This article was last updated in June 2018.
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.
In some countries, there are no vaping regulations, but vaping is not common and inhabitants may be taken aback to see you vaping. So vape respectfully, and be prepared for curious glances and questions when sub-ohm vaping!
Wherever possible, we have used multiple sources to confirm each point/country in this guide, and have regularly updated guidance based on feedback from readers. However, e-cigarette regulations change all the time and it’s possible those sources might be out of date. So it’s well worth double-checking with the local authorities/tourist information before you leave.
(To everyone who has commented/sent feedback – thank you so much! Your feedback has helped to keep this post up-to-date and assisted other travellers.)
- Travelling By Plane
- Using ECigarettes on Planes
- Using ECigarettes in Airports
- Where can you legally vape?
- Before you travel
- Dealing with Attitudes
- Legality: Country by Country
Travelling by Plane
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.
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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.
Exact regulations vary from airline to airline, so it is worth checking!
Can I put my e-cig in checked luggage?
Can I charge my e-cig in the aircraft?
You are no longer allowed to charge e-cig devices on the aircraft.
Can I take e-liquid on the plane?
On most airlines you can take a small amount of e-liquid in carry on luggage (as with other e-liquids, this has to be carried in a single, transparent, resealable bag). Larger amounts need to be taken in hold luggage.
One exception is Flybe, which no longer allows e-liquid to be carried on the plane. (Source: Electronic, water vapour cigarettes in the Exceptional Baggage on the Flybe Website).
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 had jail time for using e-cigarettes on their 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. Obviously, this isn’t something we can recommend.
How do I avoid leaking clearomisers when flying?
Do note that clearomisers often don’t like the changes in pressure when you fly.
It’s a good idea to empty your clearomiser before going on board.
See 14 Tips to Stop Your Clearomiser From Leaking for more information.
Using ECigarettes in Airports
Can I use my e-cig in an airport?
Sadly, things seem to be going backwards here, with many airports now not allowing vaping (although you can usually get away with it in smoking areas in countries where vaping is legal). Heathrow did used to have a vaping lounge, but they now only mention designated smoking areas on their website (leave a comment if you have experienced otherwise).
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 for (US) airports on using ecigarettes but this is likely to vary from airport to airport, so it’s best to check before you vape.
In 2013, USA Today ran a handy piece with an interactive map of which airports are e-cigarette friendly, which you can find here.
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 is fully charged and can be switched on as this may be required.
Coil Building Equipment
I once had to spend 45 minutes waiting for a friend at security.
He’d brought coil wire, pliers, testing equipment and more so he could build coils abroad.
When one security guard asked the other what was wrong with the bag, the answer was:
So think twice before putting DIY coil building equipment in your carry-on luggage!
Update: Dubai Airport Security Warning
Please note that numerous people have told us that their e-cigarettes have been confiscated by Dubai 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 e-cigs 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.
In Hong Kong, Tobacco Asia notes that nicotine-based e-cigarettes and liquids are completely banned and could get you an incredibly hefty fine of up to $12,900, being classed as a poison – phew!
Before You Travel
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 mods. See our Guide to Ecig Batteries for more information.
Should I take my own e-liquid?
Make sure you have a good supply of e-liquid, as you may be unable to buy e-liquid in the country you are visiting. You may also find that foreign suppliers do not match your own supplier’s testing regime! You can always check out our own delicious range of Halo UK e-liquid 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 are 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!
Where You Can and Can’t Vape: A Breakdown of Countries
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 is subject to change. We try to do a major update at least once a year, and minor updates as changes in legislation comes to our attention. Fortunately, feedback from hundreds of vapers and travellers have helped us to keep this page up-to-date.
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!
Legality v. Usage
Over the years it’s become clear that just while vaping is officially banned in many countries, the regulations are often not enforced. For example, in the comments below Tony notes that in the UAE vaping is officially banned, but is increasingly popular and there seems to be no attempt to enforce the regulations.
We’ve attempted to make this guide as accurate as possible. But please do bear in mind that:
- regulations change
- sometimes, and especially for smaller countries, we have only been able to find one source for these regulations
(Tip: Press CTRL + F and type the name of the country you’re visiting to find it faster.)
In contrast to Europe and the US, the situation in Africa is unclear, and many countries appear not to have taken a position on e-cigs. 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: Vaping appears to be legal, with a number of vape shops and websites operating in the country.
Angola: Legal for sale and use.
Benin – Legal for use.
