By Vape Flavor on Apr 16, 2018 2:09:22 PM
If you're a vape user who loves travelling then read on as this article could save you from a nightmare holiday which could include being arrested and imprisoned simply for owning or partaking in enjoying your favorite vape.
Sound scary? You need to believe it as not all countries welcome vaping. In fact in many popular tourist destinations vaping has become outlawed and the penalties could be quite severe.
To help you have a safe holiday experience below is a quick overview of some of the places where bringing your vape into the country or vaping could land you in prison.
Ok so now I've got your attention here's the list.
1. Liquid nicotine is banned in Japan
While vaping is allowed in Japan the selling, supply and import of liquid nicotine ie vape juice that contains nicotine is illegal. Our advice is simple, don't land in Japan carrying e-juice.
While carrying e-juice that does not contain nicotine is legal, the problem is, if you are caught bringing e-juice into the country, even if it's labelled as nicotine free, it could automatically arouse enough suspicion for immigration to have you detained.
Be warned Japanese laws are tough and those who get caught face stiff sentences. Japanese prisons are no fun for anyone, especially foreigners. Conditions are so severe that prisoners have even been known to commit suicide. I guess that's why the crime rate is exceptionally low in Japan.
2. Vaping is Forbidden In Malaysia, or Is It?
The current vape laws throughout Malaysia are somewhat confusing and there seems to be conflicting stories about what you can and cannot do in Malaysia.
Recently the Malaysian government conducted coordinate raids on 280 vape sellers across the country. They seized all stocks of e-liquid containing nicotine and demanded to know contact details of distributors.
However it's not only vape stores that are under attack in Malaysia, it's also vape users. According to city officials in Selangor people caught vaping in a public park could face fines of up to $2,300, and repeat offenders could even be sent to prison for a period of two-years.
With that said, is vaping really banned in Malaysia? Right now, even after the government raids it's business as usual for vape shop owners in Malayasia however the industry is currently under review.
According to a recent article by the Malaysian Reserve vaping laws and regulations should be finalized by 2019.
Our advice - if you're travelling to Malaysia check with the local government authority or Malaysian immigration to get the latest update on vaping laws within the country.
3. Vaping In Singapore Is A Crime
Feb. 2018, Vaping is officially banned and illegal in Singapore. In fact even possessing vaping related hardware and /or e-juice while travelling through Singapore on a connecting flight could land you in hot water.
I recently read on tripadvisor.com that people simply getting a connecting flight had their vapes and juice confiscated
With the newly imposed ban on vaping penalties are high for would be vape users. Use or possession of “emerging or imitation tobacco products” is subject to fines of up to 2,000 Singapore dollars (about $1,500 U.S.). Importers or sellers of vapes, shisha, or smokeless tobacco are subject to fines as high as 10,000 Singapore dollars, and six months in jail. Repeat offenders can receive double those penalties.
4. Vaping Is Outlawed In Thailand
Like Malaysia the vaping laws in Thailand are not clear cut.
The official position is that e-cigarettes have been illegal in Thailand since 2014, however when you walk down the streets of Bangkok you can see vapes being sold on the street.
So what's the state of vaping laws in Thailand. Watch the video to find out.
In Thailand the import and /or sale of vaping related products including e-juice is considered a crime. The Thai government has been targeting the illegal import and sale of vapes for some time, however in recent times their focus has also shifted to include end users or consumers.
According to a recent article in the Bangkok Post internet product reviewer and online celebrity Flukesri Maneedeng was not only arrested in Pattaya for possession of an e-cigarette and vaping liquid she was also assaulted during the arrest.
According to Ms Maneedeng She alleged that police held her in a neck lock and grabbed her hair, and that she also lost her bracelet at that time.
However this isn't the only vaping related arrest to make the headlines. According to an article by popular vaping blog vaping360.com. in August 2017 a Swiss man was arrested and charged with “importation” of e-cigarettes for vaping in public in Thailand.
According to Tobacco Asia, the penalty for illegal sales can be as high as 10 years in prison. The arrested man was told that he could face instant deportation and up to 5 years imprisonment for his crime.
5. 6 Indian States Have Banned Vaping
India has always been a destination for young travelers seeking rich cultural experiences and enlightenment. Every year millions of young backpackers trek across India's 29 states however in recent times six of them have banned the sale and manufacture of vape products and there are indications that more states will follow suit soon.
6. Other Asian Countries Where Vaping is Banned.
Other Asian countries where vaping is prohibited include Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Brunei.
Of particular note in this list is Taiwan. In Taiwan, e-cigarettes are classed as a regulated drug, meaning their import and sale can lead to prison sentences and fines.
7. The Big List Of Countries Where Vaping Is Banned
Image courtesy of TheSun.co.uk
While there seems to be a strong concentration of anti vaping laws across the Asian region, these bans are in no way restricted to just Asia. To help you understand the potential risks of taking your vape on holidays here's the big list of countries in which vaping is either banned or heavily regulated.
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
Hopefully the above list will give you some guidance about travelling with your vapes and e-juice. With that said this list is constantly changing as governments across the globe adjust policy.
Some countries ban the sale of e-cigarettes, but not their possession, while others ban nicotine-containing liquids but not nicotine-free liquids.
Our advice is to use the list to conduct your own research before you travel. Doing a little homework on your holiday destinations vaping laws is much better than landing a hefty fine or even worse being arrested and detained in a country where you don't speak the language.
Have you had a bad vaping related travel experience ?
Please feel free to comment below and share your stories and understandings of the various vaping laws in countries you've visited. We thank you in advance for helping to educate travelling vape users.
Happy Vaping and Safe Travelling!