Integrity Legal

12th Sep 2010

Frequently the administration of this blog posts the holiday closing schedules of various American Embassies and Consulates located abroad in an effort to forestall fruitless trips by American travelers to a US Embassy or US Consulate which is closed in observance of an American or local holiday. The following is quoted directly from the official website of the United States Embassy in Mauritius:

New Year

Thursday, January 1


New Year (observed)

Friday, January 2


Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 18


Thaipoosam Cavadee Saturday, January 30 Mauritian
Abolition of Slavery Monday, February 1 Mauritian

Maha Shivratree

Friday, February 12


Chinese Spring Festival Sunday, February 14 Mauritian

Washington’s Birthday

Monday, February 15


National Day

Friday, March 12



Tuesday, March 16


Labor Day

Saturday, May 1


Memorial Day

Monday, May 31


Independence Day*

Monday, July 5


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday, August 15


Labor Day

Monday, September 6



Friday, September 10


Ganesh Chathurthi Sunday, September 12 Mauritian

Columbus Day

Monday, October 11


Arrival of Indentured Laborers

Tuesday, November 2


Divali Friday, November 5 Mauritian

Veterans Day

Thursday, November 11


Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 25


Christmas Day***

Friday,  December 24


Christmas Day Saturday, December 25 Mauritian

* July 4, 2010 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day) falls on a Sunday, therefore Monday, July 5 will be the public holiday.

**The exact date of this festival will depend on the visibility of the moon.

*** December 25, 2010 (the legal public holiday for Christmas Day) falls on a Saturday, therefore Friday, December 24 will be the public holiday for the U.S.

There are a rather large number of services which Americans and foreign nationals seek from American Missions abroad. Those seeking Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, US passport renewal, addition of visa pages, or notarial services are well advised to contact an American Citizen Services Section of an American Embassy or Consulate. Furthermore, those seeking the aforementioned services are encouraged to check the US Embassy or US Consulate website in order to ascertain if appointments can be booked online. Booking an appointment with American Citizen Services is an effective way of minimizing difficulties at a Post and streamlining the processing of requests as American Consular Personnel are put on notice of the customer’s request and can thereby make preparations to provide assistance.

Those seeking an American visa abroad are well advised to contact an American Embassy directly in order to inquire as to the procedures for making a visa interview appointment. Generally, the protocols for making an immigrant visa appointment differ from the procedures which one must adhere to when booking a non-immigrant visa appointment. Generally, for purposes of making a visa appointment, the K1 visa is considered to be an immigrant visa.

For related information please see: US Visa Thailand.

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