When traveling outside the United States, you have the option of claiming actual expenses or a per diem for either meals or lodging. However, you must
The edit checks for meals prevent you from claiming more than $31 per day for meals in-state, or $40 per day out-of-state. If you had indicated on the
After clicking on the Foreign Per Diem hyperlink to the U.S. Department of State's website, select the country by using the drop-down menu, and
The next screen will give a list of cities. Select the month and year to find the allowable rates. The Lodging and Meals & Incidental Expenses per
The per diem rates for Lodging, Meals, and the combined totals will be displayed in the columns to the right of your city. San Jose, Costa Rica happens
A toggle box appears to the right of the Foreign Per Diem link to allow you to click Yes if you are electing to use the per diem method for meals.
The Foreign Per Diem field is only for meals. If you are using the per diem method for lodging in a foreign location, enter the lodging amount
A receipt is required for lodging even if the per diem method is being used. Please explain in the Other Comments field that you were using the
This page was last updated on February 16, 2016.
Continue to Subsequent Reimbursements