Kratom in the world

Find out how countries around the globe treat Kratom and other substances under their regulations and don’t miss any update regarding Kratom’s legal status.  

Legality in Europe

Since the creation of the European Union, free trade and mobility of people and goods was established among the member states. 

The European Union can issue general rulings and laws that the States have to abide by, leaving little room for unilateral rulings. When it comes to legalizing or banning a new substance, states have some freedom. There is, however, a mutual recognition principle. That means that if the use of a specific substance is approved in one member state, it should not be banned in the rest. 

Check what’s the official legal status of Kratom in each of the EU Countries and stay updated on any new regulations and developments.

Spain’s vibrant culture and stunning beaches go perfectly with kratom culture. Kratom is growing in popularity in Spain and is sold legally in shops throughout the country.

Germany sits at the heart of Europe and hosts a dynamic and progressive culture. There is often confusion about the legality of kratom in Germany, but it is fully legal.

The Netherlands is known for its tolerant drug policy. This has attracted a small but dedicated following of kratom lovers as well as vendors based in this stunning country.

Portugal decriminalized the personal possession of drugs in 2001. Kratom is listed as a psychoactive substance: sale is not allowed, and possession is non-criminalized.

France used to be one of the most forward thinking countries in the world in the 20th century. Following a conservative wave, kratom has been defined as a psychotropic substance in 2020.

The UK could benefit from kratom to treat opiate addicts if it wasn’t for a harsh law regarding psychoactive substances approved in 2016, which made this way more difficult.

Czech Republic is among the most forward-thinking and open-minded countries of Central Europe. Kratom culture has been growing and shops sell it legally across Prague and major cities.

Italy has outlawed kratom since 2016. Nevertheless, there are discussions to request the government to prove why kratom should remain illegal according to real facts and national law.

Slovakia has some harsh drugs laws and ranks among the top alcohol consuming countries in the world. Kratom is legal in the country and easily found on the internet.

Known for the exquisite chocolates, waffles, fries and beers, Belgium is also a country where kratom is entirely legal. Good food and kratom culture sound like a good match.

With an ambiguous status in the most populous Scandinavian nation, kratom is widely sold online in the country, but also largely considered illegal when interpreting the ambivalent laws.

With some of the most strict laws regarding drugs, psychotropic and psychoactive substances in the European Union, Poland banned kratom in 2009 along with many other plants.

In the land of Mozart, kratom remains legal. It can be found on the internet and also in a few shops in the main cities of this beautiful Central European country.

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Legality Worldwide

Outside the EU, countries are able to rule based on their own judgement. Most countries look up to the United States or the UN when facing a new situation that has no precedent in their law system.

Unfortunately, Kratom has been banned in some countries. While there has been great strides towards accepting this plant, there is still work to be done. Read our list below for countries you should not travel to or be very careful with kratom.

Countries where Kratom is prohibited

In 2005, the Australian Drug and Poisons Schedule Committee recommended that Kratom & Mitragynine be grouped along with other schedule 9 substances. This imposed a complete ban on the use of Kratom. This law implied that the legal status of Kratom in Australia is that of a narcotic drug, the use of which is illegal.

Through this legislation, Australia has expressly prohibited the purchase, sale and even possession of Kratom products and Mitragynine. However this law doesn’t prohibit Kratom for research purposes. With the passing of this law, Australia has raised increased pressure on New Zealand to adopt a similar stance on kratom.

Israel moved to make both Mitragynine and Hydroxymitragynine illegal.

Kratom is currently considered illegal in Lithuania.

Kratom is considered illegal in Malaysia under Section 30 (3) Poisons Act 1952. However, it is reported that possession in Malaysia isn’t a major issue.

Bringing kratom into Malaysia is could have you regarded as a drug smuggler. Quantities above a certain level are harshly punished.

Kratom is now illegal in Myanmar and Burma. It cannot be grown or purchased.

Romania banned kratom (including Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine) on February the 10th, 2010

South Korea has made Kratom an illegal substance. It is heavily regulated with harsh penalties imposed against people who attempt importation and possession.

Kratom has been illegal since 1943. In 1979, kratom was reclassified as a Type 5 narcotic (the least restrictive and punitive level). It was included in the Thai Narcotics Act along with cannabis and mushrooms, reducing sentences and punishments from those guilty under the act.

Countries with questionable legality

Below are countries around the world with access to Kratom but that have written laws regarding its legality.

Denmark scheduled kratom as a controlled substance as of as of March 13, 2009. Like Finland, it can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription.

Finland is generally extremely restrictive and has banned kratom. While it is considered a controlled substance, some may obtain a prescription for kratom. It is illegal to import Kratom and shipments are seized by customs officials if discovered.

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