Eating this everyday snack on holiday in Singapore can see Britons jailed – what is it?

Eating this everyday snack on holiday in Singapore can see Britons jailed – what is it?

Holidays overseas promise much excitement and exploration of a variety of cultures and traditions. Yet, in some countries in particular, expectations and procedures are very different to those in the UK. In Dubai, eating certain foods is prohibited, as well as sharing specific content and messages on WhatsApp. Meanwhile, in France, UK drivers must always carry their own breathalysers, either in their own car or a hire vehicle.

After a long-haul flight from the UK to Singapore, whether stopping in the Asian country or travelling to another destination, Britons should be aware of one important law.

Non adherence could see holidaymakers on trouble with the law.

Those who opt to enjoy chewing gum to freshen up their breath will face the wrath of officials, according to travel experts at

this is because chewing gum was banned in Singapore in 1992.

The only exception to the rule is if travellers can prove it has therapeutic value.

Since 2004 pharmacists and dentists have also been allowed to sell therapeutic gum, to customers with a medical prescription.

This includes standard sugar-free gum, which many apply to some British travellers.

The first-time penalty for the selling of gum can be as high as $100,000, equivalent to £57,192, or a prison sentence of up to two years.

A spokesperson from My Baggage said: “Some of the laws around the world are bizarre to say the least but it’s worth checking them out before you head off on your holidays. Fail to do so and you could face a hefty fine, and at worst, a short stint behind bars.

“It’s always important to respect the traditions and customs of any country you’re visiting and some of the laws in place are for your own safety, like carrying a breathalyser in the car in France and not running out of petrol in Germany.

“Others are so odd they may raise a smile but it’s still important to respect and stick to them.” previously reported how those travelling to France must have in their possession the device, which measures the amount of alcohol a driver has consumed.

If they are stopped by police and caught without one, they will be fined.

The AA website details the exact criteria these breathalysers must meet, and things Britons should check when buying one.

They said: “The breathalyser must be unused and show the French certification mark NF.

“It has to be in date too. Single-use breathalysers normally only last 12 months so check yours if you bought it for a trip last year and didn’t use it.”

Published at Fri, 24 May 2019 18:38:00 +0000