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Business Practices in Zambia

Opening hours and bank holidays

General Information
Opening Hours and Days
In the governmental and private sector offices the normal working hours are from 8.00–13.00 and 14.00– 17.00 between Monday and Friday. Banks operate from 8.15 –14.30 between Monday and Friday. Most banks are closed for business during weekends except the first and last Saturdays of each month when they open from 8.15–11.00. Supermarkets are open every day until 21.00, except Sundays, when they are open until noon.

Public Holidays

New Year's Day January 1
Women's Day March 8
Youth Day March 12
Good Friday April 19
Holy Saturday April 20
Easter Monday April 22
Labour Day May 1
African Freedom Day May 25
Heroes' Day July 1
Unity Day July 2
National Prayer Day October 18
Independence Day October 24
Christmas Day December 25
Holiday Compensation
When a public holiday falls on a non-work day, Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is substituted as a public holiday.

Periods When Companies Usually Close

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

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