Botswana – Legal for use, with few restrictions.
Burkino Faso – Unclear.
Burundi – Legal for Use.
Cameroon – Legal for Use.
Central African Rep. – Unclear.
Chad – Legal for Use in designated smoking areas.
Congo – Legal for Use.
Djibouti – Unclear.
Egypt – Officially not legal, but many Egyptians still vape.
Equatorial Guinea – Unclear.
Eritrea – Unclear.
Ethiopia – Legal for Use, though public smoking is banned..
Gabon – Legal for Use in designated smoking areas.
Gambia (The) – Banned, including sale, possession, importation of both nicotine-containing and nicotine free e-cigs.
Ghana – Legal for use in designated indoor and outdoor areas (essentially, you can vape anywhere you can smoke).
Guinae – Unclear.
Guinae Bassai – Unclear.
Ivory Coast – Legal for Use.
Kenya – Legal. The country has designated vape shops and vaping is growing in popularity in the country. Both devices and e-liquid have been taxed since 2015.
Lesotho – Legal for use, if due to a loop-hole in the law shared by many African countries which cover smoking as legal for designated areas, but not vaping just yet.
Liberia – Unclear.
Libya – Unclear.
Madagascar – Legal for use in designated areas; e-cigarettes are, according to the WHO, regulated the same as tobacco products here.
Malawi – Unclear.
Mali – Unclear.
Mauritania – Unclear.
Mauritius – Legal for use.
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, while the Vaping Post reports that there are no restrictions on e-cig use or import.
Mozambique – Legal for use, regulated much like tobacco products.
Namibia – Legal for use.
Niger – Unclear.
Nigeria – Legal for use, but cannot be used in public places.
Rwanda – Unclear.
Senegal – Legal for use, according to WHO.
Seychelles – Banned.
Sierra Leone – Legal for use in designated smoking areas since no laws prohibiting the sale or use of e-cigarettes exist, according to WHO.
Somalia – Unclear.
South Africa – The situation is confusing! Officially, e-cigarettes are regulated as medicines, despite a successful court appeal by one manufacturer. This particularly applies if health claims are made.
Sudan – Unclear.
Swaziland – Legal for use in designated smoking areas.
Tanzania – Unclear. However, there don’t seem to have been any issues reported by vaping travellers.
Togo – Legal but taxed. The usual smoking regulations apply to vaping.
Tunisia – The government has a monopoly and supply, which leads to limited options. Independent vape shops exist but are often raided.
Uganda – Banned including usage and importation of both nicotine containing and nicotine free vapes.
W. Sahara – Unclear.
Zambia – Legal for use in designated smoking areas..
At the time of writing, e-cigarettes theoretically need market authorisation before being allowed into the country, but changes to the tobacco act will make it clear that vapes can be sold as consumer products. Restrictions going forward are likely to focus on advertising, with the aim being to prevent marketing to children and restricting health claims.
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. Regulations are constantly changing in the USA, so do double check before you go.
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. In addition, many states are now choosing to ban the use of e-cigarettes indoors, and in some places regulations have put it in place which are effectively forcing the closure of some vape companies. Most states insist vapers must be over 18, although some go further in setting the age limit at 19 or 21.
Alabama – No state law prohibiting use, with some establishments choosing to impose a ban on e-cigarettes. Vapers must be over the age of 19 to purchase electronic cigarettes.
Alaska – Legal, though some localities ban use indoors. Vapers must be over the age of 19 to purchase electronic cigarettes unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Arizona – Thanks to Mike Felling for this detailed update:
Currently, some communities have banned use indoors for places of “public accommodation” (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).
Arkansas – Legal although prohibited on school district property.
California – Legal but some with localities (inc. parks and other public places) choosing to ban use. Minimum age is 21. Vaping is prohibited within 25 feet of playgrounds, public places and pretty much anywhere else legislators can think of.
Colorado – Legal, but prohibited on school district property.
Connecticut – Legal but prohibited everywhere legislators could think of and in 75% of motels.
Delaware – Prohibited in places where smoking is banned and in Foster homes. E-liquid taxed at 5 cents per ml.
District of Columbia – Prohibited in workplaces and public places including playgrounds, public places and sporting events. Vapers must be over 21 to make purchases. Vaping goods are taxed at the same rate as tobacco.
Florida – Not permitted in fifty foot of courthouses, or in cars when a minor is present.
Georgia – Prohibited for use by food employees while at work (except for designated areas).
