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 2020
Date Day Holiday Country
January 1 Wednesday New Year's Day U.S.
January 20 Monday Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S.
January 27 Monday Chinese New Year** (1 day) Malaysian
February 1 Saturday Federal Territory Day Malaysian
February 17 Monday Washington’s Birthday U.S.
May 1 Friday Workers Day Malaysian
May 7 Thursday Wesak Day Malaysian
May 25 Monday Memorial Day U.S.
May 26 Tuesday Hari Raya Puasa** (1 day) Malaysian
June 8 Monday King's Birthday Malaysian
July 3 Friday Independence Day U.S.
July 31 Friday Hari Raya Qurban* Malaysian
August 31 Monday National Day Malaysian
September 7 Monday Labor Day U.S.
September 16 Wednesday Malaysia Day Malaysian
October 12 Monday Columbus Day U.S.
November 11 Wednesday Veterans Day U.S.
November 13 Friday Deepavali* Malaysian
November 26 Thursday Thanksgiving Day U.S.
December 25 Friday Christmas Day U.S.

*** Subject to change

* Holidays that fall on an “Off Day” (i.e. Saturday) are observed on that day (with the exception of Deepavali); in contrast, holidays that fall on a Rest Day (i.e. Sunday) will be observed the following Monday. If Monday has been designated as a holiday the following work day will be observed as a holiday. 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).

**July 4, 2020 (the legal public holiday for Independence Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, July 3, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)