The Ultimate Guide to Travelling With Your Electronic Cigarette
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Travelling abroad with your ecigarette, heres what you need to know

Lucky enough to be travelling abroad soon? Want to take your e-cigarette with you? This handy guide will tell you all you need to know about travelling abroad with your Personal Vaping Device, from essential travel preparations to where you can safely vape.

Imagine: You land in Singapore, stroll through the streets enjoying the sights.

You haven’t had a puff for some time, so you put your hand in your pocket and draw out your trusty vapestick.

You breathe in, enjoying the delicious hit at the back of your throat before blowing out a cloud of beautiful vapor.

But then… a heavy hand falls on your shoulder. You turn round to see an irate policeman. Next thing you know, your holiday has been spoiled with a $200 fine.

As regulations on e-cigarettes vary substantially from country to country, it’s important you know the law before you travel, or you could have your e-cig confiscated, be fined or even imprisoned (an unlikely scenario).

So we’ve put together this handy in-depth guide to ensure you don’t get caught out.

Please note however, that e-cigarette regulations can change at any time, so it’s worth double-checking with the local authorities before you leave.

(Thank you so much for all the comments and updates from travellers, which have allowed us to keep this post up-to-date.)

Contents

Travelling by Plane

A plane soars above clouds.

Can I take my e-cig on a plane?

Most airlines allow e-cigarettes to be taken on-board in your carry-on luggage, but it’s best to check with the airline before you travel. EasyJet for instance, allow an e-cigarette with a maximum of two spare batteries to be taken on-board.

It’s not usually a problem taking small bottles of e-liquid on planes (I’ve done it many times!) as it falls under the 100 ml liquid limit. Obviously, you need to put the e-liquid in a clear plastic bag alongside your other liquids. If you have large bottles of e-liquid you should put them in your hold luggage.

It’s also worth noting that many vapers have experienced leaks from their clearomiser / tank whilst on-board due to the pressure in the cabin (so pack some tissues!). The leaking tends to stop once you have landed.

Can I put my e-cig in checked luggage?

E-cigs batteries are now banned worldwide in checked luggage, so all batteries must now be placed in hand luggage. See this post on VapeAboutIt for details.

Can I charge my e-cig in the aircraft?

You are no longer allowed to charge e-cig devices on the aircraft.

Using ECigarettes on Planes

Can I vape an e-cigarette on a plane?

Forget it! The only airline I know that allows you to use anything resembling an ecig is Ryan Air – even then, you can’t use your own ecig, but you can buy a smokeless cigarette on board and use it. (I’ve not tried it, although years ago researcher Paul Bergen told me they were pretty awful. If you’ve tried one, please share your thoughts in the comments.)

QatarAirways are one of the worst airlines – people have been arrested and thrown in jail for using e-cigarettes on QA planes.

British Airways have recently banned the sale of e-cigarettes on flights to Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, due to local regulations (which resulted in one of their crew members being detained and interrogated after being stopped at the border with an e-cig).

A note for rebels – while vaping does not usually set off fire alarms in, say, an airplane toilet, it can and has happened (see Can your e-cig set off a smoke alarm? for details). Obviously, this isn’t something we can recommend.

Using ECigarettes in Airports

A girl stands at an airport window.

Can I use my e-cig in an airport?

Things are a bit more hopeful here – Heathrow even has a vaping lounge. The airport also allows e-cigarettes to be used in the airport itself, although not beyond the gateway.

Some of the time you may be asked to use your e-cigarette in the smoking area. The V2 blog points out that there is no blanket ban on (US) airports on using ecigarettes but this is likely to vary from airport to airport, so it’s best to check before you vape.

Going Through Security With Vaping Supplies

Can I take my e-cig through customs?

Sue C had the fright of her life when security at one airport mistook parts of her ecigarette for bullets (see comments below)!

(Aaron Frazier had a similar experience when he had to empty his bag both in India and on returning – see the Facebook comments below for the full story.)

However, with the exception of Dubai see below, you are unlikely to have this problem when going through airport security in any country where e-cigarettes are well known and used (I’ve certainly never had a problem in the UK!)

Do make sure that your battery fully charged and can be switched on as this may be required.

Update: Dubai Airport Security Warning

Please note that as of July 2015 three people have told us that their e-cigarettes have been confiscated by airport security. This has included during transit and during departure.

Can I take my e-cig through transit in a country where it is banned?

In general, based on both our own experiences and feedback from readers, it not a problem to take an electronic cigarette through an airport in a country where e-cigs are banned. However, if in doubt do check with your airline.

Where can you legally vape?

Again, things are more hopeful here. While ecigs have been banned in a number of countries, most bans focus on sellers rather than users.

In fact, when I was in Indonesia last year, I met several vapers who told me that they were allowed to import for their own use, but that the powerful tobacco lobby would not allow the devices to be sold in any scale.

However, there are countries which are more extreme. Singapore, for example, levies a hefty $200 fine for anyone using e-cigarettes. Some states in the US have also banned their use in parks or public places (New York, I am thinking of you!)

For more information, see the bottom of this post for an extensive list of countries and their attitudes towards vaping.

Before You Travel

Jamming clothes into a suitcase.

Should I remove/disconnect batteries before traveling?

Yes, it’s a good idea to disconnect batteries from clearomisers/cartridges, turn off any manual batteries and take out removable batteries from mod. See our Guide to Ecig Batteries for more information.

Should I take my own e-liquid?

Make sure you have a good supply of eliquid, as you may be unable to buy eliquid in the country you are visiting. You may also find that foreign suppliers do not match our own strict testing regime! You can always check out our own delicious range of UK eliquid here 😉

Dealing with Attitudes

Remember, vaping may not be as well-known as it is here. Attitudes may also have been influenced by the low standards of reporting in some countries (Qatar papers once announced that e-cigarettes deliver 100 times more nicotine than tobacco cigarettes!) There’s a good chance the local tobacco industry spin doctors will have been at work too.

