Weird laws overseas you need to know before travelling

Weird laws overseas you need to know before travelling
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Going on holiday is one of the best experiences for many, but tourists may not know that some cities have strict and uncommon laws that could potentially ruin their holiday, especially if you are caught unaware.

Kissing may seem like a common way to show affection in many countries, but in Abu Dhabi, it could land tourists a fine or even a jail sentence.

If you are vacationing in Barbados, it is better to leave those camouflage prints at home or risk getting fined by the government. Smarter Travel reported that the camouflage ban was enacted in the 1980s to prevent gang members from impersonating soldiers and robbing people.

Kissing and wearing camouflage may seem harmless but they are not tolerated in other countries, according to Smarter Travel.

Other than social norms, it is also important to find out how a city's laws and transportation system can affect your trip.

Love to stay in Airbnb? If you are visiting places like New York City, Paris or Santa Monica, Smarter Travel warned that it could be difficult to search for last-minute stays.

As Airbnb is illegal in those cities, hosts need to have permits to have travellers in their accommodations. If you are looking for one, you might have little or few selections available.

In London, Paris and Madrid, commuters are required to hold onto their train tickets until they exit the station. If you happen to toss your ticket, you may have trouble exiting or may even face the penalty of having no proof to show that you've paid for your ride.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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