007 Luxury Guide
Local Laws and Customs
Every country has its own laws and customs and as a visitor, you should always respect them. Follow our practical advice on how to avoid getting into trouble – either with the law or by offending the locals.
If you want to get married or enter into a civil partnership abroad, make sure you do the necessary research. Different countries have different requirements so contact the nearest Embassy of the relevant country for more information.
Be aware that marriage to a foreign national could affect your legal rights in that country, particularly in regard to issues around children and freedom of movement.
If you’re intending to buy property abroad, we strongly advise you to consult an independent legal advisor from the beginning of the process. Procedures around buying property often differ significantly and you should research the matter thoroughly before entering into any agreement.
In some countries, if you are involved in a commercial dispute with a company or individual, the authorities may stop you from leaving the country until the dispute is resolved.
Sharia law is an Islamic body of law and moral code. Penalties under Sharia law can be very severe, particularly for offences such as theft and adultery. If you’re travelling in an area governed by Sharia law, we advise you to respect local religious traditions and avoid offending local sensitivities. Travellers should dress conservatively and women are advised to cover their legs, head and arms.
Some countries may have bans on the import and use of certain products, such as alcohol, pork products and pornographic material. If you’re found in possession of any of these items, you risk imprisonment. Research your destination before you depart to avoid difficulties.
Most countries will not allow fresh produce to be imported by travellers. These items include: eggs and egg products, dairy products, uncanned meat, seeds and nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables.
If you’re a commercial importer, you’ll likely need a permit to import any food. Check ahead before packing any food items in your luggage as these items will be confiscated on entry to the country.
Credit cards are widely accepted in most countries but you should check this with your credit card company before you depart.
Always be aware of security when you’re using Credit cards. Avoid using them after dark, particularly if you’re alone and make sure no-one follows you after you’ve finished conducting your business. You should always take the same precautions to protect your PIN as you would at home.
If you’re travelling to a country where credit cards not widely accepted, travellers’ cheques can still be a good option. Banks and bureaux de change will change travellers’ cheques for local currency, or main currencies such as euro or dollars.
Importing or exporting currency
Some countries have strict rules about entering or leaving the country with foreign currency and/or the country’s own currency. Check with the Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re travelling to for more information.