Don’t end up in a far-flung jail: Foreign Office warns on local laws and customs

Did you know that Vicks is illegal in Japan and that vaping in Thailand is a no-no? The Foreign Office is urging holidaymakers to check its advice before travelling

With a growing number of British holidaymakers travelling to far-flung destinations, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is warning travellers to brush up on lesser-known local laws and customs, as those who flout them could be fined, jailed or deported.

Cases that made the news last year include two US tourists that were detained in jail for over a week then deported after posing for a nude photo in front of a Buddhist temple in Thailand; a British man who narrowly escaped three months in jail in Dubai for touching a man’s hip; and a British woman deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm.

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