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Wondrous Unusual Laws that really exist! (Part One)

When travelling abroad it’s always best to have a grasp of the basics for accepted behaviour and some of the local laws and customs.

While many countries have conventions and traditions that we’re familiar with in the UK, some differ greatly in form or enforcement but with a little bit of research it’s easy to understand and respect them. And, most importantly, stay on the right side of them!

If you’re unsure, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website’s travel advice section is a particularly good source of information.

That being said, some legislation can seem odd or outrageous and some are even hilarious.

The Flexicover Team looks at a few to watch out for.

See clearly in Spain

Spain is a great place to visit all year round and many tourists opt to rent a car whilst they are there. It’s a great way to get around, visit various tourist attractions and can be really cost effective too. Nevertheless, one rather unusual rule the Spanish have is that anyone wearing glasses or contact lenses must always carry spares with them, just in case! Also, don’t forget to drive on the other side of the road.

Feathered friends in Italy

The romantic city of Venice, on the northeast coast of Italy is very beautiful, especially at this time of the year before the summer tourist rush begins. The small, traffic-free streets make for great walking too. And when visiting the historic St Mark’s Square, it’s often tempting for tourists to share their lunch with the famous pigeons that flock here, but beware that it is in fact illegal to feed the pigeons in the Square!

Keep Singapore tidy

This Southeast Asian inland city-state makes for a fabulous break away. With its fashion emporiums of Orchard Road, fabulous parks and delicious food, it’s a great place to visit if you’re searching for a new cultural experience! However, since 2004, chewing gum has been banned in Singapore unless prescribed by a doctor for therapeutic reasons! With huge amounts of gum being stuck in subway stations, on cars and on the pavement, the authorities decided to ban it to keep the city clean and pretty. So take care, big fines can apply!

Public affection in Dubai

For sun, sea and sand, Dubai is a key location to visit for warmth and entertainment. With water parks and swimming pools to keep the kids entertained all day or luxury retreats for couples who need an escape, Dubai might be just the ticket. May is a decent time to visit before the soaring temperatures of July and August hit. However, beware that public affection in Dubai (and the rest of the United Arab Emirates) is seriously frowned upon and cases of large fines, arrests or even deportations are not unheard of.

Fine in Finland

Driving in Finland can be an absolute pleasure. With large, traffic-free roads (most of the time), it’s a great way to get around. But you may need some tips for driving there to avoid problems… The Finnish drive on the right and overtake on the left and if you are driving between December and February then snow tyres are required and headlights must be used at all times (day or night)! However, they do have an unusual system when it comes to penalties for non-compliance. Traffic fines in Finland are largely down to two factors: the severity of the offence and the driver’s income. So the more you earn, the more you pay!

Wherever you decide to travel to and whichever site you are fortunate enough to visit, Flexicover, the travel insurance specialists are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.