Gratuity Standards Around the World – Part 2

Awhile back, we discussed tipping and the appropriate gratuity offerings according to countries you visit. That list was very much incomplete, and should be used as a rough guide on your travels. We’d love to break down the standards in all 192 nations recognized by the UN, but that would take quite some time. Maybe we’ll make it an ongoing series. Here’s the second gratuity standards installment.


Gratuity is accepted and expected in pretty much every scenario. Specifically, restaurant wait staff should be tipped around fifteen percent, but feel free to give more since workers often count on tips alone for their wages.


Gratuities aren’t necessarily expected. Ten percent is the generous amount in restaurants, taxi cabs and for hotel service workers, but unlike in the USA and Mexico, wait staff in dining establishments are often paid a decent salary. The tip is often included in their prices.


At hotels and buy cheap viagra canada restaurants, a ten to fifteen percent service charge  is usually added to the bill, so you only need to tip if you were particularly impressed with the service.

New Zealand

Gratuities are less common in New Zealand, they can even seem offensive to some workers. Service payments and sales tax are included in your bill. Unless the service was exceptionally spectacular, do not give a tip.


There’s no set percentage, but for those of you who like specifics, 10% is acceptable. Otherwise, feel free to just round up the tab or give your spare change/cash.


There may or may not be a service charge on your bill, so always check. If not, ten to twenty percent is the norm.


Higher tips are unusual in Spain, unless the service warrants such a gratuity. Rounding up the total on your bill is acceptable at restaurants and bars. If you’re dining at a nicer establishment, ten percent  is enough to express your gratitude.


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