What a sure way to ruin a vacation? How about getting a fine or even worse…arrested! Just because tourists go to a certain place doesn’t mean the rules are the same as other parts of the world. Here are some strange laws from around the world that you should be aware of…
First, feeding the pigeons in Venice. One iconic image most of us have seen are those hundreds of pigeons around Venice’s Piazza San Marco.
Although they are super friendly and make for a good photo op…they damage the statues and require the surrounding areas to be cleaned frequently. The city has banned feeding the birds and you will be fined if you do.
And if you are traveling to India you might want to leave your deck of cards at home. Any sort of gambling is illegal…including an innocent game of blackjack or poker between friends. The game could cost you a hefty fine or up to three months of jail time.
Singapore is quickly become a popular Food Tourism destination. If you are planning a trip, don’t bring any gum.
Chewing gum has been illegal there since 1992 because of the damage it caused to the public transit. Spitting it on the street is a definite “no no” and you will certainly face a fine. Those caught importing or selling it can even face jail time.
Airbnb is quickly becoming the new choice of accommodation for many travelers. But if you are traveling to cities like New York, Santa Monica or Paris…be wary.
Airbnb hosts need to have permits to rent out their properties. This means that there is generally low availability or none at all. If you rent an unauthorized property and are caught, you could face a fine by the city.
And you better leave any camouflage clothing at home if you are visiting Barbados. Only members of the military are permitted to wear camouflage.
The ban was enacted in the 1980s to prevent gang members from impersonating soldiers and robbing people. The law is still in effect today and offenders can be fined.
Tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates should be aware that the nation’s public decency laws are much different than those in Western Countries. Publicly kissing and/or touching your significant other can land you in jail. Hefty fines can also be imposed, so make sure you remember to keep your hands to yourself while in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.