8 Normal Things You Can Do In The US That Are Illegal Abroad

Feeling culture shock is normal when you travel abroad. The customs and culture may be very different from what you are used to, and sometimes the mundane, normal activities of your life could be quite illegal in foreign countries. If you don’t prepare yourself, you could get into some trouble like the people in “Locked Up Abroad.” Their experiences are recounted on an all new season of the show premiering on National Geographic Channel April 25 at 10 PM ET.

1. Driving

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It is illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia.
In North Korea, only the political elite can own or drive vehicles.

2. Kissing In Public

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It is illegal to kiss members of the opposite sex on the street in Saudi Arabia.

3. Holding Hands In Public

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You also cannot hold hands with members of the opposite sex in Saudi Arabia.

4. Chewing Gum

In Singapore it’s illegal to chew gum.

5. Traveling

Citizens of North Korea cannot travel freely around the country, let alone anywhere abroad.

6. Tweeting

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Recently, a South Korean man retweeted a North Korean Government tweet as a joke and was detained for violating South Korea’s National Security Law which bans “acts that benefit the enemy.”

7. Facebooking

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It is well known that Facebook is banned from China. YouTube is also banned.

8. Showing Off Your Personal Style

In places where they adhere to Sharia Law, women must wear veils over their head.
On the flip side, in France it is illegal to wear a face veil.

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