The World in Summary - Tipping Guide



 
 
 
 
The  World  in  Summary - Tipping  Guide
Tipping is a token of appreciation for good service but it can turn out to be quite a ‘difficult decision’ to make when in unfamiliar places. The whole idea is not to cause any unnecessary offence due to lack of sensitivity of local practices. In certain cultures especially in larger cities, tipping is a ‘norm’ while in some, tipping causes alarm because it is an insult and yet in others, you will receive ‘no service’ without extra reward paid upfront! Practices also change from time to time.
 
The quantum of tips in major countries tabulated below are meant to be a general guide only and should not be taken a ‘rule’. Ultimately, the value is all up to you to evaluate as an offer to ‘reward’ though there appears to have certain ‘market acceptance values’ in different parts of world.
 
Countries Dining services (restaurants) Handling services (porters) Transfer services(taxis)
Argentina 10% USD 1 Small amount/round-up fare
Australia 10% for fine dining only USD 2 per bag Round-up fare
Austria 5% above service charge USD 1- 2 per bag Round-up fare
Bahamas 10% USD 1 per bag 10%
Bahrain 10% USD 1- 2 per bag 10%
Belgium 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Bolivia 10% USD 0.75 per bag 10%
Brazil 10 - 15% USD 1 per bag 10%
Brunei None None None
Bulgaria 10% USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Canada 15% USD 1- 2 per bag 10%
Cayman Islands 15% if no service charge USD 1 per bag 10%
Chile 10% in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag None
China 3-5% for fine dining in major cities USD 1- 2 in total None
Colombia 10% USD 0.75 per bag None
Costa Rica None USD 1 per bag 10%
Cuba USD 1 for special service USD 1 for special service USD 1 for special service
Czech Republic 5-10% USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Denmark None USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Ecuador 10% if no service charge USD 0.75 per bag None
Egypt 5-10 % + service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
England 10 % if no service charge USD 1 per bag 15%
Fiji None None Round-up fare
Finland 10 % if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
France 5-10 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Germany 5-10 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Greece 5-10 % in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Guatemala 10% in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag 10%
Holland 5-10 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Hong Kong 10% in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Hungary 10% if no service charge None Round-up fare
Iceland 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
India 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Indonesia 5-10% for fine dinning only USD 1 in total Round-up fare
Ireland 10-15 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Israel 12-15 % if no service charge USD 1 per bag 12-15 %
Italy 10% in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Japan * None. None None.
Kenya 5% if no service charge USD 0.50 per bag None
Luxembourg 5-10 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Macao 10% in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Madagascar 10% USD 0.50 per bag Round-up fare
Malaysia 2% for fine dining only USD 1 in total None
Mexico 10-15 % USD 1 per bag USD 0.50
Morocco Leave loose change USD 0.50 per bag Round-up
New Zealand None None None
Nicaragua 10% for special service USD 1 per bag 10%
Norway 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Oman None None None
Paraguay 10% USD 0.75 per bag 10%
Peru Up to 10% for special service USD 0.75 per bag None
Philippines 10% USD 0.50-1.00 per bag Round-up fare
Poland 10% USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Portugal 10-15 % if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Romania Round-up USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Russia 10-15 % USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Samoa None None None
Saudi Arabia 10-15 % USD 1-2 per bag 10%
Scotland 10-15 % if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Singapore 3-5% for fine dining only USD 2 in total None
South Africa 10% if no service charge USD 0.50 in total 10%
South Korea None None None
Spain 7-10 % in addition to service charge USD 1 per bag 10%
Sweden 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Switzerland Round-up USD 1 per bag Round-up fare
Taiwan 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag None
Tanzania 10% None None
Thailand 2% for fine dining USD 1 in total None
Turkey Round-up USD 1 per bag Round-up
Ukraine 10% USD 1 per bag Round-up
United Arab Emirates None None None
United States 15-20 % USD 1-2 per bag 10-15 %
Venezuela 10 % USD 0.75 per bag 10%
Vietnam 2% for fine dining in major cities USD 1 in total None
Wales 10% if no service charge USD 1 per bag 10%

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