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National holidays and compulsory closures

The University has national holidays and compulsory closures. National holidays are not deducted from your vacation hours, whereas compulsory closures are.

National holidays

The following days are national holidays at the University. You do not have to work on national holidays, unless this is in the interest of the University. You have these days off, without having to use vacation hours:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • King's Day (the day upon which King's Day is celebrated nationally)
  • Liberation Day: 5 May
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • 3 October (Relief of Leiden)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

October 3 is a holiday in Leiden. If 3 October falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on Monday 4 October.

Compulsory closures

You have to take vacation on a compulsory closure day. The number of hours that you normally would have worked on this day are deducted from your vacation credit. These vacation hours are automatically deducted from your vacation credit around the time of the closure. The Executive Board may - after a consent of the trade unions in the Local Consultation - specify a maximum of seven days per year as compulsory closures.

It may happen that you do have to work on a compulsory closure day. In that case the day is considered a normal working day and is therefore not deducted from your vacation credit.

If you are sick during a compulsory closure, these days are still deducted as vacation hours. The days are only recredited if you are not able to take up days of leave for such reasons as being admitted to a hospital.

Year Days
2021 Friday 14 May
Monday 27 December
Tuesday 28 December
Wednesday 29 December
Thursday 30 December
Friday 31 December
2022 Friday 27 May
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 28 December
Thursday 29 December
Friday 30 December

Import holidays and compulsory closures in Outlook

You can add the national holidays and compulsory closures for 2020 and 2021 to your Outlook by downloading this .ics file. The file can be: 

  1. Imported in your calendar

    1. Download the .ics file 
    2. Open the calendar view in Outlook
    3. Click on File (Bestand)
    4. Click on Open & Export (Openen)
    5. Click on Import/Export (Importeren/Exporteren)
    6. Click on Import as a iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar file (.vcs) (Een iCalendar (.ics) of vCalendar-bestand (.vcs) importeren)
    7. Click on Next (Volgende)
    8. Click on Import (Importeren)
  2. Added as a separate calendar

    1. Download the .ics file 
    2. Open the calendar view in Outlook
    3. Click on File (Bestand)
    4. Click on Open & Export (Openen)
    5. Click on Open Calendar (Agenda openen)
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