What is the change? The Muslim month of Ramadan beginning at the end of June will reduce operating hours of many offices across the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa.

What does the change mean? Government offices in some regions will operate at half schedules during the month, with Friday hours in particular being shorter than normal. Check with local offices for specific dates and hours of operation.

  • Implementation timeframe: End of June through early August.
  • Visas/permits affected: Immigration and labor-related services.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in countries that observe the month.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times may be slower during this time.

Background: The month of Ramadan is based on local moon sightings or predictions, so dates vary from country to country; but the lunar month is estimated to begin around June 29 and end around July 27.

BAL Analysis: Companies should allow more time for processing and plan for longer timelines during the month in countries that observe Ramadan. Also note that the Eid holiday immediately following Ramadan will completely close offices in Muslim countries for three to 10 days, depending on local holiday schedules.

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

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