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When you are planning your next big adventure, you will want to be sure to budget for every possible eventuality. One crucial part of international travel that often gets overlooked is tipping those who work super hard to ensure that your experience is perfect.
From bellboys in Bahrain to maids in Monaco, every nation has a different take on tipping, and it pays to know what’s expected of you before you go.
Throughout this guide, we have provided guidance on what to tip in U.S. dollars. Unless otherwise noted, we are suggesting tipping the dollar-equivalent in local currency.
The U.S. dollar is used in quite a few countries abroad. Some countries use it as their main currency, some have their own currency pegged to the U.S. dollar, and others are visited a lot by American tourists and have chosen to accept U.S. dollars.
Below is a list of countries where U.S. dollars are used. Where the U.S. dollar is used alongside the local currency it is always best to double-check whether U.S. dollars are accepted at smaller establishments.
|U.S. Dollar is Main Currency|
|British Virgin Islands||Marshall Islands||Timor-Leste||Zimbabwe|
|Ecuador||Micronesia||Turks and Caicos|
¹ Including American Samoa, American Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico
|U.S. Dollar is Used Along With Local Currency|
|Aruba||Cayman Islands||Maldives||Sint Eustatius|
|Bahamas||Costa Rica||Mexico¹||Sint Maarten|
|Belize||Ethiopia||Nicaragua||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Cambodia||Honduras||Philippines²||Trinidad & Tobago|
¹ Only accepted in tourist areas/border cities
² Only in touristy areas
³ Only in big hotels or shops in major cities
Hot Tip: When using U.S. dollars abroad, make sure to take crisp, clean bills, otherwise they may be rejected when trying to pay for goods or services.
This North African country is full of Roman ruins and Ottoman landmarks. Tipping isn’t common in most parts of Algeria, but in some of the more touristy resorts, you will be expected to add a gratuity to your bill.
Despite its long stretches of tropical Atlantic beaches and vast arid desserts, Angola is not yet stable enough to be a serious contender for the tourist dollar. Tipping here is rare, and in some cases, frowned upon.
As the birthplace of voodoo, this West African country is surprisingly one of the safest places to visit in Africa. On the whole, tourism is very much in its infancy across the country, and tipping is not yet standardized.
Botswana is the land of big game safaris, conservation projects, and colorful local cultures. With visitors from all over the world coming to experience the national parks and game reserves, tipping is expected in the tourist regions.
This beautiful country is packed full of unique landscapes and exciting cultures. Still, sadly, the political instability, paired with high rates of crime, has turned the country into a virtual no-go area for international visitors at present. If the situation improves, tips will be welcome but not compulsory.
Burundi is another African country that has sadly been blighted by ethnic conflict, and at present, visitors are advised not to go there. If the situation changes, the country will need to ensure the security of future visitors.
Cabo Verde offers undulating landscapes, year-round sunshine, and a warm Creole welcome. Visitors come to escape the cold north European winters and experience the lively bars, sandy beaches, and growing tourist trade. Tipping is not compulsory, but commonplace in tourist areas.
At the heart of the African continent, Cameroon is a lively land full of unique cultures and landscapes. Certain parts of the country are, however, considered dangerous for Western travelers to visit due to high crime rates, kidnapping, and piracy. If you do visit, tipping here is customary but not compulsory.
CAR is currently in the midst of a bitter civil war, making it a challenging destination for international travelers. An ancient nation with a unique history, the tourism trade is very minimal here, meaning tips are not commonplace but always appreciated.
Chad is an unlikely travel destination that rewards the intrepid with stunning scenery and fascinating cultures. In some of the larger cities, tipping is customary.
Made up of a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean, paradise awaits with white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut palms as standard. The islands are volcanic and very remote, meaning that tourism is not well established here — tipping is commonplace but not compulsory.
Home to gorillas, fantastic wildlife, and unique fauna, Congo is also a challenging destination due to the high risk of violent crime, kidnapping, and ongoing civil unrest. Tipping is expected in larger establishments and tourist spots.
