CBD oil is still a relatively new product, and as such many countries around the world still don’t know quite how to deal with it. Although CBD is derived from hemp and is non-psychoactive it can still confuse customs if you travel abroad with your CBD oil.
To help CBD users, we’ve been busy researching CBD oil laws around the world. The list below covers approximately 30 popular travel destinations. Please use this information as a guide when travelling abroad. We would always advise you do your own thorough research before travelling abroad with CBD to fully understand the laws and regulations of the country you’re visiting.
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CBD Oil Laws – Europe
Belgium recently changed the laws surrounding CBD Oil. Due to issues with the quality of products being supplied to consumers, Belgium decided to make all CBD based products prescription only. This means that CBD is no longer available from high street stores. However, you can still order CBD from other countries and have it shipped to Belgium. Travellers visiting the country are permitted to take CBD oil into the country if it’s for personal use.
Croatia has a thriving industrial hemp farming industry, and CBD products are legal providing they contain less than 0.2% THC.
CBD is legal in France, but local authorities have forced many shops selling CBD products to close due to ambiguity surrounding CBD. Local lawmakers are considering whether CBD stores should be classified as “illegal pharmacies” and therefore shut down.
If you take your own CBD products into France you should have no problems, however, purchasing CBD while there could be tricky.
There are no laws banning CBD currently so technically it is legal providing the THC content is below 0.2%.
Greek law classifies hemp-derived CBD as being exempt from drug control laws. CBD is therefore legal in Greece and is available from retail shops and online store.
CBD Oil is legal in Ireland, and the laws are very similar to those in the UK and the majority of Europe. CBD products are freely available both online and in high street stores.
Italy was once a big industrial hemp producer, and the Italian Government is working on new legislation to re-introduce it. CBD products are permitted that contain less than 0.2% THC.
CBD is controlled by the 2018 Drug Dependence Act, which means that it can only be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
For a country famous for its tolerance to certain drugs, the rules for CBD are stricter than many other EU countries. Hemp can be grown in the Netherlands, but only its fibres and seeds can be used. If CBD is extracted in breaks the countries narcotics laws.
There is no explicit ban on CBD; however, cannabis extracts are not legal. As CBD is not explicitly named in the law it is technically legal providing it has less than 0.05% THC.
CBD Oil that contains any trace of THC is only available through a doctors prescription in Norway. THC free products are permitted and can be purchased on the high street. It is not clear what Norway’s stance is on visitors taking THC containing CBD oil into the country for personal use. However, from our research, we believe this would be illegal.
Poland has some of Europes most progressive laws when it comes to Cannabis. CBD oil is legal in Poland and the country also recently legalised medical marijuana, which is supplied through pharmacies.
Similar to Germany, in that there are no explicit laws banning CBD products. It is, therefore, legal to use hemp-derived CBD oil with a 0.2% THC level.
Spain restricts the farming of Hemp, which has a THC content of 0.2% or greater. CBD products are legal and can be purchased from shops in the country or taken in if you’re visiting.
Sweden classes any CBD product containing THC as a Narcotic Preparation and CBD Oil is therefore banned under the countries drug laws.
Turkey has strict laws and CBD products that contain even trace amounts of THC are banned. Being caught with a CBD product could lead to a jail sentence.
CBD oil is legal in the UK and widely available from high street stores and online shops. All CBD products must be derived from EU approved industrial hemp strains and contain less than 0.2% THC.
CBD Oil Laws – North & Central America
CBD products are only available through prescription in Canada and CBD is considered a Schedule 2 drug. Possession and sale of products containing CBD is illegal so you can’t take your CBD oil with you if visiting the country.
CBD is legal but import regulations make it difficult to bring it into the country for suppliers. If you’re visiting Costa Rica you should have no trouble taking your CBD oil with you but it’s unlikely you’ll find any whilst you are there.
CBD is legal in Cuba since regulations were changed in December 2018.
CBD products are illegal in Guatemala. We have been unable to find any further details and would welcome readers input if they have information regarding the country.
CBD is legal in Jamaica and the number of products on the market and their availability seems to be growing.
