Which countries criminalise homosexuality? If you’re lesbian or gay and travelling abroad, it’s sensible to check the laws governing sex and sexuality in whichever country you’re visiting. Dozens of countries still imprison LGBT+ people, and nine still threaten the death penalty. The list below shows the maximum sentences carried in each country for homosexuality or homosexual behaviour. Whilst useful as a first indicator of a country's stance, it is no means definitive and tells you very little about the specific laws in each individual location. The different offences resulting in each sentence below may be very different. We recommend that before travelling anywhere you first check the Foreign Office website, search for the desired country, and look for guidance directed at LGBT+ people in the ‘Local laws and customs’ tab. It’s also worth checking guide books and talking to people from the country in question, probably starting with local LGBT+ groups, who can give you a clear idea of how the law is implemented, and what local attitudes are like. For further information, check the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association website. Maximum sentences in countries that criminalise homosexuality: India - life Gambia - life Ghana - life Tanzania - life Sierra Leone - life Barbados - life Guyana - life Bangladesh - life Malaysia - 20 years Egypt - 17 years Antigua and Barbuda - 15 years Kenya - 14 years Malawi - 14 years Zambia - 14 years United Emirate State - 14 years Papua New Guinea - 14 years Tuvalu - 14 years Solomon Islands - 14 years Kiribati - 14 years Nigeria - 14 years South Sudan - 10 years Ethiopia - 10 years Dominica - 10 years Granada - 10 years Jamaica - 10 years Saint Kitts and Nevis - 10 years Saint Lucia - 10 years Sri Lanka - 10 years Tonga - 10 years Zimbabwe - 10 years Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 10 years Botswana - 7 years Samoa - 7 years Qatar - 7 years Kuwait - 6 years Cameroon - 5 years Senegal - 5 years Comoros - 5 years Mauritius - 5 years Libya - 4 years Morocco - 3 years Togo - 3 years Uzbekistan - 3 years Guinea - 3 years Eritrea - 3 years Oman - 3 years Syria - 3 years Tunisia - 3 years Algeria - 2 years Burundi - 2 years Turkmenistan - 2 years Pakistan - 2 years Liberia - 1 years Bhutan - 1 years Chad Namibia Sawziland Countries that carry fines for convicted homosexuality: Angola - fines and restrictions Countries where a homosexuality conviction caries torture as a punishment: Maldives - whipping for 20 strokes Countries that carry the death penalty: Mauritania - for Muslim men Nigeria - northern states that approve Sharia Law Sudan - after a third conviction Qatar - for Muslims, for extra-marital sex Somalia Iran Saudi Arabia Yemen Islamic State of Iraq and the Levent Afghanistan - where controlled by Al-Qaeda For further information, check the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association website. READ: Which countries have equal marriage?