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Aruba 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 Aruba for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
January 25 Betico Croes Day
February 12 Carnival Monday
March 18 National Anthem and Flag Day
March 29 Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
April 27 King’s Birthday
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 9 Ascension Day
December 25 & 26 Christmas

Public holidays are not a part of vacation leave entitlement.


  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Every employee is entitled to a number of vacation days equal to at least three times the contracted number of working days per week with the understanding that an employee who works six days a week is entitled to at least fifteen vacation days per year.

During an employee’s vacation, the employee remains entitled to receive his salary. Vacation allowance, however, is not mandatory. Furthermore, during (official) national holidays the employee also remains entitled to receive his salary.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

In case an employee has enough unused vacation days, the employer can instruct the employee to use a part of the unused vacation days. The employee is advised to keep 5 vacation days unused.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Not specified by law.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

An employee is entitled to payment of 100% of her salary when she is on pregnancy- and maternity leave. The pregnancy leave can be two to six weeks before the estimated due date and the maternity leave can be eight to twelve weeks as of the date the employee gave birth. The total amount of time on leave (pregnancy leave and maternity leave combined) must in all events be at least fourteen weeks.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

An insured employee who is unable to work due to illness is entitled to a compensation equal to 80% of his daily wage from the fourth day after calling in sick (illness notification). SVb does not pay any compensation for the first three sick days.

The right to sickness compensation for the same cause of disease expires after two years. This two years period starts from the first time the employee reports sick to SVb for this specific sickness.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

For situations such as weddings, funerals, delivery of children (fathers) and personal leave, there is no legal stipulation granting the employee a specific amount of time for permitted leave.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Aruba 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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