Working Time and Holidays in Vietnam

In Vietnam, all government institutions work 8 hours a day. Starting from 8 AM to 5 PM, having 1 hour for lunch. Working day is from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday are days off. Banks are opened from 7:30 or 8:00 AM to 11:30 and from 13:30 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday. Besides, there are some banks work on Saturday morning, from 8h00 to 11h30.

Private enterprises usually open from 8:00 or 8:30 to 21:00 or 22:00 in weekdays.

Days off in Vietnam

 There are 10 main public holidays in one year:

  • New Year – January 1: 1 day off.
  • Hung Kings Commemorations – 10th day of the 3rd lunar month: 1 day off.
  • Liberation Day/Reunification Day – April 30: Liberation of Saigon and reunification of Vietnam in 1975. 1 day off.
  • International Workers’ Day – May 1: 1 day off.
  • National Day (Vietnam) – September 2: Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. 1 day off.
  • Tet (Vietnamese New Year): This is the largest holiday of the year, occurs around late January - early February. 5 days off.

Other Holidays

On these days, there is no day off, all the offices work as normal.

Communist Party of Viet Nam Foundation Anniversary – February 3

International Women’s Day – March 8

Dien Bien Phu Victory Day – May 7

President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday – May 19

International Children’s Day – June 1
Vietnamese Family Day – June 28

Remembrance Day (Day for Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers) – July 27

August Revolution Commemoration Day – August 19

Capital Liberation Day – October 10

Vietnamese Women’s Day – October 20

Teacher’s Day – November 20

National Defense Day (People’s Army of Viet Nam Foundation Anniversary) – December 22

Lantern Festival (Full moon of the 1st month) – 15/1 (lunar)

Buddha’s Birthday – 15/4 (lunar)

Mid-year Festival – 5/5 (lunar)
Ghost Festival – 15/7 (lunar)

Mid-Autumn Festival – 15/8 (lunar)
Kitchen Guardians – 23/12 (lunar)

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