Holidays and Offices Closure 

GLOBAL: Offices to shorten business hours during Ramadan

This year, the Islamic month of Ramadan is expected to begin around 15 May and will last for 30 days. The exact observance days may vary by country – some countries define the start of the holy month based on astronomical calculations predicting when the new moon will rise, while others wait for the actual sighting of the new moon to declare the start of Ramadan, which may be impacted by weather conditions.

During the Ramadan period government offices and private businesses in many Islamic countries in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia will have reduced opening hours. In addition, they will also be closed for up to 10 days, depending on the country, for Eid al-Fitr holiday immediately following Ramadan. 

Any immigration applications still in process or filed during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr may be subject to delays due to reduced working hours at the government authorities. Also, customs authorities in many Muslim countries will work shorter hours which means that productivity will be impacted. 

How Does This Affect the Client?

The observance of Ramadan will result in potential delays when submitting documents and obtaining approval from business and Government Agencies. One of the known impacts is the extended time required for shipments to be cleared and delivered. Team Relocations also wishes to highlight that such delays may lead to possible additional demurrage and/or port charges.

Team Relocations will always keep the assignee informed about any possible delays when scheduling services and will strive to limit the impact wherever possible. However, companies are advised to plan ahead to minimise unnecessary delays.





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