So be patient – and make sure you armed with the facts. You may also find that people get quite excited – I’ve had Spanish people jabbering away at me when they realised there was an effective alternative to smoking!

Finally, enjoy your trip – and don’t forget to send us a photo of you lounging in your hammock with a cocktail in one hand and your ecig in the other!

Have you got any stories or tips to share? Leave them in the comments below!

Where You Can and Can’t Vape: A Breakdown of Countries

Map of the world.

We’ve done our best to research every country in the world. Obviously, it’s a massive task, and we’ve had to rely on secondary sources and information which are subject to change.

So, if you have any personal experience or additional information, please share in the comments below and we will update this post.

In cases where the regulation has been listed as unclear, you should proceed with caution when taking your e-cigarette and any nicotine refills.

It is important to note, that even if e-cigarettes are legal in a country, there may be a lack of stores from which to buy refills from, so stock up before you go!

You can also use our handy interactive world vaping map to easily find the status of ecigs in the country you’re travelling to. Click here to see the map!

(Tip: Press CTRL + F and type the name of the country you’re visiting to find it faster)

(Note: Also see ECigarette Politics list of countries, which has both informed this post and contains additional information.)

Africa

In contrast to Europe and the US, the situation in Africa is unclear, and many countries appear not to have taken a position on ecigs. Where we’ve been able to find information we’ve put it below – if you know more please let us know in the comments!

Algeria – Unclear.

Angolia – Unclear.

Benin – Unclear.

Botswana – Unclear.

Burkino Faso – Unclear.

Burundi – Unclear.

Cameroon – Unclear.

Central African Rep. – Unclear.

Chad – Unclear.

Congo – Unclear.

Djibouti – Unclear.

Egypt – Although e-cigs are banned, it is legal to vape.

Equatorial Guinea – Unclear.

Eritrea – Unclear.

Ethiopia – Unclear.

Gabon – Unclear.

Gambia (The) – Unclear.

Ghana – Unclear.

Guinae – Unclear.

Guinae Bassai – Unclear.

Ivory Coast – Unclear.

Kenya – Legal.

Lesotho – Unclear.

Liberia – Unclear.

Libya – Unclear.

Madagascar – Unclear.

Malawi – Unclear.

Mali – Unclear.

Mauritania – Unclear.

Mauritius – Unclear.

Morocco – Although the actual law is unclear, many vapers have reported having no problems taking e-cigarettes and e-liquid in to the country for personal use. Llewellyn in the comments told us that there is a lack of outlets unless you are in a large city.

Mozambique – Unclear.

Namibia – Unclear.

Niger – Unclear.

Nigeria – Unclear.

Rwanda – Unclear.

Senegal – Unclear.

Sierra Leone – Unclear.

Somalia – Unclear.

South Africa – E-Cigarettes are legal, although cartridges and liquids containing nicotine are not. Despite this, eliquid is widely (but illegally!) sold.

Sudan – Unclear.

Swaziland – Unclear.

Tanzania – Unclear.

Togo – Unclear.

Tunisia – Unclear.

Uganda – Unclear.

W. Sahara – Unclear.

Zaire – Unclear.

Zambia – Unclear.

Zimbabwe – Legal.

Americas

Canada

Personal use is allowed, so you should have no trouble taking it through customs. Canada is very against electronic cigarettes but does not appear to have the legal basis to ban their use. Nevertheless, ecigarettes sent to Canada via mail are often seized.

U.S.A

Although e-cigarettes are legal, their use is regulated differently by states and even cities – check before you vape. The following was correct as of 02/07/2014. Where we have specific information on localities we have detailed them below.

Alabama – some localities choosing to ban use indoors.

Alaska – Localities choosing to ban use indoors.

Arkansas – Although prohibited on school district property.

California – with localities (inc. parks and other public places) choosing to ban use.

Colorado – Legal, but prohibited on school district property.

Delaware – A bill is pending however, that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes everywhere where smoking is.

Maryland – a bill may soon be passed banning vaping in public places.

Massachusetts – E-cigarettes can be used in Massachusetts, with the exception of locations and establishments in South Hadley that fall under the ‘smoke free’ workplace law.

Missouri – Localities choosing to ban use indoors.

New Hampshire – Prohibited on school district property.

New Jersey – Current ban in place for use in indoors and workplaces with a potential ban on use in beaches and parks. A bill has been passed regarding banning use in public which would mean users may be fined between $250 – $1000.

New York/ NYC – NYC have passed a bill that states electronic cigarettes are no longer allowed to be used in any place where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited.

Oklahoma – Legal at time of writing, but prohibited on state property.

Pennsylvania – There is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places.

Tennessee – Moving toward ban in county owned buildings.

Texas – Currently permitted, potential of future regulations.

Utah – There is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places. However, they can be used for sampling and demonstration in ecig shops.

West Virginia – No current regulations, although considering a ban.

Minnesota – Use is permitted, except in several public places such as public schools, government buildings and healthcare facilities.

N. Dakota – There is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in all public indoor places as well as vaping being prohibited within 20 feet of entrances, exits etc.

Oregon – Legal, except in state agency buildings and on state agency grounds.

Washington – There is a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places in King County, where Seattle Washington is located.

Central America

Caribbean – Unclear.

Costa Rica – Regulated as tobacco product.

Jamaica – There is no ban on electronic cigarettes, so you should be able to take them with you when you travel. However, the Ministry advises all products containing nicotine that are being imported for sale, require a registration and a permit. (Source)

Mexico – Banned import and sale. However, many vapers have reported no issues in regards to taking e-cigs though customs for personal use.

