13 Funny International Laws You’d Never Know Were Real
You might want to remember these 13 surprising and strange laws next time you're traveling to avoid embarrassment, fines, or worse!
By Jackie Middleton
clashes can occur anytime you travel, but every once in a while they
happen in some truly unexpected ways. From a harmless hug to lighting up
a cigarette outdoors, these are the strange travel faux pas any
globetrotter would do best to avoid.
1. Vicks inhalers are forbidden in Japan
In Japan, over-the-counter allergy/sinus medications that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine such as Vicks inhalers and Sudafed are banned under Japan’s strict anti-stimulant drug laws. Medications that feature codeine are also prohibited and shouldn’t be brought into Japan.
3. Keep your top on in Fiji
Fiji is a beautiful tropical paradise where sunbathing and swimming are
part of daily life, but don’t get caught with your pants (or top) down. Public nudity and topless bathing are illegal here. Stay covered up and out of jail.
4. Feed the pigeons and you'll break the law in San Fransisco
It’s illegal to feed pigeons on the streets of San Francisco.
The city famous for the Golden Gate Bridge blames the ubiquitous birds
for spreading disease and damaging property. If you’re caught providing
food to San Francisco’s pigeons, you could face a hearty fine. Citizens
are even encouraged to report pigeon feeders to the city’s police
5. Leave your bible at home in the Maldives
In the Maldives, public observance of any religion other than Islam is
prohibited, and it’s an offense to import bibles into the country. To
ensure that you don’t upset the locals or run foul of the law, don’t
bring a bible along on your trip.
6. Watch your camera in Kazakhstan
Want to capture one last snapshot of your family in the airport before you board the plane? In Kazakhstan, it’s against the law. Photography in and around airports is illegal, and taking pictures of military and official buildings is frowned upon as well.
7. Don't smoke in Jamaica, mon
Tourists may be surprised to discover that marijuana is outlawed in Jamaica.
Since 1913, Jamaican law has stated that the cultivation, use or
possession of marijuana is illegal. People caught with even a small
amount of the plant can face a lengthy prison sentence.
8. Pack a breathalyzer in France
In France, drivers are legally required to carry a portable Breathalyzer in their vehicle.
If you’re caught without this gadget in your car, you’ll be expected to
cough up 11 Euros tout suite. Tourists behind the wheel, this law
applies to you too.
10. Butt out and chew carefully in Singapore
Smoking laws are more severe in Singapore than they are in North
America. Lighting up in public—in restaurants, on the street, in a
park—will earn a stiff fine in this Asian country. Gum chewers aren’t
exempt from tough regulations either. It’s illegal to chomp gum while
riding on Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, and like smoking,
this offense is punishable with a fine.