There are 29 countries and territories moving forward with plain packaging, with 14 having adopted the measure and 15 working on it. Plain packaging has been implemented in Australia (2012), France (2016), the United Kingdom (2016), Norway (2017), Ireland (2017), New Zealand (2018) and Hungary (2018), will be implemented in Saudi Arabia (2019), Turkey (2019), Thailand (2019), Canada (2019), Uruguay (2019), Slovenia (2020) and Israel (2020),and is under formal consideration in Singapore, Belgium, Netherlands, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Romania, Chile, Georgia, Jersey, Guernsey, Taiwan, Finland, and South Africa.  

 

Implementation dates of plain packaging 

 

Country

Manufacturer Level

Retail Level

1.

Australia

Oct. 1, 2012

Dec. 1, 2012

2.

France

May 20, 2016

Jan. 1, 2017

3.

United Kingdom

May 20, 2016

May 20, 2017

4.

Norway

July 1, 2017

July 1, 2018

5.

Ireland

Sept. 30, 2017

Sept. 30, 2018

6.

New Zealand

Mar. 14, 2018

June 6, 2018

7.

Hungary*

May 20, 2018

May 20, 2019

8.

Turkey

July 5, 2019

Jan. 5, 2020

9.

Saudi Arabia

Aug.  23, 2019

Jan. 1, 2020 *

10.

Thailand

Sept. 10, 2019

Dec. 8, 2019

11.

Canada

Nov. 9, 2019

Feb. 7, 2020

12.

Uruguay

Dec. 21, 2019

Dec. 21, 2019

13.

Slovenia

Jan. 1, 2020

Jan. 1, 2020

14.

Israel

Jan. 8, 2020

Jan. 8, 2020

                                *In Hungary, plain packaging required for new brands

                                from Aug. 20, 2016.

                                *In Saudi Arabia, as of Jan. 1, 2020, importers may no longer

distribute old stock.  There is no apparent retail implementation date.