Taiwan - Country Commercial Guide
Local Time, Business Hours, & Holidays

Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.

Last published date: 2019-10-13
Local Time  
Taiwan is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 12 or 13 hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern Standard Time depending on the time of year, because Taiwan does not practice daylight savings time.
Business Hours
In general, business hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm for office workers and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for factory workers, with a one-hour lunch break. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm without a lunch break. Most shops and retail stores are open daily from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. Restaurants generally run from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
There are four major national holidays and four major festivals celebrated in Taiwan during which corporate and government offices are closed. Dates for the four festivals – Chinese Lunar New Year, Tomb-Sweeping Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival – are based on the lunar calendar and may vary each year.
HolidaysDates in 2018
New Year’s DayJanuary 1
Chinese Lunar New YearFebruary 15-20
Peace Memorial DayFebruary 28
Children’s Day and Tomb-Sweeping DayApril 4-6
Dragon Boat FestivalJune 18
Mid-Autumn (Moon) FestivalSeptember 24
Double Tenth/National DayOctober 10