The laws and regulations covering vaping around the world are a constantly moving picture. Many countries have been very slow to react to the quick uptake of e-cigarettes. When they do finally take action the results can be severe, heavily limiting the use of e-cigarettes. If you plan on travelling this year and want to take your device with you it’s a good idea to check out local laws before you go. Some countries such as the USA, Australia and Russia have both national and state/regional laws. If you’re travelling around when you reach your destination check with the locals before whipping out your ecig rather than assuming you’ll be fine. The list below covers approximately 150 of the most popular travel destinations. It is by no means exhaustive, however, we do plan to keep adding countries as we get more information. Please use this guide as part of your research before travelling but also consult other sources to ensure you have a clear and full picture. We’d love to hear from you if you spot a mistake or want to add a new country to the list. Simply send us the details through our contact form and we’ll update the post. Europe The majority of European states allow vaping, although heavy taxation is becoming more common which can make stocking up on supplies whilst visiting expensive. Most EU members adopted the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) from May 2017 and this makes the general approach to vaping across the EU broadly similar to that of the UK. Some states have added their own additional laws that you need to watch out for. Vaping in the UK Status: Permitted What you need to know: Where better place to start than good old blighty. The UK is very much pro vaping and is one of the most progressive countries in the world in their views to e-cigarettes. Generally vaping is permitted anywhere smoking is allowed and vape stores can be found in virtually every town and city if you need to stock up on e-liquids or other supplies. Vaping in France Status: Permitted What you need to know: France is vying with the UK for the highest number of vapers in Europe and as with the UK you can vape safely wherever smoking is allowed. New laws were passed in 2016 prohibiting vaping on public transport or in areas where children are present. If you’re in any doubt ask someone who looks local! Vaping in Germany Status: Permitted What you need to know: As with the majority of EU member states they have adopted the TPD and therefore vaping is allowed with similar restrictions to the UK. You can purchase vape supplies easily and restrictions on vaping in public are largely permitted in areas where you can smoke. Vaping in Italy Status: Permitted What you need to know: Italy has a large number of vapers but has also introduced some nasty new tax laws at the end of 2017 which makes vaping more expensive than smoking. Even more new taxes are planned that may kill off the industry in Italy altogether. Vaping is permitted anywhere you can smoke but getting supplies locally may get trickier as vape shops start to shut up shop. Vaping in Greece Status: Permitted What you need to know: Ecigs are legal in Greece with vaping permitted anywhere smoking is allowed. Buying supplies should be relatively easy in major cities and towns but will be more difficult if you are visiting the Greek Islands. Vaping in Turkey Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: Whilst you can legally vape in Turkey the sale of vaping devices and liquids is banned. However, many UK holiday makers have reported being able to purchase vaping supplies freely in the main holiday destinations. If you plan on visiting the country and packing your device, do so with caution and do your own research before leaving. Vaping in Spain Status: Permitted What you need to know: As an EU member their vaping laws largely mirror the UK’s. Vaping is allowed in areas where you can smoke but there is now a total ban on smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces. Vaping in Portugal Status: Permitted What you need to know: Portugal is following the example of Italy in heavily taxing vaping products so if you do plan to visit take your own e-liquids. Smoking/Vaping bans in bars, clubs and restaurants are not yet in place but are planned so double-check the status before visiting. Vaping in Croatia Status: Permitted What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as tobacco products by law so are treated in the same way. Vaping in all public enclosed areas is banned. If you need to stock up on supplies whilst visiting then you’re well catered for in tourist hot spots. Vaping in the Netherlands Status: Permitted What you need to know: As you would expect the Dutch attitude is fairly liberal towards vaping. E-cigs are legal to buy and use and buying supplies whilst visiting shouldn’t present any issues. New regulations have been introduced in 2019 which prohibit the sale of e-liquids in bottles above 10ml. This includes Zero Nicotine e-liquids and any self-mixing products. Vaping in Ireland Status: Permitted What you need to know: It is legal to buy and use e-cigs in Ireland and vape shops are plentiful. Ireland, like the Dutch, takes a fairly liberal approach to vaping and at the time of writing there are no plans to change this