Illness and holidays

You may be entitled to compensatory leave if you become ill up to or during your holiday. Get answers to your questions here.

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Illness before the holidays

If you become ill before you go on holiday, you are not obliged to take a holiday. Instead, you have the right to take the holiday later. 

The holiday begins at the beginning of working hours on the first holiday and ends at the end of work on the last holiday.

When you inform your employer that your are well again, tell them if you want to take a holiday after the recovery for the rest of your planned holiday. If you do not want to take the holiday when you get well, you must instead show up for work immediately.  

If you are ill up to the end of the holiday period, up to 4 weeks are transferred to the following holiday period. The last holiday week is paid out or can be agreed to be transferred. Transfer and payment apply to the holiday that you have earned in the holiday year 1 September - 31 August.

If you are still prevented from taking a holiday, or you are again prevented from taking a holiday up to the end of the holiday period, and you are thus unable to take the transferred holiday, the holiday will be transferred again to the next holiday period.

It is only at the end of the next holiday period that you are entitled to payment of the transferred holiday if you are still prevented from taking the holiday. You can also choose to transfer the holiday the 3rd time.

Illness during the holidays

If you become ill during your holiday, you are entitled to compensatory holiday leave. The first 5 days of your holiday you can not get reimbursed, but after that you are entitled to compensation for the holiday.


You take 1 week of earned holiday and become ill on holiday no. 2. You report sick and submit a medical certificate. You are ill for the rest of the holiday. As you cannot get the first 5 days replaced, the 4 remaining holidays will not be replaced. If you become ill during the next earned holiday in 10 days - e.g. holiday no. 5 and is ill for the rest of the holiday, you can not get reimbursed for 1 holiday, but get reimbursed 5 out of 10 holiday days.

If you have not been employed for long enough to be able to take 25 days holiday during the holiday year, the employer cannot consider up to 5 holiday days as taken during illness. The reason is that you are at least entitled to 20 days' holiday during the holiday year. Here, a proportional calculation must be made of how many days you cannot be reimbursed based on when you were hired.


You were hired on January 1st and you will be sick for 5 days during your summer vacation in July. In the period January - August, you can earn 16.64 vacation days (8 months x 2.08 vacation days per month). Of this holiday you can get reimbursed for 1.7 holiday days based on the following calculation: 16.64: 5 holiday days = 3.3 holiday days - 3.3 holiday days = 1.7 holiday days.

You decide whether you want to report sick or whether you continue taking your holiday. If you get well during your holiday and do not want to spend the rest of your holiday, you must instead show up for work.

To be entitled to compensatory leave, you must immediately report sick to your employer, and you must, as a rule, provide a medical certificate, medical record from hospital or similar documentation of the illness. 

The doctor's statement must be valid from the first day of illness, and you must pay for the statement yourself. If you become ill while on holiday abroad, you must seek medical advice to obtain a medical certificate or similar statement documenting the illness.