Filipinos traveling to the Swiss canton of Ticino were advised against wearing the burqa in public starting July 1, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
The DFA said wearing this garment has been officially made an offense punishable by a minimum fine of 100 up to 10,000 Swiss Francs (about P485,514).
It said this covers the Italian-speaking Swiss Canton of Ticino, and other places in the canton including Lugano, Locarno, Mugadino, Bellinzona, Ascona and Mendrisio.
A burqa (burka or niqab) is a traditional garment that covers the body from head to feet. It is usually worn by women in many Muslim countries.
The DFA said the penalty was approved by the Ticino cantonal government on November 23, 2015.
It said residents of the canton in the south of Switzerland supported the ban in a referendum held in September 2013, and tourists are not exempted from the law.
“Ticino visitors will be informed at Swiss airports and by customs officials at the Swiss-Italian border that it is unlawful in the canton to hide your face,” it said. MC