April 18, 2016

You may remember the buzz around the time Johnny Depp and Amber Heard illegally brought their dogs on vacation (and to film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) with them to Australia. Once the local government caught wind, they took the opportunity to use the high profile couple as an example to prove how serious they are about the country's strict quarantine laws. Answer: serious enough to make you participate in a very scripted video about how important the country's laws are.

The actors were facing jail time, and Heard was given a one-month, $1,000 "good behavior bond" after she admitted to the act of illegally bringing the couple's terriers, Pistol and Boo, into the country without proper documentation. In reality, she had checked a box on a document when entering the country saying she had no animals in tow. The maximum penalty for this kind of thing is 10 years in jail. Depp and Heard were given the choice to participate in the oldest form of amends: a public apology. 

The Australian government had Depp and Heard laud the country's strict declaration laws in a very basic (and short) video. The end result can only be described as awkward, but we can all agree with Heard's opening words: "Australia is a wonderful island."

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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