13 Strange Bans From Around the World Even the Locals Don’t Understand
Before every trip we take, we always try to read some travel guides to learn more about the place we want to visit. But few people ever wonder what the local laws are. And they should because the things that seem completely normal and ordinary at home may be banned in other countries. For example, you’d better not wear slippers in Capri or dance in the street in Sweden.
Bright Side encourages you to be careful when you are abroad, so read about these strange laws and remember them.
1. Greece — computer games
In 2002, the Greek government prohibited playing computer games. This law actually led to the arrest of an internet cafe visitor because he played a game there. In the beginning, the minimal punishment was 3 months of jail and a fine of $5,000. The law was changed under the pressure of the European Union. So nobody will fine you for playing games at home but you still can’t do it in a cafe.
2. Iran — “western” hairstyles
A few years ago, the Iranian government prohibited some “western” haircuts, specifically ponytails and mohawks. The authorities even published a catalog with illustrations of haircuts you can get. Tattoos and shaving also became illegal because a beard for a Muslim man is sacred.
3. Malasia — yellow clothes
If you wear yellow clothes in Malasia, be ready to pay a fine of $1,185. After protesters who wore yellow T-shirts and wanted the election system to be fair, the Minister of the Interior prohibited wearing yellow clothes.
4. France — ketchup in school cafeterias
The French government decided to limit using ketchup in cafeterias. This way, the authorities are trying to promote healthy food and traditions of French cuisine. Cafeterias have the right to serve the sauce only with French fries and only once a week. Aside from that, schools are supposed to increase the number of vegetables on the menu and reduce the amount of fat in the food.
5. Canada — walkers and scooters for children
Since 2004, the government prohibited the manufacturing, selling, and distribution of walkers and scooters for children. It turns out that walking too early is dangerous for babies. Minister Pierre Pettigrew said, “The safety of our children always comes first. I am happy to inform you that Canada is the first country in the world to have prohibited selling walkers.”
6. Sweden — dancing outside
In Sweden, you can’t dance in the street without official permission that you should apply for in a special institution. Even the smallest tap of the foot to follow the rhythm of any music is illegal.
7. Brazil — tanning salons
The law has been functional since 2009. It includes using, importing, renting, and selling equipment for artificial tanning. The measure was taken after learning a lot of scientific data that proves the danger of UV-radiation for humans. It is believed to cause cancer.
8. Italy — slippers
In some regions of Italy, there are fines for wearing the “wrong” shoes. In Liguria, for example, tourists can’t wear slippers in parks. You would have to pay anywhere from $50 to $2,500 for breaking the law. This is a security measure because rescuers often have to help people in trouble caused by the slippery soles of their shoes. And in Capri, you can’t wear slippers because of the sounds they make.
9. Australia — changing a lamp
In some states in Australia, it is prohibited to do any electrical work on your own. The law says that this work should be done by a licensed professional. Despite the rumors, you are allowed to change a bulb yourself but changing the entire lamp or electrical wires should be done by an expert.
10. Burundi — jogging
Jogging is illegal in Burundi. The president adopted this law in 2014, so now people who jog in Burundi can even get a life sentence. The president explained, “Jogging can be a cover. Very often, running people are bombers.” So, due to security measures, running in groups of 2 or more people is now illegal.
11. Turkmenistan — black cars
In this country, there is a superstition that black color brings bad luck and white color is the symbol of happiness. This is why black cars have been prohibited since 2018. The owners who bought black cars before the law was adopted have to change the color of their cars.
12. USA — making faces or babytalk at a dog
In Oklahoma, the authorities prohibited making faces in front of dogs. The thing is, such behavior can make a dog aggressive. You can be fined for such behavior or even get arrested for several days. So, if you ever travel to Oklahoma, don’t try to test this law.
13. Thailand — driving naked
In Thailand, there is a law that prohibits walking in the street and being in public places without underwear. Of course, the police won’t check if you are breaking the law. Driving a car without a shirt is also illegal.
Which of these laws seemed the strangest to you? Tell us in the comments.
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