With stunning coastlines and lush interiors, Côte d’Ivoire offers cosmopolitan cities, historic architecture, unique cultures, and a warm welcome. Tipping is commonplace but not compulsory here.
This land of rainforests, gushing rivers, and smoking volcanoes is also the victim of a brutal 20th-century civil war and ongoing political unrest. Many areas of the country are considered “no-go” zones to foreign nationals due to the high risk of violent crime, terrorism, and piracy. Tipping here is not mandatory or standardized, but always welcome.
With mountains on 1 side and the Red Sea on the other, Djibouti offers extreme contrasts and stunning scenery as well as ancient architecture and rich and diverse cultures. Warm and welcoming, this tiny African nation loves to receive visitors, and tipping is becoming more commonplace.
Take a trip back in time to the land of the pyramids, the Red Sea, ancient cities, and bustling bazaars as you join over 8 million tourists who visit every year. Tipping is customary in Egypt.
As Africa’s least visited country, not many Westerners have discovered the world’s second-largest rainforest, scientific reserves, black volcanic beaches, and extensive wildlife, including gorillas and sea turtles. In general, tipping is not customary across the region.
Packed full of often challenging, but always beautiful landscapes, and considered to be one of the most authentic countries in all of Africa, Eritrea is a country just waiting to be discovered. Tipping in Eritrea is always appreciated but never expected in most parts of the country.
With a rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and picturesque landscapes, many travelers to this remote part of the world come to join guided tours or treks, and local guides will expect a gratuity. Tipping in Ethiopia is not compulsory, but always very welcome.
Home to dense rainforests, stunning white-sandy beaches, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Gabon is a picture-perfect paradise for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. There is no established rate for tipping, but a little extra is always appreciated.
Ghana is considered one of the safest and most prosperous of all the African nations, and it is one that offers a warm welcome to thousands of visitors from all over the world every year. While there is not necessarily a set protocol for tipping across the country, a tip is expected and always appreciated.
A health crisis and political instability may have blighted the West African nation of Guinea, but its diverse landscapes, virgin rainforests, and the lively capital city of Conakry still draw in fearless adventurers who come to enjoy an authentic taste of Africa. One of the poorer nations on the African continent, tipping is not generally expected.
This tiny African nation has a Latin vibe from its Portuguese heritage, diverse landscapes, and welcoming people. Ravaged by a political and military crisis over the years, there is still plenty of faded beauty to be found here. Guinea-Bissau is not a rich country by any means, and tipping is not widely expected.
Kenya is a popular destination for travelers looking to capture the delights of The Big 5 up close on safari. It has a thriving economy and suffers very little from political instability. Many Kenyans work within the tourist industry and rely heavily on tips to supplement their incomes. Tips should also be provided in the local currency, the Kenyan shilling.
The South African nation of Lesotho is famous for its mountainous landscapes that are just right for hiking and horseback riding, as well as seasonal sports like skiing and abseiling. Tipping in Lesotho pretty much follows the same rules as tipping in South Africa, and you will be expected to leave gratuities. Wages can be low in the region, so tips are relied upon by local workers.
Liberia is a country with a dark past, and not one that is at the top of most people’s must-see travel lists. It is, however, a country that is slowly transforming, and there is genuine African beauty to be found beneath the faded exterior. If you do choose to visit, tipping is not expected, but most workers’ wages are low, so any gratuities are gratefully received. You can tip in local currency or with U.S. dollars.
Libya is not only home to unique landscapes and Roman historical landmarks, but it is also unique in that the country does not promote or recommend tipping. Currently a country that is not recommended for tourists due to the ongoing civil unrest, those that do need to be there should be careful not to tip.
Famous for its sweeping canyons, diverse landscapes, and ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar has a rich colonial history that includes a loosely observed protocol for tipping. It is not expected that locals tip each other, but tourists are expected to be generous with their gratuities.
