German MPs in the lower house of parliament have approved a partial ban on the burqa.
The draft law stipulates that public servants will be forbidden from wearing the full-face veil while performing their duties.
The move comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the burqa ‘wherever legally possible’.
“Integration also means that we should make clear and impart our values and where the boundaries of our tolerance towards other cultures lie,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.
In February the southern state of Bavaria, ruled by the Christian Social Union, the sister party to Merkel’s conservatives said it would ban the veil in schools, universities, government buildings and polling stations.
Merkel is facing elections in the Autumn, and has lost support to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany over the migrant crisis.