APH Compares Selfie Safety at Popular World Tourist Attractions

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ACROPOLIS, Athens, Greece
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Photography is permitted in all Acropolis Museum exhibition areas, except for the Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis and the Archaic Gallery
  • Flash photography or any portable equipment such as a tripod or lighting kit is prohibited inside the Acropolis Museum
  • The worn-in steps leading up the Acropolis are sometimes slippery

ALCATRAZ ISLAND, San Francisco, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Flash photography or any portable equipment such as a tripod or lighting kit is prohibited inside the Acropolis Museum
  • Some areas of Alcatraz Island are steep and rocky

ALTON TOWERS, Alton, UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but not on the rides
  • Yes, but not on the rides
  • Visitors are prohibited from take photographs or filming on board rides
  • N/A

ANGKOR WAT, Siem Reap, Cambodia
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Visitors must ask for the monk’s permission before taking photographs of a monk

 

  • Angkor Wat is a sacred site and visitors should therefore keep this in mind when taking photographs or selfies
  • Loose rocks and roots

AUSCHWITZ, Oświęcim, Poland
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited in all buildings and photography is prohibited entirely in Room 5 of Block 4 and the cellars of Block 11, as well as in the security check areas
  • Yes
  • Mobile phones are prohibited in the exhibition buildings
  • Tripods are prohibited in the buildings
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of Auschwitz when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

BELLAGIO FOUNTAINS, Las Vegas, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

BURJ KHALIFA, Dubai, UAE
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

CENTRAL PARK, New York City, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes, but selfie sticks are prohibited in Central Park Zoo
  • Filming is prohibited in the playgrounds, Bowling Green and all Parks Development facilities
  • N/A

CHARLES BRIDGE, Prague, Czech Republic
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • The bridge is 13 meters above the Vltava river

CHRIST THE REDEEMER, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON BLOOD, St. Petersburg, Russia
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

DISNEY WORLD, Florida, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripods must be able to fit inside a standard backpack
  • N/A

DISNEYLAND PARIS, Paris, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripods must be able to fit inside a standard backpack
  • N/A

EIFFEL TOWER, Paris, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • The various illuminations of the Eiffel Tower (golden illumination, twinkling, beacon and events lighting) are protected and the use of the image of the Eiffel Tower at night is subject to prior authorisation by the SETE
  • N/A

ELIZABETH TOWER, London, UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but restricted in some areas of the House of Commons
  • Yes, but restricted in some areas of the House of Commons
  • N/A
  • Located next to a busy main road

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, New York City, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

FORBIDDEN CITY, Beijing, China
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripods and flash photography are prohibited in marked areas
  • N/A

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, San Francisco, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • The bridge is 67 meters above water
  • Cyclists are permitted to cycle on the same path as pedestrians

GRAND BAZAAR, Istanbul, Turkey
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • The bridge is 67 meters above water
  • Cyclists are permitted to cycle on the same path as pedestrians

GRAND CANYON, Arizona, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Canyon elevations are 2,135 m on the South Rim and 2,438 m on the North Rim
  • There are no railings at West Rim
  • Visitors must stay at least 2m from the edge of the canyon
  • The canyon is a desert environment and therefore includes many loose rocks

GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, Giza, Egypt
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • The pyramids are in a desert environment and therefore includes many loose rocks

GREAT WALL OF CHINA, China
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Some sections of the wall are steep and may include loose rocks

HAGIA SOPHIA, Istanbul, Turkey
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, Hollywood, CA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Tripods are prohibited within the site without permission from the Press Department
  • N/A

LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, Barcelona, Spain
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the memorial and numerous memorials nearby, such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

LINCOLN MEMORIAL, Washington, D.C., USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Visitors may be asked to pay an additional entry fee to bring tripods to the site
  • The hiking trail is exposed to rocks and is steep in areas

MACHU PICCHU, Peru
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • No
  • No
  • N/A
  • Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter Mecca
  • The Masjid Al-Haram is the holiest mosque for Islam and therefore should be treated with the upmost respect

MASJID AL-HARAM, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Photography is prohibited inside the halls or in any area covered by a roof
  • Yes
  • Selfie sticks are prohibited inside the halls or in any area covered by a roof
  • Visitors must not take photos or videos at the main shrine buildings
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the shrine when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

MEIJI JINGU SHRINE, Tokyo, Japan
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited
  • Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions or areas designated as “no photography” areas
  • No
  • Works of art on loan from private collections or other institutions may not be photographed
  • Movie and video cameras are prohibited in all areas
  • Tripods are permitted Monday through Friday, and only with a permit issued by the Information Desk in the Great Hall
  • The Museum holds the right to  withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or reproduce photographs of objects in its collection
  • N/A

