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All travel must be booked via OsloMets travel agency Berg-Hansen. Please see OsloMets Travel guidelines below.
All employees can use the DFØ app for smartphones for sending travel expense claim.
If you have access to OsloMet's computer systems (IT account / Feide user) you can also use the SAP portal (dfo.no) on PC / desktop. For extensive trips with many destinations and receipts, it may be a good idea to use the SAP portal, but it is possible to do everything with the DFØ app.
If you have registered a travel application before the trip, you must use this to complete the travel invoice. Select "Travel request" instead of "Travel expense claim". Delete estimated costs by pressing Travel application. Then delete ESTI-estimated costs.
On DFØ's websites, you will find technical descriptions for how to set up travel invoices and expense reimbursements in the DFØ APP or SAP portal.
When filling out the form you need consider this:
State the purpose of the trip and any event you have attended. The description must be more detailed than "participation in a meeting", "course" or "seminar" - state what seminar you have attended, the name of the course etc. It must be stated why this is a business trip that does not cover private expenses.
Norway must always be included in this field for domestic travel.
To be filled in if you have had several stops along the way with another type of accommodation. This affects the calculation of subsistence allowance.
It is the type of accommodation that governs the regulations. "Day trip" comes up as the default choice. Below is an explanation of the other choices under regulations. The most commonly used are "Day trip" and "Business trip w/ hotel"
Day trip - Domestic, Field agreement, Commuter - dorm/private > 28 days, Commuter dorm/private – high rate and Commuter dorm/private low rate is not used at OsloMet
Enter the name and address of the accommodation in the comments field. If you stay several places, you also need to enter dates. You do not need to state accommodation if you arrange the accommodation yourself and receive night supplement (see info about Night supplement below), for example for private accommodation.
If you travel for more than six hours, and the distance is more than 15 kilometres, your expenses for meals are covered by given rates. It is a prerequisite that you have additional costs for food in connection with the trip, i.e. costs in addition to your normal subsistence expenses.
For travel abroad between 6 - 12 hours round trip, you get 50 percent of the fixed amount for the country visited. The form will automatically select the correct subsistence allowance for country and city when traveling abroad.
Check for subsistence allowance if you are entitled to it. Under deduction, you must check if you have had meals covered during the trip, i.e. meals you have not paid for yourself.
If breakfast is included at the hotel this will be deducted from the subsistence allowances. If you decide to buy breakfast somewhere else or you missed breakfast at the hotel, you also get a deduction, as you could have eaten at the hotel.
If you have stayed in a hotel in Norway without breakfast, it is important to state this in the comments section, as it is most common for hotels in Norway to include breakfast.
Read more about board and lodging and deductions and tax-free remuneration in connection with travel at The Norwegian Tax administration. Here, rates and regulations are also described and some examples that illustrate rules for meal deductions.
If you provide accommodation on domestic business trips yourself, a tax-free night supplement per day may be paid. This is in addition to any subsistence allowances. The night supplement is intended to cover accommodation at home, at a campsite or similar. It should be checked off if you have been away from your own home at least 5 hours of the night due to a business trip, and the employer does not cover hotel or other accommodation options.
For stays on trains, boats and the like in Norway no night supplement is given when a sleeping place is included in the ticket. Read about night supplements (Altinn.no)
Night supplement will be paid based on the regulation "Accommodation at private/dorm room with / kitchen", unless you can document that you are entitled to another regulation (see information above).
Please provide an explanation as to why you require a night supplement the travel expense claim
The use of your own vehicle must be approved by the employer via your personell manager before the trip. Generally, your own vehicle can only be used where the cost and time usage benefits the employer. The possibility of carpooling with other employees on the same assignment must be considered. If you bring a colleague on the trip, you are entitled to passenger allowances. Enter number of passengers and their names in the expense claim.
If you are entitled to distance-based allowance, provide the details under kilometer allowance.
You must provide the total distance-driven itinerary with exit and end points, local driving at the mission site and all reason for detours.
For more information about the use of your own car and mileage allowance, see the following links:
Compensation supplements can be received when travelling abroad for more than one day on a business trip (not for field work, as visiting scholar etc). Travel for more than 12 hours into the next day is considered a full new day. The expense claim form will automatically provide compensation supplements according to travel time for travels abroad.
Register the expense entries (w/attachments) you have had on your journey. Actual expenses in connection with the trip are covered tax-free when there is documentation for the outlay
For example, if you have stayed in a hotel and not paid this yourself, you must enter this as "Hotel paid by company" under expense items. Amounts can be 0,-, but it must appear on the expense report where you have stayed the night.
The Norwegian Personnel Handbook – Use of your own car (lovdata.no) - (In Norwegian only)
Government rates for travel abroad (dfo.no) – (In Norwegian only)
Pursuant to the Tax Act §5-11, 1-2 (lovdata.no), expenses incurred in connection with the performance of work may be reimbursed tax-free, provided that these expenses do not cover private expenses and do not generate a profit after the expenses incurred have been covered. Strict requirements are therefore set for the documentation for travel settlements, reimbursement of expenses and hospitality/catering.
Payment made by credit/debet card must be provided documentation that specifies what you have purchased (payment basis) and shows the amount charged to your card (payment confirmation).
When you attach a bank statement to document payment of an expense (payment confirmation), you must also attach the invoice that shows what the expense applies to (payment basis).
Receipts for purchases of goods or services over the internet must contain information about what was purchased (price, quantity, etc., i.e. the payment basis) and information that your credit card or bank account has been debited (payment confirmation). You may need to attach several screenshots to document payment.
When travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed, it must be stated which events the traveler has participated in. See the tax payment regulations ("Skattebetalingsforskriften", in Norwegian only) (lovdata.no).
Flights are documented with tickets and boarding passes that show that you have completed the trip.
You do not need to document travel by public transport, but you must provide route details.
Use of your own car must be pre-approved by your manager. Confirmation of this must be supplied in the travel expense claim.
In the event of reimbursement of catering expenses, the purpose of the catering must be stated, as well as the name of the persons covered by the catering and the name of the enterprises which the persons represent. See the tax payment regulations ("Skattebetalingsforskriften", in Norwegian only) (lovdata.no). If the opportunity for catering is not covered by the guidelines for representation in OsloMet (ansatt.oslomet.no), approval from the correct management level must be obtained.
Because the tax legislation stipulates that documentation and payment basis / confirmation must not be subject to change after its submission, the documentation must be in pdf., jpeg. or other common image formats (not Word, Excel, etc.).
If the travel / expense reimbursement is to be charged to a specific project, or something that deviates from the cost center where your salary is charged, you can change or split the cost allocation. Select "Other" and enter cost center (budsjettenhet) and K-element 4 (arbeidsordre)
Once the travel invoice / refund has been approved, it will automatically be included in the next possible payment of received travel invoices.
If you don`t have access to the DFØ self-service/app, please use the form Reiseregning - for eksterne (ansatt.oslomet.no)