Bizarre tourist laws and regulations
Various countries are applying some bizarre laws and regulations. We had a look at them and picked some examples for you. Did you know that you cannot drive a car or motorcycle without a shirt in Thailand?
No chewing gums in Singapore
In Singapore it is not allowed to chew a gum in public. Since 2004 the only allowed chewing gum brand is Nicorette, which must be prescribed by a doctor. The officials wanted to make a clean city out of Singapore and developed additional prohibitions. You cannot feed the pigeons, spit on the ground and flushing public toilets is a must.
Don't drive cars and motorcycles without a shirt in Thailand
In Thailand it is not permitted to drive a car or motorcycle with the upper half your body uncovered. Considering the tropic climate in Thailand this regulation seems a little odd. A fine for violating this rule is roughly $10. Traveling to Pattaya Bangkok (BKK)? Don't forget to bring a T-shirt.
France: no kissing on train platforms
This is a 100 year old regulation. The French have seen the cause of train delays in couples kissing. So, since 1910 no kissing on train platforms. Airports are not mentioned, so on Paris – Charles De Gaulle (CDG) you can kiss your spouse without punishment. Luckily there is no fine for not obeying this rule. The worst that could happed to you is being kindly asked to leave.
Watch out for dirty cars in Moscow
In Moscow they didn't like the residents driving dirty cars. So they forbid it. There are no specifications on how dirty your car has to be for it to be illegal. Still, the fine for not complying to this regulation is about $100.
Keep your swimsuit on here
In Poland, nudism is considered an indecent fad. Sunbathing without a swimsuit can be fined by up to $40. The similar applies in Corsica. Women are not allowed to put their bikini tops away. The penalty for not complying is up to €150.
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Jiří Parimucha, Oct 27, 2010
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