13 Strange laws from around the world that confuse tourists

The world is a blend of spices and that’s what makes it beautiful. However, sometimes we tend to see something that leaves us intriguing about its reason. From laughter-evoking bans to funny restrictions, each country seems to have its share of the strange laws. From India’s Beef bans to Australia pink pants, the list is a long one.


The law states that you’re not allowed to wear pink pants afternoon on Sundays. Violation of the law can attract fined.


Railway stations in England are full of no kissing signs. It’s prohibited to kiss in a railway station because it may cause a delay for commuters.


Italian law prohibits anyone from feeding pigeons. They are known to carry various diseases and destroy historical monuments in Venice.

Italian law


India bans consuming beef in various of its provinces. In the country, the cows are revered and hold a religious significance. Ironically, it’s also the country that’s is the largest exporter of beef.


Apart from having a powerful passport, Singapore has a unique law in its credit. It is the only country that bans the sale and chewing gum. The dealers of chewing gum can be subjected to jail while the consumers to a heavy fine.


Japan follows an average waist size to follow obesity. The citizens aged 40-75 are required to have a waist size of86 cm [33.5 in] for men and 90 cm [35.5 in] for women. Violators can be fined.



Who doesn’t like a pinch of Ketchup? Not the French. France bans ketchup in school cafeterias and the law is followed in letter and spirit.


This one is quite funny and hard to believe but it’s illegal to die in two cities in Italy. This was certainly taken to address the health crises.


The country has one of the strange laws in its account. In Switzerland, you can’t own a single Goldfish. You either get the two or head back. Some companies help you pair up just in case one of the partners dies.


This is one of the funniest laws ever. In Thailand, it’s illegal to leave the house without your underwear. The law was implemented to do with the matters of public decency and nudity but it remains to see how the law will turn out if one is wearing his trousers.



Strange thing is that China is an Atheist government but prohibits reincarnation without the permission of the government. The law certainly is linked to China’s ambition to control the Tibetian movement but ends up passing a law that doesn’t make sense.

New Zealand:

The island nation criminalizes to act of defacing the currency. The law is archaic though but continues to remain in the place. This serves a political purpose also. The defacing of the currency is considered disrespectful.


One of India’s archaic laws of 1878 states that you must report the found money exceeding 10 rupees to the police. The well-meaning law must’ve worked in the past but its execution in the current age is impossible to imagine especially in matters of such low denominations.


Laws are required to run a state but some laws become obsolete over time. Many of the laws passed in previous times are no longer needed and forgotten but that doesn’t mean they cease to exist. As long as it on the legislation, it continues to have its power. Be it the beef laws of India or the Chewing gum ban, the world is a strange place and it continues to surprise.