Panama – The law is unclear, although according to Alan Cairns in the comments below they are still sold in airport bars, where you can also vape! And many vapers have travelled through customs without any issues.

South America

Argentina – Import, manufacturing and sale is banned. Import for personal use appears to be fine, according to Josh in the comments, but it’s still best to be weary.

Brazil – Banned.

Bolivia – Unclear.

Chile – Unclear.

Colombia – Sources vary as to it’s legality, but some vapers have reported no issues with taking it through customs and vaping whilst there.

Update: Mateo Toro reports:

“Vaping in Colombia is allowed. You can vape inside malls and big areas, of course not on small restaurants or tight spaces. No problems with customs so far, they understand what it is…”

Ecuador – Legal but treated as a tobacco product.

El Salvador – Legal. You can even get a card from the medical community to explain you are using at as a smoking cessation aid, and that it is harmless to those around you! (Thanks to Miguel for the update.)

French Guiana – Unclear.

Guatamela – Legal.

Guyana – Unclear.

Paraguay – Unclear.

Peru – Unclear.

Suriname – Banned.

Uruguay – Unclear.

Venezuela – Unclear.

Asia

Afghanistan – Legal.

Bangladesh – Unclear.

Brunei – Banned.

Cambodia – Banned. See Ban turns ecigarettes into back alley trade. However, many people have passed through customs with their e-cig with no problem, but it’s best to check before you travel.

China – Astonishingly, given the fact that China is the main producer of eliquid and ecigarettes, eliquid is illegal, although this may change. ECigarettePolitics states ecigs are legal, but that there may be regional issues. Sale and possession of ecigarettes containing nicotine is also illegal in Hong Kong, with a possible fine of up to HK$100,000 and/or a prison sentence of 2 years.

India – Currently legal, but the government plans to ban their use shortly.

Indonesia – Officially banned, but the authorities don’t have a problem with personal use, and allow small quantities to be imported for your and your friends use.

Japan – Sale of nicotine refills are banned. Be sure to stock up!

Jordan – Banned.

Kazakhstan – Unclear.

Kyrgyzstan – Unclear.

Laos – Unclear.

Malaysia – Sources conflict on whether there is a ban, however some stores appear to be operating in Malaysia.

Mongolia – Unclear.

Myanmar – Legal.

Nepal – Legal.

North Korea – Unclear.

Pakistan – Legal.

Philippines – Legal.

Singapore – Banned

South Korea – Legal, although heavily taxed.

Sri Lanka – Unclear.

Taiwan – Technically not banned, but is not widely accepted. Importers/ manufacturers face fines and imprisonment.

Thailand – Banned for import but not possession. People have reported not having any problems taking them through customs, but please check with your airline first.

Sri Lanka – Unclear.

Syria – Unclear.

Tajikistan – Legal.

Turkmenistan – Unclear.

Uzbekistan – Unclear.

Vietnam – Legal, but e-cigs are still relatively unknown there so there may be a lack of stores selling equipment and refills.

Australasia

Australia

There is no restriction on the importation, sale, possession or purchase of e-cigarettes without nicotine. Nicotine is classified as a Schedule 7 poison therefore in all states it is illegal for retail sale unless a permit has been issued. A Schedule 7 poison does not usually justify an import prohibition, however, in certain states and territories, obtaining, purchasing, possession and/or using nicotine without a permit is an offence.

New S. Wales – No regulations on buying and possessing products containing nicotine

N. Territories – Permit is required to possess nicotine.

Queensland – Nicotine is classified as a regulated poison therefore prohibits a person from obtaining and possessing nicotine.

S. Australia – No regulation on the possession of nicotine and products containing nicotine.

Tasmania – Nicotine possession is not prohibited.

Victoria – Personal use is allowed.

W. Australia – No regulation on the possession of nicotine and products containing nicotine.

New Zealand

Sale of cartridges and e-liquid containing nicotine is illegal, but importation for personal use is allowed – so stock up before you go! See Ecigarettes and The Law in Australia by Aussie Ecigarette Reviews for more info.

Europe and Russia

Albania – Electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers are legal.

Andorra – Unclear.

Armenia – Unclear.

Austria – A previous ban on electronic cigarettes has been lifted. (Thanks to SPH in the comments below for the update.)

Azerbaijan – Unclear.

Belarus – Unclear.

Belgium – Sale of ecigarettes with nicotine is illegal, but nicotine free eliquid is legal. ECigarettes and eliquid can be imported for personal use. Vaping is prohibited where smoking is (i.e. public places). Nicotine refills are classified as a medical product. (Thanks to Francois from The Belgium Association of Vapers for the information.)

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Unclear.

Bulgaria – Legal.

Croatia – According to our sources, vaping is banned in public places. However, Albert Dekker in the Facebook comments below tells us enforcement of the ban is non-existent. SwitchtoEcig believes that the law explicitly refers to tobacco products, not to ecigs.

Cyprus – Legal. In the comments below Raymond has added that there is no problem using e-cigarettes in the airport and no-smoking bars, but that tank batteries are expensive and of poor quality – make sure you have spares!

Czech Republic – Legal.

Denmark – E-cigarettes with nicotine are classified as medical products – companies must have authorization before selling. Importation of nicotine refills for personal use is permitted.

Estonia – Legal following court challenge.

Finland – Legal – but as nicotine is considered a prescription drug it is illegal to sell cartridges or e-liquid containing nicotine. However, cartridges with less than 10mg of nicotine and e-liquid with less than 0.42g of nicotine can be legally imported for personal use. One reader from Finland has pointed out that there are lots of zero nicotine e-liquid for sale and that no-one seems to have a problem importing it for personal use.