approach. Vaping in Russia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Not an EU member state and therefore not subject to the TPD regulations. Vaping is currently unregulated which has allowed a thriving market including vape shops and cafes to develop. Some major cities are looking at classing e-cigarettes as a tobacco product which would mean new laws to govern their use. If you plan on visiting during 2018 check what the current status is. Vaping in Denmark Status: Permitted What you need to know: Until recently vaping products were classed as medical supplies and were therefore banned from general sale. Happily, the introduction of the TPD pushed the Danes in line with the rest of Europe, legalising the products and making them available to the consumer. Vaping is permitted in public places but don’t expect that many vape shops as the industry is only starting to establish itself. Vaping in Sweden Status: Permitted What you need to know: Sweden, like Denmark, had classed e-cigarettes as medical products meaning they were banned from sale to the consumer. This was overturned in 2016 allowing for their free sale which opened up the market. Vaping in Sweden is now permitted where regular smoking is. Some restaurants and pubs will allow vaping if you ask nicely. Only shortfill bottles of e-juice can be purchased since the bottles containing nicotine are restricted to 10ml. Vaping in Finland Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping products are classified in the same way as cigarettes so the same rules apply. Wherever smoking is banned so is vaping. Vaping in Norway Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: Norway is an odd one, in terms of vaping that is, I’m sure the country is lovely! Vaping is permitted, however, the sale of nicotine-containing products is not. Norwegians can buy nicotine containing vaping products abroad but only if they can prove it is to help them quit smoking. If you’re travelling to Norway then the rules are equally woolly. If you plan on staying for a while then you’ll require a doctor’s note to show that your vaping to help quit smoking. Without this, your device and liquids may be confiscated. If you’re making a shorter trip then you shouldn’t have any issues. The good news is that Norway looks like it will soon be adopting the TPD which will mean the sale of vaping products will be similar to the UK and much of the EU. This was expected to come into force in the summer of 2018. However, at the time of writing (October 2018), we’re still waiting for the changes to take place. Vaping in Austria Status: Permitted What you need to know: Austria largely follows the EU TPD laws and so their policies on vaping are fairly similar to the UK. The vape market is pretty strong and you should have no problems buying supplies whilst visiting. Vaping in Belarus Status: Permitted What you need to know: Information is limited but vaping does seem to be permitted. The government have recently introduced new regulations on vaping products designed to clean up the market and help ensure only properly tested and proven goods are available. Buying your supplies there should also be possible as there are vape shops in the major cities. Vaping in Iceland Status: Permitted What you need to know: Iceland is not a member of the EU and therefore does not come under the TPD laws. At the time of writing this update, in June 2018, Iceland had no clearly defined rules on vaping. A bill to regulate the industry was put forward in 2017 but this failed to pass so there appears to be little restrictions on the Icelandic vape market. Vaping in Hungary Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is allowed wherever smoking is permitted but this is another country that has gone down the heavy taxation route. You can buy supplies in Hungary but expect to pay above the odds for liquids. Vaping in Malta Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is common in Malta and it’s easy to get hold of supplies should you need them. E-Cigarettes are classed as tobacco products and therefore the same rules should apply. We say should as in 2015 a fine imposed on a woman for vaping in an enclosed public space was overturned by the courts. Their conclusion was ‘The smoking ban only applies to tobacco products, not e-cigarettes’. We’re not suggesting that you test the theory out so the best advice is to follow the local’s example or ask a member of staff if you’re in a restaurant, bar or café. Vaping in Belgium Status: Permitted What you need to know: Surprisingly for a country that has been considered ‘smoker-friendly,’ their vaping laws are pretty tough. E-cigarettes were only legalised as a consumer product in 2016 and they are classed as a tobacco products so get hit with the same restrictions as smoking. Vape shops exist but mainly in larger towns and cities. Vaping in the Czech Republic Status: Permitted What you need to know: Another great place to visit for vapers. Ecigs can be purchased and used pretty much anywhere. Vaping in Poland Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is allowed but only where smoking is permitted. Vaping indoors is banned as are certain public places such as bus stops. Vaping in Switzerland Status: Permitted What you need to know: The Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) overturned a ban on electronic cigarettes with nicotine in March 2018. Switzerland is not part of the EU so does not have the TPD restrictions that member states have to conform to. In terms of where you can and can’t vape, we understand that vaping is permitted where smoking is permitted. If in doubt, find some friendly-looking locals to explain what’s allowed Vaping in Ukraine Status: Permitted What you need to know: There does not appear to be any laws that specifically govern vaping. Instead, as with many other countries, e-cigs are bundled in with traditional cigarettes. Smoking is banned in all public indoor spaces and so the same rules apply to vaping. Buying vaping supplies whilst in Ukraine should be possible as dedicated vape shops are present in the larger cities and towns. Vaping in Romania Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted, however, it is banned on public transport. In 2016, Romania introduced tough new smoking regulations banning cigarettes from all workplaces including bars and restaurants. Happily, ecigs were not included in the ban, although it’s still advisable to check with locals or staff if you want to vape whilst on private premises. Buying supplies whilst you’re visiting Romania should also be nice and easy as they have dedicated vape shops in most cities. Vaping in Serbia Status: Permitted What you need to know: There is not a lot of information on Vaping in Serbia, however from our research it does appear to be permitted. There is a strict ban on smoking in public spaces but this does not seem to extend to e-cigarettes currently. Vaping in Bulgaria Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and there are very few restrictions. Smoking is banned in public places including, shops, bars and restaurants, however, vaping has not been included in these regulations. Vaping supplies can be picked up whilst visiting Bulgaria and in a fast-growing market, you should see a few brands you recognise. The only restrictions that are in place is a ban on cross-border selling which means you can’t import goods from outside of Bulgaria. This won’t be an issue if you’re just visiting the country. Vaping in Slovakia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is allowed in Slovakia but is banned wherever smoking is banned. Unusually, there is only a partial ban on smoking indoors in public spaces so if you want to vape it’s best to check first. Vaping in Lithuania Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: Lithuania has announced a ban on all flavoured vape or tobacco products. Tobacco e-liquids are permitted but flavoured tobacco, for example, vanilla tobacco would be covered under the ban. Asia Unlike Europe where the approach to vaping is relatively consistent, Asia is very much the opposite. Laws vary from outright bans to no regulation at all so if you’re travelling through the area check the local laws of each country you’ll be passing through. Vaping in China Status: Permitted What you need to know: China is the country that invented e-cigarettes and it still produces around 90% of the entire world’s vapour products. Vaping laws tend to vary from region to region but e-cigarettes are permitted throughout China so just check on any regional variations before you visit. Vaping in Japan Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: Vaping is permitted but using e-liquids that contain nicotine is not. Any juice with nicotine is considered to be an unlicensed medical product. Vaping in Hong Kong Status: Banned What you need to know: Hong Kong has imposed a full ban on the sale, manufacture and import of all vaping-related products. The ban also covers heat-not-burn tobacco products (HNB). No such ban has been imposed on traditional cigarettes. Vaping in Singapore Status: Banned What you need to know: All vaping products are illegal to buy, sell or use. Even having a device in your luggage could land you in hot water with customs. Vaping in Thailand Status: Banned What you need to know: The maximum penalty for vaping is ten years in prison. If you look at travel forums many people report being able to vape in public without any issues, however, it’s not something we suggest risking. Vaping in South Korea Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping products are regulated as tobacco products and so the same restrictions apply to vaping as to smoking. You can purchase vaping products fairly easily but they are heavily taxed and therefore expensive. Vaping in India Status: Banned What you need to know: Emergency legislation was passed by the Indian Government in September 2019 banning e-cigarette usage. Simply possessing a device could lead to 6 months in jail or a fine. The reason provided by the Indian Government to support this decision is the potential health threat to young people. India currently has 120 million smokers and cigarettes are freely available. In the financial year 2016-17, the tax generated from tobacco products amounted to £354,747,388,680.00. Vaping in Malaysia Status: Permitted with Big Limitations What you need to know: Malaysia has tightened up its laws on both smoking and vaping in 2018 and 2019. Nicotine is now classed as a Class C poison. The sale, distribution or importation of any