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.