Whenever you find yourself traveling to another country, it’s always important to be aware of not only the cultural differences but also the legal ones. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself being fined or even arrested for something you feel is totally innocent. As a visitor, it’s important to respect these laws.
Did you ever think that you could be arrested for chewing gum? How about eating in public? Or giving someone a Valentine’s Day card? Believe it or not, these are all punishable offenses in different countries across the globe. They may seem strange to you, but they often have an important cultural meaning.
So the next time you find yourself on a backpacking adventure or even just a family vacation, keep some of these laws in mind and try to be respectful of them. You may end up keeping yourself out of deep trouble if you end up visiting a number of foreign countries.
1. If you’re headed to Singapore, leave your gum at home. The nation has completely banned the sale of chewing gum in an effort to keep the streets clean.
2. When traveling to a predominantly Muslim country, women are required dress modestly. The penalties can range from a simple warning to time in prison.
3. The Autobahn is probably the world’s most famous highway, but don’t stop to take any pictures. Stopping on the Autobahn can get you a huge fine.
4. If you find yourself giving birth in Denmark, check the registry of approved baby names because your child’s new moniker has to be approved by the government.
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