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Vietnam 2018 Public Holidays To Be Finalized

Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi)
Posted: Friday, November 24, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2019


The Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has announced that the unanimous recommendation of the 6 ministries concerned, for Option 2, of the earlier proposal by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam, for the annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, would be validated at the next Cabinet meeting.

A couple of months ago (2017-09-29), Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) had issued a draft containing its proposed annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, with, as is often the case, 2 different options being drafted for the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam. Neither of the 2 options proposed by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam for the list of 2018 public holidays in Vietnam included any swapping of weekend days off with bridge working days.

A month later (2017-10-20), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) received feedback from the 6 ministries it had consulted concerning these 2 options, and all 6 concerned ministries have replied with a preference for Option 2, the one where the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam would start 2 days before the Lunar New Year.

As per the revised new Labour Code (2010-03-22 and 2009-11-16), adopted at the third session of the 13th National Assembly (2012-06-21), and which took effect on May 1st, 2013, the annual Tet Vietnamese non-working public holidays were extended from 4 to 5 days and, as was the case 2 years ago (2015-10-15) but not in other years (2016-11-21, 2014-11-12 and 2013-12-05), the aforementioned MOLISA draft list of Vietnamese public holidays for 2018, suggests no swap of weekend days for additional public holidays in Vietnam during the Tet 2018.



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