In the world today, there are 196 countries; all with different tipping guidelines. Of course, you need to know how you are expected to tip, regardless of where you are. If not, you’ll likely leave some servers angry with you, while those in other countries may be very pleased. Let’s examine several tipping guidelines from around the world.
In Brazil, you’ll ALWAYS have a standard 10% service charge included in your bill. Technically, you do not have to tip any extra. However, if you received excellent service, go ahead and leave an additional 5-10%. Your server will be thrilled. Keep in mind that Brazilians don’t like to make a big deal out of leaving extra, so do this discreetly.
In Israel, you are pretty much expected to leave between 10-13%, regardless of how great or horrible your service was. Follow the rules! In areas of Tel Aviv frequented by tourists, a gratuity of up to 18% may be added. Look for this to make certain you don’t double tip.
In Dubai, restaurants are required to include a 10% gratuity on all bar and restaurant bills. If you had stellar service (or simply want to be generous), add in a couple of dirhams. Dubai waiters are notorious for not being paid well, so it will be greatly appreciated.
In Germany, bars and restaurants include the gratuity as part of your bill, but tipping doesn’t end there. You are expected to round the bill up to the next euro. This could be as much as 5-10%. Be aware that you will not receive a bill when it is time to pay up. Your waiter will simply tell you the total. Then, you tell them how much you intend to pay, including your “tip” and give them the money.
In the Czech Republic, locals don’t leave tips. However, this doesn’t extend to travelers. If you are in a popular tourist area, such as Prague, you are expected to leave some type of tip for the service you receive. The usual tip is 10%. Be aware that most servers are known for their curtness, but they aren’t being rude.
If you enjoyed your service, feel free to leave your server 5-10%. However, this amount is adjusted depending on the size of the meal you are eating. If the meal is small and costs less than 300 rupees, tip the complete 10%. As your bill increases, tip closer to 5%.
Strict tipping guidelines aren’t really seen in Thailand, though there is nothing wrong with leaving something for your server. In Thailand, tips are never asked for, yet they are appreciated. It is considered adequate to leave your leftover change after paying your bill or you can leave a dollar for each diner.
Regardless of how fabulous the service was that you received, there are countries where tipping isn’t a common practice. Therefore, servers do not anticipate tips. You do have the option to try and give your server a tip, but it is quite likely that the server will be more disturbed by your offer than thankful. Countries in which tipping is not a common practice include Australia, Belgium, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Vietnam.
What do you think?