Generally, while visiting foreign country we used to avoid knowing the necessary local laws of the visiting country but you never know, if something goes wrong then the same can lead you to complication. So, when it comes to the law, pleading ignorance is no defense. As a visitor to a foreign country you should always respect the local laws and customs of the country you are visiting. So it is a very important before begin your trip to brush up on some basic legal tips, to make sure you are safe and worry-free during sojourn overseas.While being in a foreign country may be fun, there is always danger abroad, just as the danger at home.
Here’s a six tips related to following issues, to keep in mind when you travel abroad:
1.Know the local laws and customs
Every country is different in point of laws and customs and some countries have strict penalties for actions which may be legal or considered minor crimes in your country. Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibilities to follow them.
The best way to know about laws and customs of visiting country is do some search on the interest for legal information and you should know well in advance of travelling to that country and be sensitive to local customs and traditions. also, view travel advisories from reputable sources.
2. Taking Photos
In some countries, it is illegal to take photos of certain places, such as government buildings, airports and ports or anything that may be police or military property. As a photographer, the act of going on someone’s building/land without permission would be trespassing and may be violate the person’s right of privacy. In a number of countries consent is needed for just taking a photograph of one or more identifiable people and the same can check out from the website of Wikimedia commons-country specific consent requirements.
When photographer takes photos of people, you must be careful not to invade their privacy. Also, it is better to ask for permission before taking photos of people and respect their wishes if they decline.
3, Alcohal usage
While it is legal in most places but alcohol prohibition is enforced in many Muslim-majority countries. Before travelling abroad particularly in Muslim majority countries, contact the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting to find out whether alcohol is permitted.Never drink in countries where it is prohibited. In other countries, always use alcohol responsibly and know your limit. Drinking in public areas is often illegal and public drunkenness may be dealt with severely. Do not drink and drive.
4. Importing or exporting currency
Some countries have strict rules about entering or leaving the country with foreign currency and/or the country own currency. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you’re travelling to for more information
You may be asked to declare at arrival or exit from the country how much currency you are carrying. You should always answer such declarations honestly as strict penalties may apply.
5.Travelling with Minors
Minors may be able to travel to another country without either one of their parents. they may however require a notarized written consent letter from the both parents. Minors interested in travelling without their parents should contact the embassy to address admissibility questions.
In some circumstances, a parent or guardian might not be required to have a consent letter, or it might be impossible for them to obtain one. First, if the parents are separated or divorced, a court order may already be in place which outlines that a consent letter may not be required if one parent is travelling with the child. In these circumstances, the accompanying parent or guardian should carry a copy of the court order with them to show the officer.
6. In case of Death or illness
Death. A rare morbid subject, but one that’s been following us everywhere since the day we were born including when we travel. It can cost between $ 10,000 and $20,000 to bring the remains of loved ones home and your embassy will not shoulder the cost of shipping the remains home and same as,in case of illness in foreign country without insurance is very costly affair.
Having the correct travel insurance really pay off in such cases as it is the easiest, most convenient way to assist the family in getting body home. Giving your travel insurance details to relatives and friends is really important before you travel.
These legal tips can be essential to having a safe and enjoyable trip overseas.