In The Know: Countries with Restrictive Photography Rules


As a photographer, it's important to familiarize yourself with photography rules all over the world. Before you plan your next trip, check out this simple list of countries with photography laws that you may need to consider.

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South Korea

For most parts of the world, street photography is fine. However, in South Korea, women photographed must give their consent even if the photos were taken in public spaces. According to Wikipedia, the offense can even be considered an act of sexual assault, so you'll need to be extra careful!

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United Arab Emirates

In this country, palace-related photos are discouraged and to some extent, forbidden. Remember that palaces should not be photographed, and bear in mind that people are also discouraged from taking photos of government buildings, certain bridges, and palaces belonging to Sheikhs.

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Out of respect, Japan highly discourages photography of Buddha statues and temples. However, some temples are not allowed to be photographed at all. Here is a more specific list of no-photography temples that you should memorize before heading on vacation.

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written by crissyrobles on 2018-10-05


  1. srcardoso
    srcardoso ·

    In France, taking photographs of the Eiffel Tower's lightings is forbidden due to author's rights. And you're not allowed to use a tripod on the streets (security matters). You may also not take photographs of some public gardens.

  2. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    In Indonesia NO RULES 😢

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