Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Egypt, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. In some places you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings and installations considered to be sensitive. In some places driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and for which you can be prosecuted under U.S. law. Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. They are illegal in the United States, and if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law. If you break local laws in Egypt, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going.

More info on http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1108.html#country

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