France – Use in public places is restricted.

Georgia – Unclear.

Germany – Electronic cigarettes are permitted.

Greece -Legal.

Hungary – The sale and use of e-cigs are legal, however the sale of products containing nicotine are prohibited – stock up before you leave!

Iceland – E-cigarettes are legal, however cartridges and refills containing more than 0.9mg of nicotine are illegal. See Eliquid containing nicotine banned in Iceland. 

Italy – E-Cigarettes are not restricted.

Ireland – Import, sale and use of electronic cigarettes is permitted. Banned on all public transport (thanks to David for the update.)

Latvia – E-Cigs are currently permitted but possible ban of them in the future – check before you leave!

Liechtenstein – Unclear.

Lithuania – E-Cigarettes are banned.

Luxembourg – E-Cigarettes are legal.

Macedonia – Unclear.

Malta – Electronic cigarettes are permitted, but are considered a tobacco product therefore cannot be used in enclosed public spaces.

Moldova – Unclear.

Monaco – Unclear.

Montenegro – Unclear.

Netherlands (Holland) – Electronic cigarettes are permitted.

Norway – Electronic cigarette devices are legal. However, the sale of cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine are prohibited, so take some stock with you.

Poland – Electronic cigarettes and permitted.

Portugal – Legal and available. (Thanks to Bruno for the update.)

Romania – Electronic cigarettes are legal.

Russia – It appears to be legal to vape in Russia, however the sale of electronic cigarettes appear to have been banned. Полий in the comments provided some great info on their use in Russia:

“The sale of ecigs is not banned in Russia, we have some big retail networks. But, single-use ecigs are banned, although they are still sold in a lot of places. If you’re going to Russia, google “Vardex”, they have some good liquids.

Regarding usage: it’s still shady, so if you’re in a restaurant or a cafe, you should ask if you can use your ecig. As far as I can tell, it’s okay to vape in bars and some places that provide “steam cocktails”. “Steam cocktails” are basically hookahs, but without tobacco, they use stones instead.

You can vape in the subway and other public places, but it’s a bit risky, so I don’t do it. I got fined once for vaping near the station, although it’s not allowed to smoke analogue cigs there. The fine is not that big (~$10) but the police here likes filling papers, so it may take a chunk of your time. So, you should go as far as 15 metres from the nearest bus stop or metro station and you’re good.”

San Marino – Unclear.

Serbia – Ecigs are currently legal but are treated as smoking, and are prohibited where smoking is banned. Shops and equipment are scarce outside the big cities. (Thanks to Dandellion in the comments below for the information.)

Slovakia – E-cigarettes are considered a medicinal product. Electronic cigarettes are also banned in public places.

Slovenia – E-cigarettes are permitted but cannot be used in public places where tobacco cigarettes are banned.

Spain – Legal. However, e-cigarettes are banned in the majority of public places

Sweden – Electronic vaping devices are legal, however the sale of cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine are prohibited. Take a supply of cartridges/e-liquid with you.

Switzerland – E-Cigarettes are permitted, but the sale of nicotine containing cartridges and e-liquids are not. Importation for personal use is allowed however.

Turkey – Electronic cigarettes cannot be sold in stores, however they can be purchased over the internet according to Phil in the comments (thanks!). It is still hazy as to whether the use is legal or not, as there are conflicting reports.

Ukraine – E-cigs in Ukraine fall under the same laws as regular cigarettes, therefore cannot be smoked in public places.

United Kingdom – Electronic cigarettes are legal

Middle East

Iran – Unclear, possible ban.

Iraq – Unclear.

Israel – Not currently banned, although moving towards a ban in Sept 2014.

Lebanon – Banned.

Oman – Banned.

Saudi Arabia – Banned.

United Arab Emirates – Banned.

Yemen – Unclear.

Leave a comment:

91 Responses to “The Ultimate Guide to Travelling With Your Electronic Cigarette”

  1. Helen Goss August 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Where can I obtain a copy of where I can use my e cig. Please include
    airport rules and country regulations. Thanks, Helen

    • James August 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Helen, we don’t have this in a pdf, I am afraid. If it’s helpful we can create one for you.

  2. sph August 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Austria: the classification as medical product has been lifted. In bigger cities you can buy everything you need.

    Source: living and vaping in austria

    • James August 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Great news! I have updated the post with the info.

  3. Ian Watson August 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    A couple of weeks ago I was in Yeovil’s Frankie and Benny’s and was shouted at by the manager who told me that a very clear sign outside said that e-cigs were banned within the restaurant and tried to get me to put my ecig away which I refused saying I wasn’t using it.

    I went outside and this “clear” sign was a very faded “No Smoking” sign and in almost unreadable tiny letters underneath it, it mentions e-cigs, the sign is white with very very faded red printing on it, you can just about make out its tobacco statement and I asked several people if they could see anything banning e-cigs on that window and all missed the sign about smoking and underneath the unintelligible sentence about e-cigs.

    Needless to say I won’t be frequenting there again or any F&B’s because of the actions of this manager, it wasn’t as if I was leaning over some kiddy blowing vapour over their dinner but just sat there not using my device and got treated quite poorly.

    • James August 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Sorry to hear about that, Ian :(

  4. Sue C August 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I travelled to Canada two years ago. I had some Boges in a box in my handbag, along with some vaping kit. All was well until my hand luggage went through the scanner at Toronto Airport. Suddenly I was surrounded by security asking me to explain the bullets in my luggage. I was so shocked I could hardly talk to explain. I stammered out that I had given up smoking and these were part of my electronic cigarette. Luckily I had an Instruction Manual with me. They still checked up on Google and I was allowed to board, but I can tell you I had the fright of my life! I now tell Security that I have electronic cigarette devices in my bag and that some people have mistaken them for weapons and that I’d be glad to show them what it is and answer any questions. In Gatwick, a lot of Security people vape themselves so there isn’t usually a problem there.

