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11 Common Things That Can Get You Into Trouble in Foreign Countries

Some of the activities you do on a daily basis may be illegal in other nations, so it's critical to research the rules and culture of the place you'll be visiting ahead of time. 

We put together a list of frequent offenses that could land you in jail in various nations. Check them all out because some of the laws are outright ridiculous.

Chewing gum

Singapore's streets are immaculately clean, thanks to a plethora of legislation addressing this issue. Littering, spitting, and smoking in public places are punishable by heavy fines. Chewing gum is also illegal to sell in the country, and attempting to import it might result in a fine. In pharmacies, only certain chewing gums that are approved for medicinal use are available.

Wearing improper clothes

In many Muslim nations, you should dress modestly in public areas to avoid attracting unwanted attention, especially if you are a girl. Clothes should be loose and cover the tops of the arms and legs; underwear should not be visible. Women must cover their arms and legs and wear a headscarf in Iran and Saudi Arabia. If you don't observe the dress code in Iran, the maximum penalty is a request to amend it. However, in Saudi Arabia, you risk being imprisoned.

Stopping on the Autobahn

On Germany's Autobahn, a government-controlled highway system, you are not permitted to run out of gas. You won't be able to halt there for any other reason. For your own safety, walking is also strictly prohibited. You will be fined for endangering yourself and other drivers if you do any of these things. 

Cutting down a cactus

State legislation protects some natural flora in Arizona, the United States. Cutting them down is considered theft and can result in a few years in prison. Because cactus theft is rather common, and it takes dozens of years for them to mature, these steps are important to safeguard native vegetation from extinction.


Jogging in groups has been banned in Burundi, an East African country, on the grounds that it is used as an excuse to organize "uprisings" as a cover for planning subversive acts. You can jog by yourself, but a group is made up of two persons. Some persons are sentenced to prison as a result of this. 

Living together before marriage

The UAE has a severe rule prohibiting people from living together prior to marriage. If you do, the cops may show up at your house and arrest you. You can't stay in a hotel room with your partner without a marriage certificate.

Celebrating Valentine's Day

Because Valentine's Day is not a Muslim tradition and focuses on love that isn't directed toward God, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have banned their citizens from celebrating it. Valentine's Day cards, advertisements of any kind, and internet memes are all illegal and punishable by imprisonment in those countries. Rallies against Valentine's Day were also held in four Indonesian cities.

Displaying Affection in public

If you kiss in public in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Pakistan, or Oman, you could get in trouble. It is regarded a socially unacceptable behavior in some places and is punishable by fines and imprisonment. In India, Indonesia, and Thailand, you should avoid exhibiting affection. 

Eating in Public

Muslims are not permitted to eat or drink anything during daylight hours during the holy month of Ramadan. Even if they are not Muslims, anyone who publicly eats or drinks during the day during Ramadan, or encourages others to do so, might risk jail or a fine in the United Arab Emirates.

Insulting the king

When you're in Thailand, don't say anything disparaging about the royal family. There, the King is venerated in a way that westerners cannot comprehend. Because the meaning of an insult is hazy, even dumping or stomping on money bearing the King's image could land you in jail.

Drinking Alcohol

Because alcohol is against Islamic teachings, you should research the regulations of any Muslim country before visiting. It is entirely prohibited in Saudi Arabia. The airport baggage check is highly severe, and no one is allowed to bring alcohol into the nation. It's also tough to find someplace that sells it. If you are detected drinking, you will be sentenced to prison for a considerable period of time. 

In Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Libya, Bangladesh, Sudan, Yemen, the Maldives, and some regions of India, drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Have you visited any of the nations on the list? Was your demeanor decent while you were there? Perhaps you're aware of any additional noteworthy legislation or restrictions? Let us know about your experience in the comments!

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