Are You a Vaper Who Loves Traveling? Here Are the Countries Where Vaping Might be Illegal or Highly Regulated

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Have you already picked your next holiday destination?

Well, slow down, my friend. Especially if you want to combine traveling with vaping.

Sadly enough, there are countries that do not approve of this fun activity.

Heck, there are some that ban it completely!

So, unless you are ready to give up vaping temporarily, prepare for your next vacation by learning about the vaping regulations in different countries.

Where Is Vaping Illegal?

I’m sure you’ll agree with me if I say that vaping is fun but not worth the danger of going to prison.

But yes, in some countries, it’s a possibility.

So, if you aren’t ready to stop vaping even temporarily, you shouldn’t visit the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Columbia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

It’s clear that you should probably stay away from these countries if you are planning to bring your vaping kit with you. Now, if your lifetime dream is to visit, let’s say, Vietnam or Singapore, and you cannot sacrifice vaping even for a couple of days, you might think that you could sneak in with your vape mod.

But let me share some info with you.

In Singapore, vaping devices are illegal. So, if you have one in your luggage, you will definitely have problems with customs.

If you really require your regular nicotine fix but want to go somewhere nicotine-based vape juices are banned, you can try using nicotine patches or gum. Just as a temporary substitute.

Next, possession of nicotine-based vaping juices and devices is banned in Hong Kong and can even be punished by prison. However, the law does not cover non-nicotine inhalers, which might seem like a loophole for vapers. My advice: be extra careful. Even if there’s a possible loophole, don’t use it. The price you might have to pay is too high (up to $100,000 fine or even a 2-year imprisonment).

In Argentina and Brazil, vaping is completely banned. You cannot sell, import, or use electronic cigarettes in the country. Even the nicotine-free vaping is not allowed. If there’s a vaping device found in your luggage, it will be confiscated. Additionally, you will have to pay a fine, and even then, chances are you might not get into the country.

It is obvious now that some countries don’t welcome vapers. Luckily, now you know what exact vacation destinations will require you to leave your favorite device at home, so you’ll be able to avoid trouble.

Where Is Vaping Heavily Restricted?

When combining traveling with vaping, you need to familiarize yourself with the country’s regulations. The thing is, some places allow vaping but only under specific conditions. These places include:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • Japan
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Iran
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Sweden

Obviously, you need to check the regulations thoroughly before buying the ticket to each of these countries. Studying all the aspects is the only way to keep yourself safe during your vacation. Now, let me share some examples with you so that you could get an idea of the possible regulations you would have to deal with.

In Belgium, for example, you are allowed to buy nicotine-based e-juices or cartridges but only if they contain no more than 20 mg of nicotine.

In Denmark, the situation is similar. Nicotine-containing devices are considered medical products. However, nicotine-free vapes are not.

In Japan, nicotine-based e-cigs are completely banned. At the same time, nicotine-free vaping devices are sold to both adults and minors freely.

Even bringing your vaping device to some countries can be dangerous. For instance, you don’t need to vape in Thailand to get in trouble. By simply trying to bring your vape kit to the country, you can end up in jail (for up to 10 years!)

Now, as for New Zealand, the situation is a bit tricky. First off, nicotine-based vaping products and devices are illegal to sell in the country. However, vaping there is allowed. Locals get their nicotine by importing it from overseas. Additionally, the non-nicotine devices are legally allowed, so if you vape on zero nicotine, you will be fine. Just keep in mind that all e-cigs (even non-nicotine ones) are not allowed to be sold to people under the age of 18.

When traveling to India, you should be careful. While there are no certain regulations for vaping across the country, some states ban the sales of vape products, which means using them might not be allowed either. And while tourist vapers are currently tolerated in most parts of the country, it looks like the nationwide vaping ban might be a possibility in the near future. So, before traveling to India, it’s best to clarify these aspects. You can ask your local friends or even the owner of the hotel you are going to stay at.

When traveling, you need to check all the aspects. There are countries in which vaping regulations vary depending on the state (just like in America). For instance, different parts of Australia have different vaping laws. Therefore, you always have to check the info carefully before your vacation abroad.

In Mexico, vaping is allowed, but you still might have your device confiscated by customs. Why? Because the federal law does not permit trading, selling, distributing, or promoting any vape-related devices and products. Therefore, the mere fact that you possess such a device puts you in the category of people who might promote vaping products on the Mexican territory.

Some of these countries don’t allow vaping in public places and don’t sell vape devices and accessories to people under 18 or even 21. If you are staying at a hotel, it’s probably a good idea to ask whether vaping is allowed on its territory. Some places ban it completely just like smoking, others allow it but only in specially designated areas.

Where Is Vaping Legal and the E-Juice Is Not?

There are countries that do not restrict vaping in general but ban the use of nicotine-containing vape juices. These places include:

  • Australia
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • South Africa

In Australia, the ban is only on the nicotine-based vape juices and devices. Vaping on nicotine-based e-liquids is prohibited wherever regular smoking is prohibited, including public places. The same rule applies to Hong Kong. Nicotine is considered as the Type One Poison and even its possession can be punishable by fines or even a prison term. At the same time, there are no regulations for the nicotine-free vaporizers and inhalers.

In Norway, the situation is a bit simpler. The use (and sale) of electronic cigarettes is legal all across the country. However, you cannot buy nicotine-based e-juice there. The only way to get your nicotine fix is to import the e-liquid from other EEA member countries.

South African laws allow vaping but ban nicotine-based e-liquids. It is known that nicotine vape juices are widely sold at local black markets. But you need to remember that buying nicotine-based e-liquids and using them would mean that you are breaking local laws.

Where Is Vaping Legal?

Good news:

Countries, where you can vape with a peaceful mind and relax completely during your vacation, DO exist!

Even more, they allow vaping on nicotine-based e-liquids, too. Here’s the list:

  • UK
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Croatia
  • Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Belarus
  • Bulgaria
  • Slovakia
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
  • Fiji
  • Canada
  • Puerto Rico
  • Costa Rica
  • Jamaica
  • Bahamas
  • Guatemala
  • Saint Lucia
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritius
  • Ethiopia
  • Zambia

The only aspect you should keep in mind is vaping in public places, especially if there’s nicotine in your e-juice. In some countries, vaping on nicotine may be prohibited in the same places where regular smoking is. So, always check the regulations first before your travel.

Such strict regulations against vaping in some countries might seem shocking to you, especially given the fact that regular tobacco products are more widely available. Perhaps, the problem is in the vaping’s novelty. Because this thing is relatively new (much younger than smoking, at least), it hasn’t been studied well enough. And maybe so many countries feel the need to limit e-cigs because of the limited info we have on them so far.


It all comes down to one thing. Are you willing to give up vaping to visit such interesting locations like Singapore and other places where it is illegal? Or do you want to enjoy yourself fully when traveling, with your trusty vaping device in one hand? Then my advice is, go to Europe. It’s full of cool and beautiful places to visit. Plus, everyone is okay with vaping there. It’s a win-win!

So, have you already picked your next destination? Where are you planning to go, and do you expect to keep vaping there? Let us know in the comments!

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