  5. James August 18, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Phew! That’s good advice, Sue, I’ll have to incorporate that into the guide!

    • Sue C August 18, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

      It’s a lot funnier in retrospect, James :-)

      • James August 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

        I can imagine! At least you got a good story out of it though 😉

  6. dandellion August 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Serbia – legal. Public vaping treated as smoking, so don’t vape where smoking is prohibited (so parks, streets and most outdoors are ok). Shops for liqids and equipment are scarce, especially outside he biggest cities and offer is limited.

  7. bruno August 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    hi!… I’m portuguese, and I don’t find it difficult at all to buy nicotine refills… the number of e-cigs shop are increasing by the day, and all of them sell e-liquids with nicotine.
    regarding public vaping, while there is still no legislation, most of us are adopting the same rules applied to tobacco.

    • James August 19, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Thanks for the update, information has been added!

  8. Miguel V August 19, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    Legal in El Salvador and Guatemala.

    Source I live here, I can vape in restaurants and wherever I please. In fact, in El Salvador you can get an ID from the medical community that that explains vaping as a form of smoking cessation, and won’t harm those surrounding you.

    Enjoy your visit ladies and gentlemen

    • James August 19, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      That’s very forward thinking! Thanks for the info.

  9. David August 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Ireland – ecigs are now banned on all forms of public transport within Ireland (Republic).

  10. Fran August 20, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for this very useful page :)

    1) Belgium : I wouldn’t say “treaded as tobacco cigarettes” since tobacco cigarettes can be sold in any kind of shop in Belgium.
    I would put it this way for Belgium: (could be shortened if too long)
    “Sale of nicotine free divices and nicotine free e-liquids is legal. Cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine need a medical licence and then would have to be sold only in pharmacies – no cartridge or e-liquide has been granted that licence.
    However personal use of cartridges and e-liquids containing nicotine is legal. Their importation (physical or online) for personal use is legal too.
    Vaping is prohibeted where tobacco cigarettes are prohibeted (indoor public places).”
    Source: http://fr.abvd.be/legislation/

    2) Underneath the category title “Europe and Russia”, I suggest to write someting like this:
    “Some of those countries belong to the EU (European Union). By 2016 those will have to apply the EU regulations that were voted in 2013 and 2014 by the European Parliament.
    – Ecigarettes containing nicotine are considered as tobacco products
    – They can’t be considered as medical products
    – Nicotine has to be limited to 20mg/ml
    – Devices characteristics will have to match certain standards (tank capacity, security, etc)”

    Or else, you could have a category “European Union countries”, starting with the above paragraph, and another category “Other European countries and Russia”.
    Here are the EU countries : http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/member-countries/

    3) Regarding laws, sale and use are 2 different things in many countries in the world. In general on this page, I think making a systematic difference between te two would be helpful (whenever the info exists of course). I.E. “Sale and use banned” / “Sale banned, use legal” / etc.

    • James Dunworth August 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you for your detailed comment, Fran.

      I’ve made the changes to the Belgium page. Regarding the EU legislation, there are a couple of points to be made.

      1. Much of the legislation at current is very general and needs to be fleshed out by civil servants. Our own trade organisation, ECITA, is actively seeking a role in this.
      2. Via ECITA, we are also vigourously challenging the legislation.

      So in that regard, I think it’s worth waiting and seeing what happens.

      We’ll have a talk here about whether to change the general classification, but we are putting together an interactive map so it’s really helpful to have that suggestion now to mull over!

  11. Phil November 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    They are not banned in Turkey. Only the sale of them in shops, but there is no problem buying them over the internet.

    • Emily Lowe November 3, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Thanks for the info Phil! Updated the post

    • Ken November 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Altough vaping is not completely banned in Turkey, it’s officially forbidden to import vaping devices and liquides even for Personal use. Your internet order may be confiscated or returned if it is inspected at customs. Order at your own risk.

    • Yunus March 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Importing and selling E-cig is banned in Turkey (even on internet but there are some websites where you can buy at your own risk) Vaping is only banned at public places.

  12. John Walker November 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Thanks for the info!
    Just curious but have there been actual cases of people fined for vaping in open air situations in the USA?
    The Queensland state government bans smoking in many outdoor public places and as of next year the same rules will apply to vaping, given the ‘low smell’ and rapid dispersal of e vapor I really doubt that such a ban could be enforced in practice (least without a lot of policing resources being diverted from more important matters).

    • James Dunworth November 4, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      Hi John, Not sure, we’re UK based. The best people to ask would be the CASAA folks. I’ll post a query on the FB page.

      • John Walker November 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

        Thanks be interested to hear more.
        Pragmatically I find it a bit hard to believe that many would notice a (reasonably discrete) vapor in a park and other similar situations.

  13. Rudy November 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Indonesia ,
    While the pirated DVD movie can be easily bought at shops and supermalls , even thou there is clear regulation by law which protecting copyright , ….
    So who will care about vaping banned here ?
    Just dont vape on the non smoking areas will okay , because some peoples may not knowing that vaping is not smoking .

    • James Dunworth November 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Rudi

      Two years ago when I was in Indonesia I was told by a friend who worked in customs that people were being allowed to import for personal use and for friends, but not for sale. But I do hear now that shops are starting to spring up, but my understanding is that they are not totally legal.