Malawi is famous for its national parks and wildlife reserves and is a magnet for visitors looking to experience the African outdoors at their finest. Tipping is not compulsory across the country, but wages are low, and it is always appreciated.
Due to political disruption, Mali may not be on the top of your travel wish list, but in less turbulent times, it is worth remembering that it is the home of Timbuktu and the Great Mosque of Djenné. While tipping isn’t necessarily customary in Mali, per se, it is very much appreciated as wages are low.
With landscapes that are reminiscent of a Mad Max film and a population so small you can go for days without seeing another human being, the vast open landscapes of Mauritania have an ethereal, post-apocalyptic beauty. Because much of the country is unpopulated, tipping would only be expected in large towns or cities.
This African island in the Indian ocean offers picture-perfect beaches, a heady mix of cultures and community, and is a true taste of paradise right here on earth. A popular destination for honeymooners and couples, there is no protocol for tipping.
One of the most popular Arab nations for Western tourists to visit, Morocco, is a land of bustling bazaars, blue seas, and arid deserts. With an ever-growing tourist-trade in the coastal resorts and bigger cities, tipping is common.
Mozambique remains one of the most unspoiled and underdeveloped tourist destinations in the world, with visitors coming to see the stunning coastline and some of the finest coral reefs in the world. Tipping is a standard practice in more developed areas, and you can expect to pay around 10 percent for decent service.
Namibia is immense, empty, and one of the safest places to visit on the African continent. Tourists come to see unspoiled beaches, extensive wildlife, and vast national parks and are free to tip as, and when, they feel the service they have received warrants it.
Beset by military crisis and tribal uprisings, Niger is not considered a safe place to visit. But, if the situation changes and the travel warnings lift, you could visit a country that offers vast shifting deserts, mud-brick mosques, lively markets, and the faded beauty of traditional African towns. Tipping is very much appreciated across the country, and although not formally standardized, 10 percent seems about right across the board.
Nigeria is famous for its magnificent wildlife, awesome forests, and epic mountain ranges, as well as bustling cities and lively, fun-loving locals. Popular with tourists from all over the world, tipping is standardized at around 10 percent across most services industries.
Home to the Nyungwe National Park with its vast wildlife and conservation projects, bustling cities, and a comfortable climate all year round, more and more tourists are choosing to visit Rwanda. Tipping is not customary in Rwanda, meaning you are usually free to give as much or as little as you want to.
These 2 tiny islands offer a real taste of paradise with miles of sandy beaches, lush green forests, and beautiful old colonial buildings. Still very much off of the radar of most travelers, São Tomé and Principe — also known as STP — offer the simple life in the sunshine. Tipping is very much at your discretion here.
This West African nation, with its breathtaking beaches, lively street markets, and the bustling city of Dakar, is one of the most stable countries in the region. Tipping is not standardized everywhere, but larger cities and tourist destinations will expect you to leave 10-15 percent. You should always try to tip in the local currency to ensure the recipient receives the full amount.
The ultimate honeymoon destination, Seychelles is a group of small islands scattered across the Indian Ocean that offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, set against a backdrop of lush hills and palm trees. The islands have a wealth of luxury accommodations to offer those looking to enjoy the very best, and therefore most establishments will already include a service charge of 5-10 percent into your final bill.
Now safe and Ebola-free, Sierra Leone is one of the few places on earth where you can get up close and personal with pygmy hippos, visit the Gola National Rainforest Park, or admire the famous multi-colored houses of Freetown. Tipping is discretionary in Sierra Leone, but wages are low, and being rewarded for good service is gratefully appreciated.
With an infrastructure that is still recovering from a quarter of a century of civil war, Somalia is a faded beauty that has yet to be considered safe enough to entice visitors back to its shores. That said, internal investments are slowly starting to bring back hope to the country’s pristine beaches and varied landscapes. Tipping is not standard procedure in Somalia.
