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The do's and dont's of vaping abroad

Posted on 11th Jul 2017 | Share this article:

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With the British summer being its usual unpredictable self, many of us are jetting off in search of warmer, sunnier climes.

If you’re an avid vaper, you might be wondering what the rules and regulations are around holidays and vaping, particularly if you’re visiting somewhere you’ve never been before.

To help give you some clarity, we’ve put together a list of crucial dos and don’ts so you know what to expect when it comes to vaping abroad.

Do… check if vaping is permitted in the country you’re visiting.

The first thing you should do after booking your trip is check if you’re legally allowed to vape there. Most counties in Europe apply the same rules to vaping as they do to smoking. For example, if smoking isn’t permitted in an enclosed public space such as a bar or restaurant, it’s likely that vaping isn’t either.

In some countries, vaping is restricted, while in others, it’s banned completely. The countries where vaping is illegal include:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Qatar
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
  • Plus more

While visiting certain countries, such as Turkey, people within the vaping community and on social media groups have said they've had no issues with using their e-cigarettes/vaping devices there.

However, vaping is technically banned in Turkey, so if you’re going to risk packing your device, do so with caution and check with the relevant authorities before you leave.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for online, don’t be afraid to contact your hotel, airline or travel operator so you know the rules in advance.

Do…check ahead to find out if the airport you’re flying from allows vaping.

Once you know you’re OK to vape at your destination, you should double check the policy on e-cigs/vaping devices at the airport you’re departing from or arriving at.

Airports may have varying policies and rules, for example most UK airports permit vaping only in designated smoking zones before you go through to the terminals. Beyond that, vaping is a no-go, so make sure you get your fix before you go through security.

As for carrying your device, you should always check the airline policy to avoid having your vaping device confiscated at the airport. Usually, this information can be found on the company’s website but if you’re still unsure it might be worth giving them a call to clarify.

Some airlines are happy for you to take your kit on board in your hand luggage, but do be aware that you won’t be able to use it.

Another thing to be aware of is the amount of liquid you can take on the plane. While the UK’s liquid allowance that can be packed in your hand luggage is 100ml, e-liquids can legally be sold in bottle sizes of only 10ml.

While it’s actually safer to keep your vaping device and accessories on you to prevent any issues with your checked luggage, you may have problems getting through security if your device takes lithium ion batteries.

In this case, it might be better to separate the device from the batteries and pack your batteries away in your suitcase.

Alternatively, you may be able to place the batteries in the security basket alongside other metal devices such as your phone, laptop and keys. We suggest you double check with the airport and your airline in advance if you’re unsure.

Don’t… hide your kit.

One key thing to remember when making your way through airport security is to keep your kit in full view. Allow the item to be scanned separately and if possible take along the original packaging so you can prove if needed, that your device isn’t drug paraphernalia.

It’s most likely you’ll find that your kit doesn’t even raise an eyebrow but if you try to hide it in anyway, no matter how innocent your intentions, it may raise suspicions which may lead to it being seized.

Don’t…. vape on the plane.

While most airlines will allow you to take your e-cigarette/vaping device on board, as far as using it is concerned, that’s a big no-no.

It’s also best not to have a sneaky vape in the plane’s toilet either as depending on the VG/PG ratios, some vaping devices could trigger the smoking detection sensors, for which there could be a hefty fine if not imprisonment (subject to the airline's individual policy).

Don’t… assume that it’s OK to vape in your hire car.

Most companies will declare a ban on using cigarettes in a rental car but it’s not always the same for vaping devices. As vaping doesn’t leave a lingering smell, you may be OK to vape on the go especially if you leave a window open while doing so. Our advice is to always check with your hire company as it could invalidate your insurance if not permitted.

Do… keep your vaping kit out of the sun

Be mindful when travelling to warmer climates, air temperature can have an impact on both your battery and the viscosity of your liquid.

If your battery gets overly warm, your kit may fail to work until it cools down.

And the liquid in your clearomiser will become thin in comparison to its usual state, which can cause it to leak from the air holes on the sides of the base.

Don’t… forget to stock up before you go.

So you aren’t left vape-less during your trip, make sure to pack everything you need before you go.

If you run out of anything while on holiday, you may not be able to replace it. If you find you can purchase abroad, be mindful of differences in quality, taste and ingredients. It’s safer to take extra e-liquids with you bought from a trusted source.

Do… have fun!

While it’s important to be up to scratch on vaping rules and regulations, it shouldn’t take over the whole trip.

Most people have no issues whatsoever with taking their vaping devices abroad so don’t worry too much.

After all, vaping should be fun. As long as it’s legal to vape in the country you’re visiting and you know the protocol for travelling with your kit, you can kick back, relax and enjoy your holiday.

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