Travel laws
Published March/April 2015

Traveler Beware

Brush up on some quirky international laws

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Traveling abroad? Make sure you’re familiar with the local laws, some of which are quite amusing.
 
Paris, France, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Don’t let romance get the best of you. It’s illegal to kiss on a French railway or in any public place in Dubai. 
 
London, England: Sending a postcard? If your stamp shows an image of the queen, make sure she’s right side up. Otherwise, it could be considered an act of treason. 
 
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Smoking tobacco in a public place is banned. Curiously, it’s perfectly legal to smoke pure cannabis, as long as it’s in a designated coffee shop. 
 
Milan, Italy: Keep that smile on your face. In Milan, it is a legal requirement to smile at all times. The only exceptions? Funerals and hospital visits. 
 
Singapore: Need to freshen up your breath? Stick to mints. Chewing gum is illegal. 
 
A bit closer to home, make sure you and your guests are familiar with one of Arizona’s unique local laws: It’s illegal to destroy or steal a native cactus, including the majestic saguaro. 
  
Get the Scoop
A AAA Travel agent can help you better understand laws like this — and prepare for your trip, with everything from whether you need a visa or international drivers license. Visit AAA.com, or call your local AAA Travel agent at 1-800-870-9392.
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