Hawaii – Not for use by under 21s. Prohibited all over the place including enclosed or partially enclosed places that are: owned, leased or operated by the state or counties, open to the public, places of employment, sports arenas/stadiums, and within 20 feet of entrances and exits to such places. Also banned in or near some public housing.
Idaho – Legal for use.
Illinois – Legal but prohibited on higher education public campuses. Some taxes depending on area.
Indiana – Legal for use.
Iowa – Legal except in state operated buildings.
Kansas: Legal, but e-liquid taxed at 5 cents per ml.
Kentucky: Legal but prohibited on properties owned by the executive.
Louisiana – Legal except on school grounds, but e-liquid taxed at 5 cents per ml.
Maine – Legal but forbidden in most places where smoking is not allowed, including certain indoor public spaces, places of employment, day care/babysitting facilities, motor vehicles with children under 16, and certain outdoor areas including eating areas and near beaches, state parks and historic sites.
Maryland – Vaping is banned indoors (vape shops are exempt). Tax levied (30% of wholesale price). Proposed legislation may increase the legal age of usage to 21 and ban usage in smoke free workplaces.
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.
Michigan – Legal for sale and use.
Minnesota – Legal but prohibited in schools, day care facilities and government owned or operated businesses. Taxed at 95% of wholesale price.
Mississippi – Legal although restrictions vary according to municipality.
Missouri – Legal, though some establishments ban indoor use.
Montana – Legal for sale and use.
Nebraska – Legal for sale and use.
Nevada – Legal for sale and use.
New Hampshire – Legal for sale and use, but 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 Mexico – Legal for sale and use, but prohibited on school grounds.
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, which includes many outdoor areas. Vapers must be over the age of 21.
North Carolina – Legal for use and sale but prohibited on school grounds. Taxed at 5 cents per ml.
North Dakota – Legal. Vaping fall under smoking regulations which means it is prohibited in and around public buildings.
Ohio – Legal for use and sale, although prohibited in certain establishments.
Oklahoma – Legal at time of writing, but prohibited on state property and land. Minimum age of 21.
Pennsylvania – Legal for use, though there is a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in public places including bars. Taxed at 40% of wholesale price.
Puerto Rico – Legal but banned in public places.
Rhode Island – Legal but prohibited on school grounds.
South Carolina – Legal but a ban on vaping in public places is being considered.
South Dakota – Legal for sale and use.
Tennessee – Legal for use, though banned in some institutions.
Texas – Currently allowed in places where smoking is, though laws has seen the sale of “tobacco products” including vaporisers and e-liquid to those under 18 explicitly banned. Minors caught vaping must attend an E-Cigarette and Tobacco Awareness Program or do community service. There are restrictions on vaping in a number of places where children are present.
US Virgin Isles – Legal for sale and use.
Utah – Banned in public places, and vapers in Utah are legally prohibited from getting any of their vape supplies from online.
Vermont: Vapers must be over the age of 19 and vaping is banned on school grounds.
West Virginia – Legal where smoking is allowed.
Washington: There is a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places in King County, where Seattle Washington is located.
Oregon – Legal, though subject to the Indoor Clean Air Act and prohibited in state agency buildings, on state agency grounds and in public parks.
West Virginia – Legal except on school grounds. Tax levied on e-liquid at $0.075 per ml.
Wisconsin – Legal for sale and use.
Wyoming – Legal for sale and use except in childcare facilities.
Antigua and Barbuda – Sale is banned, but it’s legal to vape. There are numerous restrictions on use; for example, it is illegal to vape within 30 meters of any doorway, operable window, or air intake mechanism.
Bahamas: Legal for use and sale.
Barbados: Legal for use and sale but banned in public places.
Belize: Legal for use and sale. At the time of writing Belize is considering introducing legislation that will ban vaping in public places.
Caribbean – Legislation varies.
Costa Rica – Regulated as tobacco product. Use forbidden in enclosed public places and on public transport.
Cuba – Unclear. Some travel forums suggest that there’s no problem bringing vapes in but there can be problems taking them back out again.
Dominican Republic – Nicotine containing e-cigs only allowed with a medical prescription.
Honduras – Minimum age of use is 21. Use is subject to tobacco control laws, and it is illegal to vape in public places.
