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Iran Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Vacation Days (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 February 6, 2024.

Paid Time Off (PTO) in Iran

Vacation Leave Quota (Annual Leave)

1 full month

Employees in Iran are entitled to 1 full calendar month of paid vacation per year (this includes 4 Fridays). For employment periods shorter than a full year, the number of vacation days is proportionally adjusted based on the specified months of actual work during that year.

Certain categories of employees are entitled to more days of annual leave. This includes, for example, employees working in difficult and dangerous jobs who are entitled to 5 full weeks each year.

The scheduling of vacation is determined through a mutual agreement between each employee and their employer. In case a dispute arises, the issue will be sent to the Office of Labour and Social Affairs.

Labor Law Provisions

Provisions of the labor law regarding vacation, pilgrimage leave, holidays, days off, and other types of PTO are from articles 62 to 74 of the act about labor conditions.

Carry Over

Carryover in Iran is allowed, but employees may transfer only 9 days (from the full vacation entitlement) from one year to the following one.

Payment of Unused Vacation Upon Termination

An employee must be paid for all unused vacation days in the event of termination, redundancy, disability, retirement, or any other way of canceling an employment contract.

Special Leave for Pilgrimage

1 month of unpaid leave (only once in total employment)

Iran leave laws also specify a requirement of 1 month of unpaid leave for all employees once in their career to take the Islamic pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Sick Leave in Iran

Not specified.

The number of days for sick leave is not specified by law. Article 74 concerning Iran leave laws Iran only states that the time spent on sick leave will be counted as part of the employee’s service and retirement with the acceptance of the a social insurance organization.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Iran

9 months

A pregnant female employee in the private sector is entitled to 9 months of partially paid maternity leave. A minimum of three months must be taken postnatally (after the birth), while the remaining time of leave can be used during the rest of the pregnancy.

Maternity leave must be counted as part of an employee’s service history, the same as sick leave. Upon their return after maternity leave, employees must be provided with the same job position.

The Labor Law of Iran initially defined maternity leave in articles 75–79. However, maternity leave was extended from 6 to 9 months in 2013.


During the maternity leave period, an employee receives two-thirds of their regular salary. According to Iran leave laws, the social insurance organization is responsible for covering this payment.

Paternity Leave in Iran

Not required by law.

There are no Iran leave laws governing paternity leave in the private sector. However, employees in public or government organizations are entitled to 2 weeks of paternity leave.

Bereavement Leave in Iran

3 days

All employees are entitled to 3 days of paid bereavement leave in the unfortunate event that their father, mother, spouse, or child dies.

Jury Duty Leave in Iran

There is no legal definition of jury duty leave.

Military Leave in Iran

There is no law defining military leave.

Voting Leave in Iran

There is no law defining voting leave.

Marriage Leave in Iran

3 days

Any employee who is getting married is entitled to 3 days of paid marriage leave for the wedding.

Public Holidays in Iran for 2024

Around 25 public holidays.

The standard workweek in Tehran is from Saturday to Wednesday, while Thursdays and Fridays are days off. In more rural areas, employees often work a half day on Thursday. However, Iran leave laws state that Fridays are days off with pay.

Iran has one of the highest number of public holidays, approximately 22–25 days. Since the Islamic calendar determines the majority of these holidays, their dates change every year. Labor Day (aka International Workers’ Day), observed on May 1st, is one of the legal holidays for employees in addition to national holidays. A worker who performs his duties on specified holidays is eligible for overtime compensation.

A complete list of official holidays celebrated in Iran:
Date Holiday
January 25 Birthday of Imam Ali
February 8 Mabaath
February 11 Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution
February 25 Birthday of Imam Mahdi
March 19 Oil Nationalization Day
March 20 to March 23 Novruz Holiday
March 31 Islamic Republic Day
April 1 Martyrdom of Imam Ali
April 2 Sizdah Bedar
April 10 & 11 Eid al-Fitr
May 4 Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
Jun 3 Demise of Imam Khomeini
Jun 5 Khordad National Uprising (1963)
Jun 17 Eid al-Adha
Jun 25 Eid al-Ghadir
Jul 15 Tassoua
Jul 16 Ashura
August 25 Arbaeen
September 2 Death of Prophet Muhammad
September 2 Martyrdom of Imam Hasan
September 4 Martyrdom of Imam Reza
September 12 Martyrdom of Imam Hassan Asgari
September 21 Birthday of Imam Sadeq
September 21 Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
December 5 Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatemah


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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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