Local laws and customs

Due to random police checks, you should carry your passport with you at all times. Always keep a photocopy of your passport, visa and insurance details somewhere safe, and leave further copies with family or friends in the UK.

Drug smuggling is a serious offence. Punishments can be severe.

Although homosexuality is not prohibited by law, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

Paying for sex is punishable by 5 to 10 years imprisonment and / or a fine of €1,500 to €7,000. The campaign against sexual abuse of under age children (under 18 years) is strictly enforced with particular regard to foreign tourists. Identity cards of women are often faked.

The import and export of foodstuffs (including fruit), protected plants and animals is illegal. There’s a ban on the export of all crocodile products. Non-residents may take up to 1kg of precious and semi-precious stones out of the country as long as you provide proper receipts. Residents may only take out 250 grams. You may only take 100 grams of vanilla out of the country.