South Africa is a beautiful country, packed full of diverse landscapes, rugged coastlines, fantastic wildlife watching opportunities, cosmopolitan cities, and some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Despite a sometimes difficult past, the country now has a thriving tourist industry. Tipping is expected across the service and hospitality industries.
Sudan may have had its troubles in recent years, but as home to more pyramids than Egypt and some of the friendliest people on earth, a visit to this mostly undiscovered country will take your breath away. Still waiting to realize its full potential on the tourist trail, tipping has not been standardized in Sudan.
The tiny kingdom of Swaziland, now renamed eSwatini, is bright, beautiful, and full of authentic African landscapes and cultures. It is also considered to be much safer than its neighbor, South Africa. There are lots of Westernized bars, restaurants, and hotels in the more urban areas, and with them come standardized tipping procedures and expectations.
Tanzania is a country of contrasts. Whether you come to climb Kilimanjaro, relax on the beaches for your honeymoon, or trek out to explore the spice island of Zanzibar, this is a country that is popular with adventurers from all over the world. The rise in Western visitors has led to tipping becoming customary in restaurants and resorts in more touristy areas.
As one of the smallest nations in Africa, the Gambia is home to a stunning Atlantic coastline and year-round sunshine, making it a popular destination for Northern Europeans looking for some affordable winter sun. With a wealth of resort hotels, bars, and restaurants set up to accommodate its rise in popularity, tipping is becoming a more commonplace, too. Wages are also very low, so tipping goes a long way towards supplementing the wages of many local workers.
Togo is a poor country with a rich history, a stunning Atlantic coastline, lush green forests, and open savannah. Visitors come to explore the country on foot and take long hikes through Togo’s diverse landscapes. Tipping is not expected in most establishments in Togo.
With a wealth of gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, year-round sunshine, bustling markets, and affordable accommodation, Tunisia is the perfect North African location for a sunshine vacation. With lots of great tourist destinations to choose from all along the coast, and hotels, bars, and restaurants to suit all budgets, tipping here has become the norm. In fact, tips make up a considerable percentage of the local workers’ wages, so it is important to tip every time.
These West Indian islands that lie perfectly between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offer tropical rainforests, luscious beaches, and upscale tourist resorts. Tipping on the islands is customary and expected.
Argentina is a huge country lying at the southernmost point of South America. As a country where you can find glaciers, deserts, mountains, jungle, sandy beaches, and vibrant cities all in 1 place, many visitors come every year to experience its beauty. Tipping is very much the norm here.
The island of Barbados is home to endless white sandy beaches, historical monuments, grand plantation houses, and exquisite botanical gardens, as well as luxurious all-inclusive hotels and first-class water sports, food, and nightlife. With such a booming tourist trade, tipping is customary in Barbados. U.S. dollars are accepted across the island, though you may receive change in Barbados dollars. The Barbados dollar is fixed at 2:1 U.S. dollars.
Situated on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is home to world-class scuba diving, ancient Mayan ruins, and vibrant cities. Not yet firmly on the tourist map, Belize is a great destination for adventurous explorers. Tipping is not standardized, but it is commonplace. The Belize dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 2:1 and both currencies are widely used.
Bolivia is a big hit with adventurers looking to hike, climb, ride, and even glide across some of the most diverse and interesting landscapes in all of South America. A warm and welcoming people, Bolivians don’t so much believe in tipping, but they are likely to expect you to pay for small favors and help.
This bright, beautiful, and brilliant nation is a major draw for tourists from all over the world. With white sandy beaches, vibrant nightlife, stunning scenery, and acres of rainforest, Brazil is always in fashion. Tipping here is very much the norm, and something you should expect to pay on top of your bills.
Canada is a country of snowcapped peaks, deep green forests, vibrant cities, and friendly, welcoming locals. Tourists come to enjoy camping, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, and a wealth of other outdoor activities. Tipping here is expected and commonplace. U.S. dollars may be accepted in tourist areas and border cities.
