Avoid travel disasters by reading some little known laws from countries around the world. Did you know you need to carry your passport with you at all times in Japan? You need an International drivers licence and a licence in your home country to ride motorcycles in a few countries such as Bali for some travel insurances to be valid?
As Indonesia discusses introducing a law outlawing sex before marriage, and Aussies are reconsidering their Bali holidays. The team at TravelCard have found just a few of the laws from around the world that may impact your trip. Make sure you do your research before you leave so you know what clothes to pack, what goods not to pack and make sure you always pack your own bags.
Don’t forget the basic laws
- Check the expiry date of your passport before you travel. Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from the date you leave that country.
- Travel insurance is a must in some countries such as Cuba, United Arab Emirates and the Schengen Area countries in Europe (when Visa’s are required).
Keep in mind the obvious
- In the UAE and Singapore the presence of illegal drugs detected in blood or urine tests is considered possession regardless of when or where the drugs were taken.
- In Singapore it is illegal to smoke in public places, spit, chew or import gum, litter and jaywalk.
Ignorance is never an excuse, even for little known laws
- Travellers in Japan and Brazil must carry their passport with them at all times.
- Offences committed against Argentinian national symbols (including the flag) carry a penalty of imprisonment between six months and four years.
- In NZ it is illegal to buy, swap or sell recreationally caught seafood.
- In some countries, including Jamaica, Barbados and Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing.
- It’s illegal to wear board shorts in public pools in France, speedos are a must!
- In Thailand, it’s illegal to criticise the King or any member of the royal family in any way.
- It is illegal to climb trees in public parks in Toronto unless you’re a squirrel.
- Tattoos of Buddha and selfies with Buddha statues are banned in Sri Lanka.
- It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy.
Before you travel always make sure you research the laws and customs of the countries you are visiting. It’s always handy to throw in a sarong to cover up, have shoes with toes covered, stick to your best behaviour and keep the public canoodling to a minimum. Be aware of taking photos of government buildings, be cautious of being critical of Governments and countries. Stay on the right side of the law and have a wonderful holiday.
Material on this blog is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information and discussion about travel tips, for advice please refer to https://smartraveller.gov.au
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