How tipping works (or doesn’t work) around the world

It’s tough to understand tipping etiquette from country to country, for example in the USA a tip is expected, whilst in Singapore it’s not allowed.

You may have lots of questions, some complex and some simple. Do you tip on a cruise? What if a tip is taken as an insult? We’re here to help tell you all about the tipping customs of different countries!


Traditionally, 10% is left at restaurants, as well as some hotels. If that isn’t the case, a simple tip of one or two pesos for the porters for taking your bags to your room or a few pesos each day for the maid will get you fantastic service! Generally, change is just left with taxi drivers.


Tipping in Australia is gaining traction but is still totally optional, a 10% tip is acceptable in restaurants. Taxi drivers aren’t usually given tips.

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British Virgin Islands

Tipping is expected in restaurants and hotels, usually at a rate of 15-22%. For taxis that rate is 2-4%, whilst bar staff can be given an optional 10% tip.


Service staff have come to expect 10-20% in Canada, dependent on the quality of service. If the service is terrible, leave a small tip and they’ll get the message. You’re expected to tip your taxi driver around 10%.


You never have to tip in China, and in certain government-owned hotels and restaurants, tips are totally prohibited.

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Unusually, in France it is law that the service must be included in the price of the bill at a restuarant, so tipping is unecessary.


Whether at a restaurant or hotel, a small tip of 5-10% is customary. Taxi drivers don’t expect to be tipped.

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