The Saudi embassy in Netherlands has issued a warning to tourists as well as students in the country to be prepared for the burqa ban, which takes effect from August 1.
Taking to Twitter, the embassy reiterated that the law banning “face-covering clothing” will be applicable in hospitals, government departments, schools and on public transport in the Netherlands.
تنوه السفارة بأن قانون حظر النقاب أو ما من شأنه تغطيه الوجه سيتم تطبيقه في بداية شهر أغسطس ٢٠١٩م، في المواصلات العامة والمستشفيات والدوائر الحكوميه والمدارس في هولندا. ترجو السفاره اتباع التعليمات والقوانين خلال التواجد للسياحه او للدراسة لتفادي المساءلة القانونية.
— السفارة في لاهاي (@KSAembassyNL) July 27, 2019
The regulation, which was approved by the country’s parliament in June last year, will not block the wearing of the hijab – which covers a woman’s hair.
Although the ban does not apply to streets, media reports said police can ask an individual to remove face-covering clothing for identification.
Those who violate the ban could face a fine of 150 euros, Dutch media reported last month.
About 150 women wear a burqa or niqab on a daily basis in the Netherlands, according to reports.
Other European countries including Belgium, France and Denmark already have regulatory measures against the wearing of veils.