10 countries with weird laws that can trap you when you travel


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Editor’s note: Adventurer and filmmaker Graham Hughes holds 2 Guinness travel records, including for the first and fastest journey to every country in the world (taking 4 years and 31 days) by “scheduled ground transport,” meaning without flying. The Liverpool, England, native and host of Travel Channel’s “Lonely Planet: Odyssey With Graham Hughes,” currently lives on his own private island in Panama, which he has dubbed “Jinja Island.” It was his prize in an online “Survivor”-style competition.

Over the course of my journey to every country in the world, I was arrested on numerous occasions and even imprisoned twice in Africa. Naturally I found myself taking a keen interest in the laws of each country I was visiting: I learned the hard way not to turn up unannounced in Cape Verde with a gang of Senegalese fishermen, not to take pictures of anything in Cameroon (including traffic roundabouts!) and not to lose my temper with the police in Congo.

But more than that, I discovered a lot of the quirky, onerous and sometimes downright bizarre laws and customs from around the world. So here, for your reading pleasure, are some of the wackiest, petty, infuriating and/or anachronistic laws from around the world of which all globe-trotters should be aware. Some of them might well surprise you –they did me.

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