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Home Leave
1.0 Relevant Regulations and Rules
Staff regulations and staff rules, including provisional staff rules, of the United Nations

This policy implements UN Staff Regulation 5.3 and Staff Rule 5.2
2.0 Policies
Main Policy
Home Leave
3.0 Procedures
Main Procedures

Home Leave Request

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January 9, 2023 - The procedures have been updated to reflect UNDP's transition to its new cloud-based management platform Quantum in January 2023, replacing its previous ATLAS system.

March 18, 2022 - The Home Leave policy procedures were updated in steps 6 and 8 to clarify the staff member’s obligation to inform GSSC/BES of changes to the scheduled home leave travel. In addition, staff who do not certify their home leave travel within 90 days from return, will have their home leave lump-sum recovered.

November 09, 2021 - The home leave policy was updated to permanently increase the ceiling of home leave points from 40 to 48 and to clarify that the 7 day minimum stay in home country include both the arrival and departure dates. Effective 1 December 2021

April 08, 2020 - The Home Leave policy is now available in Spanish. To access the document, click on the Spanish language tab.

December 09, 2019 - Paragraph 62 in the Home Leave policy and Section 8 in the procedures have been updated to align the requirements for post-travel Home Leave certification and documentation by staff members.

October 05, 2018 - The Home Leave policy is available in French. To access the document, click on the French language tab.

January 01, 2018 - The Home Leave policy has been updated to clarify who is eligible for home leave and to provide additional guidance on how to provide proof of travel. More specifically, an internationally recruited staff member is not eligible for home leave when:
a) He/she is serving and residing in the country recognized as his/her country of nationality for UN purposes, in accordance with Staff Rule 4.3;
b) He/she is serving and residing in the country where he/she is exceptionally authorized to retain his/her permanent resident status, in accordance with Staff Rule 4.5 (d);
staff members are required to upload supporting documents into eServices to provide evidence that they have complied with the required minimum length of stay in their home country. These documents must be retained for two years and failure to produce such evidence when requested to do so may lead to the recovery of the amounts paid on account of the home leave.

July 01, 2016 - The revised policy and procedures are effective July 01, 2016. The revision was made based on UN new compensation package for internationally-recruited staff members.

June 01, 2016 - SOA is no longer applicable.

January 01, 2014 - Reviewed and edited (minor edit without substantive changes).