Includes the local time zone, typical hours of business and a list of holidays in the country/economy.
Last Published: 8/1/2017
Colombian time is the same as U.S. Eastern Standard time, without daylight-saving adjustments, e.g. Washington time in winter, Chicago time in summer.

The workweek is Monday - Friday. Normal working hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with lunch being taken at 12 noon or 1 p.m. Alternative hours may be 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 or 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. In coastal cities such as Cartagena, many offices and manufacturing operations also work half-day on Saturday, with a two hour lunch break during the work week.
Most stores are open between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, and between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Some food stores and restaurants (but very few other establishments) are open on Sundays and holidays.

It is sometimes possible to negotiate a discount at some stores when paying in cash.

Prior to planning business travel, it is advisable to consult the schedule of Colombian holidays. It is strongly recommended that business trips be avoided during Holy Week (the week before Easter) and the Christmas holiday season (mid-December to mid-January). Visitors may also find it difficult to make business appointments during “puentes” (Fridays or Mondays which “bridge” the weekends with official holidays falling on Thursdays or Tuesdays.)

Colombia 2017 Holidays
DateDay of the WeekHoliday
January 2Monday New Year’s Day
January 9MondayEpiphany
January 16 MondayMartin Luther King Day (U.S.)
February 20 MondayPresident’s Day (U.S.)
March 20MondaySt. Joseph’s Day
April 13ThursdayHoly Thursday
April 14  FridayGood Friday
May 1MondayLabor Day (Colombia)
May 29MondayAscension Day
June 26 MondayFeast of the Sacred Heart
July 3MondayFeast of Saints Peter and Paul
July 4Tuesday Independence Day (U.S.)
July 20 ThursdayIndependence Day (Colombia)
August 7MondayBattle of Boyacá Day
September 4MondayLabor Day (U.S.)
October 9MondayColumbus Day (U.S.)
October 16 MondayColumbus Day (Colombia)
November 6 MondayAll Saints’ Day
November 10FridayVeterans Day
November 23  ThursdayThanksgiving Day (U.S.)
December 8 FridayFeast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 MondayChristmas Day
The U.S. Embassy in Bogotá observes U.S. government holidays as well as most Colombian holidays.

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