Jamaica – Electronic cigarettes are regulated as a medicine. Vaping is banned in numerous places including enclosed public places, bus stops and parks. All products containing nicotine that are being imported for sale, require a registration and a permit. (Source)
Mexico – Nicotine containing e-cigs are banned, and the regulations for nicotine free cigs are unclear. Many vapers have reported no issues in regards to taking e-cigs though customs for personal use, while others have reported their vapes have been confiscated.
Nicaragua – The sale of e-cigs is banned. Legal for use but prohibited in enclosed public places and public transportation.
Panama – The sale of e-cigs is banned. Legal for use but prohibited in enclosed public places and public transportation.
Trinidad – The sale of e-cigarettes is banned.
Argentina – Import, manufacturing and sale is banned. Legal for use but banned in public places.
Brazil – The sale of e-cigs is prohibited, but you can’t vape in public places or on public transport.
Bolivia – Unclear.
Chile – As of October 2017 e-cigs are treated as a medicine pending a ‘resolution’.
Colombia – The sale of e-cigarettes is banned. Legal for use but prohibited in enclosed public places and public transportation
Update: Mateo Toro reports:
“Vaping in Colombia is allowed. You can vape inside malls and big areas, of course not in small restaurants or tight spaces. No problems with customs so far, they understand what it is…”
Ecuador –Legal for use but banned in public places/transport.
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.)
Falkland Islands – Legal for use and sale except on government property and surrounding grounds.
French Guiana – Regulations are unclear, but there is at least one online seller.
Guatamela – Legal for use and sale.
Guyana – Banned for sale. E-cigs can not be carried in checked luggage, and there are numerous restrictions on usage – probably best to assume you can’t vape anywhere you can be seen! There are large fines for vaping in these places.
Paraguay – Unclear, although readers report vaping without any issue and there are a number of sellers.
Peru – Legal for use and sale and there are several vape shops to choose from.
Suriname – The sale, distribution and importation of e-cigs are banned.
Uruguay – Does not allow sale or importation or use in public places. This includes both nicotine and nicotine free vapes. Some readers have reported vaping there without any issues.
Venezuela – Legal for sale and use. Can not be used in enclosed public spaces.
Afghanistan – Legal. Supplies are limited and army personnel report stocking up before going to the country.
Bangladesh – Legal for use and sale.
Brunei – Legal for use only. Sales and imports are not allowed, and are punishable with fines. Forbidden for use in public places, with fines of $300 for the first offence and $500 for subsequent offences.
Cambodia – Banned. People have passed through customs with their e-cig with no problem, but it’s best to check before you travel.
China – Legal for sale and use, but regulations can vary depending on the region. Sale and possession of e-cigarettes containing nicotine seems to be illegal in Hong Kong, although there is some contradictory information.
East Timor – Banned.
India – There’s plenty of confusion over vaping regulations in e-cigs. However, sales of e-cigarettes are banned in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Jammu, Kashmir, Mizoram, Maharashtra, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, and Bihar, and a Punjabi shopkeeper was sentenced to three years in jail for possession of a cigalike and eight cartridges. However, vapes continue to be available online. Further legislation has been proposed that could lead to a country wide ban on e-cig sales.
Indonesia – Originally officially banned, the situation has become even more confusing as the country has officially put a heavy tax on vaping. Personal use is not a problem and you’ll find vape shops in some cities and in Bali.
Japan – Nicotine containing e-cigarettes are treated as a medicinal product. Vapers are allowed to import up to 100ml of nicotine containing e-liquid for their own use. There is no issue with nicotine free vapes.
Jordan – Sale use is banned.
Kazakhstan – Unclear.
Kyrgyzstan – Legal for use and sale. Tax proposed for future.
Laos – There does not appear to be any current laws regulating vaping, but vapers who have been to Laos advise keeping a low profile. Some supplies are available.
Malaysia – Nicotine is classified as a poison, and nicotine containing e-cigs can only be sold by licensed pharmacies and medical practitioners. Non-nicotine containing e-cigs are regulated as electrical appliances. Travellers have reported being able to vape in places where smoking is allowed.
Mongolia – There are no clear guidelines, but some travellers report being able to vape and that there are some limited vape supplies in the country.
Myanmar – Legal for sale and use.
Nepal – Sale prohibited. Use banned in enclosed public places and public transportation.
North Korea – Appear to be legal. There’s an amusing story here about a North Korean guard who first thought an e-cig was a bomb before offering to exchange cigarettes for the device.
Pakistan – Legal for use and sale.
Philippines – E-cigarettes are considered a medicinal product, and sales are restricted. Vaping is forbidden in public places and on public transport.
