Travelling with your ecig? Here's what you need to know

The Ultimate Guide to Travelling With Your Electronic Cigarette

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.

(To everyone who has commented – thank you so much! Your feedback has helped to keep this post up-to-date and help other travellers.)


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. (Update: One reader has reported that Singapore is now more relaxed about travellers vaping.). 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.)


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.



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. Regional restrictions apply in places – one reader has reported that shops in Quebec need to have tinted windows!


Although e-cigarettes are legal, their use is regulated differently by states and even cities – check before you vape. Where we have specific information on localities we have detailed them below.

Please note ALL federal parks have restrictions on vaping so vape carefully when visiting one; it’s a good idea to ask authorities (park rangers) before vaping when in a federal park or landmark.

Alabama – some localities choosing to ban use indoors.

Alaska – Localities choosing to ban use indoors.

Arkansas – Although prohibited on school district property.

Arizona – Thanks to Mike Felling for this detailed update:

Currently, some communities have banned use indoors for places of “public accomodation” (restaurants, bars, etc.). Some have also banned use in vehicles when children are present (secondary offense – cannot be the primary reason for police to pull you over). Many communities have banned use in government buildings and on some government owned or leased properties, especially Maricopa County (county contains the state capital, Phoenix, and most of the surrounding cities).

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, but readers have vaped without any issue.

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. Luis Felipe advises:
Update: Luis Felipe advises:

“Bring supplies, juice offer is minimal and overpriced, gear is mostly unavailable, so pack all you will need. Customs at the airport are not interested in vaping gear or juice, so you can pack heavy.”

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, although readers report vaping without any issue.

Peru – Unclear.

Suriname – Banned.

Uruguay – Unclear, but readers have vaped there without any issues.

Venezuela – Unclear.


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. However, readers report that you can import for personal use (officially up to 100ml, but one reader has imported up to 700ml).

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 and you can buy USA, French Canadian and Italian e-liquids in the country. Update (7/11/15): The situation continues to be unclear, with rumours that the Cabinet has agreed not to ban vaping conflicting with raids on vape shops.

Mongolia – Unclear.

Myanmar – Legal.

Nepal – Legal.

North Korea – Unclear.

Pakistan – Legal.

Philippines – Legal.

Singapore – Banned (although one reader has recently reported that people are openly vaping there now.)

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. (Update: In the comments Vietcetera notes that vaping is starting to take off in Vietnam now.)



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.

Update: According to Australia border control, e-cigs can be brought into the country so long as they do not state they are for ‘theraputic use’. (Thanks to Lesley for passing on the information.)

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 are theoretically illegal, but in practice is sold widely. Nicotine free eliquid is legal. ECigarettes and eliquid can be imported for personal use. Vaping is prohibited where smoking is (i.e. public places), but readers have told us that it is sometimes allowed in practice. Nicotine refills are classified as a medical product. (Thanks to Francois from The Belgium Association of Vapers for the information.)

Bosnia & Herzegovina – Unclear, but readers have reported buying e-liquid from kiosks.

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, while another reader reports buying e-liquid from Tabak Kiosks. 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.

Update: From January 2017 all e-liquid flavours other than tobacco will be banned, and you will not be able to order mods or e-liquid over the net.

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 – While the legal situation is unclear, readers report that they have had no issues vaping anywhere you are allowed to smoke. You may struggle to find good e-liquid, though, so consider taking a supply of e-juice with you.

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.

Update from Oliver in the comments below: import for personal use is subject to a maximum of 150ml (no limits on nicotine level). See here for further detail.

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

Dubai: One of the worst in the world – numerous travellers have reported mods being confiscated when passing through!

Iran – Unclear, possible ban.

Iraq – Unclear.

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

Kuwait: Dana notes that it has been legal to import and use since March.Lebanon – Banned.

Oman – Banned.

Saudi Arabia – Banned.

Qatar: Unclear, but several people have been jailed for vaping on Qatar Airways.

United Arab Emirates – Banned.

Yemen – Unclear.

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150 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Travelling With Your Electronic Cigarette

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

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

    Source: living and vaping in austria

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

        1. Hi james ill be travelling soon to india..i will just be passing and ill be joining a vessel there.. ill be carrying with me around 800ml of eliquid coz ill be at sea for months.. it will be on my checked in luggage.. can you please advice me if there would be a problem.. ill put the batteries in my carry on bag but my 2 vv mods in my check in bag also.

