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Alcohol or Tobacco Branding, Signage, Stickers Decals on cars

Postby Stillers » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:48 am

Me and a few friends are participating in the Mongol Rally this year and we are planning to decorate our cars with some classic motorsports racing stickers such as Martini, Rothmans, Marlboro and so on.

I was wondering whether displaying brands or imagery associated with alcohol or tobacco could get us in trouble with authorities in some of the countries we are visiting. If the branding itself is fine, we were wondering if posters showing bottles or similar (example shown below) would be an issue.

For reference our route takes us through Turkey,Georgia, Azerbaija, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kasakhstan, Russia and obviously Mongolia.


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Re: Alcohol or Tobacco Branding, Signage, Stickers Decals on cars

Postby Milad » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:44 am

Depending on the mood of the border guard, Iran may refuse entry to this car, since alcohol is prohibited and they could consider it to be encouraging to violate the prohibition. I don't know if the law prohibits such signage explicitly, but considering the level of arbitrariness usually executed there, this doesn't matter too much.

Furthermore, passing through Afghanistan in such a car is an invitation for Taliban looking for foreigners. Please don't do it.
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Re: Alcohol or Tobacco Branding, Signage, Stickers Decals on cars

Postby steven » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:01 am

Advertising for alcohol is also forbidden in Kazakhstan, not sure about other countries.
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Re: Alcohol or Tobacco Branding, Signage, Stickers Decals on cars

Postby AreWeThereYet? » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:02 pm

I was politely advised by a military cop in Uzbekistan not to show my "Cerveza Cusqueña" t-shirt around. I don't know whether I was more impressed by the fact that the fella knew Spanish, didn't ask for a bribe or expressed himself in a somebow broken but understandable English.

Personally I wouldn't do it. Besides, Martini tastes awful.
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