Vape Travel Guide

In this guide, we’re going to discuss how to safely travel with your vape device. Airlines generally have their own policies when it comes to vaping, but there are some good rules of thumb to consider when travelling that will help make sure there are no issues.

Travelling with E-cigarettes and Vape Kits

As the popularity of vaping rises, more and more vapers are realising that they’re unsure of the rules regarding travelling with vape devices and e-liquid, particularly via air. Many airlines and airports have only recently provided specific details on their policy regarding vaping.

It is important to note that rules and regulations can change at any time, so you may want to double-check with your airport and airline before travelling if you’re at all unsure.

Vaping at UK Airports

Using e-cigarettes of any kind is banned at all UK airports. Heathrow briefly permitted vaping and hit the headlines in November 2013 with a first-of-its-kind dedicated vaping area in Terminal 4. Heathrow Airport currently states on its website that passengers cannot use e-cigarettes within their premises.

Here’s a snapshot of current airport guidelines for vaping in UK airports:

Gatwick AirportSmoking e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere inside both North and South Terminals. Designated smoking areas are clearly marked outside both terminals.
Heathrow AirportProhibited use of e-cigarettes inside the terminal buildings. There are dedicated areas for smoking/vaping outside the terminal buildings.
Stansted AirportUse of e-cigarettes has not been permitted indoors since August 2014.
Exeter AirportUsing e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the terminal.
Belfast International AirportE-cigarettes can only be used in the designated smoking areas outside the terminal.
George Best Belfast City AirportE-cigarettes prohibited inside the terminal building – use outside smoking areas.
Birmingham AirportTreated in the same way as regular cigarettes in the terminal, meaning they can only be smoked in the outside smoking facility.
Bristol AirportE-cigarettes can only be used in the designated smoking areas.
Cardiff AirportNo use of electronic cigarettes is permitted inside the terminal. They can only be used in the designated smoking areas outside the terminal next to Gate 2.
East Midlands AirportUse of e-cigarettes has not been permitted inside the terminal since August 2014.
Humberside AirportE-cigarettes cannot be used within the terminal or outside the terminal entrance. They can only be used in the smoking area.
Liverpool John Lennon AirportE-cigarettes can only be used in outdoor smoking areas.
London City AirportE-cigarettes cannot be used in the terminal or once you pass through security.
Luton AirportE-cigarettes cannot be used anywhere apart from the smoking area outside the terminal, located outside the front entrance.
Manchester AirportNo use of e-cigarettes allowed inside the terminal.
Newcastle AirportUse of e-cigarettes only permitted in smoking shelters at the front of the terminal building and in two more designated areas after passing through security.
Southampton AirportUse of e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the terminal building or while walking to or from the aeroplanes. They can only be used outside of the terminal building and before passing security.
Other AirportsEdinburgh, Aberdeen, Durham Tees Valley, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds and Robin Hood airports do not provide any information about their policies regarding e-cigarettes.

Going through Security with E-cigarettes

Vape devices must be taken through security in almost every instance and can only be stored in carry-on luggage. They are strictly prohibited in checked (hold) baggage. This applies in both domestic and international flights.

You shouldn’t have many difficulties if you stick to what is generally accepted through security at airports. This includes the major issue: you may only carry containers of 100 ml of liquid or smaller through security. You will also need to place all e-liquids inside a clear plastic bag, just like other liquids.

Using Vape Devices on Planes

The simple answer is: don’t. It’s normally fine to carry your vape device with you onto the plane but it cannot be used. However, if you’re unsure, please check with your airline if you’re uncertain. Vaping on the plane is not permitted by any airline. Here are the e-cigarette policies from some of the UK and Ireland’s biggest airlines:

Ryanair

You are allowed to take vape devices on board, but you must not use this or any other form of cigarette on board.

EasyJet

You can take e-cigarettes in your hand luggage, but you cannot use them on the plane.

British Airways

You are not allowed to take the device in your checked luggage; you must carry it on your hand luggage. You must not use it under any circumstances.

Aer Lingus

You are allowed to carry the e-cigarette on board, but it must be in your hand luggage and you must not use it.

Virgin Atlantic

You are allowed to take the e-cigarette on board, but it must be in your hand luggage and you must not use it.

There are no blanket rules on using vape devices on planes. If an airline doesn’t make its policy on vaping clear, you can contact them to ask in advance. We advise that it’s safest to assume that you are not permitted to use your vape kit on the plane.

Travelling Abroad and Vaping

Vaping abroad brings up a few things you must be aware of when travelling internationally. Whilst vaping and e-cigarettes, in general, has risen in popularity in the UK, different countries have highly different attitudes towards vaping and their use.

Always check the laws and regulations in the country you are travelling to ahead of time to avoid issues.

For example, in Qatar, it is illegal to import e-cigarettes. A British Airways crew member was detained when arriving in Qatar, and since then, BA have stopped selling e-cigarettes on its flights to certain destinations.

There are more than 40 countries who have some kind of ban or restriction on vaping — either in the use of, sale of, importation of, or a combination of these aspects. In some countries, vaping is completely illegal, both for sale and possession.

Prohibition on vaping is most common in Asia, the Middle East, and South America, though the most famous nicotine ban was in Australia. Japan has a complicated situation where vaping is legal and products are sold, except e-liquids with nicotine, which are illegal. However, heat-not-burn tobacco products are legal and widely used.

Overview of World Laws on Vaping

Laws and regulations on vaping are changing all of the time, and you must check prior to travelling the current restrictions and laws regarding the use of vape devices whilst in a foreign country. This guide is intended to indicate how countries around the world treat vaping differently than in the UK.

The following information is from the Global Tobacco Control website, https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/country-laws/view.

Countries where vaping is currently banned:

ArgentinaAustriaBelgiumBrazilBrunei
CambodiaColombiaTimor-LesteEgyptIndonesia
IndiaIranJordanKuwaitLebanon
MalaysiaMexicoMyanmarOmanPanama
The PhilippinesQatarSingaporeSouth AfricaTaiwan
TajikistanThailandUruguayVenezuelaVietnam

In the above countries, vaping in public, or at all, can be subject to on the spot fines or even potential jail time. We recommend not vaping in those countries.

Countries where vaping is heavily restricted:

These countries are, or have been, places where the sale of e-liquid, vape devices, or other aspects of vaping are restricted in a way that makes it difficult for vapers. Purchasing or importing e-liquid is often prohibited.

AustraliaDenmarkFinlandHong KongHungary
JapanMalaysiaNew ZealandNorwaySaudi Arabia
SwedenSwitzerlandTurkey

Check restrictions and laws before you travel

As with anything, you should always check with your travel provider prior to travelling if you have any questions regarding your trip and travel arrangements. Travel safe, and enjoy your holidays!

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