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All meals are reimbursed based on the state set per diem rate. The meal per diem applies to all travelers whether they are employees, students or non employees. Receipts are not required to be reimbursed for your meals since we only pay per diem. All tips for meals are included in the per diem rate allowed. Reimbursement for meals is normally allowed only when overnight travel is involved and when the travel destination is located at least 35 miles from the employee's regularly assigned duty station or home, which ever is less.

Meals you are eligible for

Meal eligibility is based on your specific departure and arrival dates and times on your travel authorization form and on the travel reimbursement form. Below is a list.

On Day Trips if you
Breakfast Depart before 6 a.m. and extend the day by 2 hours
Lunch No lunch reimbursement on day trips
Dinner Return after 8 p.m. and extend the day by 3 hours
For Breakfast and Dinner Depart before 6 a.m. and return after 8 p.m. and extend your day by 5 hours
On Overnight Trips
Breakfast Depart before 6 a.m.
Lunch Depart before 10 a.m. or return after 2 p.m.
Dinner Depart before 5 p.m. or return after 8 p.m.

How to process meals in E-Travel

To enter meals into E-Travel you must enter the lodging first since meal eligibility is based on dates and times. Once you have entered in your lodging click to add meals. Check all meals that you should be reimbursed for. If any meals were included with the registration fees uncheck that meal as it can not be claimed for reimbursement. When foreign travel is involved, foreign meal per diem rates do not start until the traveler arrives in the foreign country on the departing flight.


Current Meal Per Diem Rates

The Office of State Budget and Management revised the meal per diem rates as of July 1, 2015.

In-State Out of State Foregin


$8.40 U.S. Department of State


$11.00 U.S. Department of State


$21.60 U.S. Department of State