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Egypt Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 16, 2024.

Public Holidays in Egypt for 2024

Date Holiday
January 7 Coptic Christmas Day
January 25 Revolution Day
April 10 & April 11 Eid al-Fitr
April 25 Sinai Liberation Day
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 5 Coptic Easter Sunday
May 6 Sham el Nessim
Jun 15 Arafat Day
Jun 16 &J un 17 Eid al-Adha
Jun 30 June Revolution Day
Jul 7 Islamic New Year
Jul 23 Revolution Day
September 15 Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
October 6 Armed Forces Day

An employer may demand that certain employees work on holidays, but must offer double wages in that case.


PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to 21 days of paid annual leave per year if they have been employed for at least 6 consecutive months. Employees who have completed 10 years of consecutive employment or employees over 50 years of age are entitled to 30 days of paid annual leave.

  • Casual Leave

Employees are entitled to up to six days off from work per year and are not required to state a reason for taking the leave. Employees are entitled to take a maximum of 2 days per leave. Casual leave counts as part of annual leave.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Leaves requests should be submitted and approved by the employer, and if the employees fail to carry out their leave, it may not be compensated or rescheduled.

  • PTO payout at the termination

If the work relation was terminated before using the leaves balance, the employer is committed to paying the days untaken to the employee. The employer is obligated to pay compensation of no less than 2 month’s salary for each year that the employee served.

The employer has the right to deduct the number of days taken as annual leave, from the monthly salary if proven that the employee has worked at another employer during the leave.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees who have been employed for 10 consecutive months are entitled to 90 days of paid maternity leave and 45 days following the birth of a baby.

Employees are entitled to take two maternity leaves during their employment service.

Upon return to the workplace, the woman is entitled to 2- half-hour nursing breaks or a combined hour each day for 24 months after the date of birth.

Parental Leave

Employers who have more than 50 employees in the company are required to provide mothers with 24 months of unpaid leave for each child.

Childcare Leave

If the company has at least 50 employees, female employees are entitled to take up to 2 years of unpaid leave to take care of their child. This type of leave can be taken twice during the entire service of the employee.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 6 months of paid sick leave. Employees are required to provide a medical certificate to their employers. 

  • For the first 90 days of sick leave, employees are entitled to receive up to 75 percent of their regular pay.
  • For the following 90 days of leave, employees are entitled to 85 percent of their regular pay.
  • Employees can also convert their annual leave to sick leave.

Work-Related Injury Leave

In case of a temporary disability, employees are entitled to fully paid leave from the first day of injury until the employee is able to return to work or is declared permanently disabled.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave is not specified by law. However, employees are entitled to use their casual leave for this purpose. 

Military Leave

Egypt Leave Laws – Military Leave

If an employee is on a fixed-term contract and must undertake military service and returns after his contract ends, is the employer bound to reinstate him?

The employee or worker shall return to his job or work kept therefore if he so requests within thirty days from the day he is released from military service or the stay thereafter and within one week from the date of his release after the in-call for service.

He must be returned to work within sixty days from the date of submitting the request. The date of submitting the request shall be the date of his reinstatement at work.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Egypt Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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