40 million smokers and vaping enthusiasts reached since 2015!
August 17, 2017

UK Warns Thailand Travelers: Leave Vapes Home

If you’re a vaper, don’t visit Thailand. Or at least don’t plan on taking your vape gear!

The British government is officially warning travelers to Thailand not to pack vapes when entering the country. The U.K. foreign travel website is very specific, noting that several U.K. residents have been arrested already.

“You can’t bring vaporisers…or refills into Thailand,” says the site. “These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted. The sale or supply of e-cigarettes and similar devices is also banned and you could face a heavy fine or up to 5 years imprisonment if found guilty. Several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.”

And now British travel agents are being advised to tell their customers about the ban. Pat Waterton of Langley Travel told the website Travel Weekly that her nephew was forced to pay an “on-the-spot fine” (also known as a bribe) to avoid being taken to jail on a recent trip to Bangkok.

“Thailand is a big destination for us and since the law has come into force about e-cigarettes we are incorporating the country’s customs and immigration information into all our customers’ itineraries,” Susan Papworth of Premier Holidays told Travel Weekly. “We haven’t seen any impact on bookings, but strongly advise that all agents pass on this advice to their customers.”

Four men were arrested in Thailand last month and charged with “illegally selling electronic cigarettes and liquid.” Sales, import and export of e-cigarettes are illegal in Thailand. The police said that the men were smuggling vapor products into the country, and selling to customers who placed orders through Facebook.

We also reported earlier this month on a Swiss vaper who was arrested in Thailand. He had only brought products for personal use, but that didn’t prevent the Thai government from charging him with “importation” of vapor products.

Smokers created vaping without any help from the tobacco industry or anti-smoking crusaders, and vapers have the right to keep innovating to help themselves. My goal is to provide clear, honest information about the challenges vaping faces from lawmakers, regulators, and brokers of disinformation. I recently joined the CASAA board, but my opinions aren’t necessarily CASAA’s, and vice versa. You can find me on Twitter @whycherrywhy

23
Discussions

avatar
5 Comment threads
18 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
Phil LowneychrisBrian ScottJim McDonaldMurray_B Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Mark Allsopp
Guest
Mark Allsopp

Stupid Thais

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

Stupid post.

Murray_B
Guest
Murray_B

It would be much simpler to avoid going to Thailand at all. There is no way to know when they will start arresting people for some other irrational reason.

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

My partner in Thailand phoned the ‘Tourist Police’ at the weekend to ask about the situation regarding westerners and vaping equipment in Thailand, and this is what she was told: A visitor can take one unit into the country and enough liquid (not a stupid excessive amount) for personal use. The unit must be dismantled in the hand luggage and the juice in a plastic bag (as with all liquid in the hand luggage). Visitors must not vape in public, or their equipment will be seized, and they could end up in jail. Where is the link to the page… Read more »

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

Here’s the latest, my partner who flew from the southern mainland yesterday to Bangkok, asked the customs officials at the airport about visitors taking vaping equipment on a flight. They told her the equipment must be in hand luggage, one unit only, dismantled and put in the tray with electronic items, coins etc., juice (not a stupid amount of – but individual interpretations of this will vary greatly) in a plastic bag in the tray. Mostly, hand luggage is checked is before leaving the country you are travelling from, so the only time your equipment will be seen by an… Read more »

chris
Guest
chris

Hello – I go to Thailand about 3 times a year and have for the past 10 years. Last time I went I took 8 x 100ml bottles of juice, two vapes, charger and a load of batteries. There’s loads of people vaping out there. Word on the street is tourists will be left alone, they’re just not into the Thais using them. I had it all looked at regularly at customs (as I traveled around). however, I was probably lucky. Juice is pretty easy to get in Thailand, I ran out and found a source in Phuket town that… Read more »

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

Yes, my third visit this year also. Following the information that my Thai partner provided after she phoned the Tourist Police, I ignored the British Government website. As previously stated my hand luggage was checked at Birmingham airport, not when I came through customs at Suvanabhumi. Her second answer from the customs staff at Don Meueng Airport confirmed it. I do not vape in public here, as I said previously, big ass clouds will appear to disrespectful – no-one wants to be reminded that they are breathing in air which has just been expelled from someone else’s lungs, and as… Read more »

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

My advice, carrying money in your shoe is asking for trouble of you’ve got £2k or £3K and wear sandals most of the time, as I do!!!

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

Yes, we went through Koh Samui on the way to Koh Phanang in April, from Suvarnabhumi and back, my vaping gear laid out with mobile phone, tablet, coins etc., they didn’t even blink.

Phil Lowney
Guest
Phil Lowney

Yes, my third visit this year also. Following my partner’s first answer from an official source, I ignored the British Government website. As preiously stated my hand luggage was checked at Birmingham airport, not when I came through customs Bangkok. Her second answer from customs staff at Don Meueng Airport confirmed it. I do not vape in public here, as I said previously, big ass clouds will appear to disrespect the law, and as Chris will affirm, this is a culture of respect. As the tourist police yold my other half will separate tank and the mod, and remove batteries,… Read more »

Best Beginner Vapes in 2019
LEARN MORE
Vaping360
FOLLOW US
© Vaping360, All Rights Reserved.