For those who actually want to have a good time on New Years Eve, it’s advisable you don’t visit the following countries. Hint: one of them rhymes with Shmindia.
The tiny country just to the east of India has a caveat when it comes to its alcohol rules. For native Muslims, alcohol consumption is prohibited, but for non-Muslims either living in or visiting the country, booze is permitted. This begs the question, how hard is it to lie about your religion?
In Iran, non-alcoholic beer is permitted, and actually encouraged. But unfortunately, all alcoholic beverages are prohibited regardless of a person’s faith. The Iranian government advocates against carbonated colas in favor of the non-alcoholic beer.
Afghanistan might draw the hardest line against alcohol consumption. If you are caught consuming or selling any alcohol, you are subject to a fine, imprisonment, and upwards of 60 lashes.
India is comprised of many states, each of which has their own laws regarding booze. It is officially outlawed in the territory of Lakshadweep, and in the states of Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram, Kerala, and Nagaland.
Like in Bangladesh, alcohol is illegal for Muslim followers. Non-Muslims are permitted to consume alcohol in limited quantities as long as its done for personal consumption in their homes.
Locals can’t purchase any booze, but if you’re visiting, it is typically available at most hotel bars. Mauritania is located in the Maghreb region of western North Africa.
Alcohol is 100% illegal throughout Libya, however it’s available in ample quantities through the black market.
Emirate of Sharjah in UAE
The United Arab Emirates is largely a western country, especially in and around the massive city of Dubai. The only Emirate where booze is disallowed is Sharjah, although homeowners are allowed to consume it if they hold a valid “Alcohol License.”
Saudi Arabia doesn’t allow alcohol under any circumstances, due to a strict interpretation of Islam as well as the country’s geographic proximity to Mecca.
Pakistan takes a much harder line than even their neighbor India. Beginning back in 1977, they slapped a ban on hard liquor and made bootlegging the only recourse.
Kuwait’s ban on alcohol is for reasons other than religion. Back in 1964, the government banned alcohol in all forms after a serious of drunk-driving deaths. Many residents and expatriates continue to treat themselves to alcohol but they have to be in the privacy of their own homes. So for those aspiring Kuwaiti bartenders, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Come New Years Eve, you might want to look westward if you want to have some real fun.
— ❤️CORY™❤️ (@Cory_1077) December 27, 2016