Although we have always been of the opinion that “good things come to those who vape”, some places in the world are not as enlightened. The newness of e-cigarettes means that laws and regulations are generally different from country to country and the enforcement of these laws is sporadic. Still, it’s a good idea to know exactly where you can and cannot vape while abroad, to avoid embarrassment or the confiscation of your trusty e-cigarette. Having been on holiday to Thailand recently and later discovered that vaping over there carries a ten year jail sentence, I wish I had read this article on vaping abroad first!

So to save you that wisk, below is a rough outline of the laws in different places around the world, although it is still a good idea to check the rules of the specific country that you are going to.   

Europe – Despite Brexit, the Europeans are a friendly bunch, especially when it comes to vaping, and in most places you will be able to vape wherever you can smoke. However, lots of countries ban the sale of e-liquid that contains nicotine, so it’s a good idea to check the exact laws in your specific destination before you go. As with everything in life, the best place to do this is Wikipedia: follow this link to get the full lowdown. Another important thing to check is whether the sale of liquid is banned or not, because you may have to bring your own gear.

Australia and New Zeeland – The good news is that as of yet there are no official laws specifically pertaining to e-cigarettes, meaning that you can safely use your beloved e-cig for the moment. But the bad news is that both governments are currently working on them, so it’s a case of watching this space. However, the sale of liquids containing nicotine is, unfortunately, banned so make sure that you bring your own gear. 

Canada – Is very friendly towards us vapers and the use of them is largely unregulated: however, Toronto does ban them in public places where smoking is also banned and Vancouver won’t allow you to do it at work, so make sure you check for the specific place that you are in.

U.S.A. – Thankfully those, freedom loving, Americans are happy for people to vape in a wide variety of different places and us vapers are treated more or less the same as smokers. You will be able to purchase whatever gear you need in the vast majority of the country, but it is still a good idea to check out the local laws before you go. Wikipedia has a handy entry on just this subject so follow this link for more information:

South and Central America – Technically there are some pretty strict laws against vaping in a number of countries in the rest of America, but they tend not to be enforced that strictly. Nevertheless you should still be careful not to do it in front of authority figures, in case they have woken up on the wrong side of bed, during that particular day and decide to lighten your wallet. Most of the countries are yet to introduce specific laws relating to e-cigarettes, so it’s a case of going with the flow. But if you find yourself in a situation where you are unsure, it is always a good idea to follow the rules for normal cigarettes. Mexico and Argentina have banned the sale of all the equipment, but you can still use your own gear inside the country: so make sure you stock up if you are planning a visit, while Brazil and Suriname have total bans, which are only sporadically enforced. 

Asia – Asia is probably not the best place to go if you are planning a hardcore vaping holiday, as quite a few countries are quite unfriendly towards us vapers. Singapore, Indonesia, Japan Brunei and Cambodia all have strict bans in place, while being caught doing it in Hong Kong can lead to a 2 year prison sentence. Malaysia, mainland China, Thailand and Taiwan all have heavy restrictions, so it is definitely a good idea to check the rules of your specific destination before you travel.

The Middle-East – The Middle-East is another part of the world where you have to be careful as a vaper, with strict bans in place across much of it. The U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt all have bans and these are places where it is not a good idea to push authority’s buttons. It is definitely a good idea to check the specific rules for whatever country you are travelling to and then follow them to the letter.

Africa – There are no laws in place regarding electronic cigarettes for the vast majority of Africa and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. One country to watch though is South Africa, which has some of the strictest smoking laws in the world and is sniffing around e-cigarette legislation. As always checking the precise laws for the country that you are visiting is definitely a good idea.

E-cigarettes remain largely unregulated in the vast majority of the 196 countries in the world, but it is definitely a good idea to check before you travel. This guide on regulation offers information on the majority of countries that have passed legislation so it is definitely worth taking a look at it. Vaping is a relatively new thing, meaning that enforcement and regulation are generally incoherent so it’s difficult to be precise about each country. As a tourist you can always plead ignorance, however, this may lead to a fine or the confiscation of your favourite e-cigarette: so it’s definitely better to check before you travel.