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All foreign travel will be reimbursed using federal foreign travel reimbursement rates unless the source of funds requires the travel be reimbursed using state reimbursement rates. (Some state sponsored programs may require the use of state foreign travel reimbursement rates.)
Foreign travel is defined as travel to, between, or within countries outside the United States and its territories and possessions, as well as Canada and Mexico. However, for federally funded trips to Mexico, federal foreign travel guidelines should be followed rather than domestic guidelines. It is the responsibility of the department business office to determine if the funding is federal.
Hours of departure and arrival recorded on the travel expense voucher must be those of the standard time at the place involved. When the International Date Line is crossed, actual elapsed time will be used rather than calendar days.
Per diem is defined as the allowance for meals and related incidentals. Meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) will be paid at the foreign destination rate from the time an individual leaves their official station until they arrive back at their official station. M&IE will be paid each day at the destination rate where lodging is obtained that evening. On the day travel ends, (return to official station) the M&IE rate will be the same as the preceding calendar day.
Stops involving business within the United States including Alaska & Hawaii, to or from a foreign destination will be paid at the applicable subsistence rates where lodging is obtained. Normal airline layovers will continue to be paid at the foreign destination rate.
These reimbursement rates are furnished by the U. S. Department of State and are published in "Maximum Travel Per Diem Allowances for Foreign Areas Section 925, A Supplement to the Standardized Regulations". The publication will continue to be available via subscription from the Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402-9371.
Use the Meal Deduction Table to determine amount that should be deducted for meals included in registration fees, lodging rates, or provided by someone else. The source of this table is Appendix B to Chapter 301 - Allocation of M&IE Rates to be Used in Making Deductions from the M&IE Allowance, from the Federal Travel Regulations.