campaigners in Australia, who believe Australia should follow in the footsteps of the UK so familiarise yourself with the latest regulations before you fly across the world.
While going without a vape for this long haul flight may be a struggle, once you get to New Zealand vaping is legal and a pragmatic approach has been taken by the government.
New Zealand has recently become very vape friendly and e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly encouraged. The outlook is similar to the UK so vape shops will be easily accessible if you need to replenish. As always, remember your vaping etiquette and you will be fine vaping in New Zealand.
While some of these various laws may seem unfair, we urge you to abide by the regulations. Luckily there are only a few countries where the regulation is very strict resulting in complete bans. However, it is these places you must look out for so wherever you travel, ensure you familiarise yourself to avoid any unwanted fines, confiscations or even jail time.