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Business Practices in Benin

Opening hours and bank holidays

General Information
Opening Hours and Days

Banks: Monday to Friday 8am to 12.30pm and 3pm to 6.30pm; Saturday 9am to 1pm.
Shops and Businesses: Monday to Saturday 8am to noon and 3pm to 7pm.


Public Holidays

New Year's Day 1 Jan
Vaudoun Day 10 Jan
Easter Monday 22 Apr
Labour Day 1 May
Ascension Day 30 May
Korité 4 Jun
Whit Monday 10 Jun
Independence Day 1 Aug
Tabaski 11 Aug
Assumption Day 15 Aug
All Saints' Day 01 Nov
Maouloud 09 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Holiday Compensation
The law does not provide for a compensation day in case a holiday falls on a non-working day. However, if a person has to work overtime during a holiday or a Sunday, he/she is entitled to a 50% increase of the normal pay (art. 147 of the Labour Code).

Periods When Companies Usually Close

Closure for Easter End of March/Early April
Closure for Christmas End of December

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