What if you’re a tourist who’s planning to visit one of these five countries: Australia, China, New Zealand, India or the United Kingdom?
You might want to consider getting your smartphone out of the bag before you make a trip, even if it’s just to use the internet or get directions to places.
In Australia, there are some restrictions on mobile use.
You must only carry your phone while using a mobile phone, and only if you can access it from within a public place.
In the UK, you must use a mobile or pay a fee to use a phone on public transport.
In New Zealand and India, you’ll need a special permission to use your smartphone in public places.
Here’s what you need to know about your travel options.
Australia and ChinaIn Australia there are certain restrictions on where you can use your phone.
The only time you can bring your smartphone into Australia is for one of the following purposes: To get a bus or train ticket to the country of your choice.
To book accommodation.
To access government services.
To use a public computer or a public telephone network.
To buy or rent a property or make a loan.
To check in at a restaurant or other public establishment.
To get an Australian visa.
To leave the country or return to Australia.
If you’re going to travel to Australia, here’s what to do if you need help deciding where to go and what to bring.
You can check the availability of specific mobile services in Australia and other countries.
In New Zealand there are restrictions on the use of cell phones.
You may also need a licence to use mobile phones.
In India, your mobile phone is generally not allowed in public, except for the limited time you are allowed to use it during an emergency.
In India, the limit is 10 minutes in public spaces, including in schools, and 5 minutes outside public spaces.
In China, you may not use your mobile device in public.
It may also be restricted to use inside a building and on a public or private property.
In other countries in the region, you might need a separate phone or license to use devices.
In South Africa, mobile phones are not allowed to be used in public unless they are specifically authorised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
In the United States, you can only use a device with a mobile number.
This includes phones that have a SIM card or a SIM phone.
In countries outside the United Nations, you should check if there is a mobile signal or access to the internet.
In places outside the U.S., the rules are different.
In China, it’s legal to bring your phone into public places if you are not using a phone in public but have a special permit to use that phone.
You can only bring your mobile phones to a designated area.
In Canada, you don’t need to carry a special licence to bring a smartphone into Canada.
If you’re in a public space, you will need a permit.
In many other countries, you need a mobile licence to access internet or mobile phone services.
In Japan, a mobile is only allowed to stay in a designated location in the event of an emergency, and you can’t leave the area unless you have permission from a public authority.
In Taiwan, you won’t need a phone licence in order to use Wi-Fi in public areas.
In Singapore, you have to have a phone or mobile licence if you plan to travel abroad.
In Hong Kong, you’re required to have at least a mobile handset licence.
In Ireland, you cannot bring your own smartphone into any public places, except to use at an event.
In Indonesia, the mobile licence only covers phones that can be used for emergency use.
In Malaysia, you are required to get permission from the public authority before using your phone in the public space.
In Russia, you still need a smartphone licence.
You should always check with the country’s mobile operator to make sure the services you’re interested in are available.
In many places in Africa, a smartphone is only available if you have a licence for a mobile service.
In Zimbabwe, you only need a specific licence if your phone is intended for emergency purposes.
In Brazil, you get a mobile mobile phone licence to have access to internet services only.
In South Africa and Argentina, you do not need a license.
In most of the rest of the world, you also need to get a licence if it is for emergency usage.
In some parts of Asia, a phone is only required for access to mobile services.
In Singapore, a licence is required to use an internet or internet-only service.
In parts of Latin America, including Argentina, Chile and Brazil, there is no mobile licence requirement.
In these countries, there’s no requirement for a licence or permission to bring mobile phones into public spaces or into public buildings.
In most of Europe, a