  14. Jevan December 19, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    You can buy the cheap little pen style /cartridge ecigs with nic in NZ. Certain head shops also sell nic eliquid. Technically there is a ban on their sale yet a company called Hydro seems to have gotten around the law and has been selling nicotine based Ecig products for years now. I would still recommend bringing your own since the price is ridiculous. For example a 10ml bottle of liquid is $30 NZD ($25 USD aprx) and $25 NZD for 5 prefilled cartridges. Of course you can easily import your own if you are here for awhile.

  15. UBV December 20, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Just an update on the current situation in Australia.

    Queensland is going to include ecigs into the state tobacco laws of Queensland starting January 1, 2015
    http://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-alerts/news/140909-e-cigarettes.asp

    Western Australia is currently waiting for a landmark court case that has reached the Court of Appeals. This case is important to determined the future of ecig usage in Australia.

    http://www.gofundme.com/Ecigs-Our-Right-to-Choose

  16. alaksir December 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    There is not (yet) a ban on e-cigs in Indonesia. The health authorities have been mulling a regulation since the WHO came out with their recommendation for countries to restrict them. Since it is still a relatively smoker-friendly society, vaping in public is really a non-issue. It’ll get you at most a curious stare. The health authorities have been rehashing the ‘it’s not safe,’ ‘contains chemicals’ stuff from the WHO/anti-vaping crowds as expected, and even talked of bringing in a ban at some point, but there is still nothing atm. It is neither illegal nor legal, just not yet regulated.

    • James Dunworth December 22, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Hi Alaksir, my information was based on three things. I discussed with the British embassy in Indonesia (although that’s going back a few years), an Indonesian vaper and someone in customs, all told me that it was officially banned but permitted for personal use. Of course, things may have changed since then?

      • alaksir December 22, 2014 at 9:43 am #

        Hi James. Understood, but your sources may have misinterpreted the negative pronouncements of some of the local health and drug control officials about e-cigs in the media, all of which sourced from the usual suspects (WHO, US FDA, CDC, etc.), to mean that there is officially a ban on e-cigs in Indonesia. That is not true. For example, here’s one of the latest local media hit pieces about e-cigs, quoting a BPOM (Indonesian government’s food and drug agency) official: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbali.antaranews.com%2Fberita%2F64738%2Fkandungan-logam-berat-ditemukan-di-rokok-elektronik. The official is repeating the usual scare stories about metals being found in e-cig vapor, battery overheating, etc., but is also saying that “…the Health Ministry is still studying e-cigs before issuing a regulation on them.” In other words, they don’t know what to make of e-cigs yet. Given the fast rise in their popularity here, I think a ban is unlikely, although the possibility can’t be ruled out. But as stated by a previous commenter, a ban like that would probably just be ignored by the people.

        • James Dunworth December 29, 2014 at 10:51 am #

          Thanks, Alaksir, I have heard that vape shops are starting to open, although I thought that, like in some countries, they might not be strictly legal. We have an update of this post planned for the spring so will try and do some more research then!

  17. JeeSunKyu December 29, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    while Brunei is banned theres a lot of Bruneians vape and theres a lot of people selling vape items and technically if you vape in open area you will not be fined. theres certain places where you cant vape such as inside a restaurant, public places where there are childrens, etc.

    • James Dunworth December 29, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Thank you, JeeSunKyu, we’ll be updating this post before the holiday season and information like this is really useful!

  18. Bernhard January 14, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    Hello,
    i live in germany and i started with e cigarette smoking in the begin
    of 2015. In most parts of the country the use of tobaco cigarettes in restaurants, pubs and other public indoor places is not allowed. Also on the outside railway platform it is prohibited. For e cifarettes you have to ask.
    E Cigarettes and liquid with nicotine is avaliable in some shops. With nicotine you have to be min. 18 years old.

  19. Sebastian January 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    I worked in Georgia. No problem vaping there and its not banned as they still smoke everywhere! However, there are no ecig shops in Tblisi as far as I know

    • Sebastian January 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Same situation in Bosnia & Herzegovina

    • James Dunworth January 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

      We’ll have to pop over and open one then 😉

  20. Annemarie March 4, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Hi

    Please can anyone help me? I’ve been searching websites and I’m unable to find the information I need.

    From Heathrow I am travelling to Perth on a Qantas flight changing in Dubai. After Perth I travel to Sydney again with Qantas. Eventually I travel to Honolulu with American Airlines and fly back to Heathrow via British Airways.

    I have an e-cigarette which is re-chargeable and has no liquid. Please advise if I can carry this on these airlines and if so, if I should put it in my carry on luggage or my luggage that goes in the hold.

    Thank you so much in advance :-)

    Annie

    • James Dunworth March 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Annemarie

      I can’t see any problems. While you are not allowed to use ecigs in Dubai, I have never had any problems when passing through there. Australia does not allow the sale of ecigs with nicotine, but allows the import of them for personal use. Ecigs remain legal in the USA. Lithium ion batteries usually need to be kept in carry on luggage.

      If you’re unsure about the situation in Australia, there’s a great ecig forum here: http://forums.aussievapers.com/forum.php

      Enjoy your trip!

  21. Annie March 4, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Hi everone

    Help and advice please!

    I am travelling from Heathrow with Qantas Airways, American Airlines and British Airways.

    I have a non-liquid e-cigarette which I would like to take with me.

    Please can anyone help where I should carry the e-cig, in my luggage in the hold, in my hand luggage in the plane or in my handbag?

    I realise I won’t be able to use the e-cig on the planes!

    Thanks in advance :-)

    Annie

  22. Annemarie March 4, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi James

    Very many thanks for your reply. You’ve certainly cleared up a few of the queries I had.

    I have been reliably informed that inhalators can actually be used on board a plane, although they don’t give such a good ‘hit’ as a cigarette, they can reduce the craving.

    Cheers!

