Allowable Miscellaneous Expenses

Communications

  • brief telephone calls to family for notification of arrival/departure
  • internet
  • cell phone/skype usage (must provide statement listing cost for UW business)
  • pre-pay cell phones and phone cards for foreign locations only

 

Personal Attendant Fees

  • for disability accommodations 

 

Laundry

Or dry cleaning expenses is authorized for five or more days continuous travel in the continental USA. Allowance is already included in the meals and incidental per diem rates for travel outside the continental USA and cannot be claimed as a separate travel expense. 

 

Foreign Travel

  • there are no University restrictions on travel for faculty, staff, or graduate students to any country.
  • passport and/or visa
  • foreign currency exchange/conversion/transaction, and or ATM fees are considered incidental expenses which are included in the daily meal per diem allowance; these fees cannot be claimed as a separate travel expense
  • foreign receipts must be labeled
  • undergraduate students must submit travel plans to UW International Travel Security Manager. Learn More
  • When University faculty, students, or staff are traveling out of the country with owned and/or personal equipment (as carry-on or checked baggage), it is important to be prepared to document the original purchase upon returning to the U.S. to avoid having to pay duty tax.  If the traveler chooses not to bring documentation, the UW will not reimburse them if they are charged duty tax. For more information, see the Equipment Inventory Office.

  • See the site, International Emergency Assistance, for help managing an international emergency for UW faculty, staff or students who are traveling abroad on university-related business.

  • UW faculty, staff and student employees are covered by university insurance while traveling abroad on university business. "Abroad" is defined as any location outside the U.S., its territories or possessions, or Puerto Rico. In addition, coverage extends to personal travel for up to two weeks when it is connected with university business. Assistance for medical, security, personal, travel and legal emergencies is available through the travel assistance company, On Call International. See the chart, UW Insurance While Traveling Abroad, for more information.

  • Have you registered with UW Global Emergency in case of an emergency ( hyper link to http://www.washington.edu/globalaffairs/global-affairs/travelregistry/)
  • Is your destination under a U.S. State Department travel warning or under restricted travel by the UW International Risk, Assessment and Safety Committee?
  • required vaccinations/immunization/medication expenses

  • any items purchased with foreign funds require both receipt and currency conversion regardless of amount. 

 

Other

  • required fees for checked baggage limited to the first two bags; fees for additional baggage requires justification
  • misc supplies; reimbursable only if related to travel, however if supplies are for departmental sponsored event reimbursment goes through Purchasing.
  • required fees charged by hotels (i.e. room safes, valet parking, etc.)
  • parking (not at duty station)
  • costs for fees/deposit resulting in change/cancellation of travel plans. must show change made.
  • shipping of goods during travel status
  • membership is only reimbursable if related to attending conference
  • purchasing small items such as books, adapters, ect.. reimbursable if remains with department. Be sure to add comment on ER.
  • purchasing GPS device is reimbursable if remains with department. Be sure to add comment on ER. 

 

Contact Purchasing if related to University Sponsored Event  

  • conference room/event space rentals
  • catering/banquet
  • audio-visual equipment rental

 

Tips

  • tips for transportation, such as taxies and shuttles are ok to reimburse, any other tips are considered an incidental expense which is included in the amount of meal per diem that you get reimbursed.

 

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