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Thailand Declares November 4-5 ASEAN Public Holidays

Source: Thai News Agency (Bangkok)
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Thai Deputy Government Spokesperson, Traisuree Taisaranakul, has announced that Thailand's Cabinet had declared Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2019, as one-off non-working public holidays in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, and neighboring province of Nonthaburi, on account of the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit ("in an effort to reduce traffic congestion in Bangkok and Nonthaburi").

The aforementioned announcement declaring Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2019, as one-off non-working public holidays on account of the ASEAN summit, as proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thus further extends (2019-05-14, 2019-02-13, 2019-01-30) the previously-released list of 2019 public holidays in Thailand (2018-09-23).

The decision applies only to government offices. As for banks, financial institutions and private firms, the cabinet "has instructed the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Ministry of Labor and each state enterprise to consider observing the holidays in accordance with the law", and the deputy government spokesperson, Traisulee Traisoranakul, stated "that state enterprises, commercial banks and private companies can make their own decisions whether they will close or postpone the holidays in a way which will not affect their services to the public".

On the previous occasion when Thailand hosted the ASEAN summit, one-off public holidays were also declared in Thailand (2009-04-09, 2008-12-03, 2008-11-05, 2006-12-24, 2003-10-07, 2003-08-11, 2003-08-07).

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