A controversial Austrian ban on the public wearing of veils which cover the face will come into effect on Oct. 1, the country's interior ministry confirmed on Thursday.

The new law will apply to all public places, including transport facilities, and police will have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils.

Those who refuse to comply may be taken to a police station, a ministry statement added.

"Violation of this new law is subject to an administrative penalty of up to €150 ($180), which may be imposed by police agents," the ministry said.

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