Breakaway Gay & Lesbian Travel Guide

Breakaway’s Travel World

A Guide to Golden Lands and faraway Places

Gay Travel Guides
 
Legal Age of Consent
This table lists the age of Consent for different countries around the world, and shows the ages at which people of different sexualities can legally have sex. Law within a country or state variy according to region or circumstances, some countries have regional laws that may overrule the federal law.
Also Called the Legal Age of Sexual Consent and/or
age of sexual maturity
This is not an official guide. The information has been mostly derived from the published laws of various states and governments. Please help me keep this as accurate as possible.
Where two ages are shown it is because sexual activity is legal at the lower age unless the younger person complains, or I am unable to confirm a codified age. In certain countries, persons below the minimum age shown may participate in sexual acts under certain conditions without either them or their partners necessarily committing a criminal offence. - If in doubt check state/country sex law.
CountryMale-Female Male-MaleFemale-Female
Afghanistan18/Marriedillegal illegal
Albania141414
Albania15illegal illegal
American Samoa15?15?15?
Andorra161616
Angola12/15illegalillegal
Antigua and Barbuda161616
Argentina13/1613/1613/16
Armenia161616
Aruba161616
Australia
Although the Austrian age of consent is basically 14, it is illegal to have sex with someone under 16 by "exploiting their lack of maturity".
Capital Territory16 1616
New South Wales
Norfolf Island
1618 * no laws
Northern Territory1618 no laws
Queensland16/1818 16
In Queensland, the legal age of consent for anal intercourse is 18 (regardless of gender), while for vaginal intercourse it is 16.
South Australia16/1716/17 16/17
Tasmania1717 no laws
Victoria1717 17
Western Australia1621 16
Austria14/1614/1614/16
Azerbaijan161616
Bahamas16 1818
Bahrain16/Marriedlegallegal
Bangladesh?illegalillegal
Barbados18(16 if Married) illegalillegal
Belarus16/181616
Belgium16 1616
Bermuda161816
Benin?legallegal
Bhutan18 illegalillegal
Bolivia14f/16m
(must be married)
1616
Belize16 legal?legal?
Bosnia1616 16
Botswana16f/14millegal illegal
Brazil14/1814/18 14/18
In Brazil, authorities may not choose to prosecute if the younger partner is aged 14 to 17 and does not lodge a complaint.
Brunei16/18illegalillegal
Bulgaria141414
Burkina Faso131313
Burma/Myanmar16/18illegalillegal
Burundi18illegalillegal
Cambodia(Kampuchea)16? ?
Cambodia161616
Canada1414?/18 14
In Canada, unmarried persons under 18 cannot legally consent to anal sex according to national law, although provincial laws may vary.
Cape Verde?legallegal
Cayman Islands???
Central African Republic?legallegal
Chad?2121
Chile141818
China141414
China - Hong Kong1616 16
China - Macao16/17??
Colombia141414
Cook Islands16illegal16
Costa Rica181818
Cote D'Ivoire1515?15?
Croatia141414
Cuba161616
Cyprus13/1717(illegal in North)17
Czech Republic15 1515
Democratic Republic of the Congo?illegal?
Denmark151515
In Denmark, sexual intercourse is legal from the age of 15 in most cases. An exception is when the younger partner is an adopted child, step-child, foster child or the older person is entrusted with the education or upbringing of the younger person. In this situation, the younger partner must be over 18.
Dominica16??
Dominican Republic181818
Dutch Antilles161616
Ecuador141414
Egypt18illegal? 18?
El Salvador18??
Equatorial Guinea???
Eritrea18illegalillegal
Estonia141414
Ethiopia15illegalillegal
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)161616
Faroe Islands151515
Fiji1616(Unofficial)16
Finland161616
In Finland, sex with someone under 16 is not deemed sexual abuse of a child if "there is no great difference in the ages or the mental and physical maturity of the persons involved." Similarly in Norway, a prison sentence may not be imposed "if those who have committed the act of indecency are about equal in age and development." In both countries, lesser punishments may nevertheless be imposed.
Former Yugoslav Republic
of Macedonia
161616
France151515
French Guiana151515
French Polynesia (Tahiti)161616
Gabon181818
Gambia16illegal?
Georgia (country)161616
Germany14/1614/16 14/16
In Germany, sexual intercourse is legal from the age of 14 in most cases. An exception is when the older partner is aged over 18 and is "exploiting a coercive situation" or offering compensation, in which case the younger partner must be over 16. In addition, it is illegal for someone aged over 21 to have sex with someone under 16 if they "exploit the victim's lack of capacity for sexual self-determination".
Ghana16illegalillegal
Gibraltar161816
Greece1515/1715/17
Greenland151515
Grenada17illegal17
Guam161616
Guadelope151515
Guatemala181818
Guernsey161616
Guinea15illegalillegal
Guyana16illegal16
Haiti181818
Honduras14/171414
Hungary141414
Iceland141414
India14/161818
India's age of consent for heterosexual sex is 16 except in Manipur, where it is 14. If the partners are married then a lower age of consent applies (13 in Manipur and 15 elsewhere). A law banning "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" was overruled in a Delhi High Court ruling, meaning that consensual homosexual activities between adults are now legal.
Indonesia16f/18m1818
IranMust be Marriedillegalillegal
Iraq18??
Ireland171717
Isle of Man161616
Israel14-1614-1614-16
Italy141414
Jamaica16illegal 16
Japan13-1813-1813-18