As one of the most upscale areas of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands has plenty of exclusive retreats, beautiful empty beaches, and first-class amenities, as well as water sports for everyone. Tipping is very much expected across the islands. U.S. dollars are readily accepted island-wide.
Chile is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy a diverse variety of landscapes, including volcanoes, deserts, beaches, and forests, as well as friendly and welcoming people. Tipping is expected in all of the tourist areas.
With both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, long sandy beaches, snowcapped mountains, and lush green forests, Colombia has something for everyone. Visitors come to explore the great outdoors or mingle with locals in the vibrant cities — tipping is customary but not compulsory.
With jungle-lined beaches and wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, parrots, and toucans within easy reach, Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers from all over the world. A growing tourist industry and a stable political situation mean that tipping is becoming more commonplace but not mandatory. U.S. dollars are widely accepted.
As an island filled with beautiful beaches, captivating culture, unique landscapes, and amazing music, Cuba may not be without its problems, but it is still a popular destination. Wages are low for the islanders, and tipping, although not compulsory, is very much appreciated.
Dominica offers an unspoiled island habitat that offers lush green forest and mile upon mile of white sandy beaches. The island has suffered at the hands of hurricanes in recent years, but local communities are committed to rebuilding their beautiful island. Tipping is commonplace in tourist areas.
Just 2 hours south of Miami, the Dominican Republic is an island paradise full of beautiful beaches, lively tourist resorts, and friendly locals. The islands have suffered at the hands of hurricanes in recent years, but communities are slowly being rebuilt to welcome visitors once again.
Ecuador is a wonderfully undiscovered nation that is home to the most extraordinary wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and captivating culture. Often under the radar, adventurers often choose other South American destinations, meaning the country remains authentic. Tipping is appreciated but not expected. The U.S. dollar is legal tender in Ecuador.
A country of archaeological sites, volcanic lakes, lush forests, and beautiful beaches, El Salvador, is another often overlooked South American country that is very much worthy of a visit. Tipping here is the norm in the more popular tourist destinations. The U.S. dollar is the official currency of El Salvador.
The island of Grenada is famous for its spectacular beaches, picture-perfect coves and waterways, and excellent water sports facilities. As one of the quieter islands in the Caribbean, tipping is not compulsory, but it is pretty standard.
While some regions of the country are undoubtedly safer than others, there are plenty of natural wonders, quaint villages, and stunning scenery to enjoy in Guatemala. Tipping, or rather rewarding good service, is becoming more commonplace.
With dense forests and a commitment to ecotourism, Guyana is coming out of the shadow of its troubled past and starting to become one of the continent’s best-kept secrets. Tipping is widely practiced but not expected in Guyana, and while you can use U.S. dollars in Georgetown, always use Guyanese dollars everywhere else.
Haiti has a long history of troubled times, both at the hands of mother nature and its own political hierarchy. There are still historical ruins to be explored, beautiful beaches, and welcoming locals to drink and dance with. Tipping is not customary across the island but is appreciated.
Home to some of the most bio-diverse reef systems in the world, Honduras and the Bay Islands are popular with visitors looking to snorkel and dive, as well as those who want to explore the Mayan ruins. Tipping is not necessarily expected in Honduras, but it is fairly commonplace in tourist resorts. U.S. dollars are accepted by most businesses, in addition to local currency.
Beautiful beaches, majestic waterfalls, live reggae music, carnivals, and upscale all-inclusive resorts are just a few of the reasons why tourists love to visit Jamaica all year round. This most popular of all of the Caribbean islands has a booming tourist trade, but even so, tipping is not yet commonplace outside of areas favored by visitors.
Mexico has the second-largest economy in Latin America and is home to cosmopolitan cities, ancient civilizations, great food, lively people, and some of the very best beaches in the world. The rise of tourism in Mexico, as well as the country’s proximity to the U.S., makes tipping commonplace in most parts of the country. U.S. dollars may be accepted in tourist areas and border towns.
