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Mozambique 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 Mozambique for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 3 Heroes’ Day
April 7&8 Women’s Day
May 1 Labour Day
Jun 25 Independence Day
September 7 Lusaka Peace Agreement Day
September 25 Armed Forces Day
Octobe 4 Peace and National Reconciliation Day
December 25 Family Day

When a public holiday occurs on a Sunday, it is observed the subsequent Monday, unless the nature of the work is such that it cannot be halted.


  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to the following periods of paid annual holidays:

  • one day for every month of actual service, during the first year of service;
  • two days for every month of actual service, during the second year of service;
  • thirty days for every year of actual service, from the third year onwards.

Persons employed for a fixed term of more than three months but less than one year are entitled to holidays of one day for every month of actual service.

Employees have the right to take their holidays in one uninterrupted period. The employer may split the period into parts, provided that the employee agrees and that each part is not less than six days, otherwise the employer will be liable to compensate the employee for the damages proved to have been caused as a result of the interrupted holidays.

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

The employer and the employee may agree, in writing, to the accumulation of up to fifteen days of holidays for every twelve months of actual service, provided that the accumulated holidays will be taken during the year.

No more than thirty days of holidays may be taken in advance and no more than sixty days of holidays may be accumulated in any year.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Not specified by law.

Maternity Leave and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees receive paid maternity leave of 60 days, which may begin up to 20 days before the due date. Benefits are paid through Mozambique’s social security system. Employees receive 100% of their average daily earnings if they have made at least 12 months of contributions in the 18 months before the expected due date. 

Paternity Leave 

Male employees are entitled to one day of paternity leave, every two years; it must be taken the day immediately following the birth.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Where an employee is absent for an uninterrupted period of more than fifteen days, the employer may submit the employee to the health board or other duly licensed body, to obtain a ruling on the employee’s capacity to work.

An employer may, on its own initiative or at the employee’s request, submit to the health board or other duly licensed body for employees whose earning capacity is affected for health reasons or who are intermittently absent due to illness for a total of more than five days in one quarter.

Jury Duty Leave and Voting Leave (Leave due to Public Interest)

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to up to five days, for the death of the employee’s spouse, father, mother, children, stepchildren, siblings, grandparents, stepfather, or stepmother.

Employees are entitled to up to two days, for the death of the employee’s parents-in-law, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Mozambique 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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