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Do's and Don'ts in a foreign country by Mind Map: Do
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Do's and Don'ts in a foreign country


If you buy a fake brand-ware in France you can count with a penalty of € 300.00 or three years imprisonment

In a few parts of Spain and Italy bathing naked or without a bikini top will be punished with a financial penalty.

Eye contact is very common in business and personal conversations. It's a sign of courtesy

When you meet people you don't know, shaking hands is necessary and seen as polite

Punctuality in business and personal meetings is important. If you have a delay you need to inform the person who is waiting for you

Smacking and slurping is not appreciated



The left hand is a dirty hand, Be careful with handing things over, pointing at people

A big taboo is the head. This is the seat of the soul and should not be touched.

Don't sneeze into a handkerchief while eating


Naked or topless bathing can cause a imprisonment for 3 years

China, Japan and South East Asia

When greeting a person it's common to make a small bow

A long eye contact is felt as tactless

Outburst of feelings are considered as indecent

If you laugh you should hold your hand in front of your mouth

The color white is the color of the dead

Do never sit or stand on Buddha statue for taking a picture. This can lead to a stay in prison

Smacking and slurping while eating indicates that the food tastes good


The penalties for drug use, drug possession and drug trafficking in Thailand expect long jail sentences including the death penalty.


The use of the left hand is considered as impolite. So always use the right hand to hand over things

Presents need to be received with both hands

Body contact between business partners is quite common, but only between the same gender. It's common that two men hold hands on the street without being homosexual

Kissing on the street is a taboo

It's unusual to say "NO" because it's impolite refusing a request

It's unusual giving a tip in a restaurant, it's like a charity and would offend the waiter


Attention with endearments on the beach. You have to expect several years of imprisonment



If you have a vehicle control it's advisable to give the hands on the steering wheel. Avoid frantic searching and rummage. The police could get the impression that you are searching for a weapon

It's not allowed to drink or even transport alcohol in pubic

Avoid intensive eye contact and compliments with female business partners. Only a small indication of flirting can be seen as sexual harassment

Tip is necessary for the waiters. It often occurs that they don't get time rates and need to live on tip.

South America

Private and in business is a loose handling. Speaking loud and laughing a lot

Hugs and touches, also among men, are common

Unpunctuality is nearly a law. About 30 minutes to 1 hour is nothing unusual

It´s very important to ask before taking pictures of people


Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, United Arabic Emirates

You need to pay attention to the clothes. It's considered as disrespectful if you wear too short or too tight, This rule applies to men and women

Do not take pictures of any airports, train stations, police buildings or persons in uniform. You will get punished

Avoid eye contact while communication is seen as a sign of resect

Tip is necessary for the waiters. It often occurs that they don't get time rates and need to live on tip.

Bathing on a beach naked or topless can be punished by imprisonment

The export of antiquities(stones,..) or fossil objects in Turkey causes drastic penalties


Keeping distance as well in personal conversations

Punctuality has the same priority as in Europe

Spitting in public is a taboo and is treated as a delict

Press forward in a queue isn't tolerated