Memories, shoes and more: things that can lead to problems abroad

Recently, two French tourists were accused of stealing almost 90 pounds (approximately 40.8 kg) of sand from Chia beach on the southern coast of Sardinia, Italy. According to reports, visitors had filled 14 bottles with sand and wanted to take them home as souvenirs. However, they did not realize that they were breaking a law and could face between one and six years in prison. The law, which entered into force in August 2017, made it illegal to drink sand, pebbles or seashells from the beaches of Sardinia, according to a media company based in the United Kingdom, which also said that the sand was sold online . While tourists said they were not aware of the rule, there are warning signs that it is forbidden to take sand, seashells, etc., and the watchmen watch over the beaches, another media company based in the United Kingdom reported. nSuch cases, however, are not isolated only in Italy. Often, tourists are not aware of local laws that could make their favorite memories illegal or end up in jail due to their activities. One of these cases occurred in 2017, when a Russian woman was arrested by the authorities for feeding the fish with bread crumbs on the east coast of Phuket. He was finally released on bail. In another incident, two women were jailed for transporting corals that they allegedly bought from a vendor on a beach. They were released on bail but their passports were confiscated. They were finally allowed to return home in Russia after paying a fine of THB 20,000, or approximately $ 640 (approximately Rs 45,500).

To help you stay away from possible legal problems, here are some laws from around the world that you should keep in mind:

GettyImages-1021781860 Sitting on the steps in spanish in Rome you can attract a fine of up to 400 euros, or Rs 32,300 approx.


  • In the capital of the country, Rome, it is not allowed to take home pieces of stone or marble from the historic Colosseum or even from the city streets. It is also illegal to bathe yourself or your pets in the fountains of Italy, and bad public behavior, such as drinking in public late at night and polluting historical sites (this includes climbing or resting in structures). Doing so may risk your expulsion from the area for two days.
  • In Milan , a city law requires that locals be constantly smiling or run the risk of being fined. However, funeral attendants and hospital visitors are exempt from such law.
  • Transgressors could be slapped with a fine of up to 400 euros (Rs 32,200 approx) for everything from sitting and going shirtless to dragging wheeled suitcases down the historic steps in spanish , a landmark made famous in the US by the 1953 film Roman vacations , since it underwent a renovation of 1.5 million euros (Rs 12 million rupees approximately) in 2016. The marble had been discolored for years of contamination and was covered with chewing gum and stained by spills of wine and coffee .
  • Children cannot have fun on the beaches of Eraclea, a coastal town near Venice, because it is illegal to build sandcastles there.
  • In Italy, a man can be arrested if he’s wearing a skirt.

Carrying corals or seashells, or feeding fish is not allowed, so as to preserve the environment. Tourists have been detained time and again for violating the said law, till the time their cases have been resolved through imposing a fine on them or other means. Also, all you card-game enthusiasts, take note – you cannot possess more than 120 playing cards, i.e two complete decks and a few more cards, according to the Playing Cards Act of 1935. The rule came into force to curb gambling in the country. In a 2016 incident, 32 elderly bridge players were arrested in the country during an anti-gambling raid. Though they were not playing for money, the people were arrested for possessing too many playing cards. Another thing that became very popular in Phuket, was taking selfies with airplanes at the Mai Khao Beach, which is situated close to the airport. However, the government will now prohibit clicking pictures or making videos in the area where airplanes fly close to the beach, as this can distract the pilots.


Stalking Gordon Ramsey in ' Masterchef Australia Season 10 ' It must have been an oddly entertaining experience, since the grumpy chef could barely use expletives when he was in Australia. Reason? It is very likely due to laws against offensive language in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, all of which are popular tourist destinations.

GettyImages-632216514 Collecting stones or stones from the Colosseum in Rome, or even from the city streets, is not allowed.


The use of high heels is prohibited in several ancient sites, including the Odeon of Herod Atticus, a stone theater built in 161 AD. The ban came into effect in 2009, and the then Director of Prehistoric and Classical Greek Antiquities, Eleni Korka, was quoted as saying: “Female visitors must wear shoes that do not hurt the monuments. These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that. ” Nor is eating and drinking allowed in these ancient monuments.


Your favourite camo jacket or your camo shorts will land you in trouble in certain countries of the Caribbean. In Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago, wearing camouflage clothing is banned, even if it is in non-khaki colours. This is to prevent people from impersonating military personnel for criminal purposes.

GettyImages-962570484 In Thailand’s Mai Khao Beach, clicking selfies in will not be allowed in the area where airplanes fly close to the land


While wearing large and detailed tattoos can only be an obstacle for some job applications in India, in Japan, wearing a tattoo will prevent you from entering places like hot springs, public baths or ryokan , that is, a traditional inn. This stigma around tattoos exists largely due to the association of ink with organized crime unions in the country.


Chewing gum, unless prescribed by a doctor and purchased by prescription, is prohibited in Singapore. If you travel to the country, be sure not to carry more than two packages of chewing gum, as this can attract a fine of up to 1000 SGD (Rs 51,000 approx.). The use of electronic cigarettes is also prohibited, and although a popular brand that sells them is located outside the country, it cannot sell its products in Singapore.