Unusual laws from around the world

Whether you’re looking to buy a property in another country, or moving abroad on a temporary or permanent basis, some of the country’s more unusual laws may pass you by.

In order to keep your future travels free from unnecessary stress, the team at smart travel website Smart Lemur has collected some of the most unusual laws from around the world.

Here are just a few of them…

  1. High heels in Greece

In 2009, Greece introduced a ban on shoes with high heels at important archaeological sites, since high heels can damage monuments. Make sure you leave your stilettos at home when heading to the temple of Aphrodite!

  1. Fill up for the Autobahn

Germany’s Autobahn is known for having no speed limit. However, it’s illegal to stop unnecessarily on the Autobahn so you can’t run out of petrol. Do and you risk a fine of $100.

  1. No flip-flops in the Capri sun

The local government on the Italian island of Capri has decided to ban noisy and squeaky footwear in order to protect the peace and quiet, so valued by the local residents. This includes flip-flops!

  1. Yellow’ not mellow in Malaysia

In 2016, the Malaysian government banned yellow clothing after anti-government protests. During the protests, thousands of people wearing yellow T-shirts flooded the streets and demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister. Since then, anyone wearing yellow can be arrested under the assumption they are protesting the government.

  1. No snowballs in Colorado

Aspen may be a popular destination for winter sport enthusiasts from around the world, but you should certainly refrain from entering into any snowball fights. It’s illegal to throw a snowball in Aspen, because they are considered a form of missile. So it’s a strict no-no for an otherwise playful activity.

  1. Don’t keep hold of your change in Canada

If you have a piggybank of Canadian coins don’t bank on spending it all in one go. Canadian residents are not allowed to pay for goods and services with too much change – Canada’s Currency Act of 1985 bans it. There are certain limits of coins you can use in a transaction. Do you have a handful of nickels? Vendors might give you a frowning face if your purchase is over CDN$5.

If you want to find out more about some of the more unusual laws around the world, read more on Smart Lemur’s site.

Article published 10th October 2018