Monday 11 November, 2019

Before you pack that sex toy, here are places they won't be allowed

The holidays will soon be upon us and for many people, this is the time of year to pack those suitcases and jet off to places on their bucket list.

Of course, you’ll have a checklist of must-haves: swimsuit, comfy shoes, travel documents and toiletries. If you are a woman and your vibrator is one of your must-haves, you might want to ensure that the country you are travelling allows the entry of such items.

If you aren’t sure, here is a story map and list compiled by Carvarka, a UK-based sex toy shop.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, sex toys fall under the category of pornographic material and are banned under Islamic law. If discovered, your toys will be confiscated.

United Arab Emirates

Sex toys are illegal and will be confiscated. Even though you may not know it is illegal, you do face the possibility of persecution as well.


Thailand has a thriving sex tourism industry but sex toys fall under Thailand’s list of prohibited goods, specifically “obscene objects,” banned from being brought into the country.


Your sex toys will be taken by customs officers and kept until you leave the country at which time it will be returned. In 2011, the General Department of Vietnam Customs announced that Vietnam officials will not allow the import of sex toys into the country. 


The Malaysian Penal Code states that anyone who sells, distributes or possesses “any obscene book, pamphlet, drawing, painting representation of any figure or any other obscene object whatsoever...shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years, or with fine, or with both. The law extends to importation.


This may be the home of the Kama Sutra but according to Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code, any book, drawing, figure or object, “shall be deemed to be obscene” if it fuels any lascivious, or overtly sexual thoughts and behaviours, and Section 67 of the IT Act makes that law also applies to online businesses. Massagers that are phallic in shape are illegal.


Sex toys are prohibited according to the Maldives Customs Services website. Pornographic material including sex toys, books, magazines, films, videos, DVDs and software is prohibited.

Alabama, USA

According to the 1998 Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, the sale of adult toys has been criminalised. The act deems a sex toy as any device designed or marketed as useful for the stimulation of human genital organs.

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