In early May of 2021, Andrew Tate, a professional kickboxer and former Love Island contestant, was arrested in Romania. His crime? To attempt to enter the country without permission and with an expired visa. After being detained for five days, Tate was deported from Romania and banned from entering the country ever again.
This was far from Tate’s first brush with the law. On multiple occasions, he had posted videos of himself to social media, flaunting local regulations. In one video taken in Dubai, for example, he seemed to openly respond to locals’ warnings about the city’s laws with defiance. He had also been involved in various other controversies, ranging from dodgy business practices to alleged physical and emotional abuse.
Tate’s deportation from Romania, however, seemed to be a sobering reminder that no one is above the law. This incident has also served as a cautionary tale for other social media influencers and celebrities who may feel as if they have free rein and total access to foreign countries.
The incident underscores the importance of educating travelers about the laws and regulations of foreign countries. Doing so should also prompt travelers to err on the side of caution and abide by these laws to ensure the safety of both the traveler