Tipping Guide: Countries Where You Don’t Need To Tip A Percentage
The rules of tipping, attitudes and expectations toward tipping change depending on which country you visit.
In some countries, like the US and Canada, it’s customary and expected that you tip the wait staff in restaurants 15% to 20% of the total bill before
Most countries overseas and around the world don’t have such a longstanding history of tipping culture.
However thanks to the tipping culture from the US and growing tourism, the cultural expectation in other countries is slowly changing.
It may be rude to tip in these countries.
In some countries, it’s considered rude to tip because doing a good job is just part of the job.
Be careful not to tip at restaurants in Japan, it could be construed as an insult. The general ideology is that the wait staff works for the restaurant as a team and if a customer enjoys their visit then they will return to the restaurant again, refer others and bring more business.
Exception: I have been to some restaurants in Tokyo who received a lot of tourists and understood that some foreigners tip. In these rare cases, tipping is accepted but not expected.
Just like Japan, it can be considered rude to give the wait staff a tip except for Hong Kong and Macao which is becoming more westernized.
3) South Korea
Generally tipping is considered rude here too.
Tips are not expected in these countries:
Tipping is not customary in these countries but is slowly becoming more common especially in touristy spots where tourists, probably from America or Canada give tips.
Although tips are not expected in these countries, if you received exceptional service and want to leave a tip anyway, just round up, it will be much appreciated. It’s completely discretionary.
6) New Zealand:
Tipping at restaurants in New Zealand is not widespread however if you get exceptional service and feel like it, you can leave around a 10% tip.
No need to tip but if you received exceptional service, round up to the nearest 5 or 10 Australian dollars.
In these countries, tips are not expected, however, rounding up is appreciated and sometimes customary.
Although tipping isn’t expected in these countries, rounding up and leaving some change behind is customary or appreciated. If you don’t leave a tip, no one will come chasing after you.
For example, if you buy a coffee at a French café for 1 euro 25 centimes, round up to the nearest whole number or leave the change. In this case, you could leave 10, 20, or 50 centimes.
There’s no need to feel guilty if you don’t leave a tip in these countries because there is usually a service charge already added to the bill, or built into the prices.
Wait staff often receive benefits including maternity and paternity leave, childcare, disability, and paid vacation from their employer or the government, so they aren’t dependent on tips to make a living wage.
One thing to keep in mind because tipping is not the norm, many credit card machines don’t have a place to add a tip. You have to ask the server to add it to the bill before they print out the bill. There’s no guarantee the staff will receive the tip or if they do. So carry change with you.
In France, you’ll usually see the words ” Service Compris” which signifies a service fee was added to the bill.
The waiters and restaurants in the tourist meccas- Venice, Florence or Rome have grown so accustomed to foreigners leaving tips, some expect it now.
In Denmark, service charges are included in your bill; it’s a law.
18- New Zealand
Do your research
Just because you don’t tip in restaurants in these countries doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip the taxi driver or barber in those same countries.
When planning your trips do a little research on the tipping customs of that country for each type of service. Here are a few service-related things to research.
- hotel staff
- tour guides
- Spa and resort staff
- Hotel cleaning crew
- Bell hops
- hairdressers and barbers
Trust me, it’s really embarrassing or stressful to receive your bill in a foreign country and not know how much is too much or too little, or whether you should leave a tip at all.