unlicensed products that contain nicotine is prohibited. E-Cigarettes that contain Nicotine can only be sold by licensed pharmacies and medical practitioners. Vaping/Smoking is also now banned in 23 places, for a full list, please take a look at this article. Vaping in the Philippines Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is currently permitted but is subject to clean air laws from the country’s tobacco regulation act. This restricts the use of e-cigs in public areas and on public transport. Vaping in Vietnam Status: Permitted What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as tobacco products and therefore the same laws apply to vaping and smoking. You cannot use e-cigarettes on public transport or in public spaces unless a designated smoking area exists. Vaping in Indonesia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted in Indonesia, however, as of the 1st July 2018, the government will be imposing a 57% excise tax on all e-liquids containing traces of tobacco. There are approximately 4000 vape shops and 300 e-liquid manufacturers in the country so getting supplies, even if they do cost a little more from July 2018, shouldn’t pose too many problems. Vaping in Taiwan Status: Banned What you need to know: All activities related to vaping items, which are categorised as “tobacco-like items,” are strictly forbidden, including selling, manufacturing, advertising, importing, and individual use. If you intend to carry nicotine-containing liquids into the country, you must apply for a permit from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ministry of Health and Welfare. For further details, we suggest visiting the Taipei customs website https://etaipei.customs.gov.tw/. Vaping in Saudi Arabia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Although the information is hard to obtain, vaping does appear to be permitted when we checked in August 2018. We have not found an official source to confirm this; however, users of a number of message boards and forums have advised vaping is permitted but is illegal in public places. If you’re travelling to the country, we recommend you do your own research and check with your airline and hotel to confirm the current status. Vaping in Dubai – United Arab Emirates Status: Permitted What you need to know: The United Arab Emirates will allow the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices from April 2019. Previously the sale of vape-related products had been banned. In terms of vaping in public areas, there does not seem to be an issue provided you stick to designated smoking areas. As far as entering the country with ecigs and liquid, the best thing to do is follow the airline’s rules regarding bringing in a battery device in your luggage. Vaping in Pakistan Status: Permitted What you need to know: Electronic cigarettes are unregulated in Pakistan, which means that you can vape in most places and buy supplies with relative ease. Vape shops exist in larger cities with many importing products from the US. Vaping in Bangladesh Status: Permitted What you need to know: Bangladesh has a small but growing vaping culture, and vape shops are present in larger cities to buy supplies. We haven’t been able to find any information on where you can vape in the country. Smoking is prohibited in the majority of indoor public places and workplaces, as well as public transport. If you’re visiting the country, play it safe and don’t vape where smoking is banned. Vaping in Myanmar Status: Permitted What you need to know: Another country where it’s tricky to get details; however, we believe vaping is permitted, and there are vape shops in some cities. Vape City Myanmar have a fairly active Facebook page and looks to be well stocked if you need to get supplies whilst visiting. Smoking is prohibited in most indoor public places, including public transport. As with Bangladesh, play it safe and only vape where smoking is permitted until you have a better idea of the local laws. Vaping in Israel Status: Permitted What you need to know: From our research, it seems a little unclear on Israel’s exact position. It would appear that vaping is permitted, and you can use your e-cigs where smoking is permitted. There are a large number of vape shops, mostly found in larger towns and cities. Vaping in the Maldives Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted wherever smoking is allowed. We have found one vape shop, but as most of the islands are fairly small, we would recommend taking your own supplies if you plan on visiting. Vaping in Sri Lanka Status: Permitted What you need to know: You can vape where smoking is permitted, and there are a very limited number of vape shops. Taking your own supplies when you visit is highly recommended. Vaping in Cambodia Status: Banned What you need to know: Using e-cigarettes in Cambodia has been banned since 2014. Vaping in Jordan Status: Banned What you need to know: The ministry of health banned the importation of all vaping items in 2017. This followed their 2009 ban on e-cigarettes. Officially, Jordan now has a ban on the sale, advertising, manufacturing, importation and use of e-cigarettes. During our research, we have found a number of vape shops that appear to operate, especially in the capital. There are also several