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A Guide to Open Container/Liquor Laws Abroad

by Allie Menzione

Jun 9, 2017

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Trends / Food & Drink

In the United States, it is a general rule of thumb to keep your alcohol indoors. Open container laws are strict and walking around with an open beer can or drink in public areas can get you a heavy fine or arrested.


Rules in Europe, on the other hand, are a lot more lenient. Here’s a list of countries around the world you can feel free to take your vino on the go.


Austria: Legal for those of legal drinking age


Brazil: Legal, DUI laws still enforced


Canada: Illegal, with exception of Quebec, where laws are more relaxed


China: Legal, alcohol may only be purchased by those 18 and up


Cuba: Legal and accepted


Czech Republic: Generally legal with the exception of some ordinances


Denmark: Legal for people of all ages, frowned upon for those under age 15


France: Legal for those of legal drinking age


Germany: Legal for those of legal drinking age, but restricted on public transport in many cities


Hong Kong: Legal for those of legal drinking age


Japan: Legal for those of legal drinking age


Laos: Legal, there are no open container laws in Laos


New Zealand: Public drinking is legal with the exception of liquor-free zones


Singapore: Drinking in public is legal, sale of alcohol is prohibited during certain hours


Switzerland: Legal for everybody


England and Wales: Public drinking is legal


Rome/Italy: Public drinking is legal for those of legal drinking age



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