Home » Blog » Where are bikinis allowed and not allowed? Table of Contents With the summer just around the corner, many people are getting their bikini bodies ready. If you are going to a new location or traveling abroad you might wonder if the rules for bikinis are the same and if you will be able to wear your bikini as usual. Bikinis are allowed in many places, but there are also some places where bikinis are not allowed. If you live in a place where bikinis are used chances are that you have never even thought about the fact that they could be banned. However, some locations consider bikinis to be too revealing and inappropriate. This could be because the bikini is considered to be a sexualized article of clothing. After all, you are basically just wearing underwear. 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This is interpreted differently among practicing Muslims. Some wear a burka while others “only” wear a hijab. However, few, if any, Muslims interpret this as begin OK to wear a bikini if you are a practicing Muslim. One should also note that this only goes for being in public. If a Muslim woman is at home with her husband, there is nothing saying that she can not wear a bikini. With that being said, there are big differences among Muslims today. It’s not common for more “moderate” Muslims to wear bikinis. To learn more on the subject we recommend this very well-written deep dive into Muslims and bikinis by Sayyida Shaheen Noor. Are bikinis allowed in Mosques? No, bikinis would not be allowed in any form of Mosque or other places of worship under Islam rules. The bikini would be considered revealing and disrespectful and you should not even consider wearing one if visiting a Mosque. When visiting a mosque, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for those who are praying. Wearing a bikini would be considered disrespectful and inappropriate, as it shows too much skin. In addition, bikini tops can be seen as sexualized and offensive to some. For these reasons, it is not allowed to wear a bikini in a mosque. Ducks – Father and Son $68 Select options Tropical 2-Pack Swim Shorts $77 Select options Los Angeles Swim Shorts $70 Select options Mint Striped Swim Shorts $55$33 Select options Are bikinis allowed in Christianity? As a Christian, you are not typically prohibited from wearing a bikini. There might be some locations where it is not allowed due to cultural reasons, but as a general rule, Christians are free to wear bikinis. Christians should practice modesty, but this does not necessarily mean that you can not show your skin. It is important to note that different denominations of Christianity might have different views on modesty. For example, some Catholics might be more conservative than Protestants when it comes to modesty. However, as a general rule, bikinis are allowed in Christianity. Are bikinis allowed in Church? In most Christian churches you should cover at least your knees and shoulders out fo respect. Wearing a bikini in Church would thereby not be allowed. There are, however, some more liberal Churches where the dress code is not as strict. In these churches, it might be allowed to wear a bikini. However, we don’t really see any need for one to wear a bikini to Church so we would recommend you to not do so. Are bikinis allowed in Buddhism? Buddhism does not have any strict rules when it comes to clothing. There are no specific scriptures that say whether or not you can wear a bikini. With that being said, it is generally accepted that you should dress modestly. This means that you should cover your chest and your legs. Wearing a bikini would therefore be allowed in Buddhism, as long as you are dressing modestly. Are bikinis allowed in Dubai? Dubai is a tricky country. On one hand, it’s a Muslim country with some very strict and conservative Muslim rules and regulations. On the other hand, it’s been very “westernized” and has a lot of rules not being upheld or at least being looked over most of the time. In Dubai, you should be aware that there might be big differences between what the laws and rules say and what is being implemented. Therefore you should be careful with things that might be against the law but are still allowed (most of the time) With that being said, bikinis are widely used and accepted in Dubai as long as you stay at the beach, pool area, or any other area where a bikini or swimsuit might be needed. Generally, you should not wear your bikini anywhere else like in a shopping mall, walking streets, or other public areas. This would attract attention very fast and could even lead to the police showing up as I experienced myself on a trip to Dubai in 2013. 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In recent years some private beaches have been permitted to allow bikinis. These are very few are very much expectations rather than the rule in Saudi Arabia. The most common beach that now allows bikinis is Pure Beach in Jeddah, KSA. Here even men and women can swim together without being separated, a big step for Saudi Arabia. Please note that these private beaches are still very few and that you can not simply wear a bikini on any beach in Saudi Arabia. Another location where you might be able to wear a bikini in Saudi Arabia is private pools or western compounds. Private pools would be hotel pools or similar locations. But far from all hotels allow you to wear a bikini. Assume you can’t and ask before doing so. If you are not Saudi, you might live in one of the special “compounds” that have been created for westerners to feel at home while working in Saudi Arabia. In these compounds, bikini use is often allowed even though it’s technically still against the law. Are bikinis allowed in Bali? If you’ve never been to Bali this might be a reasonable question. However, if you’ve ever been to the island you might think that this is a kind of silly question. Let’s take it from the beginning. Bali is a very famous tourist destination in Indonesia. People from all over the world come to Bali to surf, enjoy the weather or just relax. Bikinis are absolutely allowed in Bali! Some even spend most of their time the day in a bikini. If you are going to Bali you need to make sure that you bring one or a couple of bikinis with you. You’ll definitely need it! Some exceptions where it would not be OK to wear a bikini in Bali is if you are going to a temple or any other cultural place. In these places, you need to be respectful and cover up your body. Apart from that, feel free to wear your bikini as much as you want in Bali! Are bikinis allowed in France? Bikini wearing is allowed on french beaches however there are some designated areas for topless sunbathing. The bikini was invented in France by a designer who submitted his creation to a bikini contest on the beach in 1946. Since then, bikini wearing has become more and more common in french culture. While topless sunbathing is allowed in designated areas, it is important to note that public nudity is illegal in France and can result in a fine. France has recently had a big debate around the use of the burkini, a full covering swimming attire for Muslim women. Mint Striped Swim Shorts $55$33 Select options Palm Swim Shorts $55 Select options Pineapple Matching Couples Swimwear $77 Select options Stripes 4-pack $129 Select options Are bikinis allowed in Indonesia? Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population and one could therefore believe that bikinis would not be allowed as in other Muslim countries. However, 13 years ago Indonesia decided that bikinis were allowed. The reasoning behind the new law was to not hurt the large Indonesian tourism industry. “Tourists will be able to wear bikinis in special tourist areas, such as in Bali, so Indonesia’s tourism industry won’t be hurt by this legislation”. Are bikinis allowed in Iran? Iran is one of the world’s strictest Muslim countries. Women are not allowed to show any skin or hair whatsoever. Therefore, wearing a bikini is strictly forbidden in Iran and could result in heavy punishment such as lashes or even jail. Iran also has a policy of “moral policing” where morality police can arrest you if they think you are not dressed appropriately. So, unless you want to risk getting arrested, we would advise against wearing a bikini in Iran. Are bikinis allowed in the Maldives? When thinking of the Maldives, most of us probably think about the crystal blue water and bikinis. However, since the Maldives is an Islamic country bikinis are not allowed. It’s illegal to wear a bikini to a public beach in the Maldives. But you’ve surely seen loads of bikini pics from the Maldives, right? How can that be then? There are special tourist beaches and resort where wearing bikinis are allowed for tourists, but never for locals. To summarize, bikini wearing is not allowed in the Maldives, but if you are a tourist there are plenty of locations where you would be allowed to wear swimwear still. Just be respectful and realize that wearing a bikini is the exception, not the rule in the Maldives. Going swimming or tanning topless is never allowed in the Maldives. Are bikinis allowed in Morocco? While bikini wearing is allowed in some places in Morocco, it’s important to be aware that not all places are OK with bikinis. Often times you are allowed to wear a bikini at your hotel or resort in Morocco but never outside or at any beaches. For example, bikini wearing is allowed in Marrakech and Agadir’s tourist areas, but not in more conservative areas such as Rabat or Fez. Morocco is a Muslim country and as such, has some stricter rules around clothing than other countries in the region. So if you’re planning on going to Morocco, it’s best to do some research on the areas you will be visiting to make sure that you are aware of the local bikini laws! It’s always a good idea to ask before wearing a bikini when visiting Morocco. Are bikinis allowed in Malaysia? Malaysia is a Muslim country and just like many other Muslim countries, there are two sides to this. If you are a local or go to a public beach, it’s most likely not allowed and would be considered frowned upon to wear a bikini. But if you are a tourist in Malaysia and are staying at a resort, hotel pool, or private beach, there will be no problem wearing a bikini. 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So while you technically could wear a bikini in Pakistan, we would advise against it if you want to avoid any negative attention or stares from locals. If you are in a private setting in Pakistan, such as a hotel pool or resort, you’ll likely have no problem wearing a bikini. But always be aware of your surroundings and make sure that you are not offending anyone with your clothing choices. Are bikinis allowed in Qatar? Bikinis are not allowed in Qatar. If you visit a public beach you’ll be greeted with signs specifying how men and women should dress. And a bikini is not on the list. However, much like in other middle eastern countries, if you are a tourist and are staying at your resort or hotel pool, you are fine wearing a bikini. Qatar is a Muslim country and therefore has different cultural norms around clothing than other countries. It’s important to be respectful of these differences and dress accordingly when in Qatar. Are bikinis allowed in Sri Lanka? The bikini is not a common sight in Sri Lanka. You’re more likely to see women wearing one-piece swimsuits or sarongs wrapped around their bikini bottoms. There are no laws specifically prohibiting the use of bikinis in Sri Lanka, but they are not commonly seen or worn in public. If you are staying at a resort or hotel with a private beach or pool, you will likely have no problem wearing a bikini. But if you plan on going to a public beach, we would advise against it and recommend that you dress more conservatively. Blue Lagoon 2-Pack Swim Shorts $77 Select options Pineapple Watermelon Swim Shorts $55 Select options Party Pack $129 Select options Pink Striped Matching Couples Swimwear $77 Select options Are bikinis allowed in Seychelles? The answer is yes, bikinis are allowed in Seychelles! You’ll see plenty of bikini bodies on the beaches of this beautiful country. There are no laws or regulations prohibiting the use of bikinis in Seychelles. So feel free to pack your bikini and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea! Are bikinis allowed in South Korea? South Korea is a relatively conservative country and the bikini is not commonly seen or worn in public. There are no laws specifically prohibiting the use of bikinis in South Korea, but they are not considered appropriate clothing to wear in public. However, you can definitely wear a bikini if you are visiting South Korea Are bikinis allowed on Twitch? The topic of bikinis and Twitch is a hot one! It’s been discussed, tested, and pushed for a while and it still seems like an issue that Twitch is struggling with. Twitch’s own terms of service state that: “Broadcasting nude or partially nude minors is always prohibited, regardless of context.” However, it was long seen as okay to stream in a bikini if it “suited the situation”. This was exploited by streamers simply sitting in a kids swimming pool to be able to get away with using a bikini properly. 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The most common reason for bikinis not being allowed is religion or culture. Think about the culture of the location you are visiting, look around at what others are wearing and try to dress accordingly. However, even with cultural differences, many countries are very welcoming of tourists. This means that there is a good chance that even if bikinis are not allowed in the country or region you are visiting you’ll generally be fine wearing a bikini at a resort, hotel pool, or private beach. But less so at a public beach or in public in general. 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