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Laos Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Vacation, 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.

Paid Time Off (PTO) in Laos

Vacation Leave Quota

15 days

Regular employees in Laos are entitled to at least 15 days of paid vacation. Those employees working in health-hazardous industries are granted an 18-day vacation.

Compared to other leave laws in Asia, Laos national vacation policy is somewhat better than that of China and Japan leave policy, although in the latter countries, vacation entitlement extends over the years of service.

To be eligible for vacation leave, an employee must work for the company for one full year. This applies to all employees who are working under a definite or indefinite employment contract.

The employer will decide when vacations are going to taken, either in advance or through mutual agreement with the employee.


Employees are entitled to their regular full salary or wages during these vacation days.

Employees who cannot use their vacation due to the employer’s fault will be entitled to receive full monetary compensation for the days of leave not taken.

Sick Leave in Laos

Up to 30 days per year

Employees in Laos are entitled to 30 days of paid sick leave.

In order to be eligible for sick leave benefits, an employee must have worked for at least 90 days at the company.

An employee must present a medical certificate, to have a valid absence.

Different rules apply to occupational injuries or labor accidents.

Family Care Leave in Laos

3 days

Employees have the right to take up to 3 days of Family Care Leave in the event that their child, mother, father, or spouse suffers an injury leading to hospitalization and there is no one else available to provide care for them.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Laos

105 days

Female employees in Laos are entitled to 105 days of paid maternity leave. An employee must take at least 42 days after the date of birth.

When an employee gives birth to twins or triplets, she is entitled to a minimum of 120 days of maternity leave. In the event of a miscarriage, the duration of maternity leave will be determined based on the recommendations of a physician.


Employees on maternity leave receive 100% of their regular salary.

Paternity Leave in Laos

3 days

Male employees are eligible for up to three days of paternity leave when they become fathers.

Bereavement Leave in Laos

3 days

Employees may take up to 3 days of paid leave in the unfortunate event of the death of their child, spouse, mother, or father.

Jury Duty Leave in Laos

Jury duty leave is not specified by law.

Military Leave in Laos

Military leave is not specified by law.

Voting Leave in Laos

Voting leave is not specified by law.

Public Holidays in Laos in 2024

12 public holidays

A complete list of official holidays celebrated in Laos:
Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 7 Women’s Day
April 13 to April 16 Lao New Year
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 22 Visakhabousa Day
Jun 1 Children’s Day
Jul 20 Boun Khao Phansa
Jul 20 Lao Women’s Union Day
October 17 Boun Ok Phansa
October 28 Boat Racing Festival
November 1 That Luang Festival
December 2 National Day


  1. Local Laws & Regulations, https://www.globalexpansion.com/countrypedia/Laos

  2. Payroll and Benefits Guide Laos, https://wehireglobally.com/laos

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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