Travelling abroad often requires research into where to stay, what to eat, and the best sights to see. However, few people take into account local laws before travelling abroad. The BBC recently reported that British holidaymakers are often caught out by foreign laws, with a quarter of consular assistance cases being for arrests or detentions.
What may be an everyday occurrence in your home country could be illegal when travelling abroad. We’ve compiled just a few of the things you should watch out for:
15 laws to know before travelling abroad
Barbados – It is an offence for anyone, including children, to wear camouflage clothing.
Bhutan – You may want to think twice before bringing home that beautiful vase, as the export of antiques is strictly monitored.
Fiji – The beautiful beaches will help you achieve the perfect tan, but be aware that topless sunbathing is forbidden.
Italy – Feeding pigeons is illegal in Venice, and in Florence, it is an offence to eat or drink in the immediate vicinity of churches and public buildings.
Japan – Nasal sprays commonly available elsewhere are illegal.
Monaco – Apart from beaches and bathing areas, it is not permitted to walk around barefoot.
Nigeria – Be wary what you pack to drink – it is illegal to bring beer, mineral water, soft drinks, and sparkling wine into the country.
Peru – Many items are not permitted to leave Peru including condor feathers, archaeological artefacts, and cocoa tea. Be wary of what you purchase in local markets.
Poland – Jay-walking is an offence and anyone who crosses outside of a recognised crossing will be fined by the police.
Singapore – Chewing gum is banned throughout the country, and unavailable to purchase anywhere.
Slovakia – Stag parties be aware: unruly and rowdy behaviour between 22:00 and 6:00 is illegal and tourists have been fined or imprisoned.
Thailand – Bringing in more than 200 cigarettes is illegal.
Turkey – Treasure hunters may want to choose a different holiday destination, as metal detectors are prohibited.
USA – An enjoyable part of childhood, tasty and fun Kinder Surprise are banned in the United States, with each egg carrying a fine of $2,500.
While correct at the time of publication, we recommend visiting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website for further travel information.
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