Not all countries have the same laws on electronic devices containing nicotine. For the use of vapes abroad, tourists have already been fined and even imprisoned, regardless of gender, age and citizenship.
The presence of electronic cigarettes and vapes in luggage or hand luggage, not to mention the act of “smoking” in some countries, can lead to jail time or a heavy fine.
The most severe penalties are provided in popular tourist destinations: Thailand, Singapore, and Australia.
Unsuspecting tourists in Thailand can be fined up to 30,000 baht or sent to jail for up to 10 years.
In Singapore, possession of an e-cigarette can result in a fine of S$2,000.
Australia recently announced a crackdown on nicotine-containing vapes, which now require a doctor’s prescription. To avoid a hefty fine of up to A$222,000, vapers traveling to the country must make sure they don’t carry any nicotine liquids with them.
Some Australian states even impose jail terms for importing nicotine e-liquid.
Last year, beaches in popular Spanish cities such as Barcelona announced a ban on smoking regular cigarettes, a law that came into effect on July 1.
This rule applies to 115 of Spain’s 3,514 beaches, including the Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands.
E-cigarette users should check with official sources before traveling whether it is safe for them to carry devices and capsules or smoke in the country.
Football fans heading to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar could face three months in jail or a fine of up to 10,000 rials for vaping.
Other countries that have banned such ways of smoking include Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Seychelles, and Barbados.
And a final piece of advice: even if the country you are traveling to is friendly to e-cigarettes and vapes, always keep batteries and vaping devices in your hand luggage, as they must be under controlled pressure and are not allowed in checked baggage.