we are used to tipping when we eat out at the eatery, Failing to leave a tip after dining at a restaurant, taking a cab ride, or getting help from a porter is a big no-no in the United States, Canada, and England but tipping is not a common practice in every country around the world.
Unlike the U.S and Canada, where it’s standard to tip 15-20 percent for most services, some countries only expect a 5 percent tip, and other countries expect nothing at all.
To find out which tourist destinations don’t expect routine tips, FindTheBest scoured the web for insights on travel etiquette. TripAdvisor forums, Vayama.com, and FindTheBest users were particularly helpful.
The result was the following list of 10 countries, where tipping customs range from welcome (but not expected) for great service, all the way to insult
Here are 10 Countries Where You Can Forget the Tip
Tipping under any circumstance in Japan may seem rude because good service is standard and expected. However, those who are connected with the tourism industry may appreciate a tip. In this case, the visitor should place his or her tip inside an envelope and hand it over discretely
9. South Korea
Tipping in South Korea isn’t expected, but some of the nicer hotels tack on a 10 percent service charge, and taxi drivers will appreciate being told to keep the change, but only if it’s a small amount.
8. Hong Kong
Tipping in Hong Kong is not common, and as in Japan, may be seen as insulting. A 10 percent gratuity is also built in at most restaurants.
Swiss federal law dictates that all services charges be included in published prices, so there is no obligation to tip people in the service industry–servers, hairdressers, hotel porters, etc. People may choose to add a small tip, and higher tipping percentages are more common in big cities.
Tipping in Australia historically has not been the norm. Nowadays, tipping in restaurants is becoming more common, although it is still not necessary and there is a 10 percent goods and services tax on every bill. Tipping in hotels, hair salons, bars, and taxis is also not expected, but it’s normal to tell someone to keep the change.
Like in Switzerland, service staff are well paid, and tipping is not required because bills include the service charge. However, tipping in more touristy areas may be more expected.
Tipping in Brazil is generally not expected. However, tourists often tip small amounts for taxi and porter services, and restaurants will sometimes add a service fee to the bill, but it is not mandatory to pay
There is no need to tip at restaurants in Denmark. Waitstaff gets good wages and even benefits. The no tipping rule also applies to cabbies, porters, bartenders, etc., but nobody will stop a patron from paying a little extra to round up their bill.
In Estonia, the tip is never automatically included in the bill, and it is always optional. A 10 percent tip is normal for great service, but patrons do not need to feel compelled to leave anything.
1. New Zealand
Tipping in New Zealand is not customary or required, but unlike countries like Denmark and Belgium, hospitality and service staff are not compensated generously. A 10 percent tip for great service is appreciated.