Destinations in the World Where You Don’t Have to Leave a Tip

Definitive guide from Good Housekeeping Institute helps tourists avoid misunderstandings.

June 28, 2017 5:00 am
Destinations in the World Where You Don't Have to Tip
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You’ve just spent an eye-opening two-hour marathon business dinner at a rodízio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. But there’s a helping of anxiety that suddenly sets in: How much do I tip the waiter?

According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, the answer is nada.

The institute recently published a definitive guide to tipping—and when not to tip—for restaurants and taxis at all the major hubs around the world.

Some other worldwide destinations where tips aren’t required at restaurants? China, Japan, and the Netherlands. In Southeast Asia, however, tips aren’t customary but appreciated nonetheless.

The majority of spots on the list do require tips—but there are a number of locations where suggested tips are far lower than they are in America. Some of these include Egypt (5-10 percent), Greece (5-10 percent), Germany (10 percent), India (10 percent), Mexico (10 percent), and Turkey (10 percent).


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