Sunday 16 December 2018

Why you can't bring e-cigarettes, Vick's inhalers, or camouflage clothing to these countries on holidays

Visitors to Maya Bay in Thailand
Visitors to Maya Bay in Thailand

Olivia Rudgard

If you're going on holiday you might think a Vicks inhaler or a Buddha tattoo are harmless.

But these could get you thrown out of some countries - or even put in jail.

The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth office has issued a warning to millennials amid a rising number of arrests abroad for drug offences and offending local customs.

American actor Johnny Depp was investigated by the Australian authorities after bringing his dogs Pistol and Boo into the country in 2015 alongside then-wife Amber Heard.

In Turkey, insulting the national flag or defacing or destroying currency could land travellers in prison for up to three years.

And raucous travellers in Greece should note that behaviour such as mooning can lead to arrest followed by a fine or prison sentence.

The FCO's advice on rules abroad

Sri Lanka:  The mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is a serious offence and tourists have been convicted for this. British nationals have been refused entry to Sri Lanka or faced deportation for having visible tattoos of Buddha. Don’t pose for photographs standing in front of a statue of Buddha.

Thailand: You can’t bring vaporisers, such as e-cigarettes, e-baraku or refills into Thailand. These items are likely to be confiscated and you could be fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.

Japan: The use or possession of some medicines like Vicks Inhalers or painkillers containing Codeine is banned in Japan and can result in detention and deportation.

Caribbean: Many Caribbean countries, such as Barbados, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia ban the wearing of camouflage clothing, including by children.

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