The Time Zone Country & State Pages provide information about time zones in a country or state of your choice.
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What Does the Time Zone Country / State Page Show?
Current time and time zone
For countries and states with only one time zone, the current local time, date, and time zone are displayed at the top.
If a country or state has several time zones, Multiple Time Zones is displayed instead. In that case, all of the country's or state's time zones and corresponding current local times are listed in the table further down the page. Exceptions include countries like New Zealand, where the vast majority of people follow only one local time.
Change country or search for city
Use the search field to open the Time Zone Page for a different country, state, or city.
Problems? See “The city search lists several places with the same name. Which is the one I'm looking for?” in the FAQ section below.
Weather, Time Zone, DST, and Sun & Moon tabs
Use the navigation tabs next to the search field to access the Main Country Page (Time/General tab) or other sub-pages dedicated to specific topics, such as Weather, Daylight Saving Time, and Sun & Moon in the city.
Time Zones Currently Being Used
The first table below the tabs shows the time zones that are currently used in the selected country or state, as well as their respective current local times.
The Offset column shows each time zone's offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the world's time standard. A plus (+) means that the local time is ahead of UTC, a minus (-) indicates that it is behind UTC. For example, if a time zone has an offset of UTC-5, it is 5 hours behind UTC, so it is 3 o'clock there when it is 8 o'clock UTC.
The contents of this table are dynamic; they change as soon as clocks change for Daylight Saving Time (DST). To find out when the next DST change will be, click on the DST Changes tab.
Some countries with DST: Generalized Time Zones
In some countries, time zones are often referred to by a generic name, such as Eastern Time in the United States and Australia.
These generalized names do not take into account the fact that the official name of the time zone changes when Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts or ends. This means that the same time zone name can denote 2 different UTC offsets and corresponding local times. For this reason, the table lists 2 different offsets, and the current local time associated with it changes when the selected country or state changes its clocks.
Countries with DST: Time Zones Not Currently Being Observed
This table shows time zones that will go into effect again after the next Daylight Saving Time (DST) switch. The date for the upcoming switch is displayed in the Commences column. For a more detailed overview of upcoming or recent DST clock changes in the selected country, click on DST Changes near the top of the page.
Why does it show the wrong time zone?
Although our researchers work hard to make sure our time zone information is correct, mistakes can always happen. If you spot one, we would be delighted to hear from you via our feedback form. Please make sure to state which page you are referring to, and, if applicable, which sources you are comparing us with.
Why does it show the wrong dates or times for DST clock changes?
The dates and times when Daylight Saving Time starts and ends in a country or territory can change at short notice. In some countries, reliable information is difficult to obtain or the authorities may issue conflicting information.
So, although our researchers work hard to make sure our DST information is correct, the most recent developments may not be reflected on the page yet or our sources may have reported false information. If you spot a mistake, we would be delighted to hear from you via our feedback form. Please make sure to state which page you are referring to and, if applicable, which sources you are comparing us with.
The time has the wrong format. How do I change between the 24-hour and AM/PM clock?
Our system supports both 24-hour and 12-hour (am/pm) clock formats. To change the format, please go to My Units and make a selection in the Time Format drop-down, and click Save Settings.
Why isn't my state or town included?
We currently only offer separate pages for states, provinces, and territories for a few countries. These include the US, Canada, and Mexico.
As for cities and towns, our database of locations includes thousands of locations worldwide, and we now offer an additional 6 million places via the GeoNames database. If you still don't find your town, please let us know and we will consider adding it.
The city search lists several places with the same name. Which is the one I'm looking for?
When you type the location into the search field and it suggests several places by the same name, first have a look at the country flag and the description in parentheses to identify the city you are looking for. If it is still unclear, click on one of the locations and check the geographical position on the map or click on the Time/General tab and check the longitude/latitude information show near the top of the page.
FAQ: General Info & Instructions
Does the page always show current information?
The Time Zone Country / State Page reflects the current time zone situation in the selected country or state, taking into account all Daylight Saving Time changes as soon as they happen. However, following a change, you have to refresh the page to see the latest information.
Which sources do you use to determine DST dates and times?
Our primary sources include law texts, local news agencies and media outlets, embassies, and tourist agencies. We also use the IANA Time Zone Database as a reference. For past dates, we generally consult relevant encyclopediae, newspaper archives, and other works about the location's history.
Follow our Time Zone News to stay up-to-date about changes to DST laws and time zones around the world.
What does UTC/GMT +/- X hours mean?
The Offset column in some of the tables shows the time difference between the time zone and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is the world's time standard. A negative value means that the location is behind UTC, a positive value means that it is ahead of UTC. For example, if a time zone has an offset of UTC-5, it is 5 hours behind UTC, so it is 3:00 there when it is 8:00 UTC.
In terms of time, UTC is the same as GMT. However, there is a fine difference between the two.
Do you offer a list of all time zones?
How many time zones are there?
The number of time zones varies. You will find the current number of time zones here.
How can I keep up-to-date about DST changes?
Our Time Zone News service provides DST alerts for some countries and info about all changes to DST rules worldwide.
Where can I find more information about the site and its services?
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