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Business Practices in Rwanda

Opening hours and bank holidays

General Information
Opening Hours and Days
Governmental offices: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Monday to Friday (generally with a one-hour lunch break)
Private sector (offices): 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Monday to Friday (generally with a one-hour lunch break) – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays
Banking sector: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday to Saturday.
Shops: from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - from Monday to Saturday. Many shops close early on Saturday and remain closed on Sunday (however, supermarkets and shopping malls are open 7 days a week)
 
 
 

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day  1st January
Day after New Year’s Day 2nd January
National Heroes Day 1st February
Good Friday between March and April
Easter Monday between March and April
Genocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day 7th April
Labor Day 1st May
Independence Day 1st July
Liberation Day 4th July
Umuganura Day Friday of first week of August
Assumption Day 15th August
Christmas Day 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December
Eid El Fitr the date shall be announced each year according to the lunar calendar
Eid Al Adha the date shall be announced each year according to the lunar calendar
 
Holiday Compensation
Except April 7th (Genocide against the Tutsi Memorial Day), if an official holiday falls on one day of the weekend, the following working day shall be an official holiday. If two consecutive official holidays fall on a day of weekend, the two official holidays shall be compensated in one working day that follows. In case of coincidence of two official holidays, the following working day shall be an official holiday to compensate one of the two coinciding official holidays.
 

Periods When Companies Usually Close

Christmas time December
Eid El Fitr-Eid Al Adha the period shall vary each year according to the lunar calendar
 

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