Paid Annual Leave Per Country: Global Guide
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- Vacation days are not the same as sick leave or parental leave, both of which have separate legal requirements.
- The number of vacation days pertains to full-time employees (those working 5 days a week or ~40 hours): the leave entitlement is often adjusted for part-time workers.
- Public holidays are sometimes included in the vacation leave, depending on the country.
Annual leave, or annual vacation, is the number of paid vacation time entitled to employees and is one of the most valuable and attractive employee benefits.
Companies must legally provide a certain number of paid vacation days to all full-time employees: the number varies depending on employment law in each country. For example, in European Union countries, employees receive a minimum of 4 weeks of paid leave, whereas in Mexico, employees receive six days.
Some private-sector companies offer longer vacation leave as a part of their competitive benefits package.
In this guide, we share the statutory minimum annual leave for 76 countries across the globe. Whether you’re a company hiring in a new country or a worker considering relocating, here’s what you need to know about paid leave.
The length of your paid annual leave in Argentina depends on how long the employee works at the company.
- For six months to five years, you’re entitled to 14 days
- For up to ten years: you get 21 days
- For 10 to 20 years, you receive 28
- For 20+ years, you get 35 days of paid time off
After you complete one year of employment in Brazil, you can take 30 days of paid annual leave.
People in Finland are entitled to 30 days of paid annual leave.
German employees get 20 days of paid leave. However, most employers give their workers up to six weeks of paid time off.
In Panama, an employee gets 30 days of paid time off a year once they work with a company for over a year.
In Peru, you get 30 days of vacation if you’ve been with the company for more than a year.
The length of your annual leave depends on how long you’ve been with a company.
- Once you work at a company for six months, you get three days
- After a year, you get seven days
- After two years, you get 10 days
- After three years, you get 14 days
- After five years 15 days
- After 10 years, you get one additional day every year maxed out at 30 days
United Arab Emirates
After you complete six months of work, you receive two paid days off per month. Once you've been working for a company for a year, you're entitled to 30 days of annual leave.
Employees in Albania receive four weeks of paid time off per year. Their time off rolls over until the end of March the following year. If they don't use it, it expires.
If employed in Australia, you’re entitled to 20 days of paid annual leave.
Austrian workers get 25 days of paid time off per year. If you complete 25 years of service, you can get 30 weeks of paid leave.
If working for a company in Belarus, you get 24 days of paid annual leave.
In Belgium, you can take 20 days of paid time off per year.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Employees in Bosnia and Herzegovina receive 20 days of paid time off. Minors and employees that perform risky or health-harming jobs are entitled to more.
Employees in Bulgaria receive 20 business days of paid annual leave once they work for an employer for at least eight months.
Kimberly Bringas, HR + Culture Enthusiast, Olark
If you work in Canada, the government guarantees your first paid leave after you complete one year of service but most employees offer some paid time off from the beginning. The longer you work at a company, the more time off you receive:
- One to five years: two weeks off
- Five to ten years: three weeks off
- 10+ years: four weeks off
If you work in Croatia, you get a minimum of 20 days of paid annual leave.
In Cyprus, you get four weeks of paid time off per year. The exact number of days depends on the number of days you work per week:
- 20 days off for a five-day week
- 24 days for a six-day week
If you work in the Czech Republic, you get 20 days of paid time off.
In Denmark, you get 25 days of paid time off.
Employees in Egypt receive 21 days of paid time off per year once they work at a company for at least six months. The number of paid vacation days goes up to 30 after 10 years of service.
Estonian employers must give employees 28 days of paid time off per year.
You have the right to 25 days of paid time off in France. You may also be eligible for holiday bonuses depending on seniority.
In Greece, you can take 20-22 days off per year. However, you may get 25 days once you spend more than 10 years at the same company.
If you’re employee in Ireland, your employer must pay you for four weeks of vacation.
Employees in Italy can take at least 20 days of paid annual leave.
If an employee works for more than a year at the same company, they get 21 days of paid leave. They get seven paid days off their first year once they complete two uninterrupted months of work.
Latvian law states that every employee has the right to take four calendar weeks of paid time off. If the employee is under 18 years old, then they can take a month off.
Lithuanian employers must offer 20 days of paid holiday in a year.
In Luxembourg, employees get 25 days of paid leave in a year.
If you work 40 hours a week in Malta, you have the right to 26 days of paid annual leave.
In Mauritius, employees receive 20 days of paid time off per year.
In Montenegro, your annual leave depends on your length and type of employment. If you work 36 hours a week in severe conditions, you're entitled to 30 business days of paid time off. If you have a 40-hour workweek, you get 20 days. If you work six days a week, you get 24 days of paid time off.
In the Netherlands, you can take 20 days of paid time off in a year.
In New Zealand, you are entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave.
Employees in Norway are entitled to 20 days of paid holiday each year.
Darren Murph, Head of Remote, Gitlab
As an employee in Poland, you get 20 days of paid leave if you’ve been with the company for up to ten years. If you’ve been there more, your paid vacation entitlement is 26 days.
