13 unexpected things that in different countries will lead you to jail.
They do not go to a foreign monastery with their own rules, and they do not come to a foreign country with their own ideas about traditions and orders. It would be nice if every tourist understood this! Otherwise, you can easily and easily get into a stupid or even dangerous situation.
Transfer company hoppa has compiled a list of the most peculiar laws from around the world that will help hapless travelers avoid mistakes and penalties. From smoking in public places to carrying paracetamol in your luggage: learn about the 13 weirdest things that can cause problems when traveling abroad.
- Buying alcohol after lunch in Thailand.
Thailand has long been known for its clubs and hangouts. Especially famous is the party held every full moon on the island of Phangan. However, many tourists simply do not know that the purchase of alcohol in the country is prohibited from 14:00 to 17:00. This means that you can’t count on a mojito with rum on the beach at 3 pm. Any employee of a club, bar or store caught selling alcohol during a siesta will be fined 4,000 baht (about $ 120) or can be jailed for up to 2 years.
- Texting while walking in Honolulu This very recent ban was introduced in the state capital of Hawaii to teach pedestrians to be careful and not to be distracted while moving through the streets. If you get caught texting or digging into an electronic device while crossing the roadway, don’t be offended by the $ 99 fine.
- Ban on discos after sunset in Japan Such a strange legislative restriction was introduced by the Japanese authorities in 1948 to limit the growth of the flirt industry. In 2015, there was a relaxation to the law: now dancing after midnight is allowed, but only when the lighting is at least 10 lux (10 lumens per square meter).
- Smoking in public places in Singapore Although smoking in public places in Singapore is not prohibited, there are strict restrictions on where exactly you can smoke. Smoking is strictly prohibited at bus stops, playgrounds and parking lots. Smokers must also stand at least 5 meters away from the building entrance and bus doors to avoid earning a wild $ 10,000 fine.
- Dirty language in public places in Australia, Australians like to nail with a strong word, which replenishes the local treasury. The fact is that in the Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, there is a ban on swearing in public places. I thought about something unpleasant out loud — please pay a fine of 100 to 140 Australian dollars on the spot.
- If you decide to cross the road in the wrong place in the United States In the United States, Iran and Singapore, crossing the road in any place other than a pedestrian crossing will result in a fine. And a subpoena or even a prison sentence. The probability of getting hit by a car — goes without saying.
- Feeding Venetian pigeons Feeding feathered beggars is prohibited since 2008. The reason is prosaic: the lower the pigeon population, the less famous monuments and architectural masterpieces suffer from their excrement.
- Walking around the city in swimming trunks in Spain On the beaches-please, but if you decide to go out in the city, cover the bikini with outerwear. Otherwise, you will have to say goodbye to a tidy sum of 100 to 200 euros.
- Use painkillers in the UAE The laws governing the pharmaceutical industry in the Emirates are incredibly strict — many drugs that are freely sold without a prescription around the world are considered strong drugs here, especially those containing codeine. If you are flying to the UAE, it is better not to take paracetamol with you at all, because only for its storage you can get up to 4 years.
- Flaunt high heels in places of historical attractions in Greece Lovers of high heels, take heart! This ban, approved in 2009, has its own reasons: ancient architecture is quite worn out if it is not treated carefully.
- Driving without turning on the headlights in Sweden May be quite strange for our places, but in Sweden and Norway, drivers are required to turn on the headlights during street traffic both at night and during the day. This is due to the fact that in winter, visibility in Stockholm is limited to only 5-6 hours of daylight. At the same time, the Swedish summer gives up to 20 light hours a day. To reduce the risk of accidents, the authorities decided to introduce such a requirement for drivers.
- Stop on the motorway in Germany The German motorway network (also known as the autobahn) strictly regulates non-stop traffic. Drivers who cause traffic jams with their stops can receive a fine of 30-70 euros.
- Walking in pink shorts on Sundays in Victoria, Australia The roots of this wonderful law banning the wearing of pink shorts in the afternoon stretch back to the Victorian era. Its reasons are not known to anyone, but if you go out for a walk after lunch in this piece of clothing, you will be accused of a real fashion crime.
So, dear traveler, you have giggled and armed yourself with valuable hints. When traveling to any country, do not clap your ears and always be ready to quickly adapt to local requirements. Have a good trip!