CBD products are legal in Mexico providing they contain less than 1% THC. However, it doesn’t appear that CBD is widely available so you may struggle to find it if you do want to buy some while visiting the country.
The current status for Panama is that CBD oil is legal. However, new government legislation that is intended to legalise Cannabis for medical use may also incorporate CBD making it a prescribed only substance. The new laws does not differentiate between psychoactive and none psychoactive compounds and so CBD products could be inadvertently included and more readily regulated.
CBD Oil is widely legal in the USA; however, we have given it a restricted status as laws vary from state to state. Hemp-derived CBD oil is now legal in the vast majority of US states. Marijuana-derived CBD is legal in approximately 75% of states at the time of writing. In the USA you can be in a situation where you have legally purchased CBD in one state only to drive over the state border where you can then be arrested and charged.
CBD Oil Laws – South America
Argentina legalised CBD for medical and scientific research in 2017. CBD oil is not freely available; however, it has now been decriminalised which means you can use small amounts for personal use.
CBD products have been imported since 2014 and are used for medicinal purposes. So far CBD has not been made freely available, but the government is in discussions to ease the restrictions.
Chile, like Columbia, has legalised cannabis for personal use. CBD Oil is also legal to use in the country, although we are unable to determine how easily it can be purchased if you are visiting.
Columbia has some of the most relaxed laws in the world when it comes to cannabis, both in terms of possession and the growing of cannabis plants. In 2012, the Columbian government decriminalised the passion of cannabis up to a limit of 20 grams. It was also made legal to grow up to 20 cannabis plants. CBD Oil is legal to use in Columbia and can also be taken into the country if you are visiting.
We have been unable to find anything that specifically states that CBD oil is legal in Ecuador. However, small amounts of Cannabis is permitted for personal use, and several travel forums report numerous shops selling CBD products in the capital. We would advise you proceed with cautions and carry out your own research before taking CBD into the country.
Like it’s neighbour, Peru is relaxing its attitudes when it comes to cannabis. CBD oil is legal, although from researching forums it doesn’t appear to be widely available yet.
Cannabis is not legal in Venezuela. We are unable to find any specific information relating to CBD oil so we would advise anybody visiting the country to assume CBD Oil is not legal.
CBD Oil Laws – Africa
South Africa legalised CBD in May 2019. Initially, this is for a 12 month period, after which some regulation may be introduced. The only limitation in place is a 20mg dose limit on CBD per day.
The Rest of Africa
It is extremely difficult to get an accurate picture for the majority of African countries. However, we have assumed that their cannabis laws will cover CBD unless stated otherwise. Based on this research, South Africa aside, the whole continent prohibits CBD possession, sale or use.
CBD Oil Laws – Asia
Restrictions for the industrial growth of hemp were lifted in 2017 in two of China’s regions. However, the laws around using CBD in China remain in place, and it is still illegal.
CBD Products are legal in India and can be purchased in retail shops and online. There are no restrictions on taking CBD into the country if you are visiting.
CBD oil is legal; however, we’ve marked it as restricted as only products with no trace of THC are permitted. Unlike the majority of countries where CBD is legal that have a THC limit of 0.2%, Japan will not allow even trace levels to be present. If you are found with a CBD product containing THC you can be prosecuted.
A recent law change allows for CBD to be imported; however, it is strictly controlled by the South Korean government and can only be prescribed by medical professionals. CBD oil is not available when visiting the country and can’t be used for personal reasons.
CBD is not listed as being an illegal substance. From our research, we have found reports of people who are found with CBD oil being charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Singapore, like many Asian countries, takes a strict stance on drugs so we wouldn’t advise taking any risks.
United Arab Emirates
CBD Oil is a banned substance and cannot be purchased or used in the UAE.
CBD Oil Laws – Oceania
Australia, like America, has state laws rather than countrywide regulations. Some states permit CBD usage if prescribed by a doctor, however most still have a total ban. Either way, it’s not good news for visitors to the country.
New Zealand permits CBD oil that has a THC level of 0.2% or less. CBD products with a higher THC level can be prescribed by a doctor