Daylight saving time in Asia
As of 2016, DST is used in the following Asian countries:
- Cyprus: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October; follows European Union practice. The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus uses year-round summer time with no change in winer.
- Iran: From March 21–22 to September 21–22 (1 Farvardin to 30 Shahrivar); Starts on the second or third day of Nowruz
- Israel: From last Friday March to last Sunday October
- Jordan: From last Friday March to last Friday October
- Lebanon: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October
- Mongolia: From last Saturday March to last Saturday September
- Palestinian territories: From last Saturday March to second last Friday October
- Syria: From last Friday March to last Friday October
- Turkey: Currently year-round with no change in the winter. This includes the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.
China, People's Republic of
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+8) for the whole country.
India used Daylight Saving Time (DST) briefly during wartime in 1942-1945. Currently, India does not observe DST.
A few parts of Indonesia (including Jakarta) briefly observed DST continuously on May 1, 1948 to May 1, 1950. Other possible error site timeanddate.com Time Zone Change 1 May, 1948 to 1 May, 1950. Its UTC offset during DST is UTC+08:00.
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.
Jordan UTC+3 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.
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.
Kyrgyzstan voted to stop observing DST in 2005 and make UTC+6 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.
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+3, 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 savings 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:
- Armenia (Observed DST in 1981-1995, 1997-2011)
- Azerbaijan (Observed DST in 1981-1989, 1990-1992 and 1996-2015)
- Bangladesh (Observed DST in 1942-1945 and 2009-10)
- China (Observed DST in 1986-1992)
- East Timor
- Egypt (Observed DST in 1940-1945, 1957-2010 and 2014)
- India (Observed DST in 1942-1945 during World War 2)
- Indonesia (Jakarta observed DST in 1948-1950)
- Iraq (Observed DST in 1982-2007)
- Japan (Observed DST in 1948-1951)
- Kazakhstan (Observed DST in 1981-1990 and 1992-2004)
- Kyrgyzstan (Observed DST in 1981-2005)
- Malaysia (Observed DST in 1933-1981)
- North Korea
- Pakistan (Observed DST in 1942-1945, 2002 and 2008-2009)
- Philippines (Observed DST in 1936-1937, 1954, 1978 and 1990)
- 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)
- Saudi Arabia
- 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)
- South Korea (Observed DST in 1948-1951, 1955-1960 and 1987-1988)
- Sri Lanka
- Taiwan (Observed DST in 1945-1962, 1974, 1975 and 1979)
- Tajikistan (Observed DST in 1981-1991)
- Turkey (observed DST from 1985-2016)
- Turkmenistan (Observed DST in 1981-1991)
- United Arab Emirates
- Uzbekistan (Observed DST in 1981-1991)
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- "Knesset votes to extend Daylight Saving Time". jpost.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
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- "Jordan cancels decision to switch to wintertime". WorldTimeZone.com. 24 October 2012. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
- "Kazakhstan abolishes daylight saving time". Kazakhstan Society in the UK. 2005-03-21. Retrieved 2007-03-28.