HOLIDAYS in France may prompt travellers to pack a breton-striped top or a quirky beret. Yet those travelling to the European country will also need to remember one key item to avoid facing a hefty fine from authorities in the EU country. Yet what is this?
Holidays in France might well be filled with trips to the Eiffel Tower, breakfasts crammed with croissant and soaking up the sunshine in the elegant, sunny south. Yet they could equally be marred with a substantial fine, leaving many holidaymakers out of pocket. This troubling scenario could well occur should those driving in France, in a hire car or a vehicle of their own, forget one particular item. Those behind the wheel in the country need to make sure that they take a breathalyser in the vehicle with them, at all times.
If they are stopped by police and caught without one, they will be fined.
The AA website details the exact criteria these breathalysers must meet, and things Britons should check when buying one.
They said: “The breathalyser must be unused and show the French certification mark NF.
“It has to be in date too. Single-use breathalysers normally only last 12 months so check yours if you bought it for a trip last year and didn’t use it.”
Meanwhile, travel gurus from MyBaggage.com, who flagged the bizarre necessity for the item, added: “Some of the laws around the world are bizarre to say the least but it’s worth checking them out before you head off on your holidays.
“Failure to do so and you could face a hefty fine, and at worst, a short stint behind bars.
“It’s always important to respect the traditions and customs of any country you’re visiting and some of the laws in place are for your own safety, like carrying a breathalyser in the car in France and not running out of petrol in Germany.
“Others are so odd they may raise a smile but it’s still important to respect and stick to them.”
Meanwhile, a very different item travellers may need to beware of when heading to Iran has come to light.
The “stereotypically British” tradition came to light following a meal in a restaurant.
When venturing overseas to numerous locations, tipping appears customary following dinner.
While in many European countries a service charge is automatically added to the bill, in others, a ten per cent extra is expected.
Yet in Iran, something very different is expected.
Diners are particularly appreciated if they bring their serving staff little gifts from home, instead of a cash tip.
Travel experts flagged the strange tradition and told Express.co.uk: “As Iran is quite a closed nation, a small gift from a tourist’s home country will often be more appreciated as a token of thanks than money.
“Consider packing a few British souvenirs in your suitcase to give to hotel, tour and restaurant staff.
“Popular examples include branded merchandise from UK sports team, items with a Union Jack on them or anything stereotypically British.”