8 Places Around the World Where Taking Photos Is Against the Law

Since taking photos is as easy as drinking a glass of water, people’s privacy has been violated countless times. Surely, there is a difference if someone is deliberately photographed against his will, or if he happens to be in a photograph by chance (for example, in the background). In any case, it is good to know whether sanctions are imposed in the country concerned for taking photos or whether it is a prohibited act that is severely punished.

Here are some countries where it is forbidden to scan certain people.

  1. England: Restrictions on Commercial Use :In England, the authorities are actually very open to tourists and their shots. But there are restrictions on photographs that have been taken for commercial use: permission to do so is required. In important places like Trafalgar Square or the square in front of the parliament one needs the personal permission of the mayor.
  1. North Korea: Photo Ban

North Korea is one of the countries where the most absurd laws prevail. The rigid controls to all areas of life of citizens and tourists forbid to take photographs without permission. In contrast to other countries, the ban here extends to all motives and places, not just people and private reasons.

  1. United Arab Emirates: Prohibition to Photograph Palaces

Street photography is the name given to photos shot on the way in the city. In Saudi Arabia, they can be very expensive. Here is a law sanctioning those who photograph government buildings, military structures, and palaces, for example. There are rigid controls on people photographing in public places. If you travel here, you leave the cell phone and the camera better in the hotel!

  1. United States: It is Forbidden to Photograph Private Property

In the United States, photography is considered a violation of privacy. For this reason, the authorities have introduced very strict laws, especially for sensitive motives. If you take a picture of the private property, you risk a lot. In many cases, random shots were sanctioned. You should think twice about what you want to photograph.

  1. South Korea: It is Forbidden to Photograph Women. ALWAYS

In South Korea, it is a criminal act and sexual assault when you photograph a woman – even with her consent. It can end up with a fine of 10 million won or a 5-year jail sentence. In July 2017, a bill was passed to punish people who violate this law with chemical castration.

  1. Hong Kong: It is Forbidden to Photograph Theaters and Cinemas.

In Hong Kong, it is not allowed to take photos in courts, government palaces, libraries, and some museums without the permission of the authorities. Besides, it is strictly forbidden to take photos in public entertainment areas such as cinemas and theaters.

There are many other places where photography is prohibited. If the law is violated, security guards may ask to stop taking photographs and contact the authorities.

  1. Amsterdam: Photography Ban in the Red Light District

In Amsterdam, there are no special laws that regulate photography, with the exception of the red light district. The owners of the brothels, cafes, and pubs do not allow tourists to take pictures of the entrances to the establishments and not of the prostitutes. If you experiment with this place carrying a camera, someone might wrench it away. At gravest, you risk being beaten up.

  1. Japan: Bad Tourists Lead to Photography Ban

In Japan, it is prohibited to photograph certain temples and sculptures. Presumably, taking photos might annoy the spirits. Here you can find a full list of those locations — few of them mustn’t be filmed or shot at all, while others are off-limits during certain times of the year.



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