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Peru Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Vacation Days (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 9, 2024.

Paid Time Off (PTO) in Peru

Vacation Quota (Annual Leave)

30 days

The duration of paid vacation for regular employees is a minimum of 30 working days.

Taking a Vacation

The initial 15 days of vacation can be split into two segments, with a minimum duration of 7 and 8 days. The remaining days should be used in segments of at least one day each.


Employees are required to take a minimum of 15 days of their full entitlement, and then they can choose to receive monetary compensation for the rest of the 15 days.

In case an employee doesn’t take their annual leave within the given year, the employer is required to compensate them with a full month’s salary for that annual leave entitlement, in addition to a regular month’s salary.

Sick Leave in Peru

Up to 365 days, the first 20 days paid by the employer.

Employees in Peru may be entitled to up to 365 days (a full year) of partially paid sick leave.


Sick leave is paid by the employer from the 1st - 20th day.

After this initial period, sick leave is paid by government health insurance for up to 365 days.

If an employee is still ill even after a full year of sick leave, he or she may apply for a pension for being permanently or temporarily unable to work due to a disability.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Peru

98 days

When pregnant, working women in Peru are entitled to 98 days of maternity leave.

This entire leave is equally split into:

  • Prenatal: 49 days (prior to the birth of a child),
  • Postnatal: 49 days (after the birth of a child).

Maternity leave may be extended by 30 days in cases of:

  • multiple births (twins, triplets), or
  • complications before, during, or after the pregnancy.

Expectant mothers are required to inform their employer about their planned maternity leave plans two months ahead.


Eligibility for maternity benefits requires the employee to have completed either three straight months of work within the six months leading up to the start of maternity leave.

Payout of Maternity Leave

A female employee continues to get her full salary during her leave. The employer does not pay for this benefit. It is paid by either the government health insurance fund or the private health system.

Paternity Leave in Peru

10 working days

An employee who has become a father in Peru is entitled to 10 days of paternity leave. This leave must begin as soon as the baby is born.


During 10 mandatory days of paternity leave, employees receive their full wages, paid by the employer.

Parental Leave in Peru

The law does not mandate parental leave.

Bereavement Leave in Peru

There is no legal definition of bereavement leave.

Jury Duty Leave in Peru

There is no legal definition of bereavement leave.

Military Leave in Peru

There is no legal definition of bereavement leave.

Voting Leave in Peru

There is no legal definition of bereavement leave.

Public Holidays in Peru

Date Holiday
January 1, Moday New Year’s Day
March 28, Thursday Maundy Thursday
March 29, Friday Good Friday
May 1, Wednesday Labor Day
June 29, Saturday Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day
July 28 & 29 Independence Day
August 30, Friday Santa Rosa de Lima
October 8, Tuesday Battle of Angamos
November 1, Friday All Saints’ Day
December 8, Sunday Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 9, Monday Battle of Ayacucho
December 25, Wednesday Christmas Day


  1. Local Laws & Regulations, https://www.atlashxm.com/en/countries/peru
  2. Payroll and Benefits Guide Peru, https://www.papayaglobal.com/countrypedia/country/peru/

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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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