    1. I had a similar (bit not quite as confrontational) experience at Dabolim airport, Goa, India last year. I had batteries & a couple of small ecigs in hand baggage, but the mech mods & larger regulated mods were in the hold baggage. Probably fortunately, they X-ray suitcases before you part with them, so at least I was saved the humiliation of being called to security to explain myself.
      They seemed concerned I had some pipe bombs in my suitcase, so I had to dig out every offending article (along with chargers to explain the wiring in there) & demonstrate their innocence. They were fairly civil & reasonable, but digging around for everything and then frantically trying to put it all back & close the (snugly filled) case in front of a couple of hundred people at 3am wasn’t the best of experiences.
      In future, I’ll try to take fewer mods, pack as much as possible in hand baggage and make sure everything is easily accessible in case I get collared again.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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).”

    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 :

    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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  9. 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).

      1. 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.

  10. 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 .

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

    1. Planning to go to New Zealand for studying in 2016.. Any recent updates about the laws in New Zealand, or is it permitted to bring our own ejuice?Thanks

  12. 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

    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.

  13. 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.

    1. 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?

      1. 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: 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.

        1. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

      1. Just to add to the railway platform comment: On each railway platform there is a small smoking area, where vaping is perfectly ok. Its officially regulated by Deutsche Bahn and can be read on an info poster at the train station: smoking and vaping ecigs only allowed in the smoking areas.

        Generally for Germany: Whereever you are allowed to smoke (generally anywhere in the open and nowhere in a closed public place), you can vape as well. Liquids are currently easily available and somewhere between affordable and cheap, but the future is unclear as for any other EU country (shame on you EU and TPD). Let alone in the Nuremberg area, I could name 5+ dedicated vape shops that sell liquids, bases and any other equipment required. Readily mixed liquids are available up to 18 mg/ml, bases up to 36 mg/ml (and probably also in higher concentrations when ordering online – at your own risk when processing them).

  16. 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

  17. 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 🙂


    1. 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:

      Enjoy your trip!

  18. 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 🙂


  19. 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.


    Annemarie x

    1. 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.

    2. 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).

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. I have seen (and tried) those too, JAL flights had a supply of these smokeless but flavored (menthol or regular) e-cigs and were given free to smokers who cannot wait until the plane lands, and that a single stick could last you the entire trip.

        2. 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.

            1. 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.

                1. while it is best not to count chickens, if the legislation goes through it will mean that other states with draconian restrictions : WA and QLD will be simply losing business- sales ,employment and taxes to NSW.

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

  21. 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

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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..

    1. I just spent 28 hours in jail for vaping on a qatar flight. The smoke detectors definitely detect e-vape.

      It also got me banned from the airline (it was on the first of 4 flights) and so I had to buy new plane tickets.

      Worst experience of my life, actually, just avoid that airline, that airport and that city…. While I was in jail I could meet a lot of people who got arrested for yelling at a taxi, kissing in public, sending sweet sms, smelling alcool in the street & so on. If you are not a Quatari person, then you are a Quatari slave. Never in my life I witnessed such hate against foreigners.

      There are no laws to protect visitors in this country, no phone call, no layer, no embassy, it’s is an insult to human rights.

  24. 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…

  25. …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”.

    1. 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.

      1. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

    1. 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!)

      1. 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.

  29. 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.


  30. 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. 😉

    1. 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!)

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

      1. I’m a Malaysian and i can confirm that vape is legal here though it is being debatable at the government level. I traveled to Jakarta last week and had no problem at the airports of both countries with my mod and flavors in my hand luggage. However I did not see anyone else vape in Jakarta nor any vape shop. I only vape where it is permissible to smoke to avoid trouble.

          1. Hi James
            Many thanks for all the useful info and your passion for this great technology.
            Travelling to Bali shortly… Do you have additional info about this crackdown? Source?
            So, did the law change there or is the above still valid?

            1. Sorry, Mot, I have just returned from a surfing trip to Indonesia and was told that shops had been stopped from selling, not sure how reliable the info is. I didn’t see anyone vaping but did not visit Bali. I know originally ecigs had been banned but were allowed for personal exportation and that later on there was selling going on (not sure if it legal or not).

                1. Hi Mot, in the past I have always vaped publicly, but this time I didn’t take my ecigs (as I was testing a theory on addiction that suggests when something is not available the urge to use it is less.)

  33. 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.

