We only ask, as vaping is often scrutinised, and the laws surrounding vaping are often unclear. There are a number of countries where vaping in public is 100% permitted and there are some where the rules are unclear since no legislation has been put in place. Then there are those whereby vaping is completely illegal and if you’re caught vaping, you could face a hefty fine or even prison.
The LawsMany of the laws that restrict electronic cigarette usage apply specifically to the manufacture, import and sale of e-cigarettes, yet some restrict use altogether.
In many cases, how strictly the law is upheld is inconsistent and uncertain. For example, it’s not uncommon for users to get ecigs through customs and use them in a country where it’s banned, without facing a penalty.
To help clear things up, we’ve created a list of locations stating whether vaping is or isn’t permitted – along with everything in between.
- United Arab Emirates
- Partially permitted
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Here is a list of countries where vaping is permitted:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- European Union
- Korea Latvia
There are some countries that still do not clearly state whether vaping is or isn’t permitted, including Greece, Iran and Mauritius. If in doubt, do not take your vaping kit with you. The fines and prison time is just not worth it.
If you do find yourself in trouble, please follow these steps:
- Assist the law enforcement with any requests.
- Find and contact the closest UK Embassy (or ask a relative to do so).
- Notify your travel agent.