forum posts that suggest you can carry vaping products through customs without any issues and that vaping is widespread in major cities. We recommend you proceed with caution if you do wish to vape while visiting the country. Vaping in Qatar Status: Banned What you need to know: Hosts of the World Cup in 2022 but definitely not a vape friendly country. There is a ban on the sale, advertising, manufacturing, importation and use of e-cigarettes. Those carrying ecigs into the country stand a high chance of having them seized by customs. Vaping in Lebanon Status: Banned (But not enforced) What you need to know: The importation and sale of e-cigarettes are prohibited by the Lebanese Government. However, there still appears to be a relatively well-established vaping community and several vape shops. A reader of our blog has advised that “There is no rule nor enforcement regarding vaping”. Many shops still bring in devices and juices and openly sell them. If you are travelling to the country, we still advise you to proceed with caution. Don’t take an expensive device with you in case you meet a customs office having a bad day, and only take juice you intend to use yourself. Vaping in Brunei Status: Banned What you need to know: There is a total ban on e-cigarettes and vaping. You can view the Brunei Ministry of Health statement on vaping by clicking here. Oceania Another continent of contrasts with Australia veering towards a total ban and New Zealand embracing vaping. Vaping in Australia Status: Permitted with Big Limitations What you need to know: Vaping is not banned but using e-liquids that contain nicotine is. Purchasing e-cigarettes is banned in some states but legal in others. Overall it’s a fairly confusing picture, but for people who vape juices with nicotine, then Oz is not a great country to visit. Vaping in New Zealand Status: Permitted What you need to know: Unlike their neighbours, New Zealand has a far more progressive attitude to vaping that is more in line with the UK. Towards the end of 2017, the. New Zealand has few restrictions on vapers and vape shops are plentiful if you need to stock up on supplies. Vaping in Fiji Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted, and they have a number of vape shops should you run out of the essentials. Vaping in Papua New Guinea Status: Permitted What you need to know: There are no known regulations covering e-cigarettes in Papua New Guinea. However, information is hard to come by so if you plan on visiting do you own research prior to arrival. Vaping in the Solomon Islands Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping does appear to be legal and there are a small number of vape shops if you wish to buy supplies whilst visiting. North & Central America Generally, North America is vaper friendly with most countries classing e-cigarettes as tobacco products and therefore applying the same restrictions. Vaping in the USA Status: Permitted What you need to know: Another country that doesn’t like to make life easy for vapers with each individual state setting their own laws. Generally vaping is allowed with the variation coming in the form of where you are allowed to vape. A number of states have total bans on vaping indoors, some leave it to the discretion of the business owner and some simply have no bans. Full details state by state can be found here. September 2019 update: A number of deaths have been linked to vaping by the US health authorities with further claims that 500 people are seriously ill from using e-cigarettes. The deaths and health issues appear to be linked to contaminated THC rather than standard e-liquids. However, President Trump announced a ban on flavoured e-liquids with all products being removed from sale within 30 days. It may be possible for manufacturers to re-introduce flavoured liquids in the future with FDA approval. At the time of writing the guidelines were being created by the US authorities. Vaping in Canada Status: Permitted What you need to know: Canada has no restrictions on vaping and it is 100% legal throughout the country. There are some regional differences regarding where you are allowed to vape so check before pulling out your device. Vape shops are also plentiful. Vaping in Mexico Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: Mexico passed new legislation in June 2022 banning the sale of all vaping and e-cigarette products across the country. If you are visiting Mexico you are still permitted to take your device with you, but restrictions are being placed on where you can legally vape. Vaping in Cuba Status: Unclear What you need to know: Vaping is legal and you can travel to Cuba with your device and liquids. Smoking is generally still permitted pretty much everywhere, as is vaping. The confusion arises with trying to leave as a large number of people have had devices confiscated by customs officials. There is no legal basis for this under Cuban law but if you are planning to travel take a device with you don’t mind leaving behind. Vaping in Puerto Rico Status: Permitted What you need to know: E-cigarettes are classed as a tobacco product and so the same rules apply to vaping as they do to smoking. There is a ban on smoking/vaping in indoor public spaces plus any outdoor terrace with more than one