How to Tip Overseas

Learn How to Tip Overseas below.

How to Tip Overseas

How to Tip Overseas

Of course, most people want to be responsible travelers. Be that as it may, actually knowing facts about the country you’re visiting (i.e., customs, culture, language, and tipping) will enrich your travel experience. Since every country is different, it’s important to know the standards on tipping when traveling.

The first section is how to tip overseas by region, and the second section is how to tip overseas by country. Read below for more details.

Tipping By Region:

Asia/the Pacific: This is a situation where tipping too much can be a bad thing. Take special care to ensure your gesture is not taken as an insult. If you are unsure, it is best not to tip. If possible, observe the locals and follow their lead.

Europe: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill. In most cases, an additional tip is unnecessary. If no service charge is added to your bill, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and $1 per bag for a hotel porter.

NOTE: While some European countries have come to expect larger tips from Americans, you don’t need to buy into that stereotype.

Middle East/Africa: While your tip will not be seen as an insult, it may be unnecessary. Again, the best bet is to do as the locals do (or ask locals from country to country).

Central/South America: Many hotels and restaurants add a service charge to the bill, and an additional tip is unnecessary. Otherwise, 10% is the general rule for restaurant service, and the equivalent of $1 per bag for a porter.

How to Tip Overseas (by country):

Next, the list below shows how to tip overseas by country, and then a breakdown for waiters/waitresses, porters, and taxi drivers.

Countries A-F

Argentina
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: $1
TAXI DRIVER: Round up taxi fare or small tip

Australia
WAITSTAFF: 10% in fine restaurants only
PORTER: $2 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Austria
WAITSTAFF: 5% plus service charge
PORTER: $1 to $2 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Bahamas
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10% (15% actual per local FTer

Belgium
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Brazil
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Brunei
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Canada
WAITSTAFF: 15% ranges from 10%-20% per local FTers
PORTER: $1 to $2 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Cayman Islands
WAITSTAFF: 15% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Chile
WAITSTAFF: 10% in addition to service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: None

China
WAITSTAFF: 3% in major cities (according to local FTers; 0%)
PORTER: $1 to $2 (according to local FTers, none)
TAXI DRIVER: None

Colombia
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: 75 cents per bag
TAXI DRIVER: None

Costa Rica
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Czech Republic
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Denmark
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Ecuador
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: 75 cents per bag
TAXI DRIVER: None

Egypt
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10% plus service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Estonia
WAITSTAFF: 10-15% for restaurants (in pubs toss spare change into big shared bowl for waitresses)
PORTER: ?
TAXI DRIVER: ?

Fiji
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Finland
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: If you pay by credit card – none. However, if you pay with cash, rounding up is acceptable to avoid hassling with coins.

France
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Countries G-J

Germany
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10% or round up plus euro or two per some FTers
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Greece
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10% plus service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Hong Kong
WAITSTAFF: 10% plus service charge if svg charge no need to add 10% per local FTer or round up
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Hungary
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

India
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag (according to local FTers 50cents/bag)
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Indonesia
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: 50 cents
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Ireland
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Israel
WAITSTAFF: 12% to 15% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Generally, 12% to 15% (according to local FTers, tips included in fares, can tip but not 12-15%).

Italy
WAITSTAFF: 10% plus service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Japan
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Countries M-R

Malaysia
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Mexico
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15%
PORTER: $1
TAXI DRIVER: 50 cents

Morocco
WAITSTAFF: Leave loose change
PORTER: 50 cents per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Netherlands
WAITSTAFF: 5% to 10%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

New Zealand
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Norway
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Oman
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Peru
WAITSTAFF: Up to 10% for special service
PORTER: 75cents per bag
TAXI DRIVER: None

Philippines
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: 50 cents to $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Poland
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Portugal
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Romania
WAITSTAFF: Round up bill
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Russia
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15%
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Countries S-V

Samoa
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Saudi Arabia
WAITSTAFF: 10% to 15%
PORTER: $1 to $2 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Singapore
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

South Africa
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: 50 cents
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

South Korea
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Spain
WAITSTAFF: 7% to 10% plus service charges
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Sweden
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Switzerland
WAITSTAFF: Round up
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

Taiwan
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge (none according to local FTer)
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: None

Tanzania
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

Thailand
WAITSTAFF: None see post #32 in this thread for update by local FTer
PORTER: None see post #32 in this thread for update by local FTer
TAXI DRIVER: None see post #32 in this thread for update by local FTer

Turkey
WAITSTAFF: Round up
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: Round up

United Arab Emirates
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None

United Kingdom
WAITSTAFF: 10% if no service charge
PORTER: $1 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 15% (according to local FTers 10% or round up to nearest pound)

USA
WAITSTAFF: 15% to 20%
PORTER: $1 to $2 per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10% to 15%

Venezula
WAITSTAFF: 10%
PORTER: 75 cents per bag
TAXI DRIVER: 10%

Vietnam
WAITSTAFF: None
PORTER: None
TAXI DRIVER: None


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Finally, remember to get your passport when heading overseas. Moreover, if you need a passport within 24 hours, Fastport Passport can help.

Lastly, contact us or submit an inquiry at our Passport Help Desk for more help.

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