They are punished for this: 10 of the strangest fines for tourists in the world

They are punished for this: 10 of the strangest fines for tourists in the world

It would seem that everyone has long been aware that the laws in popular tourist countries may differ (sometimes drastically) from those in Russia or Western countries. Guided by the principle “repetition is the mother of learning”, careful “Subtleties” decided to remind you of the most fierce, strange and simply unusual rules, for violation of which in some countries you can get stuck big.

1. Seafood in Thailand

An attempt to take out sand, shells, or even more so corals as a memory of a wonderful holiday in Thailand can hit your wallet hard. The fact is that local authorities monitor the state of nature and strictly prohibit the collection of such seafood. Tourists who do not know this face a fine of at least 4000 USD! Similar prohibitions apply in many resort countries – for example, in Egypt. And in no country can harm or even touch corals.

2. Tattoos in Sri Lanka

Most Sri Lankans are Buddhists. For this reason, there are quite a few harsh religious laws in the country, and one of them prohibits tattoos with the image of the Buddha on the exposed parts of the body. For such a drawing, the locals will be imprisoned, and foreigners, most likely, will face deportation. See also: 5 rules that a tourist should not break.

3. Do not relax in the UAE!

The Emirates is a Muslim country with strict laws that may be incomprehensible to unprepared Europeans. Firstly, manifestations of love in public places are prohibited here. You can go to jail, if you're not lucky, even for accidentally touching a woman. Secondly, be careful with alcohol: drink on the street – time! Alcohol is allowed only in bars or hotels. And thirdly (and perhaps most importantly), do not photograph local residents, especially women. This simple rule will save you from staying in the UAE for 2 months longer than you planned. Poppy is banned in the UAE in any form. One Swedish tourist served 4 years for eating a poppy seed bun at the airport.

4. The price of cleanliness in Singapore

Singapore has the image of one of the most modern and progressive countries in the world, which many people dream of visiting. But it is important to remember that Singaporeans have achieved a lot, including through tough bans and severe punishments. For example, in the country as a class there is no chewing gum, and for those who litter or smoke in public places, put up ads and draw on the walls, really very severe punishments are provided. The anti-gum law has been in force in Singapore since 1992 and provides for only one exception: chewing gum can only be used for medical purposes with a doctor's prescription.

5. Careful with smoking

Strict and by no means formal restrictions for smokers operate in many countries. Probably the toughest rules are in Ireland and the UK, where fines for smokers in public are 3,000 EUR and 2,500 EUR, respectively. Serious fines are also provided in Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Japan, the USA and, suddenly, India.

About other prohibitions

  • In Spain, it is forbidden to drive in flip flops.
  • It is forbidden to walk in heels in the Acropolis of Athens. The restriction was introduced for greater preservation of the architectural monument.
  • In Thailand, they strictly monitor that cigarette butts and garbage are not thrown on the streets. Tourists are often detained and fined for this.
  • In the Caribbean, camouflage clothing is not allowed. For this, you can even go to jail.
  • It is officially forbidden to urinate in the sea in Portugal. How its execution is controlled is a separate issue.

Also interesting: 14 strange bans that are still in force in England.

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