MILAN CATHEDRAL, Milan, Italy
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Photography is prohibited during religious services
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the cathedral when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE, Paris, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited
  • Photography is prohibited in the temporary exhibition rooms
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited
  • Photography is prohibited in the temporary exhibition rooms
  • Visitors are asked to not use their mobile phones throughout the museum
  • N/A

NIAGARA FALLS, New York, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Niagara Falls is around 52m high and surrounded by railings

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL, Paris, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited inside
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited inside
  • The cathedral is a place of worship, so all visitors must remain silent
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the cathedral when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

PALACE OF VERSAILLES, Versailles, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but flash photography is prohibited inside the palace
  • No
  • Mobile phones must be switched off when in the palace
  • N/A

PETRA, Jordan
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Petra is in a desert environment and therefore may include loose rocks

PYRAMID AT CHICHEN ITZA, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • The steps leading to the top of the pyramid are narrow and very steep

ROMAN COLOSSEUM, Rome, Italy
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripods are not permitted
  • N/A

SACRÉ COEUR, Paris, France
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but photography is prohibited inside the Basilica in order to preserve an appropriate atmosphere for prayer
  • Yes, but photography is prohibited inside the Basilica in order to preserve an appropriate atmosphere for prayer
  • N/A
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the church when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

SENSOJI TEMPLE, Tokyo, Japan
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the temple when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, Abu Dhabi, UAE
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Visitors must not take photographs of those in prayer
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the mosque when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

SISTINE CHAPEL, Vatican City
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • No
  • No
  • Mobile phones must be switched off when in the Sistine Chapel
  • N/A

STONEHENGE, Amesbury, UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • A low barrier surrounds the stones, keeping visitors 9m away

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, Sydney, Australia
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes

 

  • No
  • N/A
  • N/A

TAJ MAHAL, Agra, India
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but photography is prohibited inside the main mausoleum

 

  • No
  • Electronics are prohibited inside the Taj complex with the exception of video cameras
  • There are many steps at the Taj Mahal, some of which are worn away and may be slippery

THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL, New York City, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, unless otherwise posted in certain areas

 

  • Yes
  • Flash photography is prohibited in the Memorial Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum Staff reserve the right to refuse access and/or photo, video, or audio recording rights to any visitor or group, at anytime, anywhere on 9/11 Memorial & Museum Property
  • Photography is prohibited in security screening areas
  • Tripods and professional photography equipment are prohibited
  • Visitors should keep in mind the sensitive nature of the memorial when visiting and taking photographs or selfies

THE O2 ARENA, London UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but the O2 asks visitors to turn off the flash during performances and not use tablets to film or take photographs
  • No
  • SLR cameras are prohibited
  • Staff at the O2 may choose to prohibit cameras that look similar to SLR cameras and hold these at the entrance
  • There is occasionally a total ban on photography for certain events but this will be mentioned when purchasing the event ticket
  • Visitors are reminded not to share a photograph of their event ticket on social media as the unique barcode may be used to sell the ticket on without their knowledge

THE ZÓCALO, Mexico City, Mexico
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

THORPE PARK, Chertsey, UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but not on the rides
  • Yes, but not on the rides
  • Visitors are prohibited from using GoPros, cameras, selfie sticks or phones to film or take photographs on board rides
  • N/A

TIMES SQUARE, New York, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • There are various artists dressed in costumes as popular characters but as these costume characters are not officially licensed, visitors are not required to tip the artists and should report any aggressive behavior to the police or Times Square safety officer

TOKYO DISNEYLAND, Tokyo, Japan
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • No
  • Tripods must be able to fit inside a standard backpack
  • N/A

UNION STATION, Washington D.C., USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • The use of camera tripods requires the prior written approval from the Union Station Management Office
  • N/A

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Hollywood, USA
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes, but not on the rides
  • Yes
  • Photography is prohibited whilst on the rides
  • N/A

WAT PHO, Bangkok, Thailand
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • N/A
  • N/A

WESTMINSTER ABBEY, London, UK
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED? SELFIE STICK PERMITTED? ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY REGULATIONS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN VISITING
  • No
  • No
  • People who wish to film and take photos at the Abbey should contact the Abbey with details of the project, technical requirements, crew details and possible dates for approval
  • Photos of Abbey monuments, graves and architectural features can be purchased from the Abbey website
  • N/A

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