Vacation during unemployment?

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Is it allowed to go on vacation while one is unemployed? Of course it is, but only 3 weeks a year. It means that 21 calendar days per year are permitted. The Jobcenter counts the weekends, too. The Jobcenter calls this absence of location (“Ortsabwesenheit”). It must be applied for beforehand. If you apply for a holiday from Monday to Friday, you must be back on Friday evening and register at the Jobcenter the next day. Otherwise the Jobcenter will reduce the benefit.

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Tip for liability insurance

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If there ist a passage in the rental contract saying that a liability insurance is obligatory, then the Jobcenter will take over the costs. This tip is provided by Arbeiterbildung e.V. Reutlingen – free advice on basic security ( Also have a look at the article -> “Questions about liability insurance”.