    Annemarie x

    • john March 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

      Annemarie
      I have not had any real problems at any Australian airport- have had a few ‘what is it’ questions. The security is there primarily there for, security, I am told that it is wise to make sure that any battery is charged so that you can demonstrate that it is a battery (and not something else) if needed.
      I also normally disassemble the main components of my ec-cig and put them in the same transparent bag as other similar things go in- openness is best.

      • Annemarie March 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

        Many thanks for the very useful info John.

    • john March 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      Annemarie
      I think actually using a e-cig on a plane is ‘not permitted’ ( although on long flights, when the ‘lights are out’ it is hard to see how anybody would know- especially if you get a window seat).

      • James March 9, 2015 at 9:13 am #

        Vaping on a plane could carry serious consequences – people vaping on Qatar Airways have been put in jail. Also, it’s worth bearing mind that there are certain types of smoke detectors that can pick up vapour. One of the airlines provides an e-cig which does not produce actual vapour, but it’s not supposed to very good.

        • john March 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

          Funny thing is that the very first time I saw a e-cig, was on a japan airlines long hall flight to Europe , late in 2007, there was a man across the isle from me using one (a early cig alike type), and I think I was the only person to notice- every body else was asleep.

        • john March 10, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

          Do you know what kind of smoke detectors? I ask because a detector that did readily react to small traces of non combustion vapours, in general, would surely go off quite often- for example many asthma inhalers have similar compositions.

          • James Dunworth March 11, 2015 at 9:29 am #

            Hi John

            I believe ionization smoke detectors (used by planes) are more likely to be set off by vapour than by photo electric smoke detectors. There is some discussion of it here: http://www.quora.com/Will-an-e-cigarette-set-off-a-smoke-detector

            James

            • john May 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

              The state government of NSW , seated in sunny Sydney, is currently doing some laws re e-cigs, while sales to minors will be rightly banned there will be few other restrictions, although the labor and green opposition would like to ‘amend’ the act – the government only needs one extra vote in the upper house to pass any legislation. Thankfully the NSW government is a centrist community minded, pragmatic liberal conservative government focussed on big issues and not on moralising.

  23. James March 10, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    The rules hadn’t been made then!

  24. SMokey March 17, 2015 at 5:59 am #

    Import & use is NOT banned in Mexico. Also they can be purchased here, legally – although their popularity with the public is rather small.

  25. Marky.G March 18, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    I use a billet box and was wondering if anyone has had any grief with airport security as to be fair it does look nothing like the usual e-cig

    • James Dunworth March 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Marky, I’ve certainly heard of people having problems. This tends to be with the more unusual looking devices and in airports in countries where ecigs aren’t usually used.

  26. Wagu March 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Hello all! I’m a travelling vaper currently exploring around the philippine archepelago and my experience here has been very good, if not totally incredible! I was fortunate to have found a vape friendly family place in pasay that really broadened my vaping experience, introduced to the local vape community where i was floored by the best box mods and atomizers I have ever seen, many designs and materials…and ejuice flavors that that are way advanced and complex compared to europe, nicotine here is legal and public use is generally fine if one is discreet, oberving etiquette as one with cigarettes, I never had issues… Vaping conventions showcase the best of their thriving industry. and was amazed with the quality of the builds and designs. Talking to vapers here, I learned that the best atomizers and mech mod designs are actually philippine origin, the chinese clones take advantage of their mass production facilities and weak patent laws to cheaply produce copies of these, albeit illegal and to the detriment of the original forerunners in this field. One designer told me he emailed a chinese company with CAD designs, with the intention of producing 100 prototypes in china but they replied saying that they would only do a minimum production run of 10000 or more, which the designer being on a limited budget could not afford. He put it off, opting to produce small limited production locally instead, but lo and behold, they produced them anyway, having unwittingly given them the designs!
    The big difference aside from price and origin is in the build quality compared to the originals, which are now run in limited numbered series and depend largely on the pride of having a real one, not a cheap knockoff. They were however forgiving of my first knockoff purchase when I first arrived, shrugging it off as an intermediate vaper experience. They have in turn taken to pushing the design envelope, keeping ahead and moving forward.
    I would say based on my experience, it is the hands down best place/ stopover in the world for travelling vapers to upgrade and source devices and ejuice from. The people are very friendly and the best diving and off road trail biking in the mountains and the island beaches can be found in asia, and now I have discovered, the center of vaping as well.
    Vapeon!
    Wagu

    • James Dunworth March 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Wagu

      Thank you, that’s a fascinating story, although very sad to hear about Philipinno inventor’s have their patents ripped off! I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.

  27. Janssen March 20, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    Malaysia is still legal today but for air flight carry better put the battries in the check in luggage. Eliquid with nic is still legal and not banned YET…still debating on them. Import for business and own use is still allowed here. There are many shops of vaping blooming through out Malaysia and dun worry if you have forgotten to bring your eliquid along…there are plenty of flavours here to choose from. If your mod got confiscated at another country before arriving in Malaysia…dun worry there are plenty of Mods for you to choose from. The BAN is still under debate and a decision has not been made yet till today..therefore it is Legal in Malaysia as of today. Source: Living and vaping here for more than 6 years till today. Any changes in the future I will update here. cheers and vape on..

  28. John Edlorenz April 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    any information ,Doha Qatar?

    • James Dunworth April 10, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      Yes, unfortunately MENA (of which Qatar is a part) does not allow the sale of e-cigarettes.

  29. Lisbeth from Denmark April 12, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Denmark – E-cigarettes with nicotine are classified as medical products – companies must have authorization before selling. Importation of nicotine refills for personal use is permitted.

