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20th January 2010

Virtually every United States Embassy or Consulate will close in recognition of United States Federal Holidays. Most will also close in recognition of local holidays or customs. The United States Embassy in Vietnam is no different. Below, please find the 2010 holiday closing schedule for the US Embassy located in Hanoi:

Holiday Date Day Type
New Year’s Day Jan 1 Friday A&V
Martin Luther King’s Birthday Jan 18 Monday A
Lunar New Year Festival Feb 15-18 Mon-Thur V
President’s Day Feb 15 Monday A
Anniversary of Hung Kings April 23 Friday V
Victory Day April 30 Friday V
International Labor Day(observed) May 3 Monday V
Memorial Day May 31 Monday A
Independence Day Jul 5 Monday A
Vietnamese National Day Sep 2 Thursday V
Labor Day Sep 6 Monday A
Columbus Day Oct 11 Monday A
Veterans Day Nov 11 Thursday A
Thanksgiving Day Nov 25 Thursday A
Christmas Day Dec 24 Friday A
2011 New Year’s day (observed) Dec 31 Friday A

The above notation of “A” and “V” denotes the type of holiday. “A” stands for American, while “V” stands for Vietnamese.

In Vietnam, the bulk of United States visa and immigration matters are handled at the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. This situation is the opposite of the internal mechanics of the posts in Thailand as the US Embassy in Bangkok handles nearly all Immigrant visa petitions while the US Consulate in Chiang Mai deals with Non-Immigrant visa applications for visas such as the US Tourist Visa, the J1 visa, and the F1 visa.  That being said, the holiday closing schedule of the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is identical to the schedule of the US Embassy in Hanoi. Therefore, those interested in that post’s closing schedule should look to the information above.

For those in a legitimate emergency, it may be possible to contact the Embassy during a holiday. That being said, this is contacting Embassy staff may be difficult as most Embassy and Consulate personnel use holidays to take much needed time off. Therefore, those with an impending issue would be wise to take care of it before a holiday as it is unlikely that the Embassy will make special accommodations.

For those who need passports, notary services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or visa pages it would be wise to contact the American Citizen Services Section of the local US Embassy or US Consulate.

For those interested in learning more about the US Embassy in Hanoi please click here. For those who wish to learn maore about the US Consulate in HCMC please click here. Finally, for those interested in US visas from Southeast Asia please see K-1 visa, CR-1 visa, or K-3 visa.


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