You have to take your holiday to get your holiday allowance.
However, if you are unable to take your holiday for any of the reasons below, you can claim your holiday allowance without having to take the holiday.
You can claim your holiday pay if:
- You are on sick leave
- You are taking maternity/paternity/adoption leave, but not child care leave
- You are resident outside of Denmark and are not covered by the Danish Holiday Act
- You have become self-employed
- You have become a stay-at-home parent/spouse/partner
- You have been elected mayor, taken up a ministerial appointment or similar position of trust
- You are serving a custodial sentence in a prison or other closed institution
- You are involved in an industrial dispute which is notified and lawfully concluded
- You are doing military or other similar service
- You have no holiday allowance to cover your holiday due to a dispute between you and your employer over a holiday allowance claim – provided that you have filed the claim before the end of the holiday year
- You are attending to a close relative who is ill or dying and are therefore on leave, or you have for a limited period of time been awarded compensation for loss of earnings, pay or other remuneration under the Social Services Act.
Reasons such as severe pressure of work or a change of job are not valid reasons for being prevented from taking holiday.
If you are prevented from taking your main holiday before 30 September, you are entitled to up to 15 days of holiday pay.
If you are prevented from taking holiday before the end of the holiday year on 30 April, you are entitled to holiday pay for any residual days of holiday.
How to claim your holiday pay
If you are prevented from taking holiday, you can apply online:
If you cannot apply digitally, you can use this form: