13 Strange Laws from Around the World That Confuse Tourists

There’s not a single country that hasn’t banned at least one thing on its territory. But some of the things forbidden by law around the world are really quite funny. Let’s get acquainted with some of the things that are prohibited in different countries.

Bright Side would like to remind you that if you want to travel somewhere, always review your destination country’s local rules and laws, because you should follow them even if they’re quite unusual.


  • On Sundays after 12 pm, it’s prohibited to appear in public places wearing pink pants.
  • Only a licensed electrician is allowed to change a lightbulb. Otherwise you’ll be fined!


  • It’s prohibited to clean carpets in the streets. Warning: if you want to get this done quick, you should finish everything by 8 a.m.
  • It’s prohibited to drive cattle through the streets from 7 a.m till 10 p.m, except with the permission of the police.
  • It’s not permitted to kiss at railway stations. And there are also “no kissing” signs everywhere. The government is concerned that long embraces can cause delays for commuters.


  • Sinse 2008, it’s been illegal to feed pigeons in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, because they destroy historical monuments and buildings. In addition, the birds are known to carry various dangerous diseases.
  • In Eraclea, a town near Venice, you’re not allowed to build sandcastles on the beaches because people “can’t” take strolls along the shore.
  • In Eboli, lovers are banned from kissing in cars.
  • On the island of Capri, wearing noisy wooden clogs and shoes is banned.


In Singapore, those who can’t live without chewing gum will be fined. Because it’s been banned here since 1992. The people there believe that gum can harm a person’s health and damage the environment.


According to Canadian law, 35% of all broadcasted content should be of Canadian origin from 6 a.m till 6 p.m, Monday-Friday.


In 2008, this country decided to implement an annual waist size rule among people aged 40-74 (not more than 86 cm [33.5 in] for men and 90 cm [35.5 in] for women). That’s how Japan fights obesity and its associated diseases. In 2015, those who “didn’t follow the rules” were fined.


Continuing the obesity topic, in 2016 a “fat tax” was implemented in Kerala state. It was set at 14.5% for hamburgers, pizza, donuts, and other fatty dishes that are served in restaurants.

Can you remember any other weird rules or laws? Share them with us in the comments!

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