10 Countries Where You Don't Need to Tip & 10 You Absolutely Should

10 Countries Where You Don't Need to Tip & 10 You Absolutely Should

In many places around the world, tipping is either included in the bill or simply not part of the culture. If you're planning a trip and want to avoid the awkwardness of uncertain tipping situations, here are ten countries where you can keep your change. In these destinations, not tipping is perfectly normal and, in some cases, even appreciated.

1. Japan

In Japan, the service culture is so refined that tipping is often seen as unnecessary and can even be considered rude. Employees take great pride in delivering exceptional service without anticipating additional gratuities. Attempts to tip may result in your money being graciously declined. Instead, expressing gratitude with a sincere "thank you" or a respectful bow is often regarded as a sufficient gesture of appreciation.

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2. South Korea

In South Korea, service charges are usually included in the bill at restaurants and hotels, so there’s no need to leave extra money. Attempting to tip can sometimes lead to confusion or embarrassment. Instead, expressing your gratitude verbally is way more accepted from service workers.

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3. Iceland

Icelandic locals do not expect tips. Service charges are usually included in your bill when dining out or staying in a hotel. Tipping might even be refused, with workers preferring to stick to the set charges. It’s more useful to support local businesses by purchasing their goods and services than leaving extra cash.

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4. Australia

In Australia, workers are paid a fair wage, and tipping is not typically expected. While you might round up a taxi fare or leave a small amount at a café, it’s not the norm in most places. In higher-end establishments, a service charge may already be part of your final bill. Australians generally focus instead on friendliness and quality service.

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5. New Zealand

Following closely in Australia's footsteps, New Zealand also does not have a general requirement for tipping. Workers receive a livable wage, and service fees are often included in any professional charges. For exceptional service, a small tip can be left if you choose, but it's never expected. 

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6. Belgium

In Belgium, service charges are included in the prices of meals and services, so tipping isn't something you need to worry about. The price you see is typically the price you pay, making it easy to understand what you’re spending. Employees are well-compensated and do not rely on tips. 

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7. China

Tipping in China is not customary, especially in traditional establishments and amongst the older generation. In some circumstances, it's even frowned upon. The rapid economic development has introduced a more Western-style tipping in some tourist areas, but it's still not the norm.

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8. Switzerland

Service charges are usually included in all hospitality services, so additional tips are not necessary. Employees in Switzerland are known for receiving fair wages, which negates the need for supplementary tips. When in doubt, simply use your own discretion, but know that it's not necessary to spend any extra cash.

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9. Denmark

Danish workers are paid well, and service is always delivered with a smile, not with the expectation of a tip. Instead of tipping, spending money on local crafts and eateries is a more appreciated way of showing your gratitude. Enjoy the hygge culture without the tipping stress.

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10. Finland

In Finland, prices typically reflect the actual cost, including any service fees, so what you see is what you pay. Finns value simplicity and honesty in transactions, so a tip can sometimes be seen as contravening these principles. 

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In some cultures, tipping makes up a significant portion of a service worker's earnings, making it an essential part of your travel etiquette. To ensure you’re compensating for the services you receive appropriately, here are ten countries where tipping is considered mandatory. 


1. United States

In the United States, tipping is almost a social obligation in many service settings, especially in restaurants, bars, and hotels. Typically, you're expected to tip between 15% and 20% of your total bill at restaurants. Service workers rely heavily on tips to supplement their often minimum or below minimum wage salaries. Not tipping can be seen as a serious breach of etiquette, so always check your bill for service charges and tip accordingly.

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2. Canada

Tipping in Canada is standard practice and crucial for those in the service industry. A tip of 15% to 20% on your restaurant bill before taxes is customary, and the same goes for taxi drivers and hairdressers. Service workers in Canada expect tips as a significant part of their income, especially because their wages remain pretty low (and unlivable, depending on the city). 

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3. Mexico

In Mexico, it's common to leave a tip of 10% to 15% in restaurants, and a few pesos for baggers at grocery stores and parking attendants. Tipping is not just a reward for good service but also an essential contribution to the wages of service workers. Even in less formal settings like markets and taxis, a small tip is always appreciated.

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4. Egypt

Tipping, or "baksheesh," is an integral part of life in Egypt. It's expected almost everywhere, from restaurants (where 10-15% is customary) to hotels, guided tours, and even at historical sites. Tipping is seen as a way to show appreciation for good service and helps supplement incomes in a country where wages can be low.

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5. Brazil

In Brazil, the "gorjeta" is a standard 10% service charge often included in restaurant bills. However, if this charge isn't included, you should add it yourself. Beyond restaurants, tipping is expected for other services such as bars, taxis, and personal grooming. 

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6. United Kingdom

In the UK, tipping is customary, though not as ingrained as in the US. In restaurants, it’s typical to leave around 10% to 12% of the bill if service isn’t included. For services like taxis and hair salons, rounding up your bill or tipping 10% is considered polite. 

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7. Italy

In Italy, tipping isn’t mandatory, but it's certainly expected in service areas frequented by tourists. A small tip (around 5-10%) in restaurants, bars, and taxis shows your appreciation for service. While service charges are sometimes included (look for "coperto" or "servizio" on your bill), a small additional tip is often welcomed.

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8. Thailand

While tipping is not traditionally Thai, it has become expected in tourist areas. Typically, you should leave at least a 10% tip at upscale restaurants, while in more casual eateries, rounding up the bill is sufficient. Always leave your tip in cash directly with the service provider.

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9. India

Tipping in India is customary in the hospitality industry. At restaurants, tipping about 10% of the bill is standard, although higher-end establishments might include a service charge. Tips for other services, such as taxi drivers and hotel staff, are also expected and highly appreciated. 

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10. France

IIn cafes, leaving the small change from your coffee on the table is a common practice. For taxi drivers and hotel staff, a small tip is always appreciated for good service. While not as tip-dependent as some other countries, the gesture is a sign of good manners. 

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