Common Road Signs in Other Countries

by Jayme Nelson

Part of the fun of visiting other countries is seeing how common, everyday items are different from what we see at home. Road signs in other countries are utilitarian to natives, but foreign and entertaining to visitors, adding to the traveling experience.

Australia has many species unique to the continent. An estimated 83 percent of mammals, 89 percent of reptiles and 93 percent of amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia. This results in animal warning signs that tourists may find bizarre: 

Foreign Signs | FASTSIGNS

A beautiful island, many of Ireland’s roads run by the sea. This sign actually means “Unprotected quay” but could be interpreted as “Don’t drive into the ocean!” 

Foreign Signs | FASTSIGNS

Road signs in other countries aren’t just for vehicles and pedestrians. This Chinese sign tells traditional rickshaws and transportation bikes they are not allowed on the street. 

Foreign Signs | FASTSIGNS

Visually, Thai script is very striking. This particular Thai stop sign is familiar in color and shape, but the script makes it look exotic to Westerners. 

Foreign Signs | FASTSIGNS

This road sign is located outside the border town of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. The message is meant to inform drivers sharp turns are ahead and to be prepared to break for them, but the translation sounds so much more pleasant. 

Foreign Signs | FASTSIGNS

What are some of your favorite signs seen in other countries?