Take note of new Austrian anti-veil law: Oman Embassy

The Omani Embassy in Vienna has informed that travellers from Oman to Austria should take not the new law, which bans covering of the face in public in Austria from January 1. 2017.

It may be noted Austria on Sunday becomes the fifth European country to ban wearing full face veils such as the burqa in public.

The prohibition will also apply to scarves, masks and clown paint that cover faces to avoid discriminating against Muslim dress, according to reports.

The Anti-Face-Veiling Act applies to anyone in public places and buildings, including schools, shopping malls and public transportation.

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