  34. Update as of 19th August 2015 for Malaysian Laws. Vaping community is growing like a wild mushroom here. But the government is planning to apply the e-cig act which will have a 6% tax on every e-cig product sold in the near future. It’s safe to say that you can at least find 30 to 40 Vape stores in each state but fewer stores in Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis and Kedah. Vaping stores do not entertain underage people at all. The community is driven by two types of group, stores and runners/resellers, stores basically sells anything related to vaping such as mods, e-liquids, spare parts, tools and such whereas most runners/resellers only sell e-liquids and mods but they send it to you via COD. If you’re planning to visit Malaysia soon, i suggest to not bring much liquid because you would want to try our local brewer’s liquid. You can find hundreds of different e-liquids made by local brewers. Be sure to try at least one! For now, vaping in Malaysia is openly accepted and you can see 4 out of 10 people vaping. Last but not least, Vape on!

  35. Hi, I’d like to know if there is a limit to how much e juice I can bring in to the UK? I’ll be checking it in of course, but will it be possible to bring like 20-30 bottles of e liquid through airport customs?

  36. Hi, i am
    Traveling via KLM to Dubai and i have kangertech vaping kit 1 for me and 2 pcs for my friends and i will be carrying 9 bottles of juices all in 30ml. I know that the security in dubai is very strict about these things as i am lovong there. I am planning to scatter the parts of the vape (the mode, tank and the battery) on my two checked in luggages. Is this a good idea? And should i put the batteries on my hand carry? Is there any chance that will still find out about my vape and the juices? Do you have any other recommendations? If its banned in UAE, how come there are shops who can bring supplies of vapes? How they can pass security in dubai?

    I hope to get a more info.

  37. Hello,

    Just some precisions about the situation in Switzerland.

    Importation of nicotine containing cartridges and e-liquids for personal use is subject to conditions.

    The current rule is 150ml by period of 60 days without limitation of nicotine level.

    In real life, the rule of the 60 day period is never applied by Swiss customs (it would suppose to keep records for each vaper). So the applied rule is 150ml maximum for each importation.

    The use in public areas is currently not officialy regulated. Each owner of an area can decide whether or not it authorizes vaping. It is therefore better to ask before trying to vape in a public area.

    Helpful hints, the federation of public transport has banned the use in all Swiss trains and tramways.

  38. Hi James, I am flying to Bangkok tomorrow and planning to take my Smok M80 plus in checked luggage. As it has 2 fixed 18650 batteries, is it gonna be an issue? Or should I carry it in my hand luggage? Thanks in advance for you suggestion.
    Best regards

  39. Hi I will be going to Phuket in Thailand in January, first do all batteries need to be in hand luggage ? and is it legal to vape there ? gone 6 months without a ciggy now so don’t want to go back to it.

    1. Hi Gaye, yes, batteries are supposed to be carried in hand luggage, although e-liquid can go in hold luggage. The last I heard (these things changes) e-liquid could not be legally imported but is fine for personal use, my understanding is that you can’t import to sell but you should be fine taking a few bottles for yourself.

      If you have any updates after your trip, please let us know 🙂

  40. Hi!

    I’ve heard of the ban scenario in Singapore, but unsure if I can just take my e-cig & some juices with me through airport customs then onwards to Jakarta.

    I am leaving Malaysia which I know technically has no laws on e-cigs yet so I can take it leaving the country. But it is entering & leaving Singapore, then entering & leaving Jakarta before returning to Malaysia again that I am worried about.

    Pls advice.

    1. Hi Robby, despite many visits I have never had a problem either taking or using e-cigs in Indonesia, even though it is officially banned. I know Singapore has a ban enforced by a fine on usage, but I haven’t heard of any problems people have had with transit.

  41. I traveled to Hong Kong a few weeks ago and didn’t have an issue with my e-liquid but now I’m concerned what would happen when I go through security to go home to the U.S. Do you have an update on e-liquid in Hong Kong? Should I throw my e-liquid away?

    1. Hi Alison, Although officially illegal, I haven’t heard of people actually having problems in Hong Kong, and the only arrests I am aware of have been for actually selling e-liquid/ecigs. Our staff have travelled back from China via Hong Kong with e-liquid and not had a problem. However, it might be worth checking with your airline before flying!

