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19th January 2010

Each United States Diplomatic post observes different holidays. The holiday closing schedule depends upon the host country as each post closes in observance of not only United States Federal holidays, but the host country’s national holidays as well. This is true for Malaysia as the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur observes both US and Malaysian holidays. Below is the 2010 holiday closing schedule:

Official Date Date Observed Day Holiday Country
January 1 Jan 1 Friday New Year’s Day U.S./Malaysia
3rd Monday in January Jan 18 Monday Martin Luther King’s B’day U.S.
January 30 (Saturday) Jan 29 Friday Thaipusam Malaysia
3rd Monday in February Feb 15 Monday Presidents’ Day U.S.
February 14 & 15 (Sun & Mon) Feb 16 Tuesday Chinese New Year Malaysia
February 26 Feb 26 Friday Prophet Muhammad’s B’day Malaysia
May 28 May 28 Friday Wesak Day Malaysia
Last Monday in May May 31 Monday Memorial Day U.S.
July 4 (Sunday) July 5 Monday Independence Day U.S.
August 31 Aug 31 Tuesday National Day Malaysia
1st Monday in Sept. Sept 6 Monday Labor Day U.S.
September 10 & 11 (Fri & Sat)* Sept 9 & 10* Thursday & Friday Hari Raya Puasa Malaysia
2nd Monday in October Oct 11 Monday Columbus Day U.S.
November 5* Nov 5* Friday Deepavali Malaysia
November 11 Nov 11 Thursday Veteran’s Day U.S.
November 17 Nov 17 Wednesday Hari Raya Qurban Malaysia
4th Thursday in Nov. Nov 25 Thursday Thanksgiving Day U.S.
December 7 Dec 7 Tuesday Awal Muharam Malaysia
December 25 (Saturday) Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day U.S./Malaysia

This holiday closing schedule is subject to change and those who are planning to make a trip to the US Embassy in KL would probably be wise to check to make sure that the post will be open before making a trip to the post. In emergencies most US Embassies have a contact number that can be used to get in touch with the post. For example, a person ho loses their passport over a holiday weekend may be able to contact the Embassy and obtain a passport from the American Citizen Services Section of the Embassy. That being said, holidays at US diplomatic and Consular posts abroad are often used by Embassy personnel to take leave. This could result in delays in the days leading up to holidays and immediately thereafter. Those with business at an Embassy or Consulate would be wise to make certain that their affairs are conducted before a holiday break. For more information about the holiday closing schedule at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur please click: here.

For further information about US visas please see: K1 visa or K3 visa.


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