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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 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.

Meal Per Diem Eligibility Requirements
On Overnight Trips
Breakfast Depart before 6 a.m.
Lunch Depart before Noon or return after 2 p.m.
Dinner Depart before 5 p.m. or return after 8 p.m.

How to process meals in Chrome River

To enter meals in your expense report you must go the meals tile and choose how you would like to enter the meals for reimbursement. Then enter all meals the traveler is eligible to receive for reimbursement. If any meals were included with the registration fee, those meals will need to be removed 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, 2019.

NC Per Diem Rates
In-State Out of State Foreign


$8.60 U.S. Department of State


$11.30 U.S. Department of State


$22.20 U.S. Department of State