The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is expected to begin in late May 2017. The exact timing of Ramadan depends on the sightings of the moon and this differs from country to country. See local advice for the specific timing of Ramadan in the country you are visiting.
In some Muslim countries during Ramadan, eating, drinking and smoking in public during the day is illegal and may attract the attention of local authorities. People who are not fasting are advised to avoid eating, drinking and smoking in the presence of people who are fasting. Seek local advice to avoid offence.
Apart from fasting and other abstinence, Australians will notice that each day when the fast is broken families and friends will typically come together for a meal that may run late into the night. This can be a busy period in some locations and traffic can become very congested. Plan your trip accordingly.
During the day, some restaurants and tourist facilities may be closed between sunrise and sunset or may operate with limited staff. The opening times for government agencies, the courts and businesses may be shortened. Different rules and customs apply in different countries. Seek local advice about business hours and closures and plan accordingly.
The end of Ramadan is usually a busy period in Muslim countries as people traditionally visit their families to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the fast. One or more of these days may be a public holiday. Plan ahead if travelling at this time as roads can be very congested. Flights around this time are often fully booked.
This bulletin should be read in conjunction with our destination-specific
travel advisories and our guide for all travellers.
For more information, contact the nearest
Embassy or Consulate of your destination, well in advance of travel.