member of staff. Vaping in Costa Rica Status: Permitted What you need to know: Another country where ecigs are regulated as tobacco products so the same rules apply. You can take your own devices and liquids into the country and use them where smoking is permitted. Vaping in Jamaica Status: Permitted What you need to know: Classed as a tobacco product therefore vaping is only allowed where smoking is permitted. There is also a ban on imports with many people having devices confiscated when trying to enter the country. Vaping in the Bahamas Status: Permitted What you need to know: It’s difficult to get a 100% clear picture but vaping appears to be unregulated with little limitations placed on vapers. There are vape suppliers on the island and you are free to take your own device with you. Vaping in Panama Status: Permitted What you need to know: Classed as a tobacco product and therefore vaping is only allowed where smoking is permitted. Smoking is banned in all public spaces including outside terraces of bars and restaurants. Vaping in Guatemala Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and is covered by the rules governing smoking as to where you can and can’t vape. Smoking/Vaping is banned in all workplaces and enclosed public places. However, hotels and motels are allowed to permit smoking in rooms if they choose to. Vape shops do exist in larger towns and cities so you may want to stock up before heading anywhere more rural. Vaping in the Dominican Republic Status: Unclear What you need to know: We have been unable to find a definitive answer, however, what we have discovered is there seems to be a very inconsistent approach. Many travellers report no issues taking devices into the country and using them whilst visiting. However, the issues seem to arise when you try and leave with many people having all their gear confiscated regardless of whether it’s been packed in hold or hand luggage. The Punta Cana airport website states “According to CESAC (Governmental Entities of the Dominican Republic) passengers are able to enter and leave the Dominican Republic with vaping devices, electronic cigarettes, battery. Those items is only allowed in your carry-on bag and not permitted to be in your checked in luggage.” Vaping in Saint Lucia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is permitted and ecig usage is governed by the same rules that cover smoking. There seems to be a number of vape shops to pick up supplies and a reasonable vaping community on the island. South America One of the less vape friendly parts of the world with several major tourist favourites being very much anti-vaping. Outright bans exist across much of the continent and where bans don’t exist the laws are unclear. Vaping in Brazil Status: Banned What you need to know: A total ban exists in Brazil meaning you can’t buy or sell e-cigarettes and related products. However, we have recently been contacted by a reader of our blog who lives in Brazil. They have been kind enough to provide a detailed insight into the realities of vaping in Brazil. We’ve summarised the information they provided below; “When you come to Brazil, you can bring your vape, don’t hide anything from the authorities, cover your batterie tops well and bring enough juice for your own use. Don’t vape in enclosed public spaces, near hospitals, schools or anywhere that has a sign saying that you can’t smoke. Also, avoid poor places like favelas when carrying anything fancy (don’t vape there as you will draw unwanted attention). Don’t try to sell any vape related products, and if asked always say that it is for your personal use. You can bring as many mods or juices as you want, providing it’s for personal use, but make sure that you don’t try to bring them in their original boxes as that makes look like the item is for selling.” We cannot confirm this information is 100% accurate as we’ve not been lucky enough to visit Brazil. Whilst we believe this to be fair assessment of the situation we would still advise caution. If you do plan on taking your vaping gear to Brazil we would suggest only packing what you don’t mind being potentially confiscated by authorities. Vaping in Argentina Status: Banned What you need to know: Vaping is illegal throughout the country. Vaping in Colombia Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: There was a total ban on vaping in Columbia which now appears to have been lifted. The laws currently classify vaping products as tobacco imitations and the sale, manufacturing and marketing/advertising is prohibited. For those visiting the country vaping is permitted in the same areas you can smoke. You cannot use your ecig on public transport or enclosed public spaces. Vaping in Peru Status: Unclear What you need to know: It’s not totally clear but many travel forums have users reporting they have used their ecigs freely and purchased supplies whilst visiting the country. This doesn’t mean it is legal, it may simply be authorities turning a blind eye so proceed with caution. Vaping in Venezuela Status: Banned What you need to know: Vaping is illegal throughout the country. Vaping in Chile Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is legal and treated much the same as smoking. No smoking/vaping is permitted in indoor public buildings