Holidays and Closures


The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur observes both U.S. and Malaysian holidays and will be closed on those dates. The visa application services call center also observes U.S. and Malaysian holidays and will also be closed on those dates.

Embassy Dates of Closure

Dates of Closure - All Dates 2018
Date Day Holiday Country
December 25 Tuesday Christmas Day U.S.
Dates of Closure - All Dates 2019
Date Day Holiday Country
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day U.S.
January 21 Monday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S.
January 22 Tuesday Thaipusam Malaysian
February 1 Friday Federal Territory Day Malaysian
February 5 & 6 Tuesday & Wednesday Chinese New Year** (2 days) Malaysian
February 18 Monday Washington’s Birthday U.S.
May 1 Wednesday Workers Day Malaysian
May 27 Monday Memorial Day U.S.
June 5 & 6 Wednesday & Thursday Hari Raya Puasa** (2 days) Malaysian
July 4 Thursday Independence Day U.S.
August 12 Monday Hari Raya Qurban* Malaysian
August 31 Saturday National Day Malaysian
September 2 Monday Labor Day U.S.
September 9 Monday King's Birthday Malaysian
September 16 Monday Malaysia Day Malaysian
October 14 Monday Columbus Day U.S.
October 28 Monday Deepavali* Malaysian
November 11 Monday Veterans Day U.S.
November 28 Thursday Thanksgiving Day U.S.
December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day U.S.

* Subject to change
** Holidays that fall on an “Off Day” (i.e. Saturday) are observed on that day; in contrast, holidays that fall on a Rest
Day (i.e. Sunday) will be observed the following Monday. From Employment Act 1955, Part XXII, article 59: “Every
employee shall be allowed in each week a rest day of one whole day as may be determined from time to time by the
employer, and where an employee is allowed more than one rest day in a week the last of such rest days shall be the
rest day for the purposes of this Part” (i.e. Rest Days, Hours of Work, Holidays, and other conditions of service).