There are so many reasons why people travel. Some explorers want to experience culture and food while others are boarding planes in the hopes of discovering history and nature in far off destinations.
But no matter why you’re traveling abroad, it’s good to remember that some places have rules, regulations, and laws that may seem foreign to you.
Here are 22 things you didn’t realize were banned or illegal around the world.
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You aren’t allowed to be reincarnated without permission in Tibet.
Buddhist monks in Tibet are not allowed to be reincarnated without permission from the Chinese government. The law, which is under the State Religious Affairs Order No.4, was passed in 2007.
While it would be pretty hard to enforce this rule, it seems like it was created to insult the Dalai Lama and hinder his influence on the public.
There’s a limit on when and how much you can use ketchup, mayo, and vinaigrette in French schools.
Many media outlets have reported that France has some sort of agenda against ketchup. But Quora user Vincent Dupuy says that is just not true.
“The goal of this text was to improve the dietary quality of the meals served in French schools,” he says. “In article 2 it is stated that all sauces (mayonnaise, ketchup, and vinaigrette) must not be in free access but served according to the dish.”
French schools are just looking out for the health of their students: The government issued this 2011 restriction to cut fat intake.
Strip clubs are banned in Iceland.
In 2010, Iceland banned companies from “profit[ing] from eployee nudity,” according to NBC. This applied directly to strip clubs, making Iceland the first country to ban these clubs for nonreligious reasons.