Visitors to Thailand have been warned that they danger 10 years in jail for taking e-cigarettes into the nation.
In November 2014, Thailand permitted laws outlawing the import of e-cigarettes into the nation. This has since been expanded to the export in addition to sale of e-smoking units and gear.
Although it’s common to see individuals vaping in Thailand, they’re really breaking the regulation, as even possession is prohibited.
The UK’s Foreign Office has up to date its journey recommendation to warn of the ban. The advisory reads: “These objects are probably to be confiscated and you could be fined or despatched to jail 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 five years imprisonment if found guilty. Several British Nationals have been arrested for possession of vaporisers and e-cigarettes.”
Speaking to Travel Weekly, British journey agent Pat Waterton, informed how her nephew James was arrested for having an e-cigarette in Bangkok.
He paid a positive of £125 however was informed by a policeman that he could have been jailed.
Now she makes positive she warns anybody reserving holidays to Thailand concerning the danger. “If I’m selling Thailand I will definitely mention it now. All agents should.”
Thailand isn’t alone in the ban — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam have additionally outlawed the import and sale of e-cigarettes.
Thailand has been below army rule since 2014 and there are strict guidelines in place that govern elements of on a regular basis life that guests will not be conscious of.
“People have been prosecuted for criticising the 2014 military coup,” the Foreign Office warns. “You should be wary of making political statements in public. Lèse-majesté, [criticism of the monarchy in any form] is a crime which can be broadly interpreted, and carries a long jail sentence.”
This regulation goes as far as to criminalise stepping on forex bearing a likeness of the king, even unintentionally.