Selfie stick mania may have died down a bit since it first began a few years ago, but many tourist spots still aren’t into your sticks. In fact, they are outright banned in many Insta-worthy locations.
Just look at Milan, Italy. After the entire city recently decided to ban selfie sticks, we went searching for tourist hotspots that still restrict the photo-capturing contraptions.
Some places cite safety and security concerns, others call the device a nuisance. For others still, the sticks are an extension of their photography rules. If you can’t photograph something, you most certainly can’t bring a selfie stick near it.
Our list has a lot it includes everything from museums to amusement parks to music festivals. Surprisingly, though, a lot of popular spots such as the Blarney Castle in Ireland, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Kruger National Park in South Africa don’t ban selfie sticks.
So if your travel dreams can’t be fulfilled without a stick in hand, head toward friendly zones.
The happiest place on Earth hates your selfie sticks
Disney parks around the world are not OK with your sticks. After a ban went into effect in 2015 the rule remains in place at Disneyland in California, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, DisneyWorld parks, Disney Quest, Disney Sea, and all Disney water parks.
Six Flags parks also have banned the photo accessory at all parks.
In Japan, Universal Studios may ask you to put away the selfie stick if it’s “causing an inconvenience or hazard to other guests.” Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando don’t specifically note selfie sticks on their prohibited items lists, but it’s common for amusement parks to ban them on rides.
The ancient Colosseum is a selfie hotspot, but several years ago the historic site banned sticks. Several visitors who in recent days posted selfies and pictures of the crumbling structure said the ban was still in effect and they didn’t see any sticks around.
Meanwhile the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel ban sticks, too.
Not OK in UK
In London, numerous museums, sites, and galleries including Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London confirmed you’ll need to check in any selfie sticks. The same goes for the National Gallery, inside Buckingham Palace, the Roundhouse, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Royal Opera House.
Also leave the selfie stick at the hotel before visiting O2 Arena or Stamford Bridge. Same goes for Emirates and Wembley stadiums. The latter lists “poles” on its list of prohibited items, so safe to say your stick won’t make it in.
Outside the capital city, sporting venues have the ban in place. Check out a Manchester United game at Old Trafford stadium in England, but please, dont bring a selfie stick.
Euro trip without the stick
In France, the beauty and wonder of Versailles can’t be captured via selfie stick. In an email, the royal palace said, “For security reasons, the use of selfie stick is not allowed on the Estate of Versailles.”
Austria’s Albertina art museum bans the sticks and tripods inside the museum as does the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
The annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, is a classic experience that a selfie stick can’t capture. The founder and president of the Running of the Bulls Inc. emailed, We dont allow [selfie sticks] on our balconies along the route to watch the bulls, and the city has banned them on the street. In fact, you get fined 1000 euros just for having any recording device on the street during the bull run.
The Big Apple
New York City is really taking a stand against selfie sticks cluttering up popular tourist sites. So many museums ban sticks, including: the Met, the MOMA, Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Guggenheim Museum, the Frick, the Whitney, and American Museum of Natural History.
The list of things prohibited at Yankee Stadium is rather lengthy, and yes, selfie sticks are on it.
Rest of the U.S.
Outside of New York’s museum scene, other tourist spots in the U.S. are also cracking down on the gadget.
Across the nation selfie sticks are banned at: Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty Center in LA, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Seattle Art Museum.
Australia has had it with selfie sticks at museums and stadiums, too. The Suncorp Stadium in Queensland proudly emailed about their ban, “Selfie Sticks are banned here at Suncorp Stadium and we were one of the first venues to implement this ban.”
The Great White North
Canada is known for being America’s polite, friendly neighbor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be over the selfie stick craze, too. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg said selfie sticks are prohibited in the galleries at all times, while the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and Butchart Gardens in Victoria ban them, as well.
Central and South America
The bursts of color and celebration at Carnival parades in Rio de Janiero can’t be caught on selfie sticks, but Christ the Redeemer is a safe zone for your selfie goals. Most soccer stadiums throughout Brazil ban the device for fear they’ll be used as weapons.
The Riviera Maya on Mexico’s eastern coast is a popular getaway and selfie sticks are allowed at resorts, beaches, and town, but it’s frowned upon to bring the sticks into the water, especially since the gadgets can hurt the coral and marine life.
Mecca is a holy Muslim city in Saudi Arabia where millions come for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. While boatloads of visitors descend upon the city, selfie sticks are no longer welcome in the crowded streets.
The National Museum of Iran just banned selfies last week calling them a hazard.
Japan and China
Fun fact: You can’t pull out your selfie stick at stations on Japan’s JR West train system. All lines, all stations, at all times. That’s 1,195 stations.
At China’s Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City, the sticks aren’t permitted to protect the artifacts. But on the Great Wall the sticks are welcome, and maybe even advised if you’re traveling alone and want to document the impressive structure.
Heading to Coachella or the Kentucky Derby? Don’t pack the selfie stick. Even though these music festivals and events scream “selfie,” don’t bother trying. Sticks are also banned at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Comic-Con in San Diego.
Yes, dozens of tourist spots are still hating on selfie sticks, but at least the bans give you a good reason to interact with fellow travelers as you ask someone to take your pic.
Additional reporting by Maggie Sullivan