Singapore – Illegal to buy, use and possess. Vapers can be fined up to SGD5,000.
South Korea – Legal, although heavily taxed. Banned in public places and on public transport.
Sri Lanka – Flavored, colored, or sweetened e-liquids are prohibited.
Taiwan – The Health Ministry has put a ban on e-cigarettes, but this is not codified in legislation. New legislation is set to ban the manufacture, import, sale and advertising of electronic cigarettes.
Thailand – Banned for import. Penalties for bringing e-cigs in can include jail time or fines. See Steve’s comment below for more information or the Foreign Office update on travel to Thailand. Reports on using them in the country vary but with stories like this and this it’s really not worth the risk.
Syria – Unclear. However, e-cigs are sold online in the country.
Tajikistan – E-cigs are legal for use. Some restrictions on sale. Vaping is forbidden in most public places.
Turkmenistan – Legal for use; importation and sale is prohibitted.
Uzbekistan – Legal for sale and use. Legislation to prohibit vaping in public places has been drafted but is not law at the time of writing.
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. Cannot be used in public places, some outdoor areas and in cars with children, with fines of up to $550.
N. Territories – Permit is required to possess nicotine.
Queensland – Nicotine is classified as a regulated poison, and the sale of e-cigs is prohibited.
S. Australia – The sale of e-cigarettes is banned.
Tasmania -The sale of e-cigarettes is banned.
Victoria – The sale e-cigarettes is banned, and vaping is prohibited in smoke free areas.
W. Australia -The sale of e-cigarettes is banned.
Fiji – Legal for use and sale (with restrictions). Use banned in public transportation and some enclosed public places.
Marshall Islands – Unclear.
Micronesia – Unclear.
Nauru – Unclear.
New Zealand – After years of debate, vaping is finally legal in New Zealand. This includes sale and use.
Paulau – Legal for sale and use, with a minimum age of 21.
Papua New Guinea – Legal for sale and use, but prohibited in public places and workplaces.
Samoa – Legal for sale and use.
Solomon Islands – Unclear.
Tonga – Unclear.
Vanuatu – Unclear.
Europe and Russia
Europe is currently in a state of flux. In theory, every country in the European Union should now be applying the Tobacco Product Directive – you can find these laws explained here. EU laws are supposed to harmonise regulations, but in practice the interpretations of the regulation varies in every country, with implementation varying from liberal to draconian. What’s more, at the time of this update some countries are still behind in their implementation of the regulations.
Albania – Electronic cigarettes and personal vaporizers are legal.
Andorra – Legal for sale and use.
Armenia – Legal for sale and use. However, there are reports the government is planning to ban vaping.
Austria – The use and sale of e-cigs is now legal, but there are bans on vaping in public places and anywhere tobacco is prohibited.
Azerbaijan – Legal for sale and use.
Belarus – Legal for sale and use. There are plans to bring vaping under the same regulations as tobacco.
Belgium – E-Cigarettes are now legal, but forbidden in public places and on public transport.
Bosnia & Herzegovina – Legal for sale and use.
Bulgaria – Legal, although vaping is prohibited in some public places.
Croatia – Croatia has transposed the EU TPD, which means that e-cigs can now legally be bought in the country. Vaping prohibited in some public places.
Cyprus – Legal, but e-liquid taxed at the rate of 12 cents per ml. Prohibited in some public places, on public transport and in cars when a minor or pregnant woman is present.
Czech Republic – Legal for sale and use.
Denmark – Legal for sale and use.
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 – Legal for sale and use. Use in public places is restricted.
Georgia – Vaping is currently legal, but forbidden in public spaces except for establishments created specifically for smoking, such as cigar bars.
Germany – Electronic cigarettes are legal for sale and use.
Greece – Legal, but usage is banned in many places including public areas and on public transport. E-liquid is taxed at 10 cents per ml.
Hungary – Legal for sale and use. E-liquid is taxed at the rate of 70 Forints per ml.
Iceland – E-cigarettes are legal, however cartridges and refills containing more than 0.9mg of nicotine are illegal. See E-liquid containing nicotine banned in Iceland.
Italy – E-Cigarettes are not restricted. However, e-liquid is taxed at 0.393 euros per ml (likely to rise as this is linked to the price of cigarettes).
Ireland – Import, sale and use of electronic cigarettes is permitted. Banned on all public transport (thanks to David for the update.)
