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With everyone taking time off to visit foreign climes, it’s time for an updated look at the legality of vaping around the world

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With everyone taking time off to visit foreign climes, it’s time for an updated look at the legality of vaping around the world. Problems can occur with sourcing product in your destination country, but also for the possession and use in some places. It’s important to check before you go.

The World Health Organisation is pushing many countries to completely ban vaping. This, combined with billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s organisations funding disinformation campaigns means that the push against common sense and tobacco harm reduction is constant.

Before considering the legality in your intended destination, remember that vaping is completely illegal on flights. Forum members know that you should always carry a back-up to your back-up, but when travelling abroad you ought to consider taking non-vape products too.

Traditional NRT products offer a legal albeit poor substitute for vaping. An alternative that has worked very well for Swedish smokers is snus. At the very least, a tin of snus or nicotine gum will make that flight more tolerable.

Vaping is legal

  • Antigua
  • Argentina
  • Barbuda
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Gorgia
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • West Timor


  • Australia – The import of e-liquid is banned, access is restricted to those with a doctor’s prescription.
  • India – legality varies by state, some have banned the act of vaping so it is best to check.
  • Mexico – was legal but the government is currently attempting to reverse this.
  • Thailand – was banned but the bans were ignored, so they banned it again. And again. Currently, still officially banned but there are multiple reports of selling and vaping taking place. There are also reports of people being arrested for vaping or possessing vape kit.

Vaping is totally banned

  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • East Timor
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Syria
  • Vatican City

Note: the list isn’t exhaustive, and the situation can change at the drop of a pin. Prior to your trip, make sure you check social media, the Planet of the Vapes forum, and the Foreign Office’s travel advice. If you are aware of any changes please email Planet of the Vapes and we will updated the list appropriately.

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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