With stunning landscapes and as many as 19 active volcanoes in the country, Nicaragua offers some of the best hiking on the continent. The country is considered fairly safe and the small but growing tourism trade means that tipping is becoming more commonplace. Though a local currency is used, most businesses also accept U.S. dollars.
This tropical paradise is home to some of the most diverse and exotic species of animals and plants of the planet. The famous Panama Canal is visually stunning and Panama City is cultured and cosmopolitan. Tipping is pretty customary across the country. U.S. dollars are legal tender in Panama, though local coins under $1 are also in circulation.
Paraguay is home to some spectacular national parks and some of the most significant Atlantic forests that have not yet been destroyed by deforestation. Visitors come to experience rustic farm life, extensive wildlife sanctuaries, colorful towns, and unforgettable adventures. Tipping has become more prevalent as tourism increases across the country.
A country with a vast history dating back as far as the Inca civilization, Peru is home to a wealth of fascinating archaeological sites, world-class museums, and a wealth of different cultures. Visitors come from all over the world to step back in time, and as the tourist industry grows, tipping has become more commonplace.
With a rich and fascinating cultural heritage, as well as beautiful beaches and lush green forests, Puerto Rico is just a short plane ride from Miami. It is also now mostly recovered from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, with most tourist hot spots well and truly open for business. Tipping here is similar to the U.S. and is very much expected. The U.S. dollar is the official currency.
These twin islands in the southern Caribbean offer a wealth of breathtaking scenery, picture-perfect beaches, and an array of luxury hotels and vacation resorts. Visitors are drawn to the islands to relax and enjoy the good life, and tipping is very much part of the culture. Many businesses will accept U.S. dollars and give change in local currency.
St. Lucia is more mountainous than most of the other Caribbean islands, and it has a rich history as a military fortress. It is also a volcanic island, with beautiful sandy beaches, luxury hotels, and a thriving tourist industry. Because of this, tipping is commonplace on St. Lucia.
This chain of islands in the Caribbean Sea offers a real taste of paradise with white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and a noticeable lack of tourists compared to some of the bigger islands.
As the smallest country in South America, and one of the world’s poorest countries, not many adventurers get to visit this lush green Atlantic outpost. Covered in swathes of rainforest and with a vibrant Dutch-colonial capital, tipping is not common here as it isn’t part of the culture.
The tropical islands of the Bahamas offer crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, and perfect year-round weather — just a few of the reasons why visitors head there in droves. There are over 700 islands to choose from, but the largest and most popular islands are major tourist hotspots, meaning that tipping is very much a way of life here. Local currency is pegged 1:1 to the U.S. dollar which is widely accepted.
The beating heart of the Caribbean, both of these islands offer warm waters, long sandy beaches, and first-class resorts, combined with one of the warmest welcomes in the world. Tipping is not part of the culture in either Trinidad or Tobago, but the ever-increasing tourist trade is making it much more commonplace.
Sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, the country of Uruguay is a hidden charm that offers delicious food, stunning beaches, unique scenery, and tons of colonial charm. Easy to reach from the U.S., it is becoming more popular with adventurers looking to move away from the more traditional tourist routes. Tipping is pretty much commonplace throughout the country.
Tipping is commonplace in the U.S. and very much a social expectation. Service wages can be low, and many workers make up their pay in tips.
This South American republic may have a reputation for civil unrest and high crime rates, but in more stable times, it has become a hotspot for beach lovers from all over the world. Tourism figures have been declining in recent years, and tipping is never mandatory, but certainly desired.
This ancient nation has become increasingly inaccessible and potentially dangerous to Westerners. In more favorable times, it is a fascinating country full of Central Asian charm.
This vast landmass is home to vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, scorched earth deserts, and so much more. In Australia, it is generally believed that staff in the service industry are paid well and therefore tipping is not standard practice.
Home to enormous mangrove forests, the royal Bengal tiger, and a winding maze of waterways, Bangladesh is a South Asian country that is largely untouched by mass tourism. Tipping in Bangladesh is known as baksheesh, and it used as a way to show appreciation for good service.