Although the age of sexual consent in Japan is 13 years of age, prefecture law usually overrides federal law, raising the age up to 18.
Jersey161616
Jordan161616
Kazakhstan18??
Kenya18illegal 18
KuwaitMust be married?illegal illegal
Kyrgyzstan???
Korea131313
Laos15??
Latvia14/1614/1614/16
Lebanon15/18/Marriedillegalillegal
Lesotho???
Liberia16illegalillegal
Liechtenstein141414
Lithuania141414
Luxembourg161616
Madagascar21?2121
Mali16??
Malta181818
Malaysia16/married illegal16
Marshall Islands161616
Martinique151515
Mauritius15illegalillegal
México12-1812-1812-18
In Mexico the federal law varies according to the age gap between partners and is often overruled by regional laws.
Moldova141414
Monaco151515
Mongolia16??
Montenegro141414
Morocco15illegalillegal
Mozambique?illegal?
Namibia16illegal16
Nepal16??
Netherlands1616 16
Netherlands Antilles161616
New Caledonia161616
New Zealand161616
Nicaragua???
Niger?2121
Nigeria13illegalillegal
North Korea1717(Unofficial)17(Unofficial)
Norway1616 16
OmanMust be Marriedillegalillegal
PakistanMust be Marriedillegal illegal
Panama181818
Papua New Guinea16f/14m/illegalillegal 16
In Papua New Guinea, anal sex is illegal in all cases. The age of consent for vaginal sex is 16 for females and 14 for males.
Paraquay14/161616
Paraguay sets the age of consent at 14 within marriage and 16 outside of marriage.
Peru161616
Philippines12/181818
The age of sexual consent in the Philippines is 12 for all, but contacts with minors (under 18) are an offence if the minor consents to the act for money, gain or any other remuneration or as the result of an influence of any adult person.
Poland151515
Portugal14/1614/16 14/16
In Portugal it is illegal to perform a sexual act with a minor between 14 and 16 years old "by taking advantage of their inexperience".
Puerto Rico141414
QatarMust be Marriedillegalillegal
Reunion161616
Romania151515
Russia16 New Law??16 16
Rwanda181818
San Marino14/1614/1614/16
Saudi ArabiaMust be Marriedillegalillegal
Senegal?illegalillegal
Serbia141414
Singapore16 illegal16
Slovakia151515
Slovenia151515
Somalia?illegalillegal
South Africa161919
South Korea13 1313
Spain131313
Sri Lanka16 illegal16
St. Kitts and Nevis14/16??
St. Lucia161616
St. Martin???
SudanMust be Marriedillegalillegal
Suriname161818
Sweden151515
Swaziland18 illegalillegal
Switzerland161616
Syria13/15illegalillegal
Taiwan161616
Tajikistan17?17
Tanzania16illegal illegal
Thailand1818 18
Although Thailand's age of consent is usually said to be 15, the laws can be interpreted to allow prosecution for sex with someone under 18. Due to this, we have stated 18 as the age of consent.
Togo14illegalillegal
Tonga16/illegalillegal16
Anal sex is illegal in Tonga regardless of age and gender.
Trinidad & Tobago16illegalillegal
Tunisia20illegalillegal
Turkey181818
Turkmenistan16illegal16
Tuvalu?illegal?
Uganda18illegal18
Ukraine161616
United Arab Emirates18/Marriedillegalillegal
United Kingdom
England, Scotland
& Wales
1616 16
Northern Ireland171717
Uzbekistan16illegal16
Uruguay151515
Vanuatu161616
Vatican State12??
Venezuela161616
Vietnam18??
Western Samoa16illegalillegal
YemenMust be Marriedillegalillegal
Zambia?illegal?
Zimbabwe12/16illegal12/16
USA
In some U.S. states a lower age applies when the age gap between partners is small, or when the older partner is below a certain age (usually 18 or 21). It is illegal for an American citizen or resident to have sex in another country with someone aged under 16, unless the age difference is less than 4 years, in which case the minimum age is 12. Under some circumstances it is possible for members of the U.S. military to also be charged under state laws.
Alabama16illegalillegal
Alaska161616
Arizona18Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Arkansas16Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
California181818
Colorado15/171717
Connecticut161616
D.C.16Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Delaware16/18Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Florida16/18illegalillegal
Georgia161616
Hawaii16Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Idaho16/18illegalillegal
Illinois171717
Indiana161616
Iowa14/16Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Kansas16illegalillegal
Kentucky16Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
Louisiana17illegalillegal
Maine161616
Maryland16Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
Massachusetts16/18Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
Michigan16illegalillegal
Minnesota16Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
Mississippi16 (laws passed 1998) illegalillegal
Missouri14/17illegalillegal
Montana16/181818
Nebraska17Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Nevada161818
New Hampshire1618 18
New Jersey161616
New Mexico171313
New York171717
North Carolina16illegal illegal
North Dakota18Law Repealed Law Repealed
Ohio16Law RepealedLaw Repealed
Oklahoma1616 -illegal?? 16 -illegal??
Oregon181818
Pennsylvania161616
Rhode Island16Law Repealed Law Repealed
South Carolina14/16-bill pendingillegal illegal
South Dakota16Law Repealed Law Repealed
Tennessee18Law Invalidated Law Invalidated
Texas17illegal 03/2001 illegal 03/2001
Utah16illegal illegal
Vermont16Law Repealed Law Repealed
Virginia18illegalillegal
Washington16/1816/18 16/18
West Virginia1618?18?
Wisconsin181818
Wyoming16/18?Law Repealed Law Repealed
Military16illegal illegal
Gay Travel Guides
Gay Travel Guides