In today’s world, selfies have become an extremely popular way for people to take photos of themselves while holidaying, as there’s no better way to remember a beautiful vacation than to snap a quick photo with your front-facing camera. However, it turns out quite dangerous sometimes because many people have died while taking selfies. So, several most visited countries in the world have banned taking selfies in recent years due to the safety of people. So check some places around the world where you are not allowed to take a selfie before you plan out a trip and head forth to purchase the flight tickets.
Mumbai Beachfront, India
According to 2018 news reports, India was the number one country in selfie-related deaths. Mumbai, the entertainment capital, is a very popular tourist destination in India. Dotted with several tourist places, Mumbai’s beachfront is breathtaking with its palatial structures and cerulean vistas. Though it is a great place to click a selfie, the Mumbai Police banned clicking selfies at major tourist places in Mumbai like Girgaum Chowpatty, Bandra bandstand, and even the city-famous Marine Drive promenade, due to too many selfie-related deaths. Following this, Goa, the beach capital of India, announced a ban on selfies on its beaches due to multiple fatalities. The famous Kumbh Mela is also on the list due to the risk of stampede in the incredibly crowded area.
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Located in California, Disneyland is one of the best theme parks in the world. This theme park was designed and constructed under the instructions of Walt Disney, who came up with the concept of Disneyland after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. Spread across 8 huge lands, it features huge castles and models, rides, and shops. Costumed performers wander the parks, offering children a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their favorite Disney characters that draw millions of tourists every year to California. Though it is the best place to take selfies, Disneyland banned the use of selfie sticks in all their parks from 1st July 2015 after they found visitors taking selfies while on rides, which could turn fatal for them. So, don’t try to click selfies, otherwise, you will be punished with a fine. Lake Tahoe in California has also banned selfies not only for human safety, it is also for the bears out there, as the area gets flooded with people taking selfies with bears.
New York, USA
Among the top places to visit in the USA, New York captivates both domestic and international travelers with its sprawling national parks, beach communities, Broadway shows, luxurious lifestyle, shopping, dining, and to explore historic neighborhoods, and numerous world-famous museums. Although New York is one of the most visited cities in the world, the state has made it illegal to take a selfie with any of the big cats when you’re at a zoo, carnival, or circus. This ban was introduced after a disturbing number of “tiger selfies” appeared online in 2014 for the safety of the big cats as well as the humans who used to go too close to the animals for the perfect shot.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Located in a desert valley in western Saudi Arabia, Mecca, the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, is the holiest city for Muslims all over the world, and all Muslims try their best to visit at least once in their lifetime. The city draws millions of devotees during its annual Hajj (pilgrimage). After several people took and posted selfies online at the Hajj, Saudi authorities put a ban on taking selfies at two holy locations- the Holy Mosque at Mecca or the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina, as clicking a selfie distracts people from the prayers and rituals.
Popularly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Roman Colosseum is one of the remarkable monuments of Rome that is visited by over 6 million people every year. Often referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colosseum is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, and among the must-visit tourist places in Rome.
With a circumference of 573 yards, this 2,000-year-old elliptical amphitheater holds up to 50,000 spectators. Though it is one of the top places to visit in Italy, the authorities at this historic monument banned clicking selfies as it will block the visitor’s movement and also pose a threat to fragile artifacts on display.
Many countries in the world have labeled certain destinations to be free of selfies due to the inappropriate behavior of tourists. One such country is Spain, especially the Pamplona region, one of the top places to visit in Spain as it hosts the dangerous bull race. Selfies are banned at this annual event as many people lost their lives on account of taking selfies during the match due to their foolhardiness. Besides, participants are banned from holding recording devices and everyone is banned from taking photos. The rules are so strict, if you are found violating them you can be ejected from the bull run and can face fines of more than £3000.
Santhi is an avid traveler and primary contributor to the blogs at Trawell.in. She has explored most of the states in India and gained vast knowledge on tourist destinations in India and abroad. She also contributes content to other travel websites.