A Guide To Air Travel And Vaping Abroad

Although you may be fully aware of the rules and regulations concerning vaping in your own country, when it comes to travelling abroad there is a whole new world of information you need to know to avoid any awkward encounters.

If you’re planning a holiday and hope to enjoy vaping abroad, it’s always advised to be prepared and plan ahead. Before you book your flight, it’s essential you check that vaping is permitted in your holiday destination as you don’t want to unexpectedly end up in a place where vaping is banned. The laws are constantly changing in many countries, so it’s highly advised to keep tabs on a regular basis.

This guide to air travel and vaping abroad will help cover all bases before you set off for a safe and hassle-free experience.

Learn all you need to know about flying with your vape kit and equipment; from essential preparations, packing tips and security advice, we’ll guide you through all the relevant information to make your trip as smooth as can be.

OUR GUIDE

This handy guide will outline all recommended advice and checklists for all the things you need to consider when planning to take your vape kit and accessories abroad.

 

PREPARE

Each country, airline and accommodation will likely have different regulations concerning vaping so please make sure you regularly research the places you’re going before you depart.

 

TRAVEL CHECKLIST

  • Vape Kit Coils
  • Wicks
  • Wire E-liquids/Pods
  • Batteries In Protective Case
  • Charger Storage
  • Case Plug Adaptor Drip Cloth

 

PACKAGING TIPS

  • It’s advised to empty your tank of e-liquid before putting it in a sealed bag or storage case to avoid the risk of leakage.
  • Secure e-liquid bottles tightly to avoid leakage
  • Ensure batteries (if external) are removed from device and stored correctly in a protective case. This avoids any risk of accidental activation from the device or batteries touching and creating a short circuit. Batteries should be packed in your hand luggage ONLY, as a technical malfunction in hold baggage could be catastrophic.

 

SECURITY CHECKPOINT

  • Liquids - Check the airline liquid restrictions (generally 100ml per container) and make sure all of your e-liquids are in a transparent, resealable bag (provided at airport) with the overall capacity not exceeding 1 litre. This will contain any potential leaks which may happen due to pressure changes. Airplane cabins are pressurised, however cabin air pressure at cruising altitude is lower than sea level air pressure, therefore the risk of leakage is increased.
  • Carry On Luggage - As stated, it’s always advised to pack your vape device in your hand luggage. Li-Ion batteries are not allowed in aircraft holds therefore they could be discarded once checked in and inspected for safety reasons.
  • Batteries - Place batteries in the tray to be scanned just like all other metal objects such as phone, keys, laptop etc. (VV: from experience you don’t have take batteries out of the bag, only laptops need to come out.)
  • Packaging - It’s assumed that airport staff will know what a vape device is, however it’s recommended to keep the original packaging as proof just in case they question what it is.

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BOARDING

Now it’s time to relax and get excited about your trip. Unfortunately, vaping in airport terminals is generally prohibited but you may get lucky and find some airports have designated smoking areas.
If an airport doesn’t have specific restrictions, check with security or contact the airport customer services team.
Vaping On Board - Generally vaping once boarded is strictly prohibited and can make passengers feel uncomfortable. However, it’s always worth checking with your flight attendant.

 

TOUCH DOWN

You’re now officially on holiday, enjoy yourself and take in the sights. Here are some things to keep note of though whilst you’re abroad.
Rental Cars - Many rental car companies will charge you if they think you’ve been smoking in the vehicle, and this can often include vaping. Again, check beforehand to risk any nasty fines or extra fees.
Buying Abroad - Depending on the specific country, the quality of e-liquid ingredients or device may not be guaranteed. It’s safer and less hassle to take your own e-liquid and device on your trip, which is more often than not purchased from a reliable and trusted source.

 

THE COUNTRIES WHERE VAPING IS BANNED

Here is a map showing where in the world vaping is banned and regulated, making it easy for you to check before you depart on your trip. With the constant changing of vaping laws worldwide it's best to keep checking back for the most up to date information.

 

Restricted Countries

  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Japan
  • South Africa

Banned Countries

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Gambia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan, Province Of China
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam