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March 21, 20220

The Council of Ministers in its last meeting on March 18 decided today’s date – 21 March, as a day off.

Inter alia, the Decision no. 161, dated 18.3.2022 foresees:

“The working day on 21.3.2022, will be replaced with one of the days off within this year.”


So March 21st is not an official holiday?


The official holidays in Albania are the following:

  • New Year holidays
  • New Year holidays
  • Summer Day
  • Novruz Day
  • Catholic Easter Sunday
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • International Workers’ Day
  • Eid al-Adha Day
  • Eid al-Adha Day
  • Day of St. Teresa Sanctification
  • Flag Day and Independence Day
  • Liberation Day
  • National Youth Day
  • Christmas

No, March 21 is not an official holiday, but today’s day off will be replaced with a working day on one of the upcoming official holidays.


Will this day be paid as a “working day on an official holiday”?


On official holidays (usually) you are not obliged to work, yet you get paid – at least this is the rule provided in the Labor Code.

The first paragraph of the 18th March decision stipulates that today is a day off for the governmental bodies, consequently the employees of public Institutions have the day off.  

However, private entities engaged in economic activity (Albanian or foreign natural and / or legal persons) in the country may have decided to follow up the same scenarios as the governmental bodies for their employees, but not because today is an official holiday. In such a case, today’s working day  will be replaced by another working day on one of the upcoming official holidays, for example the “International Workers’ Day” and no additional salary will be applied on that day.

Lots of changes these days, right ?!

Do you know what has remained unchanged? 


The fact that you can download for FREE the eGuide “Employment in Albania”.

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