Offices to close for Mid-Autumn Festival

25 Aug 17



What is the change? Offices in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan will close for up to one week in early October to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival.

What does the change mean? Employers and applicants should plan around the holiday break and file all time-sensitive applications before the closures.  

  • Implementation time frame: Sept. 29 through Oct. 10, depending on country.
  • Visas/permits affected: All immigration and government services.
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants should expect slower processing.
  • Business impact: Employers should factor in the holiday period when planning business schedules and start dates.  

Background: The Mid-Autumn festival is a harvest celebration that falls on the full moon of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which falls on Oct. 4 this year. China combines the holiday with National Day and closes for one week. The holiday dates for key countries are:

  • China: Oct. 1 – 8.
  • Hong Kong: Oct. 5.
  • South Korea: Sept. 29 – Oct. 9.
  • Taiwan: Oct. 4.

BAL Analysis: Employers should plan around the holidays and anticipate a backlog when offices reopen.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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