How to Travel in Ramadan

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Travelling during Ramadan can be an enriching and meaningful experience, regardless of your religion. Be mindful to abide by local customs and seek assistance if needed from local residents.

Dressing modestly is also recommended, particularly for women, who should consider bringing a scarf or pashmina to cover their hair during fasting. Iftar, the evening meal after fasting has ended, is an opportunity to celebrate together and is sure to bring joyous celebration.

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Non-Muslim visitors to countries that celebrate Ramadan must respect local laws and customs. Although non-Muslim visitors aren’t required to fast, showing disrespect could have serious repercussions – particularly when practicing Ramadan is strictly adhered to.

Many Muslims abstain from eating or drinking publicly during the day, opting to venture out at sunset for Iftar instead. Tourist attractions and restaurants consequently operate on reduced hours or close altogether during this period; giving visitors a rare chance to witness another side of culture they might otherwise miss.

Marrakech comes alive after darkfall as locals shop and dine, creating an energetic and festive atmosphere without tourist crowds – making Ramadan an excellent time to visit! Although no official dress code exists during Ramadan, travellers are strongly recommended to wear modest clothing such as cotton or silk pieces; more conservative pieces should not be worn to show cultural respect. Men are strongly encouraged to wear hijab/abayas while travelling.


Ramadan, one of five pillars of Islam, is observed worldwide and marks when the Quran was revealed for the first time to Prophet Muhammad. Muslims fast from dawn until dusk each day while refraining from drinking water, eating food, smoking or swearing and participating in prayer services during this holy month.

Non-Muslim travellers will find it safe and appropriate to visit Muslim-majority countries during Ramadan, although you should expect some differences culturally than usual. Some restaurants may close or change their hours, and public transportation could become busier as people go home to break their fasts.

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Eid al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan and serves as an Islamic Christmas, when everyone gathers together for large meals and gifts. While attendance to an Iftar (breaking fast dinner) isn’t mandatory, attending is a great way to immerse yourself in local culture and meet people while traveling during Ramadan. Dress modestly when traveling during this month as showing respect for those fasting will also help.


Ramadan is an integral time of reflection and rejuvenation for Muslims worldwide, serving as an opportunity for them to pause, reflect and reset. Fasting during Ramadan involves not eating or drinking anything between sunrise and sunset with exception to one meal each morning (suhoor) and one at sunset (iftar).

At this time, many restaurants will close and those that remain should refrain from playing music as listening to it may disrupt fasting and is forbidden.

If you are traveling during Ramadan, make sure to try local dishes like Kheer – a decadent North Indian rice pudding spiced with cardamom – which is served alongside poori, a fry bread made of whole wheat flour designed for scooping. Be mindful when breaking your fast at Iftar as overeating can cause headaches and make you lethargic enough that Maghrib prayers may become harder to perform at sunset. On Eid al-Fitr you can indulge in big meals with family and friends during its three day celebration at its conclusion – enjoy!


Flight is by far the easiest and quickest way to travel within Muslim countries during Ramadan, with main airports remaining open but offering reduced flights; bus and train services operate normally but less frequently during the daytime hours; local bus and train services run normally as usual, although less frequently during Ramadan hours; local bus and train services continue to run normally but may experience disruption due to less frequent service runs during daylight hours; for business travellers remember that energy levels drop off considerably by afternoon hours, impacting performance considerably – therefore try scheduling appointments early morning if possible and use local translators wherever necessary for maximum effectiveness when possible if traveling for business reasons.

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Restaurants outside touristy areas remain closed until sunset during Ramadan, with cafes at train stations or small towns usually only offering takeaway pastries or offering takeout coffee services. Many guesthouses have kitchens which may provide meals during the day but it’s best to check ahead first before placing an order.

Bus and train operators must be mindful of when they stop to pray on long runs, particularly with New York Transit’s religious accommodation policy that allows drivers and conductors to request time off for prayer if desired; however, for workers working long shifts this may prove challenging; many find ways of self-accommodating by simply saying their prayers while on duty.


Traveling during Ramadan requires careful preparation. Travel can be difficult at any time, but during Ramadan it can become almost unmanageable as airlines, buses and trains sell out rapidly; airports become overcrowded; major highways become gridlocked with traffic jams – the latter scenario especially true during times like this!

If your work requires traveling during Ramadan, consider scheduling it early to minimize disruptions and maintain productivity. Many businesses operate with minimal staff during Ramadan; working performance often declines significantly by midday.

If traveling with children, create a calendar together and mark each day of Ramadan as it passes – this can help children learn about the holiday while understanding how different calendars differ. Or host a virtual mosque tour through video conferencing platforms or prerecorded videos; ask your local mosque or Islamic center about possible solutions for such activities.

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