What for some is a trend, for others can be a reason for sanction. Dressing in military style is in fashion , singers, actresses, influencers… wear camouflage clothing which makes these garments common and very popular. But you have to be careful, because although it seems harmless to us, in some parts of the world dressing in these garments can go against the law, applying fines and even (in some specific places) jail sentences.

The reasons are varied, almost always for security, but if you travel to: Antigua, Barbados, Ghana, Granada, Jamaica, Nigeria, Oman, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia or Zimbabwe, it is better to pack with another type of garments that are more in line with their customs, even if they fit you divinely and are the most comfortable, forget about them.Forget military clothing if you travel to certain countries.

* We do not know if this prohibition is still in force or has been revoked in all destinations, but it is best to consult it before leaving because at some point it has been in force, and surely there are more countries where by law you cannot use this type of dress.

In Africa

The South African army, tired of criminals using soldiers’ own clothes to commit robberies and other infractions posing as soldiers, announced in 2017 that those who wore this type of clothing risked heavy fines and even penalties of up to five years in prison.

The same thing happened with Zimbabwe by banning the use of replica military uniforms after an increase in criminal acts was recorded , which, according to human rights organizations, had been committed by soldiers, although the army denies this, and for this reason, even the military must leave their clothes when leaving the barracks, to be able to identify those who are not easily and thus maintain security.Policemen stand by a water cannon truck in Abuja, Nigeria.

Also in Zambia , the State Security law strictly prohibits wearing or being in possession of clothing that is or resembles any uniform of the Defense Force or the Police, it is a criminal offense that can carry 15 years in prison. Nigeria and Ghana are other countries that, according to their Penal Code, wear the outfit of the armed forces without belonging to that body can be punished with jail.

In the Caribbean

Also in the Caribbean countries there are similar laws. In Antigua and Barbuda, the Uniforms Act of 1997 makes it clear that no one should be seen wearing camouflage clothing, especially those of the country’s defense force. And Jamaica has passed a law banning all camouflage clothing, as the police do not want civilians to be confused with their officers.

Something similar happens in Grenada, Barbados, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago , on the website of the Government of Great Britain it is explicitly stated for these countries: “it is an offense for any person, including children, to wear or dress in camouflage clothing” It is a crime and penalties apply.

Other destinations

Oman has issued decree 9/2019 on the prohibition of wearing military or similar clothing and accessories, and whoever violates it must pay a fine of more than 100 euros. And in the Philippines it is recommended that civilians or unauthorized persons desist from wearing camouflage, police or army uniforms, citing that it is punishable by law, and that they may be penalized if arrested.

You have to take into account the laws and customs of each country to avoid problems, either through the recommendations of the embassies or the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is better to enjoy the holidays and dress as you want when you return.

The laws and customs of each country must be taken into account.

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