• Immigration Offices Across the Middle East Will Close for Eid-al-Fitr
  • August 8, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Government offices throughout the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia will be closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr. In most of the world, Eid-al-Fitr is expected to be observed between August 8 and 11, though the exact dates will vary by country depending on lunar sightings.

    There could be processing delays in the weeks after Eid-al-Fitr, due to application backlogs that accumulate during this period.

    Immigration offices in the United Arab Emirates will be closed August 7 - 11. Similar five-day closures are expected in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, and Oman. Government offices in Saudi Arabia closed August 4 and are expected to stay closed through August 17. In Qatar, immigration offices will be closed from August 7 through August 17. In Pakistan, immigration offices will be closed on the day of Eid, expected to be August 9.