This Buddhist kingdom on the eastern edge of the Himalayas is famous for its monasteries, fortresses, and dramatic landscapes. A popular trekking destination, tipping is not compulsory in Bhutan but has come to be expected from Westerners.
Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, famous for its beautiful beaches and diverse rainforests. Tipping is not standard practice in Brunei.
Cambodia is most famous for the beautiful Angkor Wat, but it is also home to stunning beaches, forests, and rivers. Tipping is not part of the culture here, but due to low wages, it is very appreciated. U.S. dollars are widely used and change may be given in local currency.
China is a land of ancient treasures, World Heritage sites, extreme landscapes, and friendly people. Tipping is not part of Chinese culture.
This archipelago in the South Pacific is famous for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches, and coral reefs. Tipping is not expected or required in Fiji because it’s a communal society.
This vibrant island is a land of bright lights and dizzying culture, as well as being one of the most important financial hubs in the world.
India is a vast country known for its bustling cities, beautiful countryside, vibrant colors, and wonderful people. Tipping (known as baksheesh in India) is pretty uncommon and is usually only accepted in restaurants.
This Southeast Asian nation, made up of thousands of tiny volcanic islands, is famous for its beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, and mile upon mile of jungle. Tipping is commonplace across Indonesia.
Japan is a South Pacific island nation that seamlessly fuses ancient culture and modern-day life, and is one of the most fascinating and eclectic places in the world to visit. Tipping is not customary in Japan, and in some instances, can even be considered rude.
This former Soviet state is now making a name for itself with its emerging cultural and nightlife scene, as well as excellent shopping, dining, and other popular attractions. Tipping is not customary in Kazakhstan.
Situated in the equatorial Pacific, Kiribati offers world-class fishing and beautiful beaches, and the islands are an undiscovered tropical paradise. Tipping is not commonplace across the islands.
This Central Asian nation is made up of rugged terrain and is home to snow leopards, lynx, and lots and lots of sheep. Tipping is not commonplace in Kyrgyzstan.
Lao PDR is famous for the Mekong River, stunning mountain terrain, French colonial architecture, and Buddhist monasteries. Tipping is not customary in Lao PDR.
Macau is a heady mix of cultural influences, and with its giant casinos and malls, it has come to be known as the “Las Vegas of Asia.” Tipping is not yet commonplace across Macao.
This stunning peninsula is known for its beautiful beaches, dense rainforests, and eclectic mix of cultures. Despite being known as a popular tourist destination, tipping is not commonplace in Malaysia.
Year-round great weather, romantic resorts, stunning beaches, and clear blue water make the Maldives an attractive prospect. Tipping here is not expected but always appreciated. The U.S. dollar is accepted as legal tender in the Maldives.
This chain volcanic islands and coral atolls in the central Pacific Ocean include the world-famous Bikini Atoll, now a popular dive site, and home to some of the most amazing marine life in the world. Tipping is not customary across the Marshall Islands, where the U.S. dollar is the national currency.
Famed for its nomadic culture, ancient Mongol empire, natural beauty, and incredibly friendly people, Mongolia is a huge country that is very much on the map for adventurous explorers. Tipping isn’t common and rarely expected, but is becoming more prevalent in tourist areas.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is home to over 100 different ethnic groups, making it rich in culture, history, and modern-day tourist attractions. Tipping is not yet customary, but with low wages, tips and gratuities are very much appreciated. U.S. dollars may be accepted in tourist areas.
This tiny island lies northeast of Australia and offers glorious coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and inland lagoons. Tipping is not common in Nauru.
Most commonly known as home to Mt. Everest, Kathmandu, and Buddhist temples with resident monkeys, Nepal is a challenging country but one that is popular with those looking to really see the world. Tipping is commonplace in Nepal.
Comprised of dozens of islands in the South Pacific, the French territory is popular with scuba divers due to a massive barrier reef that is rich in native marine life. Tipping is generally not expected in New Caledonia.
