Vaping Travel Guide: All You Need To Know About Travelling With A Vape
There are many rules that must be followed when travelling abroad with a vape or e-liquids. Many airlines and airports have certain restrictions on what is allowed in your luggage and where you are allowed to vape in the airport.
At SmokShop, we endeavour to give all you need to know about travelling with a vape and the restrictions you have to follow. We recommend you double check with your travelling company, as well as the relevant authorities, before travelling to ensure that our information is still applicable.
Table of contents
- Can you travel with a vape?
- Can you vape on a plane or in an airport?
- UK airport policies on vaping
- Airline policies on vaping
- Countries that have banned or restricted vaping
Can you travel with a vape?
Travelling with a vape is allowed as long as any vapes or vaping accessories you take are kept in your carry-on bag. Vapes and other electronics are a fire hazard if kept in the plane hold as they contain lithium-ion batteries. Emptying your vape tank is recommended before boarding your flight, as changes to air pressure can cause these tanks to leak.
Any e-liquids you take in your carry-on luggage will count towards liquid regulations. All liquids you take in your carry-on luggage must be 100ml or under and stored inside a clear plastic bag which is 20cm x20cm. Disposable vapes are allowed on planes but must be placed in the plastic bag where you keep your toiletries. As disposable vapes can’t be taken apart and contain e-liquid, they count towards any liquid restrictions.
Can you vape on a plane or in an airport?
Vaping is prohibited on planes, with some planes having been known to arrest passengers on flights. If caught vaping on a plane, you will most likely receive a fine. Ryanair allows the use of smokeless e-cigarettes they sell on board; however they are not as powerful as a normal vape.
Many UK airports have implemented restrictions on vaping; however some airports allow vaping in designated smoking areas. You should check the airport’s policy around vaping before you leave.
UK airport policies on vaping
Many airports have different policies regarding vaping, with some allowing vaping in designated areas whilst others have banned it completely. Read below to find out about the vaping policies in some of the UK’s busiest airports.
- Heathrow Airport – Vaping is allowed in the designated smoking areas outside the terminal buildings. E-cigarettes are forbidden inside any terminal building.
- Gatwick Airport – Vaping is allowed in the designated smoking areas outside both terminals but not inside the North or South terminals.
- Manchester Airport – The use of e-cigarettes is banned anywhere inside the airport. Terminal 1 has a designated smoking area near the food court, and Terminal 2 has one in the departure lounge. Terminal 3 has no designated smoking area.
- Stansted Airport – Vaping has been banned inside Stansted Airport since August 2014.
- Luton Airport – There is a designated smoking area near the front entrance, but you can’t vape anywhere within the airport.
- Leeds Bradford Airport – Vaping is allowed in the designated smoking areas. There is one smoking area inside the terminal and one outside before passing through security.
- Edinburgh Airport – The use of vapes is only permitted in the designated outside the terminal building.
- Birmingham Airport – Vaping is only allowed in the designated smoking areas outside the front of the terminal. Vaping is not allowed within the airport.
- Bristol Airport – Vaping is allowed within the designated smoking areas.
- Glasgow Airport – The only designated smoking area where vaping is allowed is outside the main terminal before security.
- Newcastle Airport – Vaping is allowed in the designated smoking areas at the front of the terminal. There are two designated smoking areas once passing through security.
- East Midlands Airport – Vaping has been banned inside the terminal since August 2014.
- Norwich Airport – Vaping is allowed in the designated smoking shelter at the front of the terminal.
Airline policies on vaping
As with airports, many airlines have certain restrictions about travelling with vapes. You are not allowed to vape on the plane under any circumstances. Below will highlight the vaping restrictions set out by some of the most popular airlines.
- British Airways – You must take e-cigarettes in your carry-on luggage and any e-liquids must be limited to 100ml and stored in a clear plastic bag.
- EasyJet – E-cigarettes and a maximum of two spare batteries are allowed in your cabin bag but not hold luggage.
- Emirates – E-cigarettes and spare batteries must be packed in your cabin bag and any liquids must not exceed 100ml and packed in a clear plastic bag.
- Jet 2 – Passengers must carry any e-cigarettes in their cabin luggage. E-liquids must not exceed 100ml and must be stored in a clear plastic bag.
- Qatar Airways – E-cigarettes must be stored in cabin luggage and liquids must not be larger than 100ml.
- Qantas – E-cigarettes are permitted to be carried in cabin luggage only and you are not allowed to take more than 20 batteries onboard.
- Ryanair – You can take e-cigarettes in your cabin luggage and e-liquids should be included in your carry-on liquid allowance.
- TUI – Any e-liquids must be packed in a clear plastic bag and count towards your liquid allowance. Any batteries should be kept in your hand luggage.
- Virgin Atlantic – Batteries must be packed in your hand luggage and any e-liquids you bring on-board should be placed in a clear plastic bag.
Countries that have banned or restricted vaping
There are many countries across the globe that have banned or restricted vaping for varying reasons. Some countries have fully banned vaping with the risk of imprisonment, whilst other countries still allow vaping with zero nicotine. Read on to find out which countries have banned or restricted vaping as of 2023.
Countries where vaping is banned with potential imprisonment
India, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand
Countries where vaping is banned
Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Qatar, Seychelles, Singapore, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, USA*, Venezuela, Vietnam
*Vaping is only banned in some US states
Countries where vaping is banned with the exception of zero-nicotine vapes
Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Africa
It is crucial that you double-check the laws surrounding vaping in the country you are travelling to to help avoid any repercussions. You should check closer to when you are due to leave, as the laws around vaping constantly change.
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