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Cyprus 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 February 5, 2024.

Paid Time Off (PTO) in Cyprus

Vacation Leave Quota

20 days

Employees who have worked 48 weeks within one year are entitled to paid annual leave of four weeks. Employees, who work 5 days a week, are entitled to an annual leave of 20 working days, whereas employees who work 6 days a week, to annual leave of 24 working days.

Temporary absence from work due to an accident, sickness, maternity, parental leave or leave on grounds of force majeure, is considered as a working period.

If the employee had worked for a period of less than 48 weeks within the year, the annual leave of four weeks is reduced accordingly.

Carry Over

The annual leave may be accumulated, for a period of two years, after an agreement between the employer and the employee. In such a case, employees are paid their leave simultaneously for both years from the Central Holiday Fund.

Payment of Unused Annual Leave Upon Termination

An employer is obliged to pay employees annual leave or the equivalent wage/salary at the termination of employment.

Sick Leave in Cyprus

Sick leave is not subject to rules. The social insurance legislation provides for sick pay from the fourth day of the incapacity of an employee, while in the case of self-employed persons, sick pay is allowed from the ninth day of incapacity.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Cyprus

18 weeks

Pregnant employees are entitled to take maternity leave of up to 18 continuous weeks to 22 weeks for twins. For any additional child, an employee is entitled to an additional leave of four weeks. 

Employers are not obliged to pay any wages to the employees while on maternity leave. 

If the child is hospitalized immediately after the birth due to premature delivery or due to health problems, mothers are entitled to additional weeks of leave for every 21 days that the child was hospitalized. The employee is required to provide a medical certificate. 

Paternity Leave in Cyprus

2 weeks

Fathers are entitled to up to two weeks of leave. Paternity leave can be taken within a period of 16 weeks from the date of birth. 

Parental Leave in Cyprus

The right to parental leave covers all employees who have children under the age of eight. According to the Law, every eligible employee, man or woman, is allowed to take up unpaid parental leave up to eighteen weeks for each child. The right is individual and non-transferable. In the cases where one parent has taken parental leave of minimum two weeks, he/she is allowed to transfer to the other parent two weeks from the rest of the total duration of his/her leave.

In the case of a widower/widow, he/she is entitled to parental leave of up to twenty-three weeks.

Parental Leave can be taken for a minimum period of one week and a maximum period of five weeks, per calendar year, in the cases of one or two children, and seven weeks in the cases of three or more children.

Adoption Leave

Employees who want to adopt a child under the age of twelve years are entitled to up to 16 continuous weeks starting from the date on which they begin to take care of the adopted child.

Bereavement Leave in Cyprus

Employees are entitled to up to 5 days of leave due to a death of a child or a spouse, 3 days of leave for a parent or a sibling, and one days in case of a death of any other family member.

Jury Duty Leave in Cyprus

Jury duty leave is not specified by law.

Military Leave in Cyprus

Employees called to perform military service are covered by assimilated insurance (Social Insurance Services).

Voting Leave in Cyprus

Voting leave is not specified by law.

Public Holidays in Cyprus for 2024

16 public holidays

Date Holiday
January 1, Moday New Year’s Day
January 6, Saturday Epiphany (12 days after Christmas)
March 18, Monday Green Monday (Orthodox Shrove Monday)
March 25, Sunday Greek Independence Day
April 1, Monday National Day
May 1, Wednesday Labor Day
3 May, Friday Orthodox Good Friday
5 May, Sunday Orthodox Easter Day
6 May, Monday Orthodox Easter Monday
June 24, Monday (7th Monday after Easter) Orthodox Whit Monday or Pentecost (Kataklysmos)
August 15, Thursday Assumption of the Virgin Mary
October 1, Tuesday Cypriot Independence Day
December 8, Sunday Ochi Day (Greece National Anniversary Day)
December 24, Tuesday Christmas Eve
December 25, Wednesday Christmas Day
December 26, Thursday Second Day of Christmas


  1. Local Laws & Regulations, https://www.atlashxm.com/en/countries/cyprus

  2. Payroll and Benefits Guide Cyprus, https://www.papayaglobal.com/countrypedia/country/cyprus/

  3. Definitive Guide to Hiring in Cyprus, https://www.papayaglobal.com/countrypedia/country/cyprus/

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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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