Please be aware that this resource is informational only, and many external factors, unique to your company might apply.
Each company must make their own decisions about how they meet their tax obligations.


Per Diems

Employers in France can grant their employees a tax-free allowance for both domestic and foreign business trips. This allowance is meant to cover the costs incurred by the employee for food and accommodation throughout their trip. This allowance granted to the employee by the employer is not taxed.

For an employee to be granted a per diem for long-distance trips, they must be unable to return to their residence each day given their work location. For them to be eligible to receive a per diem, these two conditions must be met:

  • The distance between their place of residence and their place of work is greater than or equal to 50 km, one way;
  • Public transport does not allow this distance to be covered in less than 1h30, one way.

Employees who frequently incur travel expenses are not required to provide evidence for all of their expenditures. However, to determine the number of days they spent on their trip, accommodation expenses, and travel costs, certain documents are always necessary:

  • To prove an employee’s amount of annual travel, a list of the regions visited, sufficient hotel bills, and employer certificates stipulating the conditions of the trip must all be provided;
  • To determine accommodation expenses, hotel bills must be provided (at least for lengthier trips).

Business Trips Within Mainland France

Allowances intended to compensate for additional business travel expenses in mainland France:

2022 Amounts
Meal Expenses per meal (lunch and dinner) € 19.40
Accommodation and breakfast per day in Paris and the departments of Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, and Val-de-Marne € 69.50
Accommodation and breakfast per day in other French metropolitan départments € 51.60

 

The amounts in the table above are applicable for a travel period of 3 months. For travel that exceeds 3 months but lasts less than 2 years, the amounts are reduced by 15% from the first day of the 4th month.

French Overseas Départments

Flat-Rate Allowance Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia
Accommodation € 70* € 90*
Meal Expenses per meal € 17.50 € 21

* € 120 for an employee recognised as a disabled worker and who is in a situation of reduced mobility.

The amounts in the table above are applicable for a travel period of 3 months. For travel that exceeds 3 months but lasts less than 2 years, the amounts are reduced by 15% from the first day of the 4th month.

Foreign Business Trips

The allowance granted to employees while travelling internationally varies from country to country, you can check the specific amounts available here.

The table lists the daily allowance granted to employees travelling on foreign business trips based on the country they are travelling to. The allowance given to an employee travelling internationally must be reduced by:

  • 65% when the employee is housed free of charge, (for example, when the employer provides an accommodation or pays for accommodation);
  • 17.5% when the employee has one of their meals paid for;
  • 35% when the employee has both of their meals paid for.

The allowances are applicable for a travel period of 3 months. For travel that exceeds 3 months but lasts less than 2 years, the amounts are reduced by 15% from the first day of the 4th month.

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