9 Celebrities Who Are Flat-Out Banned From Countries Around the World

9 Celebrities Who Are Flat-Out Banned From Countries Around the World

Even they are not above the law.

By Jet Set Staff

Celebrities might travel glamorously in first class... but the special treatment ends at customs when stars behave badly enough to get banished altogether from certain nations. (Or when countries make new rules for the high-profile set!) From first-time troublemakers like Hayden Panettiere to routine offenders like Snoop Dogg, here are eight A-listers who've been banned from certain countries... and what they did to deserve it (or perhaps not deserve it).

1. Katy Perry — China

The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show taped in Shanghai on November 20. And while the show looked like glossy perfection in photos, it didn't go off without some major behind-the-scenes drama. Case in point: Katy Perry, who was set to perform at the glittering event, didn't quite make it to Shanghai. Just days before the show was set to film, news got out that the singer had been denied a visa, and would thus be able to travel to China. 

The reason for the ban is unclear. Some speculated that Chinese officials had pored through Perry's social-media accounts, and found some unsavory posts that made them hesitant to let her enter the country. There was also an incident that went down in Taiwan in 2015, which could have been to blame. 

At the Taipei concert, Perry wore a dress that was decked with sunflowers. Seems innocent enough — until you consider the flower's symbolism. With significant tension in Chinese-Taiwanese relations, anti-China protesters in Taiwan had begun using the sunflower as their symbol in 2014. Perry also wore a Taiwanese flag as a cape at the same performance. Whether or not the outfits were meant to take a swipe at China, the concert sparked controversy. 

Flowers and flags aside, Perry wasn't the only celebrity denied entry to Shanghai in the days leading up the VS show. Gigi Hadid and several other models also had a hard time getting visas, and had to back out at the last moment. 

2. Anthony Bourdain — Azerbaijan

Globe-trotting chef Anthony Bourdain has some beef with the Azerbaijan government, according to BuzzFeed. While filming an episode of his show Parts Unknown that focused on the food and culture of Armenia, he posted an Instagram snap of himself boarding a military helicopter. He needed the flight to get to Nagorno-Karabakh, an area inside Azerbaijan's border that Armenia claims is its territory. Azeri Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiye called out Bourdain on Twitter — and he later told a local news agency that Bourdain's trip was being "investigated" and that "a decision will be made after the investigation." As well, he told a Russian outlet, “The host of the show on CNN, American chef Anthony [Bourdain] will be included in the list of undesirable persons for illegally visiting the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.”

3. Justin Bieber — China

The Biebs is just the most recent celeb to be banned by China for bad behavior. Government officials called him "gifted, but controversial" — but added the "hope he matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public." Although there are no official details as to the specific action behind the ban, it could have something to do with him posing next to the Yasukuni Shrine, a controversial war memorial in Japan, which left the Chinese outraged even after he apologized. And the last time Bieber was in China, footage surfaced of his body guards carrying him at the Great Wall of China. So there's that.

4. Lady Gaga — Indonesia

Worried that Lady Gaga would corrupt kids with her vulgar dance moves back in 2012, the Indonesian government banned her from performing to a sold-out 52,000-seat Jakarta stadium. People were enraged about her potential visit and for security reasons, she was denied her performance permit.

5. Snoop Dogg — U.K., Australia, Norway, the Netherlands

Where do we even begin with Snoop Dogg’s immigration woes? Over the years, he's racked up quite the reputation for bad behavior. That, and he has some serious prior criminal convictions. In Norway, he was caught at the airport carrying around eight grams of marijuana. (Really, Snoop?) That offense is followed closely in terms of severity by a brawl at Heathrow Airport over entrance into a first-class lounge.

6. Miley Cyrus — China, the Dominican Republic

Ready for this wrecking ball? Once the Chinese Government caught wind of a photo of Cyrus slanting her eyes in an offensive Asian imitation, officials banned her from entering the country. That's not all though: Boadcasts of Hannah Montana and her movies were also banned. As for her Dominican Republic offense, her concert was put on hiatus due to what officials deemed questionable morals. Hey, she’s just being Miley!

7. Beyoncé — Malaysia

Sorry folks: Malaysia does not bow down to Queen Bey. Although not technically banned, Beyoncé did cancel a 2009 Malaysia concert amid protest threats. She could have performed if she swapped her signature concert style for shoulder-to-knee garb. Dancing was a no-no as well, so changes to her entire show would have been required. Beyoncé was not amused and cancelled the show altogether.

8. Hayden Panettiere — Japan

Truth be told, she’s not officially banned from Japan but she might as well be. Ever since stopping a dolphin hunt in the small fishing village of Taiji in 2007, there's been a warrant out for her arrest. Although she probably looked like a true hero as she paddled out to the pod on her surfboard, the hunt continued. She may have lost her Tokyo partying privleges, but at least it was all for a good cause.

9. Russel Brand — Canada, Japan, South Africa

It seems that British jokester's jokes don't resonate universally. Within the same year, Brand was denied entry into both Japan and Canada thanks to his drug conviction record. He was also denied entrance into South Africa because he ran out of passport pages — NBD in comparison.

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