What is daily subsistence allowance (DSA)?
Last Updated: May 16, 2019
Daily subsistence allowance (DSA) "is an allowance which is intended to account for lodging, meals, gratuities and other expenses of United Nations travelers" (ICSC/CIRC/DSA/487, restricted document).
The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) issues a monthly list of rates for different locations around the world. The UN and its related organizations use this schedule of rates to calculate reimbursement for travel expenses on official travel and relocation to a duty station. Organizations may have different policies on how the allowance is determined.
The interactive map on the ICSC homepage can be used to quickly look up DSA rates for a country without login.
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