Local laws and customs

Local laws reflect the fact that the territory is predominantly Muslim. Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religion at all times and be aware of your actions, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.

In 2019, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start around 5 May and finish on 4 June. See Travelling during Ramadan

Women, especially those travelling alone, may attract attention. To minimise hassle, dress respectfully and avoid wearing clothes that could be regarded as provocative.

Homosexuality is considered a criminal offence. Sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law. See our information and advice page for the LGBT community before you travel.

The penalties for possession of even small amounts of drugs are severe; up to 10 years’ imprisonment, with no remission for good behaviour, heavy fines and confiscation of your vehicle/vessel.

It is against the law to carry bibles in Arabic, to attempt to distribute any non-Muslim or evangelical literature, or to be involved in any such activity.