TAKING an innocent holiday selfie could turn into a nightmare for visitors. For example, in Spain, you can be fined €3,000 for taking a selfie in forbidden areas.
Some of the world's most popular tourist destinations have banned selfies to protect visitors.
Matt Dahan from ParrotPrint.com says: "It's now become second nature to take a selfie wherever we are to send to our friends and family members, share on social media or just for keepsake.
"It's difficult to imagine that some tourist hotspots around the world have actually banned people from taking selfies.
"Many destinations forbid visitors from taking selfies for safety reasons, such as getting too close to dangerous animals in America or fears of electrocution in Japan.
"We've named seven spots across the globe, where taking a selfie is banned and tourists should be aware of certain laws on photography when holidaying."
Here are the seven destinations, where selfies are illegal, as researched by ParrotPrint.com:
NEW YORK, THE UNITED STATES
Although it's one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the world, the state has made it illegal to take a selfie with any of the big cats at zoos, carnivals and circuses. This ban was introduced to protect residents and tourists, after a social media trend saw a rise in "tiger selfies".
TOWER OF LONDON, THE UNITED KINGDOM
The precious crown jewels are kept under high security at the Jewel House in the Tower of London, with more than 100 closed-circuit television cameras and guards watching out for people trying to take a selfie. Inside the Jewel House, taking photographs or videos with the royal gems is forbidden as it's seen as a security risk.
GAROUPE BEACH, FRANCE
Garoupe beach in southern France banned holidaymakers from taking selfies during the busy season in the middle of summer. This law was introduced to stop people from bragging about their holiday as the authorities want Garoupe to be a haven for people to enjoy.
MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA
The government has banned pilgrims from taking selfies in Makkah as it is deemed to be direspectful. Reports state that taking selfies during pilgrimage distracts pilgrims from acts of worship.
Selfies are banned during the annual Running of the Bulls event in Pamplona, Spain, to stop visitors from putting their lives in danger. Those trying to take a selfie with the bulls can be fined up to €3,000.
TRAIN STATIONS IN JAPAN
West Japan Railway Company has banned selfies taken with a selfie stick at all its train stations. The company warned travellers that the overhead wiring may cause electrocution, even if the selfie stick doesn't touch the wires.
CALIFORNIA, THE US
Similar to New York, the state of California in America has banned selfies in the Lake Tahoe region. This law was introduced amid fears for visitors' safety, given the high number of wild bears in the area and concerns that people were getting dangerously close to the animals.