HOLIDAY-GOERS could land themselves in jail if they bring some everyday items into popular holiday destinations – including vapes, chewing gum and baby walkers.
International property group Your Overseas Home are urging Brits to check their luggage before jetting off on their winter holiday.
6Brits are being urged to check their luggage over bizarre laws against the importation of some everyday items into holiday hotspotsCredit: Getty6In Singapore you can chew gum but buying, importing or manufacturing it is illegal in a bid to keep their streets litter-freeCredit: Getty6The popular kids chocolate Kinder Surprise is illegal due to a US law banning any food with a ‘non-nutritive object embedded’Credit: Getty6Parents should steer clear of bringing baby walkers into CanadaCredit: Getty6You could be fined for wearing flip flops in the costal island of Sicily, Italy due to noise pollutionCredit: Getty6Jasmine flowers are banned in China after the “jasmine revolution” began circulating referring to the popular uprising in TunisiaCredit: GettyThey’ve revealed the weirdest and most unexpected items that are banned by some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.
Senior content editor Christopher Nye urged travellers to “get to grips with their culture and customs – and that includes any weird and wonderful laws that are enforced”.
He added: “Staying on the right side of these laws is imperative not only to keep the peace, but failure to do so could land you a hefty fine, deportation, or even imprisonment in some cases.”
Baby walkers – Canada
Baby walkers and baby seats on wheels have been banned since 2004 by Health Canada.
They believe baby walkers are a danger to young children but many international visitors maybe unaware of the ban on this common piece of equipment.
Chewing gum – Singapore
Although you can chew chewing gum in Singapore, it is illegal to sell, manufacture or import it into the country.
This law dates back to 1992 in a bid to stop the build up of litter and the high costs associated with cleaning it.
Some exemptions for dental and nicotine gum exist but only when it is purchased from a doctor or registered pharmacist.
Haggis – USA
In 1971 it became illegal to import haggis into the US from the UK due to a ban on food containing sheep lung, which constitutes 10–15% of the Scottish recipe.
The reason for the ban is down to the fear that phlegm and stomach acid may contaminate the organ during slaughter.
Jasmine flower – China
Since the anonymous calls for a Chinese “jasmine revolution” began circulating on the internet, Beijing police had banned the sale of jasmine flowers at various markets – causing wholesale prices to collapse.
Kinder Surprise eggs – USA
It might come as a surprise that it’s illegal to bring Kinder Surprise eggs into the US.
This is because of a law banning any food with a ‘non-nutritive object embedded’ – including toys inside confectionery items.
Sudafed and Vicks – Japan
The popular cold remedies are banned in Japan due to their strict laws on stimulant drugs – including the use of pseudoephedrine.
If you’re bringing any kind of medicine into the country, it’s best to also bring a prescription from your doctor and a letter explaining the purpose of the medication.
Flip flops – Capri (Italy)
Despite being a coastal destination, the island of Capri in Italy has a ban on “excessively noisy” footwear including flip flops.
But you can carry and wear the shoes in the rest of the county – just not in Capri where they value their “peace and quiet”.
If you are caught, you could face a hefty fine.
Yellow clothing – Malaysia
If yellow is your colour of choice, it won’t make a fashion statement in this Southeast Asian country – it could actually land you in jail.
The Malaysian Government banned yellow clothing after thousands of protesters wearing it demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister in 2016.
Camouflage print – the Caribbean
Several counties in the Caribbean including Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent ban the wearing of camouflage by non-members of their military.
Wearing it or even having it in your hand luggage could lead to a fine or jailtime.
Vapes and electronic cigarettes – Thailand
Vapes and electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular in the UK but you might want to thick twice about packing this device.
Thailand has had a ban on the import, export, sale and possession of vaping products since November 2014.
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