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Here are 6 Certain Countries Which Ban Camouflage

Updated on September 12, 2017
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In most countries, wearing camouflage is a basic norm for the civilians. There are no laws against it. The camouflage pattern is used to make shoes, shirts, bags and almost everything that it can be applied to including phone cases.

Here are some countries where it's lawfully a crime and prohibits civilians being in possession of anything in military print, which when caught in possession of carries a high possibility of jail time.

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zimbabwe map | Source


It is illegal to put on military wear in Zimbabwe in terms of the defense act. According to the defense minister Dr. Sydney Serakamayi, all shops should desist selling camouflage wears as soon as possible. No citizen or foreigner is exempt from this rule.

The ban apparently comes due to the fact that most people who donned camouflage wear were involved in criminal activities such as robbing, murder, and rape which in turn causes the civilians to blame the military personnel for such foul acts which shines a bad light on the military.

Any one who is caught in possession of any such wear will be apprehended immediately and prosecuted with extreme prejudice before a court of law.

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south african map | Source

South Africa

The Defence Act of 2002 stipulates: “Any person who, without authority, possesses or wears prescribed uniforms distinctive marks or crests, or performs any prohibited act while wearing such uniform or with such uniform, distinctive marks or crests, is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years.”

The law only applies to the current South African National Defence Force (SANDF) specific pattern and not all camouflage patterns.

There is no known fine stipulated for the crime as at now.

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Section 164 of the UPDF act-2005, UPDF act prohibits any person, without authority, from manufacturing, selling, offering or exposing for sale, wearing or using any uniform supplied to or authorized for use by the Defence Forces or any uniform so nearly resembling it.

It is also illegal to sell or to be in possession of camo wear, dealers in second-hand clothes are also advised to declare and hand over such attire to security agencies as soon as they are discovered. Members of the public are encouraged to dispose of the illegal wear as soon as they are discovered and also to report anyone else who is seen to be in possession of it.

Civilians who disobey this law risk an imprisonment term of up to 7 years.

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The Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) will arrest anyone who is caught selling or wearing camouflage whether it be said country's camo wear of even that of another country's.

They are moving to enforce the law because of recent, it has been ignored by many civilians in the country.

The increased action on the law came due to the fact that many civilians reported being criminally harassed by people dressed in said wear.

According to the Defence Act 2006, it is an offence to wear, “without authority, any uniform or part thereof, or any article of clothing made from any disruptive pattern materials used for making the military uniform commonly called the camouflage uniform, or from any other material so nearly resembling any of those materials as it is likely to deceive.”

The fine for the crime is up to $2000 and risk imprisonment of up to a year.

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Sections 110 & 111 of the Nigerian Criminal Code Act states Any person who unlawfully wears the uniform of forces, etc. L.N. 112 of 1964. 1967 No. 27(1) not being a person serving in any of the armed forces of Nigeria, wears the uniform or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any of the armed dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms.

Nigerians do not risk falling prey to this as it is a commonly known fact but most people are still caught possibly attributing it as a joke and have harshly paid for it as shown in the video below.

The fine according to the Constitution is 40 Naira which is significantly less than a dollar at about $0.1096 and a prison sentence of up to three months.

Nigerian man accosted by the Nigerian army


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    • Naomi Aden profile image

      NAOMI ADENIJI 8 months ago from China

      I'm a Nigerian and I wouldn't dare wear it in my country. Thanks for liking the article.

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      Kuan Leong Yong 8 months ago from Singapore

      I had no idea wearing camouflage could be illegal! This is fascinating, but also scary to know.