    This is, thank god, not the actual situation in Denmark. Selling e-liquid with nicotine is forbidden BUT all shops are doing it. We have hundreds of ecig-shops in Denmark and no rules have been applied yet for this business.
    A law proposal is in the process, but 270K vapers in Denmark are trying to be heard as it happens worldwide as well.
    Worst case scenario is the information you have already published, vape regulated as cigarettes.
    BUT not until November 1st.
    We still don’t know the outcome…

  30. Lisbeth from Denmark April 12, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    …and here’s my personal question:
    I’m going to VapeJam UK in May 2015 (YaaaaY) and I have some concerns about bringing e-liquid home – meaning, will I experience problems getting through check-in in Luton on my way home?
    I can’t find the rules at Ryan Air’s site.
    Question: Can I buy fx 10 bottles of e-liquid in 30-50 ml size and bring on the plane or should I post them from a post office in London before flying? Is there a maximum for total liquid in your bag? Each bottle will be less than 100 ml and sealed individually in flight bags.
    I’m only flying with “hand baggage”.
    Thanks!

    • James Dunworth April 13, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      Hi Lisbeth

      I’ve never had a problem carrying e-liquid with Ryan Air, although I don’t think I’ve taken 10 bottles through before. Bear in mind that it is the aiport security which will be checking your luggage, not Ryan Air.

      Here’s the guidelines form Heathrow:

      “These containers must be brought to the airport contained in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which itself must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approximately 20cm x 20cm). The contents of the plastic bag must fit comfortably and the bag must be sealed.”

      So as long as your e-liquid (and any other liquid) is less than 1 litre you should be okay.

      • Lisbeth from Denmark April 13, 2015 at 8:48 am #

        Hi James
        Yes, I know it’s not Ryan Air, just thought I would find the rules in general at their site.
        I am sure I will buy lots of fantastic e-liquids at VapeJam, there will be a serious arsenal of brands and flavours at the expo. And if I keep 1 l. in mind as total maximum, I can shop crazy.
        You should check out the exhibition.
        Thank you for the info…
        /Lisbeth

        • James Dunworth April 13, 2015 at 8:52 am #

          We have people going, but I will be stuck in the office. Have fun!

  31. J Potter May 18, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    E-Cigs are fine in Italy but there is an 80% tax (including VAT) . It seem the Italian government are more interested in bunga bunga parties than cancer.

    • James Dunworth May 18, 2015 at 9:22 am #

      Although I understand the tax has just been declared unconstitutional by the Italian constitutional court.

  32. Taifur May 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm #

    Im from Bangladesh using e cig for few months now. People dont much know about this. most are unclear about its affects. so my country has no law about this. Police and law officials can ask what it is but after explaining they let people go some exceptions are there. paying around 10% customs allow the imports normally. I haven’t used it in airports to fly out of my country but domestic flights allow carrying the mods. I would liked to know if anyone from India is here because I go to India is there any issue in the airport if i carry e cig with me in the flights?

  33. John June 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Singapore Airlines specify on their website that a personal vaporiser/e-cigarette must be carried in HAND LUGGAGE ONLY. However, I understand that these are banned in Singapore and as we are travelling to Australia through Changi Transit, will these be confiscated and/or will I be fined? Please note that I would not use such devices other than in designated smoking areas and would not even do that if they are banned locally.

    • James Dunworth June 16, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      Hi John

      I haven’t heard of anyone having problems for just carrying e-cigs in transit, or had problems when carrying them through jurisdictions where they are banned. As always, though, do be careful and check with your airline if unsure (any updates appreciated!)

      • John June 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

        Hi James,
        Thanks for your reply. I emailed Singapore Airlines and then Changi Transit who checked with their security services and both say that there would not be a problem. I will however double-check this closer to my flight as it is 7 months away and rules/regulations could possibly change. If I do encounter any issues I will most certainly send an update.

  34. max June 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    Hi. I am planning on going to Cyprus next week, and I would like to know what the situation out there is now with e cigs. I have seen many different sites claiming it’s fine and also some saying it’s not. Can I get some clarity on this as I don’t want it to be confiscated or get a fine. Most of the articles I’ve seen are out of date so any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

  35. Dennis June 17, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi there,

    Last year I went to Macedonia and there are e-cigarette shops there, and I saw some people vaping on the streets, including myself with no problems or questions asked. So the unclear can be changed to legal ;).

    I will probably visit Montenegro this year, so I will see if my vaping machine will cause a trouble there or not. 😉

    • James Dunworth June 18, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      Hi Dennis

      Thanks for the update. Quite often, a country has officially banned vaping but in practice it is tolerated, so you’ll often see people vaping in a country where it is “banned”. Do keep us updated, though, it’s very useful as we are looking to update this post soon (as soon as we can find some spare time!)

  36. Peter July 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi guys, I’ll be boarding my first flight in about 12 years tomorrow morning and I’m a bit concerned about flying with my e-cig (Which I’ve been told looks like a pipe-bomb multiple times.). This guide has been really helpful for the most part, but can anyone confirm whether “2 spare batteries” means 1 in the device plus 2 extra or would it be smarter to remove batteries from my mod?

    • James Dunworth July 10, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      It’s generally considered wise to remove battery from mods when travelling.

  37. roger July 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    can anyone tell me how do I charge my e cigarette in spain

  38. xMyLif3x July 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    eCig is legal in Malaysia but not permited. And more new vape shop are open and increasing each day. All vape shop are not allowed person below 18 to enter.

  39. H July 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Just another one from Dubai. Earlier this month, I had a long layover in Dubai and I had two e cigarettes, one with liquid and one without. The one with liquid I chucked the entire thing with the liquids I had and it was confiscated. That wasn’t an issue until they photographed my passport and boarding pass along with the e-cigarette. Just letting others know in case they get into trouble!

    However, the second battery and the attached empty clearomiser which was in my bag went through without any trouble. Not sure what to make of it.

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