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Revealed: Singapore Public Holidays in 2022

Get your 2022 annual leave booking strategy in check! With travel opportunities back on the horizon, there are a dozen public holidays to take advantage of, including five falling on a Monday or Friday.

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has released its official public holiday calendar for 2022, so with travel opportunities finally set to be back on the horizon, it’s time to map out your annual leave strategy to maximise your overseas trips next year.

With both 2018 and 2019 offering only four long weekends, and with 2020 and much of 2021 being a write-off for travel due to COVID-19, the good news is that 2022 has five long weekends to treat us with, where public holidays are observed either on a Friday or a Monday.

There are also two additional opportunities to maximise Tuesday / Wednesday public holidays by taking just a single day off work, so there should be no shortage of options for leave-efficient trips, in what could be the year of “revenge travel”.

By 2022, leisure travel should be well and truly back on the cards. (Photo: Amarterra Villa)

Extending long weekends

Happy with 4 or 5 days off for taking just a single annual leave day?

Here’s our rundown of eight opportunities to do just that in 2022.

Leave-efficient 4/5-day options

  Observed Date(s) Apply for leave on Days for a trip
New Year’s Day 1 Jan (Sat) No benefit
Chinese New Year 1 Feb (Tue)
2 Feb (Wed)
31 Jan (Mon)
5 days
Good Friday 15 Apr (Fri) 14 Apr (Thu)
or
18 Apr (Mon)
4 days
Hari Raya Puasa
Labour Day
2 May (Mon)
3 May (Tue)
29 Apr (Fri)
or
4 May (Wed)
5 days
Vesak Day 16 May (Mon) 13 May (Fri)
or
17 May (Tue)
4 days
Hari Raya Haji 9 Jul (Sat) No benefit
National Day 9 Aug (Tue) 8 Aug (Mon)
4 days
Deepavali 24 Oct (Mon) 21 Oct (Fri)
or
25 Oct (Tue)
4 days
Christmas Day 26 Dec (Mon) 23 Dec (Fri)
or
27 Dec (Mon)
4 days
New Year’s Day 2 Jan 2023 (Mon) 30 Dec (Fri)
or
3 Jan 2023 (Tue)
4 days

The final one here takes advantage of New Year’s Day in 2023 falling on a Sunday, meaning Monday is observed as a public holiday and therefore giving you a long weekend to take advantage of at the very end of 2022 using a 2022 leave day, or by dipping in to your 2023 allowance if you prefer.

If you’re happy with a 3- or 4-day weekend, you can also take advantage of these ones without taking any leave at all, and of course you can always extend them slightly too with an extra leave day (2 leave days in total) to make them 5- or 6-day trips.

3 days of leave over CNY or Hari Raya will score you 9 days off

Interested in a longer trip next year? There are two great opportunities to earn 9 days out of the office, while taking just 3 days of leave.

Leave-efficient 9-day options

  Observed Date(s) Apply for leave on Days for a trip
Chinese New Year 1 Feb (Tue)
2 Feb (Wed)
31 Jan (Mon)
3 Feb (Thu)
4 Feb (Fri)
9 days
Hari Raya Puasa
Labour Day
2 May (Mon)
3 May (Tue)
4 May (Wed)
5 May (Thu)
6 May (Fri)
9 days

Best dates for a long trip

Planning a long trip in 2022?

The most efficient time to do this is in the first half of May, to take advantage of Hari Raya Puasa and Labour Day early in the month at the beginning of your trip and Vesak Day mid-month, which you can pin to the end.

Leave-efficient 17-day option

  Observed Date(s) Apply for leave on Days for a trip
Hari Raya Puasa
Labour Day
2 May (Mon)
3 May (Tue)
  17 days
    4 May (Wed)
5 May (Thu)
6 May (Fri)
9 May (Mon)
10 May (Tue)
11 May (Wed)
12 May (Thu)
13 May (Fri)
Vesak Day 16 May (Mon)  

You’d then score a whopping 17 days off by taking just 8 days of annual leave.

Summary

Don’t waste your annual leave in 2022, with several options available for stretching out a number of overseas trips next year, including two great opportunities for 9 consecutive days off with only 3 days scrubbed from your leave balance!

There are plenty of options for shorter 4- and 5-day trips too (even 3- and 4-day ones with no leave needed), plus a chance to score 17 days off by taking 8 days of leave in May, if you have a long-haul adventure in mind.

Obviously we’re assuming here that most of our readers are office-based Monday to Friday types, so you’ll have to examine the leave calendar yourself if you normally work on a different pattern of days to identify where your personal ‘sweet spots’ lie in 2022.

While it’s still not 100% clear where travel can take us next year, it’s worth locking in your annual leave first to maximise your days off, then work out where to go later, once known leisure travel opportunities are revealed.

(Cover Photo: Raffles Bali)

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