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Bolivia Leave Laws

Table Of Contents


  • 1st January – New Year’s Day

  • 22nd January – Plurinational State Foundation Day

  • 12th February – Public Holiday (Oruro only)

  • 15th February – Carnival Monday (Celebrated Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)

  • 16th February – Carnival Tuesday 

  • 2nd April – Good Friday

  • 15th April – Public Holiday (Tarija only)

  • 1st May – Labour Day

  • 25th May – Chuquisaca Day (Chuquisaca only)

  • 3rd June – Corpus Christi (second Thursday after Whitsun)

  • 21st June – Andean New Year (Winter Solstice in southern Hemisphere)

  • 16th July – La Paz Day (La Paz only)

  •  6th August – Independence Day 

  • 14th September – Cochabamba Day (Cochabamba only)

  • 24th September – Regional Holiday (Santa Cruz only)

  • 11th October – Regional Holiday (Pando only)

  • 2nd November – All Souls’ Day

  • 10th November – Regional Holiday (Potosi only)

  • 18th November – Regional Holiday (Beni only)

  • 25th December – Christmas Day


Employees are entitled to paid annual leave after one year of uninterrupted employment. 

  • From one to five years of uninterrupted services: 15 working days.
  • From five to ten years of uninterrupted services: 20 working days.
  • After ten years of uninterrupted services: 30 working days.

Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Unused annual paid leave can be accrued under a prior written agreement.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Employers are required to pay their employees unused annual leave at the termination of employment.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to up to 90 days in total of fully paid leave. Leave can be used 45 days before the expected date and 45 days after the delivery for every pregnancy.

Under social security regulations, pregnant employees or spouses of pregnant employees are entitled to a pre-natal subsidy (from the fifth month of pregnancy) and to a nursing subsidy (until the child is one year old). Both subsidies must be paid by the employer and consist of monthly deliveries of dairy and nutritional products corresponding to one monthly national minimum wage. These employees are also entitled to payment of one monthly national minimum wage when the child is born, which is also paid by the employer.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to up to 3 days of fully paid leave when the baby is born. Spouses or partners of pregnant employees are protected from dismissal for a period of one year following the child’s birth.

Adoption Leave

Adoptive parents are entitled to up to 2 months of paid leave following the adoption. Adoptive parents are protected from dismissal for a period of one year from the date of the final decision awarding the adoption.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

In the case of illness or injury, an employee must be attended to in the health entity where he or she has been registered, under no additional cost for her or him or the employer. To be entitled to paid sick time off, the employee must provide a certificate showing an impediment to work.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Not specified by law.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Bolivia 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.