What You Need to Know About Tipping Etiquette in Countries Around the World
Not every country treats tipping the same way as North America does. In fact, you will actually offend people some countries if you tip for services. Tipping is usually done on a percentage basis depending on service, and depending on the industry, salaries are extremely low and tipping is meant to make up the difference. But countries like Japan expect service to be top notch at all times, so tipping someone for their work can be considered rude. Before you go on your next trip, make sure you read about tipping practices to ensure you are being respectful and adhering to standard practices. Here are 15 countries with very different tipping styles.
Restaurants expect tourist to tip and usually 5 percent to 10 percent is perfectly acceptable. Some restaurants will round up the bill, and if that is the case, there is no need to leave anything else. You might also see a service charge or cover charge on the bill, which adds up to about 1 euro per person. This is usually to cover water and bread for the table.
Tipping in India can get a little confusing because it depends on how much the bill is in total. But in general, leaving about seven percent of the bill at restaurants is perfectly acceptable. On the other hand, many restaurants in New Delhi and Mumbai add a service charge ranging from 5-10 percent, so there is no need to tip on top of that.
Absolutely no tipping in Japan. The Japanese have very high service standards and tipping might be considered rude. So keep your money in your pocket the next time you are in this polite Asian nation. If your tip is refused, don't be offended; they are just being polite.
Tipping at restaurants in China is not customary, so you are not expected to leave a tip when you dine out. But, perhaps because of the amount of tourists, it's become common to tip tour guides and drivers as well as hotel staff for good service and to show appreciation.
Just north of the USA, tipping is standard practice in restaurants and hotels. Similar to their southern neighbor, Canadians usually expect between 15 percent and 20 percent for good service. Service charges are rarely added to the bill, so pretty much tip the same way you would in America.
It's customary to tip between 10 percent and 15 percent in restaurants, although make sure you take a look at your bill. Most restaurants will add the service charge onto the sum of the bill, so you don't really have to leave anything extra. If the service was exceptional, a small addition is nice.
Unlike in the US, tipping in France (especially Paris) is always included on the bill, so watch out for a line item called "service compris" when you go to pay — that's the tip and you don't have to include anything extra on top of that. If the bill doesn't say that, 10 percent is more than enough.
Mexico is another country that might have the tip added to the bill under the word "propina." But tipping isn't as big as in the US, and it's customary to add 30-40 pesos ($2 USD) to a round of drinks or 10 percent of the bill if it's not already included.
If you are traveling to Amsterdam, keep in mind that tipping is minimal and you can simply round up the bill or leave five percent if the service was exceptional. People in the hospitality industry earn higher wages in the Netherlands than many other countries, so tipping is neither expected nor required to help bolster wages.
This country doesn't seem to have a consensus on tipping etiquette. Some people tip, some people don't, and it's not looked down upon if you don't leave anything. So if you feel like you had great service and feel like leaving a tip, go for it.
You don't necessarily have to tip in big cities like Bangkok, but unlike Japan, it's not rude if you do decide to leave a few baht on the table when you leave. You can also give a few baht (which is really not much in USD) to the porters at hotels and airports if they help with luggage.
Istanbul is still a pretty touristy location. Turkey guide books warn that you usually can't tip on a credit card, so instead hand your server cash. The guide says that tips in inexpensive places aren't really necessary, but if you go to more expensive restaurants, you are expected to tip between 10 and 15 percent.
Morocco is all about bartering, especially in the town square in Marrakech. Street vendors can be a little aggressive, but they are used to being talked down, so if you feel like putting your negotiation skills to the test, this is the perfect place to do it. In restaurants, you can give a small tip to your server directly.
Tipping in South Africa is customary and 10-15 percent in restaurants and bars is acceptable. Tipping hotel porters, parking attendants, and airport porters is also customary and between 5-10 rand is usually enough.
This is another heavily vacationed country where tips are not necessarily expected, but leaving a few euros on the table if you've had a good meal is appreciated. Similar to France, there may be a line item that says "coperto," which is basically a tip.