Do's and Don'ts in a foreign country

Do's and Don'ts in a foreign country
Australia
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
Africa
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
America
USA
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
Asia
India
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
Malaysia
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
Thailand
The penalties for drug use,
drug possession and drug
trafficking in Thailand
expect long jail sentences
including the death penalty.
Korea
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
Dubai
Attention with endearments on
the beach. You have to expect
several years of imprisonment
Europe
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
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