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Tanzania Leave Laws

Table Of Contents


  • 1st January – New Year’s Day

  • 12th January – Zanzibar Revolution Day

  • 22nd March – Public Holiday

  • 26th March – Public Holiday

  • 2nd April – Good Friday

  • 4th April – Easter Sunday

  • 5th April – Easter Monday

  • 7th April – Karume Day

  • 26th April – Union Day

  • 1st May – Labour Day

  • 13th May – Eid-ul-Fitr

  • 7th July – Saba Saba Day

  • 20th July – Eid-El-Haj

  • 8th August – Nane Nane Day

  • 14th October – Mwalimu Nyerere Day

  • 18th October – Maulid Day

  • 9th December – Independence Day

  • 25th December – Christmas Day

  • 26th December – Boxing Day

If an employee works on a public holiday specified in the Public Holidays Ordinance, the employer is required to pay the employee double the employee’s basic wage for each hour worked on that day.


  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

An employer shall grant an employee at least 28 consecutive days’ leave in respect of each leave cycle, and such leave shall be inclusive of any public holiday that may fall within the period of leave.

Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy

Not specified by law.

  • PTO payout at the termination

On termination of employment, an employer is required to pay an employee any annual leave pay for leave that the employee has not taken, and any annual leave pay accrued during any incomplete leave cycle.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 84 days’ paid maternity leave, or 100 days paid maternity leave if the employee gives birth to more than one child at the same time.

An employee is required to give notice to the employer of her intention to take maternity leave at least 3 months before the expected date of birth and such notice should be supported by a medical certificate.

A female employee is entitled to commence maternity leave at any time from four weeks before the expected date of confinement, and on an earlier date if a medical practitioner certifies that it is necessary for the employee’s health or that of her unborn child.

Female employees are not allowed to work within six weeks of the birth of their children, unless a medical practitioner certifies that they are fit to do so.

An employee is entitled to an additional 84 days paid maternity leave within the leave cycle if the child dies within a year of birth.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to at least 3 days of paid paternity leave, if the leave is taken within 7 days of the birth of a child, and the employee is the father of the child.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

An employee is entitled to sick leave for at least 126 days in any leave cycle. The first 63 days of leave are paid full wages, and the second 63 days are paid half wages.

Employer is not required to pay an employee for the sick leave if the employee fails to provide a medical certificate.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to at least 4 days of paid leave due to the sickness or death of the employee’s child, the death of the employee’s spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Tanzania 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.