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Honduras Leave Laws & Holidays for 2024

Paid Time Off, Vacation, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Paid Time Off (PTO) in Honduras

Last updated on January 2, 2024.

Vacation (Annual Leave) Quota

At least 10 days.

Employees in Honduras are entitled to paid vacation, at least 10 days per year. However, the number of vacation days grows with seniority, so employees with more years of service at the company have more days.

The number of vacation days varies according to the years of service with the employer:

Years of Service with the Employer Number of Vacation Days
1 year 10
2 years 12
3 years 15
4 or more years 20

This number of vacation days is a legal minimum requirement. More days beyond this period for vacation could be stated in an employment contract, or could be subject to mutual agreement between an employee and his/her employer.

An employee must receive payment for vacation at least 3 days before their leave starts.

Payment of Unused Vacation upon Termination

Required by law.

Once an employee has been dismissed, an employer is required to pay any accumulated bonuses, unused vacation days, severance, and provide termination notices.

Sick Leave in Honduras

26 weeks (up to 52 weeks) of paid leave.

Employees in Honduras are entitled to up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave. This leave may be extended up to 52 weeks, after observation and reassessment of the illness.

To be eligible for paid sick leave, an employee is required to have made contributions for a minimum of 2 months within the last 4 months. Besides, employers are required to grant sick leave to employees regardless of whether they are enrolled in social security.


Compensation for sick leave is shared equally, with both the government paying 65% and an employer paying 35% contributing their part.

An employee starts to receive compensation after 3 days of the waiting period without pay. An employee on sick leave is entitled to 66% of their average salary for up to 26 weeks. However, this rate decreases to 50% if an employee is hospitalized without dependents.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Honduras

10 weeks

A pregnant employee in Honduras may take up to 10 weeks of maternity leave.

Maternity leave is divided into two parts:

  • 4 weeks of prenatal leave;

  • 6 weeks of postnatal leave.


An employee on maternity leave is entitled to continue to receive 100% of their salary.

Compensation for maternity leave is shared in a similar manner as sick leave, with the government paying around 66% and an employer contributing 35%. For female employees who are ineligible for social security benefits, the employer is responsible for covering the entire cost.

Paternity Leave in Honduras

The law does not specify paternity leave.

Parental leave in Honduras

The law does not specify parental leave.

Bereavement Leave in Honduras

3 days

Employees have the right to receive paid leave for up to three days in the event of the death of a close family member.

Public Duty Leave in Honduras

Up to 6 days

Employees summoned for jury duty are entitled to leave for half a day, and employees performing union duties are entitled to up to 6 days.

Military Leave in Honduras

There is no law defining military leave.

Voting Leave in Honduras

There is no law defining voting leave.

Public Holidays in Honduras for 2024

11 public holidays

A complete list of official holidays celebrated in Honduras:
Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 28 Maundy Thursday (Thursday before Easter Sunday)
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 Easter Saturday
April 15 America’s Day Holiday
May 1 Worker’s Day
September 15 Independence Day
October 3 Francisco Moranzan’s Birthday
October 4 Day of the Race
October 5 Army Day
December 25 Christmas


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

  2. Payroll and Benefits Guide Honduras, https://www.papayaglobal.com/countrypedia/country/honduras/

  3. Definitive Guide to Hiring in Honduras, https://www.globalexpansion.com/countrypedia/Honduras

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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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