unless permission has been explicitly given. Vaping in Ecuador Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is allowed in Ecuador but is prohibited in public spaces. There are a good number of vape shops in the capital Quito, however the rest if the country has very few so you’re best stocking up if you plan on travelling to rural areas. Vaping in Bolivia Status: Unclear What you need to know: There is virtually no information on whether vaping is permitted in Bolivia. Many counties around the world tend to follow their neighbours when it comes to ecig policy, in which case it’s likely that Bolivia either has a ban or fairly restrictive laws. We’ll keep investigating and update when we can. Vaping in Uruguay Status: Banned What you need to know: The sale, promotion and importation of e-cigarettes are banned. However, a quick Google search returns several active vape shops, especially in the Capital. We are attempting to contact some of these vape shops to get a clearer picture. However, we would advise proceeding with caution if you’re travelling to the country and wish to vape. Take a low-cost device in case customs decide to confiscate it and check with locals before you start vaping. Africa Of all the continents we’ve looked as Africa is perhaps the hardest to get clear information on. If you plan on visiting Africa we suggest taking devices and liquids that are fairly inexpensive as there is a chance they could be confiscated. Vaping in South Africa Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: E-cigarettes are legal but e-liquids that contain Nicotine are prohibited. Users of travel forums report shops selling nicotine e-liquids are common but keep in mind that by purchasing and using them you will be breaking local laws. Vaping in Morocco Status: Unclear What you need to know: At the time of writing (Jan 2018) no known regulations seem to exist that cover vaping. The major cities and tourist hot spots have vape shops and there are no current issues taking your device and liquids with you when travelling to Morocco. Vaping in Egypt Status: Permitted What you need to know: Egypt recently passed (2022) new laws lifting the e-cigarette ban than had been in place. Vaping in Tunisia Status: Unclear What you need to know: Currently, the National Board of Tobacco and Matches (RNTA) is the only body permitted to sell vape products in Tunisia. This gives the government a monopoly on the sale of vape products and also heavily limits supply and options. Vape shops do exist but they have been known to be raided and closed down by authorities. The laws on carrying your device and liquids into the country aren’t clear but if you plan on trying we recommend not taking anything of value in case it is confiscated. Vaping in Kenya Status: Permitted What you need to know: E-cigarette usage is legal with few restrictions. Vaping in Madagascar Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is regulated by the same laws as smoking and therefore you are permitted to vape in the same areas you can smoke. Vaping in Mauritius Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is legal with few restrictions. Vaping in Zambia Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is regulated by the same laws as smoking and therefore you are permitted to vape in the same areas you can smoke. Vaping in Ethiopia Status: Permitted What you need to know: E-cigarettes are legal but vaping is not allowed in public. Vaping in Uganda Status: Banned What you need to know: E-cigarettes have been banned since 2016. Vaping in Tanzania/Zanzibar Status: Unclear What you need to know: There is no information available on the laws for Tanzania, however, users of travel forums report no issues. Taking and using your device should be done so with caution and it’s not recommended to travel with anything of value. Vaping in Nigeria Status: Permitted with Limitations What you need to know: It is not 100% clear but vaping does seem to be permitted but not in public. Vaping in Ghana Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is regulated by the same laws as smoking and therefore you are permitted to vape in the same areas you can smoke. Vaping in Botswana Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is legal with few restrictions. Vaping in Swaziland Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is regulated by the same laws as smoking and therefore you are permitted to vape in the same areas you can smoke. Vaping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Status: Permitted What you need to know: Information is limited but from what we can gather vaping is permitted and vape shops exist in towns and cities. Vaping in Seychelles Status: Permitted What you need to know: It was reported in March 2019 that Seychelles would be legalising e-cigarettes. Alternative nicotine delivery systems will be classified as Tobacco Products and so it is likely the same laws that currently apply to smoking will also apply to vaping. Vaping in Senegal Status: Permitted What you need to know: Vaping is legal in Senegal and we’ve been advised by a reader of the blog who has visited the country in 2018 that vape shops are plentiful in the Capital. They also advised that there were no issues taking their device through airport security.