Ten ways to get banged up abroad (or at least fined)

Don't do this in Venice. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

Activities such as feeding pigeons and wearing camouflage clothing could land British holidaymakers in trouble with the law, the Foreign Office has warned.

The FCO has listed some of the more unusual international crimes in its latest travel advice.

"It's a good idea for Brits to research the country they are visiting before they travel," advises the FCO's Charles Hay.

Here are 10 ways Britons can fall foul of police abroad (crimes punishable with a fine unless otherwise stated):

Chewing gum

Strictly prohibited on the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Singapore.

Feeding pigeons

Against the law in Venice.

Wearing swimming trunks

As well as wearing a bikini or going bare-chested, in Barcelona this is illegal if you're not in the beach front area.

Not OK in Barcelona, unless you're at the beach. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive

Using nasal spray

Some common products are illegal in Japan.

Taking photographs

In Saudi Arabia, taking a snap of a palace, government building or "military installation" can land you in jail.

Wearing camouflage

In Barbados it is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing.

Sunbathing topless

Prohibited in Fiji.

Fearne Cotton would not be allowed to do this in Barbados. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Carrying mineral water

It is illegal to take mineral water into Nigeria.

Snacking while sightseeing

In Florence, it is an offence to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of churches and public buildings.


In the Maldives, public observance of religions other than Islam is prohibited for visitors. Punishable by arrest and detention.