What is the change? Government and private offices in Singapore will be closed Monday, July 28, in observance of Hari Raya Puasa.

What does the change mean? Muslim countries and countries with large Muslim populations will be closed for a minimum of one day next week and up to a full week.

  • Implementation timeframe: July 28.
  • Visas/permits affected: All services.
  • Who is affected: All applicants.
  • Impact on processing times:Processing will stop during office closures.

Background: Singapore will observe the end of Ramadan on July 28. Hari Raya means “celebration day” and is also known as Eid or Eid al-Fitr in other parts of the world. The festival of the Breaking of the Fast is celebrated by Muslims around the world and is one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar. Malaysia and Indonesia will officially close for business Monday and Tuesday, July 28-29, and a number of businesses may be closed for up to a week.

BAL Analysis: Government processing times will be affected by these closures.

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

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