Travelling With E-Cigarettes - 2021 Guide
With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease in the UK and around the world, many are looking forward to travelling once again! However with so many rules and regulations on travelling with a vape device, especially when flying, it's important to stay up to date on regulations. This article looks at the rules of e-cigarettes on planes and how to travel stress free.
- E-cigarettes on planes
- Vaping on a plane
- Vaping in airports
- Countries who ban vaping
- Airline policies
The rules on flying with e-cigarettes are constantly changing and adapting with certain considerations to take into account. Although this article is up to date wherever possible, it’s advised to check the laws on your destination and to check with your chosen airline to completely understand their regulations and any possible changes.
E-cigarettes on Planes
Vape kits and vaping accessories are allowed to be taken onboard commercial aircraft although for the majority you’ll be required to keep these on your person in your carry-on luggage. E-cigarettes much like laptops and other electronics utilise lithium batteries which cannot be stored in the hold of a plane due to fire hazards.
Vape Device and Battery
You can expect to keep your device in the cabin with you (carry-on luggage), not your checked luggage. Your device should be separated from any pods or tanks with them as it will be counted as a battery and has to be stored safely.
E-liquids and Pods
Much like other liquids, you are permitted to take onboard e-liquids, although please note that the same regulations apply. Your carry-on-luggage must only contain a limit of 100mls in any variety of liquid, including e-liquids. For this reason, it’s important to highlight that if you’re planning on taking various other toiletries on board with you then you will have little allowance left to take onboard any larger shortfill e-liquids.
Tanks and Clearomisers
Before going through security, you should ensure that any component attached to your battery is separated. You do not have to empty your tank, although this will have to be included within your declared liquids. It’s also advisable to empty your tank anyway as air pressure on the plane can cause your tank or pod to leak.
If you prefer using unregulated mods or rebuildables, it’s strongly advised to switch to something simpler for your trip. Something like a disposable kit is perfect for travelling as they are lightweight, compact and very versatile.
If you're set on taking your advanced kit and plan on taking onboard pliers, coil wire and other tools, you may be stopped at security with questions asked, especially if you’re travelling to a country where vaping isn’t that accepted.
Ensure that any sharp objects used for your build are placed in your checked in luggage.
Vaping on a Plane
Unfortunately, vaping is not permitted on any commercial airline. Many airlines now have specific instructions within their pre-flight notices highlighting vaping restrictions. Although there are many lower powered vape devices available such as certain pod kits, don’t think that vaping discreetly will be okay.
Airlines such as Qatar Airways have been known to arrest and imprison travellers for vaping on their flights. Vaping, much like smoking is not worth the fines or possible jail time for a quick nicotine fix.
Vaping in an Airport
Vaping in airports seems to have tightened up over recent years. For the most part, it’s widely accepted to vape within designated smoking areas if the terminal/airport you’re travelling from provides one. These designated areas are mostly signposted and within an outdoor setting although indoor areas are becoming more popular with airports over recent years.
If you really are unsure on where to vape within an airport the best thing you can do is ask, never assume that it’s okay as you could find yourself receiving fines or more.
Countries Who Have Banned Vaping
When travelling aboard it’s important to first check on vaping restrictions within your destination country. Vaping is unfortunately banned in numerous countries around the world, mostly within the Middle East and Southeast Asia where the highest risks of punishment can be found if caught vaping.
Vaping is banned with possible imprisonment in the following countries:
India, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
Vaping is banned (including zero nicotine) in the following countries:
Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Mexico, Seychelles, Singapore, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam
Vaping is banned (except zero nicotine) in the following countries:
Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa
Accurate as of May 2021.
Airlines Policies on Vaping
Each airline has their own rules and regulations when it comes to travelling with e-cigarettes. Below we highlight a few popular airlines and their policies on vaping.
In general, the information provided above stands for the majority of airlines with the essential rule to follow of not vaping whilst on board their aircrafts. Also remember that any rechargeable batteries cannot be packed within your hold luggage and you must take them within your carry-on luggage.
British Airways: “Electronic cigarettes may be carried in hand luggage but must not be used on board.”
Easy Jet: “All electronic cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries in a carry-on and on one’s person.”
Emirates: “All Emirates flights are non-smoking – this also includes the use of e-cigarettes. No e-cigarettes can be used on board Emirates flights.”
Quantas Airlines: “The use and charging of all e-cigarettes and other personal vaporisers are not permitted on board an aircraft. They must be carried in hand luggage.”
Ryanair: “You may carry electronic cigarettes on board but are strictly forbidden to use electronic cigarettes or any other type of cigarette on board the aircraft.”
Virgin Atlantic: “Electronic cigarettes are a device that looks like a cigarette and works by creating a vapor, which contains nicotine. Electronic cigarettes are NOT permitted to be used onboard our aircraft”
If you’re travelling with an airline not listed above, you can find any information regarding their policies either on their website or contacting them directly.
Displayed policies accurate as of May 2021.
Although this article goes into depth about the laws and regulations on vaping when travelling, this is not a comprehensive list and your own discretion is advised.
For the most part, you’re safe travelling with your e-cigarette providing the destination travelling to has not banned vaping and you follow the steps above regarding storage of your device and accessories when flying.
If you are unsure on anything, either check with your airline or destination country for further, more in-depth advice on laws and regulations.
Planning on Travelling This Year?
If you're planning on a break away this year let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear about your adventures! If you have any further questions or concerns about travelling with your vape kit be sure to drop a comment and we'll advise wherever possible!