In every city you visit there is something special, something unique which is different from everywhere else, these unique aspects are why we visit those in the first place, the historical value, the culture, the food, tourist attractions etc all are the main and famous reasons for selecting a holiday destination
Most of us are aware of the famous aspects of tourist holiday destinations, but we aren’t always aware of their rules, every land has its law, and so are the things banned in certain countries. What might be innocuous and acceptable in one country could well land you in deep trouble in another.
So, in today’s article we put light on things that are banned in other countries that you weren’t aware of.
Scrabble – Romania
In the 80s, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu went a little overboard and called for a ban on Scrabble. He described it as “overly intellectual” and a “subversive evil
Dying – Svalbard, Norway
Pity the ill and elderly in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard where everyone is banned from dying due to the difficulty of burying bodies in the frozen ground – you must simply go elsewhere to end your days.
Black cars – Turkmenistan
Trying to buy a new car in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan can be tricky business due to numerous restrictions imposed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Vacuum cleaners – Victoria, Australia
No one likes a noisy neighbour, but the state of Victoria in Australia has introduced a set of rules highlighting at what point during the day you can make noise, including dictating when you can vacuum.
Jogging – Burundi, East Africa
What is a simple daily exercise to most people, could land you in jail in the east African country of Burundi – jog at your peril.
Baby walkers – Canada
As of April 2007 Canada has banned the sale and advertising of baby walkers, whether in stores or garage sales. Studies by Health Canada reveal that walkers are the greatest cause of head injury to children under the age of two. Beyond this studies also indicate that walkers do not help babies learn to walk and may lead to developmental delays.
Plastic bags – Bangladesh
Plastic shopping bags have been banned in Bangladesh since 2002, making it one of the first countries to adopt this more environmentally friendly way of shopping. Several countries around the world, including South Africa and Italy, have followed suit amidst evidence that plastic bags clog drainage systems and are a threat to wildlife who may try to eat them.
Gum – Singapore
Since 1992 chewing gum has been banned in Singapore to make the country more sanitary and progressive, as the habit was seen as old-fashioned and disgusting. Dental or nicotine gum is allowed if prescribed by a doctor but otherwise chewing a stick of gum or spitting it out can lead to a steep fine.
Tobacco – Bhutan
In 2004 Bhutan became the only country in the world to completely ban the production and sale of tobacco products. The government takes the ban seriously – selling tobacco comes with a sentence of three-to-five years in prison.
Valentine’s Day, Saudi Arabia
Valentine’s Day is mostly a commercial event to celebrate romantic love but it did originate as a Christian holiday. Therefore, Saudi Arabia, an Islamic nation, bans Valentine’s Day and actively prevents celebration by raiding and confiscating any floral arrangements, chocolates, or gifts for sale in mid-February that may be seen as symbols of love.
Thus these are the things banned in other countries, so the next time you plan a holiday, keep in mind these factors as well in order to have a happy hassle free holiday, do let us know your feedback through comments.