  42. I am planning to start a outlet to sell vapor products in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam . As per your information above, vapor product is legal in Vietnam. If I want to double confirm is there any website or department I can double confirm ? Thanks

  43. i am planning to fly to Germany with connecting flight in Dubai. I am planning to carry my e-cig bag in my hand luggage, which contains: 3 bottle 30ml Liquid, 1 Box Mod, 1 Mechanical Mod, 5 Li-Ion 18650 batteries, and maybe some coil. Can i pass the security both in Dubai and Germany? Can one person bring 5 Li-Ion batteries in hand luggage? or should i put all in checked baggage? Thanks.

  44. Hi.I am vapor who live in Japan.
    I wanna add Japanese vape tips on this page.

    Foreigner can brings E-juice(includes Nicotine) up to “120” ml. and If you wanna bring Non-Nicotine E- Juice,you can bring it as much as you like.

    In terms of bringing Nicotine E juice, Bureau of Japan customs said that ”Generally, Bringing of Nicotine E-juice is allowed only an amount you can run out per a month.”
    So they don’t decide an accurate amount, But we can import E-juice(includes Nicotine) up to 120 ml. Absolutely,No one can bring it of 700 ml !! Haha

    I hope this comment help for the vapor who are planning to travel to Japan.

  45. I travelled to New Zealand from the Uk last year, via Dubai, Singapore and Sydney.
    The only problems i had were in Singapore where they tried to confiscate my equipment.
    I told them that they were batteries (I had broken my device down into parts and hidden it in my hold luggage). They let me off with a warning (and my batteries) and told me not to return to Singapore with them again.

  46. I have a question. I am going to Cancun for vacation in a month and need to know if I can carry my IPVD2, tank and e-juice with me on my carry on? I’m kind of nervous as I don’t want any problems so if you could please let me know what I can and can’t do I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Mica, Last time I checked it was illegal but Qatar used to be quiet lenient (as long as it not used on planes!) Not sure what the current situation is. Any updates appreciated!

  47. HI james, what do u mean about heavily tax in korea? I’m going korea this may, and im quite worried that i will get tax/caught by the custom. Questions, how do we bring e juice? Should i put inside luggage or my bagpack?

  48. Hi James , I am curious about Korea. What do u mean by heavily tax? Will I get any tax if I bring my e cig to Korea for holiday? I’m going this coming June for my holiday vacation. And questions, how do we bring our e juice along? Should I just hand carry it? thanks !

      1. Alright thanks alot james! Changed my location to HK this upcoming holiday, Is it legal to bring E cig to Hong kong? And I’m bringing zero nicotine e juice to travel with me.

  49. Hi All, I am travelling to the Maldives via Abu Dhabi airport with only a couple of hours wait in the airport to connecting flight to Male Could anyone advise me of the best way of travelling with our vape equipment as I am getting thoroughly confused by it all! We will not be vaping during the journey but just want to know the best way to travel with it without getting in to trouble!! Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Zoe, e-cigarettes are not legal in the UAE. However, all the problems I have heard about with e-cigs in airports seemed to have emanated from Dubai – I haven’t heard of any travellers having problems going through Abu Dhabi.

  50. Am from kuwait they legally allowed importing and using in Kuwait since March, will plan to travel to Dubai next week not sure is it allowed to bring it to the country, am not bring a mass items just something to last me through the stay, mod, tank and 1 e liquid 30 ml. Any new update about the laws ?

  51. Just called Dubai airport call center unfortunately it’s illigal, I mean I respect but oh cmon am trying to cut the shisha 👎

  52. Hi James, I am very curious that where should I put my e juice ? Should put inside checked in luggage? I’m travelling via air Asia X from Malaysia KL to Seoul , Korea.

  53. Fantastic website, very informative.
    I can`t believe how many countries have issues with E Cigs when they are much healthier than smoking regular cigs !. It is probably the powerful tobacco companies giving the governments a backhander to ban and restrict E Cigs as they know that smoking is a dying habit.

  54. Can anyone confirm the maximum amount of e liquid that can be carried out of the uk in checked in luggage? I just ordered 180 ml of rocketman and 120 ml of vgod dewbie and 3*30 ml of maggo er boba liquids to carry.

    Will Transit be an issue as i am not carrying any mods, devices or batteries? Just these liquids to use back home in bangladesh.

    Any tips and advises will be much appreciated.

      1. Thanks James. No i wont be vaping as i am not carrying any of my mods with me. Infact i didnt bring any when i came on my visit to the uk. Just buying 300 ml of juice since its cheaper here than back home.


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