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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by Kalboz, Dec 9, 2011.
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5 surprising foreign laws that put travelers at risk
How exactly does this put the traveler at risk?
" In Finland, taxi drivers playing music in their cars are required to pay a copyright fee. The idea is that the music is being presented to the "public" — the cabs' paying customers. So your cabbie might keep things quiet to save a few euros."
You never know which music they will blast at the customer!
Thanks Kalboz for sharing, interesting insights are always welcome!
Maybe they sing instead?
No copyright payment for that, maybe a discount for costumers?
Maybe even more discount fares, when costumer join into the fray and sing along!
Having had spent some time in Helsinki taxis earlier this year, we can honestly swear, they had no radio on at all times!
It's not the fee that puts the traveler at risk. It's when the cabbie takes his hands off the steering wheel to do the Macarena that endangers the passengers.
You know, I think I knew this in the back of my brain, but I was just in Japan over the US Thanksgiving after suffering a cold and had Sudafed on me. Totally forgot about this!
Any video clips available?
Indeed, it is always interesting to learn about local regulations of countries in which we travel, is there any little room for the visitor to get away with it, when we do go against local laws unknowingly?
Glad your cold is better! Safe and happy travels!
"Over-the-counter medicines in the U.S. are sometimes illegal in Japan, and that includes some Vicks and Sudafed products and anything else containing pseudoephedrine. If authorities at customs catch you with such products, they may detain you."
How do US customs officers deal with tourists bringing OTC meds into the US that are prescription-only here or even outright banned? Are small amounts for personal use acceptable?
"Man, not the Eagles..."
Interesting since I just got back from Tokyo and I always bring sudafed when I travel and due to a bad back carry pain killers as well. Good thing to know for future visits, awesome place though.
Of the Macarena? God, I sure hope not!!
My husband typically brings home antibiotics and other various OTC medicines when he goes to visit relatives in India. Customs either doesn't know about it, or they don't care. Hasn't been a problem.
Aren't they pretty up tight about narcotics/ certain painkillers as well? I remember hearing something like that on my last trip to Asia and I think it was on the flight to Japan, but maybe it was Hong Kong. Not that I had any though.
Bit of a discussion here:
I have never, ever seen a Finn taxi driver dance, but there's always a first time. The Finns being famous for their laconic ways, a fame well deserved, it seems, one of the well-publicized anecdotes is:
Lars and his wife of 35 years were siting at breakfast when she finally could not restrain herself any longer.
"Lars, do you love me?" she asked.
Exasperated, Lars replied: "I told you I did during our marriage ceremony. If anything had changed I would have told you."
After having spent quite some time in Finland it is not clear to me that that anecdote was invented, or if it is an actual quote.
Other Singapore gems:
1. In the late 1960's just after Singapore independence from Malaysia, male vistors could not have hair below the collar line. There were barbers on hand to ensure compliance. True! I had a few haircuts during those years as I entered Singapore.
2. Chewing gum sale and use is prohibited. All littering too. The fines are serious:
the ban on chewing gum in Singapore can be considered an extension of the littering law, as is spitting. Therefore, the act of chewing gum in Singapore is associated with similar penalties to those imposed for littering. The littering law requires a fine of $500 to $1,000 US Dollars (USD) for first time offenders. Repeat offenders may be fined up to $2,000 USD and assigned a Corrective Work Order (CWO).
This is not a joke. It is enforced.
3. One does not tip a taxi driver there either. Taxi's give back exact change every time. The fine and license forfeiture that taxi drivers once had for accepting a tip may no longer be enforced but NO TIP is the rule. BTW, porters are rarely tipped either, although some will accept tips, many will not.
4. Jaywalking is also a punishable offense and is also enforced.
The city-state, known for imposing stiff fines for littering and spitting in public, said jaywalkers caught taking short cuts will face fines of up to S$500 (US$285) for their first offence.
There are other rules too, many of them. For those of us who live in places taht have lots of disarray Singapore is paradise. Hawker stalls are immaculate. If you are a sloppy type, or a smoker, gum chewer... Singapore is not for you!
Yeah, I guess it was Thailand. A little surprising given the country's reputation.
Thailand has long had a very serious law regarding defamation of the Royal family. Everyone should remember that the US citizen in question was born a Thai so Thailand prosecuted him as a Thai. That does present the matter in a slightly different light.
I meant about the narcotics, but you do bring up an interesting point. Also funny that the king of Thailand was born in Boston.
Those with ADHD drugs (amphetamines) should be aware of various restrictions, even to Europe.
singing is okay as long as they bathe regularly.