What is the change? The Mid-Autumn Festival that marks the autumn full-moon harvest will be observed in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and a number of other Asian countries this month.

What does the change mean? Government and private offices will close. Applicants should expect delays in work permit processing and other services. The holiday lasts one to three days, depending on the country. Offices will be closed on the following days:

  • China – Sept. 15-16.
  • Hong Kong – Sept. 16.
  • South Korea – Sept 14-16.
  • Taiwan – Sept. 15-16.

Background: The Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally a celebration of the autumn harvest when the moon is at its fullest and brightest stage of the year. In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, families observe the full moon while thinking of distant relatives, and eat “moon cakes” filled with sweet bean or lotus filling. In South Korea, families commemorate their ancestors, visit tombs and eat rice cakes and drink rice wine made from the new bounty.

BAL Analysis: Employers should anticipate delays during the holidays and file applications beforehand where possible.

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

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Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP