When in Rome…or Singapore, India, Thailand or Arabia

It’s only an accident of birth that some people’s actions are supported in their homeland, while in another country, it could earn them a jail sentence. Pretty much every country has its own weird laws which are most often a product of out-dated social norms. Check out these unusual laws that could land you in trouble in the East and Arabia.

Gum Merchants of Singapore
We always thought it was an urban myth, but according to Singapore Statutes Online, the penalty for selling gum can be as high as $130,000 or a prison sentence of up to two years. No more ick shoe.

Forgetting to flush the toilet
Worldwide it’s considered a common courtesy, but bless the Singaporean powers that be, they’ve outlawed it. If you’re caught doing your business and leaving it, you could fetch a fine of around $180. If it’s yellow or brown, flush it down!

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable – Louis D. Branders

No Commando
In Thailand it’s illegal to leave the house without your underwear on. Enough said.

Nips in
You can’t drive a car shirtless in Thailand. Well you can, but you’re breaking the law.

India holds the second-highest population in the world, and keeping it in order requires some pretty strict rules but this one takes the cake. Suicide is legal, but you will be punished if you fail to get the job done. Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code provides punishment to a person planning to end their life early, and who fails to die.

To vape or not to vape
While some countries embrace the idea, the UAE forbids the sale of e-cigarettes because the chemicals they produce have not been proved to be safe by the World Health Organisation.

No Dirty Dancing
Apologies to Patrick, but Dubai outlaws anything too sexy sexy in nightclubs and pubs. Hands to yourself, no twerking, and yes Dubai’s laws do keep Baby in the corner.

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to check out a destination’s local laws. When in Rome!



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