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May I bring e liquid with small amount of nicotine into Australia?

Discussion in 'General E-Liquid Discussion' started by Yong_123, Jan 26, 2018.

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  1. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    I would like to bring 100ml e liquid with 3mg nicotine in my check-in luggage to Australia. Are there some troubles in passing the custom check at the airport? If yes, what are the restrictions to bring e liquid into Australia? Are there some official regulation for this? Thanks a lot!
     
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  2. Zutankhamun

    Zutankhamun Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2015
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    It’s complicated man. Where are you coming from btw?
    Also worth you having a look here and it outlines the different state (I think it’s called) legislation.
    Strange business in Oz, have a read
    Are Electronic Cigarettes Legal in Australia? - Infographic

    Nic is fine in some places, legal to import in others, illegal to sell in some & illegal for use in others. Full stop I think.
     
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  3. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Australia is a commonwealth, so it is going to matter what your port of entry is and etc. Different states can have widely different laws, but really the laws of the Commonwealth are going to govern entry/exit I think.

    Could look at this: State and territory government | australia.gov.au

    Honestly, if you are very concerned, contact your nearest Australian Ambassador (an email should work). Just clearly state your concerns and ask, and I'm fairly certain they'll be able to give you a definitive answer. Some states are more friendly to vaping than other in Aus, but when it comes to entering the country I think Commonwealth rules are going to trump State rules. How friendly/accepting airports are in Aus for a short visit is probably going to depend, but if you get a clear summation of the law, that would probably be the best way to put yourself at ease.

    Anna
     
  4. Doffy

    Doffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 15, 2014
    Australia
    writing this as an aussie, kicking back vaping in 90 F weather

    you'll be fine is the bottom line

    it is technically illegal, but not enforced at all

    you can freely show and discuss eliquid with nic to airport customs and security staff

    just be sure to bring enough for your whole stay, or stay in a hotel that will allow you to receive mail from new zealand, since importing is how we get our nicotine here

    :)
     
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  5. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018

    Hi mate, thanks a lot! I am from China, and will import at Victoria. According to your web, it seems the importing nicotine for personal use is legal. However, I do not know how to prove it is for personal use. Any comments?
     
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  6. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Hi Anna, thanks a lot! It seems Victoria is more friendly.
     
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  7. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Hi mate, thanks! It seems the importing nicotine for personal use is legal in Victoria. May I assume no troubles?
     
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  8. Doffy

    Doffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 15, 2014
    Australia
    no troubles

    no, illegal

    $15,000.00 fine is meant to apply to possession, but has never been enforced
     
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  9. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Thanks for the quick answer. According to the below web, it seems the importing nicotine for personal use is legal for most states. Are there some misunderstaning?

    Are Electronic Cigarettes Legal in Australia? - Infographic
     
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  10. Doffy

    Doffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Mar 15, 2014
    Australia
    lots get their info wrog

    nicotine is classed as a schedule 7 dangerous poison under the federal poisons code

    different states regulate these different, but victoria prohibits it

    you'll still get it fine by mail, since the mail system is federal, it is just illegal once you hold it
     
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  11. Yong_123

    Yong_123 Full Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Got it. Thanks! If there are no troubles, I will bring it by myself.
     
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  12. WharfRat1976

    WharfRat1976 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 31, 2014
    Austin, Texas
    How long has nic been illegal in Australia . Why is it illegal?
     
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  13. Zutankhamun

    Zutankhamun Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2015
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    Hi. It’s best for me not to as I don’t know much about it.
    At least a true Aussie can give some helpful tips.

    Let us know if you enjoy your $15000 trip ;)
     
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  14. Zutankhamun

    Zutankhamun Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 22, 2015
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    Just kidding :lol:
    Enjoy!
     
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  15. Doffy

    Doffy Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Australia
    since around 2008

    ecigs were really underground then, so government changed the poisons classification as a knee-jerk reaction, and we've been trying to get it reversed ever since
     
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  16. Cumulo Vapus

    Cumulo Vapus Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2016
    They will be up your wazoo in aussie customs...very stringent checks which means they will find it....an aussie vaper told me that they don't permit its sale in shops but import is allowed...so presumably you are ok.
     
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  17. Dropmyload

    Dropmyload Senior Member Verified Member

    Oct 23, 2017
    Sydney airport is rough. Long lines, they check everything. Not a good experience. I understand the need for vigilance, but I think they are bordering on paranoid now.
     
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  18. mick500

    mick500 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 3, 2014
    Australia
    As an Aussie, I wouldn't bring anything through the airport that you shouldn't be, I believe they will just confiscate it but why risk it.

    The law here is that it's illegal to sell it (so no bricks and mortar stores can sell nic in their juices) but not illegal to import it for personal use. Personal use is classified as a 3 month supply. So just place an order to arrive around the time you arrive at your hotel or wherever you'e staying.

    That's my ununderstanding and advice.

    Australia has gone backwards in every regard , we are behind in everything, show no initiative and wait to see what the rest of the world does first when it comes to anything. Then we legislate the crap out of it . Think uber. The govt. And taxis didn' l it so they make uber have a surchare similar to taxis to keep the taxis competitive. Relevance? I dunno. Lol. End rant.
     
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  19. IDJoel

    IDJoel Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 20, 2015
    Boise, ID
    Hi @Tong; and welcome to ECF!:D

    When I was traveling internationally (though never to Australia :(); I would only carry what I needed for the day (maybe a second day too; if layovers were likely). The remainder of my e-liquid, needed for the duration of my trip, stayed in my checked bags. So this meant I only had 10-20mL of e-liquid in my carry-on. I never had an inspector question it, let alone threaten to confiscate it.
     
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  20. LillithRM

    LillithRM Full Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Well technically 'they' havent really decided how to regulate nicotine although its seen as a tobacco product its not yet taxed as such or confiscated from individual persons - many are however working towards medicalizing it and limiting it from between 20- 36mg - because of whaddabout the children and medical pharma knows best - Now - After all of that Im just over it theoretical politics aside

    My daughter last year traveled from here in Aus to Huston USA and back again with her 24mg eliquid with no problem -

    A couple of weeks ago she went from here to Japan and back again with no issue or real questions

    But she did pull her set up apart - bag it all separately and she had some of the stuff in her carry on and some in her main luggage - she uses a cuboid mini - Some of the staff at the airport you may find even vape too

    Its unlikely you will run into any issues over eliquid at the airport yet - If you carry snus - you may be taxed very very heavily for it - IQOS although not allowed seems to be making its way over to Australia too (Although at twice the price you would expect to normally pay - its $200 aud a kit if you know where to look) - go figure
     
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