Weird Foreign Laws That May Prove Helpful On Your Next Vacation


Travelling is fun. Until you break one unknown rule and your well planned vacation, which probably cost you a huge chunk of your savings is thrown upside down by run ins with the law. If you hate running in with the law in your home country, just imagine how much more annoying it can get in a foreign place. Lucky for you, we have gathered some intel on some weird foreign laws that could put you in a spot of trouble in foreign countries. From no spitting, to refraining from hailing a taxi cab when you have the plague, when you are a foreigner in another mans land, beware of these trip ups.

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SPAIN: Planning a trip to Spain anytime soon? Well do not wear flip-flops when driving. If you have ever tripped on flip-flops, you will understand why this is a common sense law. It does not make it any less weird to have a law to that effect though hence its feature on our list of weird foreign laws.

GREECE: Famous for its archaeological marvels has a law that insists that no one wears high heels at archaeological sites. apparently, the amount of pressure that just one pair of pumps exerts on ancient stone and marble is significant and multiplied by endless visitors over the decades, it could be disastrous. So if you plan on visiting Greece, pack some flats.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has a ‘no gum chewing’ law. Do not chew gum and even weirder is their law insisting that you must flush the public toilet. But we guess some people do need to be reminded and forced to do that, do not be that person.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: United Arab Emirates insists that you do not eat during Ramadan. It does not matter if you consider yourself decidedly non-Muslim, failing to fast can result in a fine. So if you must eat, make sure your visit does not fall into the Ramadan period.

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ROME: Do not sing or dance in Rome if you are in a group of three or more. Although there is no evidence of this being enforced, if you feel the need to bust a move on the streets of Rome with two or more friends you may want to ask your hotel concierge about getting a permit first.

Despite the fact that there is too little likelihood that you would actually be caught doing any of the above mentioned, this list does show that besides your surface preparation for travel like getting your passports and your luggage, it is helpful and in fact needful to know and understand the ways in which a foreign laws can affect your vacation.