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Nepal 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 17, 2024.

Public Holidays in Nepal for 2024

Date Holiday
January 11 Prithvi Jayanti
January 15 Maghe Sankranti
January 30 Martyrs’ Day
February 10 Sonam Losar
February 11 Ghyalpo Losar
February 19 Prajatantra Diwas
March 8 International Women’s Day
March 8 Maha Shivaratri
April 8 Ghode Jatra
April 10 Ramjan Edul Fikra
April 13 Nepali New Year
April 16 Ram Navami
April 24 Loktantra Diwas
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 23 Buddha Jayanti
May 29 Ganatantra Diwas
Jun 17 Edul Aajaha
August 19 Raksha Bandhan
August 20 Gai Jatra
August 26 Gaura Parba
August 26 Shree Krishna Janmashtami
September 6 Hartalika Teej
September 7 Nijamati Sewa Diwas
September 8 Rishi Panchami
September 17 Indra Jatra
September 19 Constitution Day
October 3 Ghatasthapana
October 10 Fulpati
October 11 Maha Ashtami
October 12 Maha Navami
October 13 Vijaya Dashami
October 14 Ekadashi
October 15 Dwadashi
October 17 Kojagrat Purnima
November 1 Laxmi Puja
November 2 Govardhan Puja
November 3 Bhai Tika
November 7 Chhath Puja
November 15 Guru Nanak Jayanti
December 15 Udhauli Parva
December 25 Christmas
December 30 Tamu Losar

Workers who labor on a legal public holiday may take a time in lieu (replacement day off) within 3 weeks after the day they worked.


  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees who have completed one year of service are entitled to an annual leave each year, in an amount equal to at least half a day remuneration based on the monthly basic remuneration to which the employees are entitled. 

Employees are entitled to an amount equal to the basic remuneration of one month per year for the festival to be celebrated according to his or her religion, culture, and tradition.

An employee who has not completed one year of service on or before the day of payment of the festival expense will be entitled to such expense in proportion to the period of service he or she has completed. 

Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Employees are entitled to accumulate the home leave (employees get one day of paid leave per 20 working days) and the sick leave for up to 90 days and 45 days.

  • PTO payout at the termination

An employee whose accumulated leave exceeds the period of 90 and 45 days, will, at the end of the year, get the amount to be set by his or her basic remuneration for the leave of such excess period.

In case of the termination of employment or death of an employee, the employee or his or her family are entitled to get paid.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave  

Female employees are entitled to up to 14 weeks of maternity leave before or after delivery.

A pregnant employee must take leave from at least two weeks before the expected date of delivery, and at least 6 weeks after the date of delivery.

Maternity leave is paid by the employer for the first 60 days of leave.

Employees are entitled to an additional month of unpaid leave, if she or a baby need further rest due to health conditions. A medical certificate is needed.

Stillbirth or Miscarriage Leave

If an employee suffers a miscarriage or gives birth to a deceased child in the 7th month of pregnancy or later, she is entitled to maternity leave as if she had regular delivery.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to up to 15 days of paid paternity care leave.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

All employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid sick leave per year. 

Employees who work for a period of one year or less than one year are entitled to sick leave proportionately.

Employees are required to provide a medical certificate to their employers after being on sick leave for three days.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 13 days in order to mourn the death of their husband, wife, mother, father, child, mother-in-law or father-in-law. 

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Nepal 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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