Latvia – Legal for sale and use. E-liquid is taxed is 0.01 euro per mL with an additional tax of 0.005 (ish!) euros per 1mg of nicotine.
Liechtenstein – Legal in designated smoking areas. Minimum age of 16.
Lithuania – E-Cigarettes are legal.
Luxembourg – E-Cigarettes are legal for sale and use. Prohibited in certain public places and in vehicles where a child under the age of 12 is present.
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. Use is prohibited in public places and in vehicles where a child under the age of 16 is present.
Moldova – Legal for use and sale. A vape tax has been proposed by the government.
Monaco – Unclear – but Leonardo DiCaprio has been spotted vaping there!
Montenegro – Legal for use and sale. E-liquid taxed at the rate of EUR 0.9 per ml.
Netherlands (Holland) – Legal for use and sale.
Norway – The sales ban on e-cigs was lifted in 2016, but vaping is banned in places where smoking is prohibited.
Poland – Electronic cigarettes and permitted. Vaping is prohibited in some public places and public transportation.
Portugal – Legal for sale and use. Vaping is prohibited in some public places and public transportation.
Romania – Electronic cigarettes are legal for sale and use. Vaping is banned on public transport.
Russia – Vaping is currently legal. There are plans to tax both devices and e-liquid, but this is not likely to come in for some time.
Полий in the comments provided some great info on their use in Russia – this comment was left some time ago, and we’re not sure how valid it still is:
“The sale of e-cigs is not banned in Russia, we have some big retail networks. But, single-use e-cigs 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 – Legal for sale and use. E-liquid is taxed at RSD 4.06 per ml.
Slovakia – Vaping is legal but is prohibited in public places and on public transport.
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 (not always enforced!), and the sale of e-cigs may shortly been banned online.
Sweden – With the implementation of the tobacco products directive, it is now legal to purchase e-cigarettes and e-liquid.
Switzerland – E-Cigarettes are permitted, but the sale of nicotine containing cartridges and e-liquids is not (the last update we can find on this was July 2016). Importation for personal use is allowed however. As of 2017 the government is consulting on whether to change the law, and the sale e-cigs is likely to become legal in the future.
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 – As of June 2018 the law on usage is still unclear. The Ministry of Health has issued a circular stating importation of vape products is illegal, another law states vape products are to be treated as tobacco while yet another law mentions tarrifs on vaping.
What is available (on the black market) is expensive while e-liquid may be of poor quality. In short, go prepared. (Thanks to Amran for the update – you can see his full comment here!)
Ukraine – E-cigs in Ukraine are legal. They mostly fall under the same laws as regular cigarettes, and can not be used in places where smoking is banned. (See the Facebook comments below this post for a full update from Богдан Поветьев). There’s even a Ukranian Vape Week!
United Kingdom – Electronic cigarettes are legal to use indoors and outdoors. After seeing off challenges from the Welsh government to introduce a ban on flavours and vaping in public places, the UK now has some of the most tolerant regulations on vaping in the world. See more on UK regs here.
Bahrain – Legal for use, but sale, importation and distribution banned. Prohibited for use in public spaces.
Dubai – One of the worst in the world – numerous travellers have reported mods being confiscated when passing through!
Iran – Unclear. There seems to be little action or even awareness of vaping in official circles, but it is starting to take off in the country. Take supplies, though – both hardware and e-liquid can be pricey.
Iraq – Unclear, though sources mention the expansion of vape shops throughout Iraq and some vapers have used e-cigs there with no problems. Loose lithium batteries can not be shipped (but are allowed if they are installed in the device you are to use.) There seem some limited sale in the country, suggesting there won’t be a problem with use.
Israel – Plans to implement a ban have not been put in place, and both vape shops and vaping are growing in Israel. There do not appear to be any current regulations on vaping.
Kuwait – The sale and marketing of e-cigs are banned, although some vapers report being able to import e-cigs for personal use.
Lebanon – The sale of e-cigs is banned.
Oman – The sale of e-cigs is banned.
Qatar: The sale, distribution and marketing of e-cigs has been banned and several people have been jailed for vaping on Qatar Airways. Update: More recently it seems Qatar is confiscating e-cigarettes on arrival, but allowing people to claim them back when they leave.
Saudi Arabia – Banned; some users have recently noted that e-cigarettes can be brought in with no issues, though selling (and purchasing) e-liquid is illegal.
United Arab Emirates – Banned for sale and use.
Yemen – Unclear, but vape products are sold on-line and in-store.