If you’re working for a company in Portugal, you’re entitled to 22 days of annual leave.
Romanian employees get 20 days of paid annual leave.
Employees in Russia can take 28 days of paid annual leave once they work for an employer for a year.
As an employee in Serbia, you’re entitled to 20 business days of paid annual leave. This number may increase with years of service, your education level, and other factors.
Slovakian employees get 28 days of paid annual leave.
If you’re working for a Slovenian company, you are entitled to 28 days of paid time off in a year.
South African employees can take at least three weeks of paid time off in a year.
If you’ve been with an employer for less than two years, you’re entitled to 15 days of paid holiday. For over three years of employment, you’re entitled to one additional day every two years, with a maximum of 25 days.
In Spain, the length of your leave depends on how many hours you work each week. If you work 36 hours each week, you get 22 paid business days off. After you spend more than a year with the same employer, you get 23.
Swedish employees get 25 days of paid vacation days each year. Employees receive holiday bonuses each May, too.
If you’re working for a company based in Switzerland, you get 20 days of paid time off in a year.
If you've been working for less than five years in Turkey, you get a minimum of 14 paid days off per year. After 5 years of employment, this number increases to 20 days. After 15 years of service, you get 26 days of paid vacation.
Like in many other countries in Europe, Ukrainian employees are entitled to 24 calendar days of annual leave. The leave includes weekends, but not official holidays.
If you work for three years in Cambodia, you have the right to take 18 days off annually. For every year after that, you get an additional day.
You get 15 paid days off after a year of working for the same company in Chile. You get 1.25 days per month in your first year.
Your rights begin when you’ve been working for a company for at least a year. You’re entitled to five paid days off per year for your first ten years, ten days after ten years, and 15 days after 20 years.
Employees in Colombia have the right to 15 business days of paid annual leave per year. Of these 15 days, you’re required to take at least six business days off in a row, and the rest can be compensated in payment.
For every 50 weeks they spend working, employees in Costa Rica have the right to take two weeks of paid annual leave. If you've been at the company for shorter than 50 weeks, you're entitled to one day off per month.
In Georgia, employees take annual leave according to the length of their employment.
- 15 days off for their first five years
- 18 days off between five and ten years
- 21 paid days off after ten years
As an employee in India, you get 18 days of paid holiday per year. If you don’t use all your vacation days, you can carry over up to 30 days to the following year.
In Indonesia, employees get 12 paid days off after a year of employment.
In Israel, employees get 12 days of paid annual leave.
If you’ve been with a company for up to two years, you get seven days of paid leave. For every additional year of employment, you get an additional day. So, if you’ve been working for a company for 9+ years, you are entitled to 14 days of paid leave.
In Hungary, you can take at least three weeks of paid holiday. If you’re working five days a week, you can take 15 days off per year.
In Japan, you get 10 days of paid time off. For your first 2.5 years of service, you get an additional day every year. After that, you get two additional days per year.
Employees in Madagascar can take five paid days off of annual vacation.
In Malaysia, you get eight days of paid leave if you’ve been with the company for two years. If you’ve been with the same employer for two to five years, you get 12 days of paid leave per year. If you stay at the same company for five or more years, you get 16 days of paid leave.
If you’re working for a Mexican company, the number of paid days off you can take depends on how long you’ve been with the company.
- 1 year: 6 paid days off
- 2 years: 8 paid days off
- 3 years: 10 paid days off
- 4 years: 12 paid days off
- 5 or more years: two additional paid days off every five years
Mongolian employees have the right to a minimum of 15 days of paid leave per year.
Nalani Genser, Peope Ops Lead, Mavrck
Employees in Nigeria can take a minimum of six working days off after they've been working for a year. If they're under 16 years old, they can take 12 paid days off.
If you’re working for a company set in the Philippines, you can take five days off in a year. If you don’t use them, you can receive monetary compensation instead.
If you’ve been with a company for three months, you get at least seven days of paid time off. You get an additional day off each year until you hit 14 days off after eight years. Most employers in Singapore gives at least 14-20 days off from the beginning despite the legal minimum, though.
As an employee in Sri Lanka, you're entitled to 14 days of paid time off after the first year of your employment.
People employed in Thailand can take six days off a year and get paid for them. There are 16 public holidays in Thailand but only banks and government offices get them off.
Employees in Tunisia can take 12 paid days off per year once they stay with an employer for a year. This number may increase up to 21 with additional years of service.
Employees in Uganda can take 21 days after a year of service. After that, they get seven days for each four-month period they work.
If you’re employed in the UK, you’ll be able to take 20 days of paid annual leave.
In the US, there isn’t a law specifically demanding that an employer pays their employees for their time off. For example, in New York, you may even be required to work on holidays if your contract doesn't specify otherwise. However, most employees get around 15 days of paid annual leave.
In Vietnam, you’re allowed to take 12 days off in a year. For every five years you spend with the same employer, you’re entitled to one more extra paid holiday.
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