Which countries have the strictest vaping regulations?

DOSSIER: The regulation of e-cigarettes in the world, or can we vape?

This is a fair question for those who travel because there are countries where we don't joke with the e-cigarette. There are still too many nations where vaping can be considered a criminal offense. For reasons which are often unclear and which violate serious scientific studies, these states prohibit, prevent and sanction what is initially only a personal wish to break away from the tobacco tragedy.

Fluctuating legislation

The various laws may vary depending on successive governments or societal advances or withdrawals, so I do not confirm the completeness or timeliness of the information you will discover below. We will say that this is a snapshot of the first few months of 2019 that is likely to change in the times to come. We just want the majority of colors to go well in the direction of the great health advancement that vaping represents ...


On the map you can see in green the places that allow the vape, except in closed public places (cinemas, hotels, museums, administrations ...) where this is prohibited by law.

In light orangeit is not necessarily exactly clear. In fact, regulations in this area may vary depending on the region you are visiting and you need to learn more about the conditions under which to hide without the risk of confiscating your equipment and / or paying a fee. okay.

In dark orangeit is very regulated and not necessarily in the sense that suits us. In Belgium or Japan, for example, it is allowed to vape without nicotine liquid. In other words, it is forbidden to vape freely and you have every chance of getting tested and you need to prove that your vial is indeed nicotine free.

In redwe completely forget. There is a risk of confiscation, a fine or, as in Thailand, a guaranteed prison sentence. It happened to a French tourist who didn't have to enjoy her vacation the way she would like.

In whitein which countries it is difficult to know exactly or sometimes "roughly" the relevant legislation (certain countries in Africa and the Middle East). Find out again and bring only minimalist and inexpensive material without finding too much a shop for your small cloud market.

A reflection before departure

Whatever the case, take the appropriate information with you to avoid trouble. Do not try to hide your gear at customs. In the best case scenario, you risk confiscation. In the worst case scenario, you will also have to pay a fine if you attempt to introduce fraudulent items / substances into the country concerned.

On the water it is basically without much trouble. When you're in international waters and in your own boat, there's nothing stopping you from indulging in the steam room.

As soon as you enter the territorial waters and / or travel on a cruise ship (group tour), you are affected:

1. The internal rules of the company that transports you.
2. The laws of the country in which the territorial waters in which you are located are located. This second case also applies to your own boat. In the event of an unexpected inspection, keep your equipment out of sight. You can always argue that you are following the law and only vaping outside the waters of the country in question.


After this little topo-general, we will move on to certain cases, trying to describe in a little more detail the different situations and official positions, if they exist, disputed countries or really hostile.

If e-liquids, nicotine or non-nicotine are allowed, the age limit for obtaining or using e-liquids is generally considered to be the age of the majority of the country concerned. Advertisements to promote sales will not be tolerated or not tolerated. It is also forbidden to smoke almost everywhere that smoking is prohibited. I invite you to take a short tour through the world of peculiarities.


Belgiumis the most restrictive Western European country for liquids. No nicotine on offer, period. Retail stores are now banned from having an e-liquid tested in a sales area as it is a closed place that welcomes the public. In Belgium, vaper is subject to the same constraints as the conventional cigarette, as the State Council is of the opinion that vape products are on an equal footing with tobacco products even without nicotine. In addition, the consumer must be able to present a purchase invoice in the event of an inspection on the street. On the other hand, the consumption of pre-filled e-liquids and cartridges containing nicotine is permitted. An additional paradox that doesn't really simplify the equation.

Norway is not in the EU and has independent laws. It is forbidden to vape nicotine liquids here unless you have a medical certificate proving the need for nicotine e-liquid to quit smoking.

Austria has introduced a system similar to that of Norway. Here the vape is viewed as a medical replacement and only having a prescription will allow you to vape without problems.

In Central EuropeWe did not find any significant restrictions or regulations. Nevertheless, take the basic precautions that are necessary if you have to stay in these countries for a while, for example by contacting the embassy or consulate before your trip. In addition to the legal information that applies to the vape, it is better to plan your autonomy in terms of juice and equipment.


As a rule, the tourist status leads to a certain benevolence of the authorities in African countries where the vape is tolerated. By observing local regulations such as restrictions on the use of cigarettes in public or In some places you should be able to walk quietly. Do not provoke, do not allegedly display your different manners, and people will not adhere to your differences or behaviors.

Tunisia. Here, all vape products are subject to the monopoly of the National Tobacco Board, which manages imports and regulates sales. Don't expect too much to buy the latest generation equipment, let alone premium juices, unless you have access to the country's ubiquitous parallel networks at your own risk. You have the right to vape, but in public we encourage you to exercise some discretion and follow the rules.

Morocco. There are no particular restrictions in tourist sites by the sea, but with the concern for discretion, which is essential in Muslim countries in general. There are vape shops and the juice trade is active. In the interior of the country, the network is less established, but our readers have not taken note of any compulsory regulations on vaping.

Lebanon banned the vape in July 2016. If you can't do without a vape, avoid doing it.

Turkey. Although you have the right to consume from the outset, the sale of vape products is strictly prohibited. Depending on the length of your stay, plan a few vials and encourage discretion. As in all of the Middle East in general.


While the MEVS Vape Show in Bahrain was held from January 17-19, 2019 and brought together professionals from around the world including India and Pakistan, North Africa and Asia, vaper can be problematic in this part of the world so it is in the countries you are in be traveling, extra caution is required.

Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Jordan: Total prohibition a priori (2017 data). A black market is gradually establishing itself in these countries, but as a European foreigner, I recommend you attend unless you know someone you trust. In the United Arab Emirates, one of our readers reports that we have not had any particular problems since his e-liquid was analyzed at customs and he followed the rules of smoking areas.

