Weird and unexpected local laws that you can face overseas

Did you know that in Australia it’s illegal to name any animal that you plan to eat?

All around the world unusual local laws such as these can cost clueless tourists thousands of dollars in fines every year. Read about some of the most surprising laws from all around the world to help you avoid fines, jail, or just looking like a confused foreigner on your next holiday!

 

  • Chewing gum in Singapore has been illegal since 1992.
  • Driving without headlights on during the day in Denmark is against the law.
  • You can’t pee in the sea in Portugal! This is so that beaches stay family friendly.
  • It’s illegal to feed pigeons in Venice
  • High heels are banned at historic Greek sites.
  • It is forbidden to step on currency in Thailand because it carries an image of their king.
  • In Denmark, you do not have to pay for your food unless you are full at the end of your meal.
  • It is illegal to die in Longyearbyen, Norway. This is because in this remote, arctic town it is impossible for bodies to decompose in the permafrost. If it seems that you might die soon, you are shipped over to the mainland in Norway.
  • In Switzerland, you are not allowed to flush the toilet in an apartment building after 10pm.
  • It is illegal to drink water in beer parlors in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • In Paris, France it is against the law to sell any doll that does not have human face.
  • Women are legally required to wear bras when they enter buildings with air conditioning in Japan.
  • If you see someone drowning in China, you are legally obliged to leave the person to drown. It is seen as interfering with their fate to try and rescue them.
  • It is illegal to drive in thongs in Spain.
  • At Klondike Beach, Australia it is against the law for anyone under 4 ft 8 inches to surf due to the size of the waves.
  • In Pennsylvania, it’s against the law to tie a dollar bill on a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.

With all of these different laws, it’s a wonder that we’re not all sharing a prison cell right now! Make sure to always read up on the specific laws in both the city and the country that you planning to travel to…you wouldn’t want to be that tourist who becomes known for illegally killing Bigfoot!

So stay up to date with do’s and don’ts of all countries by visiting http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

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