Daylight saving time in Asia

As of 2017, daylight saving time is used in the following Asian countries:

  •  Cyprus: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October; follows European Union practice.
  •  Iran: From March 21–22 to September 21–22 (Farvardin 1 to Shahrivar 30); DST is applied to all spring and summer days
  •  Israel: From Friday before the last Sunday of March to last Sunday October
  •  Jordan: From last Friday March to last Friday October
  •  Lebanon: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October
  • Palestinian territories: From last Saturday March to last Saturday October
  •  Syria: From last Friday March to last Friday October
  •  Turkey: Currently year-round with no change in the winter.

By country and regions

 People's Republic of China

The People's Republic of China experimented with DST from 1986, but abandoned DST from 1992 onwards. The PRC now uses one time zone (UTC+08:00) for the whole country.


The British first instituted summer time in Egypt in 1940, during the Second World War. The practice was stopped after 1945, but resumed 12 years later, in 1957.[1]

Before the revolution in January 2011, the government was planning to take a decision to abolish summer time in 2011 before President Hosni Mubarak's term expires in September 2011. The transitional government did so on 20 April 2011.[2]

Under the pretext that daylight saving time would save energy, the Egyptian government decided on 7 May 2014 to reinstate summer time with an exception for the holy month of Ramadan.[3] In April the next year, a poll was held on whether to apply summer time or not. Following the results, the government decided on 20 April to temporarily cancel summer time, to make the necessary amendment to the laws and asked the ministers to work on a study to determine the probability of applying DST in coming years or not.[4] The ministry of electricity assured that the achieved electricity savings from applying summer time is not of any tangible effect.[5] Summer time was expected to return in 2016, starting on July 8 (after Ramadan), but on July 5, it was decided to again cancel it.[1]

 Hong Kong

Hong Kong used DST beginning in 1941, but abandoned it from 1980 onwards.[6]


British India used Daylight Saving Time (DST) briefly during wartime in 1942–1945 while under british rule. Currently, India does not observe DST.


Iran observed DST in 1977–1980, 1991–2005 and since 2008 from March 21–22 (1/1 Iranian calendars) to September 21–22 (6/30 Iranian calendars).


Israel observed DST in 1940–1946, 1948–1957, 1974–1975 and since 1985. Currently, DST is observed from the Friday before the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October.[7]


Jordan UTC+03:00 observed daylight saving time from the last Friday of March to the last Friday of October. On October 24, 2012, Jordan decided to continue observing daylight saving time for an entire year, ending in December 2013.[8][9]


Kazakhstan made a decision to stop observing summer time in 2005, citing health complications as well as lowered productivity and a lack of economic benefits.[10]


Kyrgyzstan voted to stop observing DST in 2005 and make UTC+06:00 as Standard Time (which used to be Kyrgyzstan Summer Time), thus having permanent DST due to the timezone shift.


Malaysia used DST from January 1, 1933, but discontinued on December 31, 1981 to replace DST with Malaysian Standard Time. Other sources claim that Malaysia ceased DST on January 1, 1936, along with Singapore.


As of 2019, the Philippines does not observe daylight saving time, although it was enforced for short periods during the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon in 1936-1937, Ramon Magsaysay in 1954, Ferdinand Marcos in 1978, and Corazon Aquino in 1990.[11]

DST was primarily intended to alleviate the energy crisis by minimizing the number of hours in which electric lighting was needed, reducing the strain on the national power grid. As power generation and transmission capacities improved, the practice was abandoned.

In April 2006, the Department of Trade and Industry again proposed that DST be re-implemented to help deal with rising oil prices.[12][13]

In August 2014, President Benigno Aquino III was urged by LPGMA Partylist Representative Arnel Ty to observe DST from November 2014 to January 2015 and March to June 2015 to prepare for the power crisis in the country but the President did not implement the DST.[14][15]

 South Korea

South Korea observed DST from 1948–51, from 1955–60, and from 1987–88. South Korea does not currently observe DST.


Syria observed DST at UTC+03:00, in 2006 from 30 March until 21 September (a change from 30 September). Now, DST is observed from the last Friday of March to the last Friday of October.


Taiwan implemented DST from 1945–61, revoked DST from 1962–73, reinstated DST from 1974–75, revoked DST from 1976–79 and reinstated it in 1980. Taiwan abandoned DST from 1981 onwards.


Turkey is currently observing year-round daylight saving from September 2016. DST was used from 1985–2016.

Asian countries not using DST

These countries or regions do not use daylight saving time, although some have in the past:

  1.  Afghanistan
  2.  Armenia (Observed DST in 1981–1995, 1997–2011)
  3.  Azerbaijan (Observed DST in 1981–1989, 1990–1992 and 1996–2015)
  4.  Bahrain
  5.  Bangladesh (Observed DST in 1942–1945 and 2009-10)
  6.  Brunei
  7.  Cambodia
  8.  China (Observed DST in 1986–1992)
  9.  East Timor
  10.  Egypt (Observed DST in 1940–1945, 1957–2010 and 2014)
  11.  India (Observed DST in 1942–1945 during World War 2)
  12.  Indonesia (Jakarta observed DST in 1948–1950)
  13.  Iraq (Observed DST in 1982–2007)
  14.  Japan (Observed DST in 1948–1951)
  15.  Kazakhstan (Observed DST in 1981–1990 and 1992–2004)
  16.  Kuwait
  17.  Kyrgyzstan (Observed DST in 1981–2005)
  18.  Laos
  19.  Malaysia (Observed DST in 1933–1981)
  20.  Maldives
  21.  Mongolia (Observed DST in 1983–1989; 1990–1998; 2001–2006 and 2015–2017)
  22.  Myanmar
  23.    Nepal
  24.  North Korea
  25.  Oman
  26.  Pakistan (Observed DST in 1942–1945, 2002 and 2008–2009)
  27.  Philippines (Observed DST in 1936–1937, 1954, 1978 and 1990)
  28.  Qatar
  29.  Russia (Observed DST in 1917–1919 and 1921 (some areas), 1981–2010. 2011–2014, used year-round DST. In 2014, Russia discontinued year-round DST and switched back to standard time)
  30.  Saudi Arabia
  31.  Singapore (Observed DST in 1933–1935 by adding 20 minutes to standard time. On January 1, 1936, country changed their time zone to UTC+07:20 which was used till midnight of September 1st, 1941 when it was standardized to UTC+07:30)
  32.  South Korea (Observed DST in 1948–1951, 1955–1960 and 1987–1988)
  33.  Sri Lanka
  34.  Taiwan (Observed DST in 1945–1962, 1974, 1975 and 1979)
  35.  Tajikistan (Observed DST in 1981–1991)
  36.  Thailand
  37.  Turkey (observed DST from 1985–2016)
  38.  Turkmenistan (Observed DST in 1981–1991)
  39.  United Arab Emirates
  40.  Uzbekistan (Observed DST in 1981–1991)
  41.  Vietnam
  42.  Yemen


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