The Ultimate Guide to Vaping on a Plane and Travelling With Your E-Cigarette

It’s finally happening. The weather is warming up, the sky is blue, DST is in effect. Summer is coming. 

plane landing over simpson bay

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The best part of summer, of course, is getting off on holiday. Whether you’re staying near home and having a quick break or swanning off to the other side of the world for a month it’s the one thing everyone is looking forward to.

Of course, now you’ve got your shiny new e-cigarette you have an extra thing to consider. Even if you know exactly how much e-liquid you’ll need and have all the adaptors required the regulations on use still vary wildly from country to country. This blog will break down exactly what you need to know when you’re travelling – from what you need to know about airports to where exactly you can use you e-cig in each country. So if you’re going on holiday this year click through to find out everything you’ll need to know.


Before you Travel

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There are a few things to consider before you begin your trip. Firstly, make sure your e-cig batteries are locked, the last thing you want is for it to activate in your suitcase. Make sure your e-cigarette is safely stowed away to avoid any unnecessary bumps and scrapes.

Make sure your e-cig batteries are in your carry-on luggage and are fully charged (you may be required to activate it to prove it is what you say it is). Your e-liquid can also go in your carry-on luggage as long as you’re transporting less than 100ml, just be sure to store it in a clear plastic bag.

At the Airport

Manchester Airport at night from hotel window

Credit: Chris

If you’re lucky enough to be off abroad the next stop on your holiday will be the airport, a place I love and hate in equal measure.

We’ve spent some time researching exactly what the regulations on e-cigarettes are for the most popular airports in the UK are (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands) and currently Heathrow is the only place where you are able to vape inside. They even have a dedicated vaping lounge! Everywhere else requires you to go out into the smoking area unfortunately.

On the Flight

Over the Pacific

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As expected, airlines generally do not allow you to vape in flight. Ryanair only allows it if you buy one of their specific products and every other airline expects you to not vape. The penalties for breaking this rule will be the same as if you started smoking on the plane, so abide by them.

Before you think you’ll be able to get away with sneaking off for a cheeky vape in the toilet on the flight we’d recommend remembering the stories of the vapour setting off smoke alarms forcing the plane into emergency landings then putting your ecig away.

When you Land

757 landing at tgu again

Credit: Enrique

When landing you’ll no doubt be desperate to have a vape, but you should always check to see if you are allowed to use your e-cig in the airport you are currently in. Every country has different regulations and the rules from airport to airport still vary (much like here) so be sure to ask a member of staff where you can use it. Let us know your experiences when you return and we’ll update this post with your insights. The more information we have before travelling the better.

In the Country

In the majority of countries vaping is legal. There are, however, different rules on where you can vape and what you can buy in different countries. Below is a list of the current regulations across the world. If we’ve missed a country it’s because we’re not sure of the rules, any advice on that would be appreciated as we look to give the most in-depth information possible.

Europe

Albania - Legal
Austria – Legal. All products containing nicotine are classified as medicinal products.
Belgium – Legal, although it is illegal to sell e-liquid containing nicotine so make sure you’re stocked up on e-liquid before you go.
Bulgaria – Legal.
Czech Republic – Legal. The sale is regulated in the same way as that of cigarettes, meaning minors are unable to purchase them and they can only be sold in places permitted to sell cigarettes.
Denmark – E-cigarettes and their refills are classified as medicinal products.
Estonia – Legal.
Finland – Classified as medicinal products. You are able to vape if you use cartridges with less than 10mg nicotine or e-liquid containing less than 0.42g nicotine per bottle. Any more than this and you will require a prescription from a Finnish doctor.
France – Legal.
Germany – Legal.
Greece – Legal.
Hungary – The use of e-cigarettes is legal but the sale of e-liquid is illegal.
Iceland – Similar to Finland, e-liquid with a nicotine content above 0.9mg is banned.
Ireland – Legal.
Italy – Legal.
Latvia – Legal.
Lithuania – Banned.
Luxembourg – Legal.
Malta – Legal.
Netherlands – Legal.
Norway – Sales and use of e-cigarettes is legal but cartridges and liquids are only allowed to be imported from other EEA member states.
Poland – Legal.
Portugal – Legal.
Romania – Legal.
Serbia – Legal.
Slovakia – Treated as a medicinal product and banned in public places.
Slovenia – Legal.
Spain – Legal.
Sweden – The use of e-cigarettes is legal but the sale of e-liquid containing nicotine is illegal.
Switzerland – The use and importation of e-liquid containing nicotine is legal but you are unable to purchase it in the country.
Turkey – Legal.
Ukraine – Legal.
United Kingdom – Legal.

North America

USA – There are currently no federal regulations limiting the use of e-cigarettes. However, individual states have developed their own laws, with a number of cities banning their use wherever smoking regulations are currently in effect.
Canada – Legal.

Central/South America

Mexico – Banned.
Brazil – Banned.
Panama – Banned.
Argentina – Banned
Ecuador – Legal. Subject to tobacco regulations.
Suriname – Banned.

Australasia

Australia – In Australia, the Federal Department of Health and Aging classifies every form of nicotine not used in NRT and cigarettes as poison. In Western Australia it is legal to possess e-cigarettes but sale of the devices is illegal. In Queensland people are prohibited from obtaining or possessing nicotine. In the Northern Territories a permit is required to possess nicotine.
New Zealand – The use of e-cigarettes is legal but the sale of e-liquid is illegal.

Asia

Afghanistan – Legal.
Brunei – Banned.
Cambodia – Banned.
China – Sale of e-liquid is banned but possession is legal, although this varies by territory.
Hong Kong – Banned. Possession of e-cigarettes could result in a fine of HK$100,000 or two years in prison.
India – Legal.
Indonesia – Banned.
Japan – The use of e-cigarettes is legal but the sale of nicotine e-liquid is banned.
Jordan – Banned.
Myanmar – Legal.
Nepal – Legal
Pakistan – Legal.
Philippines – Legal.
Singapore – Banned. Punishable with a fine of up to $5,000.
South Korea – Legal.
Thailand – Banned.
Tajikistan – Legal.
Vietnam – Legal.
Africa
Kenya – Legal.
South Africa – The use of e-cigarettes is legal but e-liquids containing nicotine are banned.
Zimbabwe – Legal.
Middle East
Israel – Legal.
Lebanon – Banned.
Oman – Banned.
Saudi Arabia – Banned.
United Arab Emirates – Banned.

Obviously this list is incomplete and we will be looking to add to it as we get more information. If you’ve been to any of these countries or have any extra information then let us know in the comments and we’ll update the list.

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