Sultanate of Oman : You can vaper, but you won't find anything to equip or top up in cash. The sale of vape products is prohibited.

South Africa. The state regards the haze as hazardous to health. The country has enacted restrictive laws that make it one of the least tolerant in this area. The products are subject to import controls and are neutral in terms of trade information. A vaper is viewed as more or less a drug addict so you cannot be protected from anger, which is likely to be expensive.

Egypt. The country has not passed enough well-defined laws to make this clear. In tourist centers, the haze begins to find local devotees who manage to sell and buy what is necessary, so you will surely find a minimum of choice. Find information about local customs elsewhere in the country so as not to interfere with the peculiarities of the wrong place and suffer the inconvenience of using it.

Uganda. It's rather easy here. Any trade in the vape products is prohibited.

Tanzania. No regulations in this country but you won't find a store that can help you. Consume only cheap materials with care and, as in Africa generally, avoid external signs of wealth.

Nigeria. As in Tanzania, there is no rule except not to mute in public, not to offend anyone and not to stir up the temptation of potential tourists.

Ghana. The e-cigarette has been banned in Ghana since late 2018. In many countries on this immense continent there is a lack of legal data and laws on this subject. Laws change like governments. I also repeat it from consulates, embassies or tour operators, whether you don't know anyone on site. Don't go without a minimum knowledge to adhere to.


In Asia we find absolutely everything and its opposite in terms of laws and regulations. From the most tolerant to the strictest with no option to cut there. In the countries mentioned below, you should always seek the same advice as you are, in transit or for some time.

Japan. For vapers, it's darkness in the land of the rising sun. The authorities consider nicotine products to be unapproved drugs. They are therefore prohibited in all cases, even if you have a prescription. You can vape without nicotine and it is better to have a say in the bottle.

Hong Kong. We're not kidding health in Hong Kong: vape banned, trade banned, but you can buy as many cigarettes as you want ...

Thailand. Heavenly places, vast expanses of turquoise water and ten years in prison if you haven't read the sign at the entrance. The vape is absolutely forbidden and this is one of the countries with the strongest crackdown on the vape.

Singapore. As in Thailand, if you fail to comply with the total vape ban, you will end up in jail.

India. In the six Indian states (Jammu, Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Maharashtra and Kerala), vaping has been banned since September 2018. It should be noted that in many cases the most restrictive vaping nations are also the largest tobacco producers / exporters such as Brazil, India or Indonesia.

Philippines. The steam film seems to be allowed under certain regulations, such as the ban in public places and the majority obligation to buy.

Vietnam. Total prohibition of use and sale.

Indonesia. The country is a large tobacco producer that has allowed vape but is taxable on 57% nicotine liquids.

Taiwan. Nicotine products are considered medicinal products here. The vape trade is completely finicky government agencies so you won't find much. If you can't get around the target, consider getting a prescription or medical certificate.

Cambodia. The country banned the use and sale of vape products from 2014.

Sri Lanka. Very little information about the regulations in this country, however, a vaping reader who has visited this country tells us that there is no particular problem. They might even become the attraction of the locals. It is still advisable not to vape in front of the temples.


Australia. It can certainly vaper ... but without the nicotine. In some states it is absolutely forbidden to buy vape products, even at 0%. Australia is the only country on the continent that has such mandatory legislation. So rather that Papua, New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji or Solomon Islands when you have a choice






Mexico. Vaper is "authorized" in Mexico but it is prohibited to sell, import, distribute, promote, or buy vape products. Legislation that was originally created to regulate the sale of chocolate cigarettes (!) Also applies to the vape. There is no explicit law prohibiting or authorizing e-cigarettes. So you can try, bearing in mind that with no or no clear law left to the police to interpret, it becomes less jealous than you could cross ...

Cuba. Steaming is not considered illegal here due to the lack of regulation. You can usually smoke anywhere smoking is allowed. Remain discreet, remember that you are in the land of the cigar.

Dominican Republic. There are no clear rules there either. Some reported that they had not been beaten across the country, but the confiscation of group members by customs officials was also confirmed. Like the import of alcohol, the import of vape products into the area appears to be poorly tolerated by officials.

Brésil.All forms of vaping are officially banned in Brazil. It seems that vapers in the smoking buildings with your own equipment and juice supply will still be tolerated. However, don't look for them there or try to sell or display new packaged products that are better than nothing to hide.

Uruguay. In 2017 the vape was completely banned. It seems that the legislation has not changed since then.

Argentina. Vaper is absolutely forbidden, it's very simple.

Colombia. Not so long ago, vape was strictly prohibited. However, the rules seem to be changing in the direction of relaxation. When in doubt, remain discreet and expect the worst in the event of a police check. Cheaper devices are more easily left behind when they are confiscated.

Peru. No specific legislation. A priori, vaper doesn't seem illegal, some have even been able to buy refills in urban centers. A certain carelessness seems to remain prevalent, but also remains cautious outside the big centers, which is not strictly forbidden from not being well approved.

Venezuela. The country that is going through a troubled time, the interpretation of the law, which does not exist in the state, differs depending on the interlocutor. Avoid getting behind schedule.

Bolivia. There is a total vagueness about regulation. Considering vaping prohibited therefore seems to be the most prudent one. Avoid exposing yourself in public if you are still succumbing to temptation.


So here is the end of our little world tour that still leaves many destinations where you won't have any problems if you follow local laws and rules. One last time, remember to take the necessary information with you before leaving, not the haze-destined western habits that can be very poorly interpreted in countries of cultures / religions / customs. As a guest and to a certain extent as a representative of the vape, you know how to live in a foreign country.

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