The 2 islands of New Zealand are famous for their volcanoes and dramatic scenery, as well as being home to vibrant cities and welcoming residents. Often referred to as Australia’s friendlier neighbor, tipping is not customary or expected in New Zealand.
Pakistan is the sixth-most populous country in the world and a huge country full of dramatic landscapes, vibrant cities, and stunning scenery.
Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands located in the western Pacific Ocean. The islands are a popular destination for scuba divers. Tipping is not expected, but very much appreciated. The official currency is the U.S. dollar.
Papua New Guinea is known for volcanic interiors, beautiful beaches, and lush tropical rainforests. The island nation is a destination for those who want to stray from the beaten path. There is no tipping culture in Papua New Guinea.
The Philippines are always beautiful but sometimes complicated, with ongoing clashes between the military and insurgent groups in some parts of the country. Modern cities and beautiful beaches, though, are still a draw for travelers. Tipping is not customary but is becoming increasingly popular. U.S. dollars may be accepted in tourist areas, otherwise use local currency.
This group of Polynesian islands has coral reefs, sandy beaches, and rainforests galore, and some of the islands are still completely uninhabited. Tipping is not part of Samoan culture, but many workers are severely underpaid.
Singapore is a vibrant, multi-cultural island city-state with a rich colonial history and an important financial center. Tipping is not customary in Singapore, but Western tourists are often expected to tip anyway.
The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific is famous for its U.S. War Memorial that honors fallen allied soldiers. There is no tipping on the Solomon Islands, and visitors should honor this tradition.
South Korea is a land of beautiful countryside, Buddhist temples, and fast-paced, high-tech cities like the capital, Seoul. Tipping in South Korea isn’t customary, and some establishments will even refuse it.
This beautiful and bold island nation in the Indian Ocean is home to ancient ruins of monasteries, arid interiors, and beautiful beaches. Tipping is very much expected in Sri Lanka.
Taiwan is home to modern cities, traditional temples, and stunning scenery. Despite the rise of Western tourism in the country, tipping is not customary in Taiwan.
Tajikistan is known for its mountainous interior, and the country is a popular destination for those who enjoy extreme hiking and climbing. Tipping is not expected in Tajikistan.
Famous for its tropical beaches, vibrant party scene, and ultra-modern cities, Thailand is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Despite the huge numbers of travelers that arrive here every year, tipping is still not customary in Thailand.
This Southeast Asian island nation is best known for its coral lined beaches and vibrant marine life. Following decades of brutal struggle to achieve independence, it is now still largely undiscovered and tourist-free. Tipping is not customary in Timor-Leste. The official currency is the U.S. dollar.
This Polynesian kingdom comprises more than 170 islands lined with white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and interiors covered with tropical rainforests. Tipping is not part of the culture in Tonga, but it is appreciated.
Set on the ancient Asian Silk Road and bordered by the Caspian Sea, this Soviet-style country is an unusual, but rewarding, travel destination. Tipping is not part of the culture in Turkmenistan.
These sparsely populated islands are part of the British Commonwealth and are famous for palm-fringed beaches, extensive birdlife, and historical sites from WWII. Tipping in Tuvalu isn’t common and never expected.
Another of the Silk Road nations, Uzbekistan is best known for its ancient Islamic landmarks and architecture, ornate mosques, and the city of Samarkand. Tipping is not compulsory in Uzbekistan.
Made up of 80 islands, this South Pacific nation attracts adventurers looking to dive the coral reefs and explore the underwater caverns and WWII-era wrecks. Tipping is not encouraged in Vanuatu, and can even be considered an insult in some instances. Local residents believe that if they receive something for nothing, they will be in your debt. Therefore, play it safe and don’t tip in Vanuatu.
Vietnam is another much loved Asian nation famous for its beautiful beaches, bustling cities, and Buddhist pagodas. Tipping in Vietnam is appreciated but not expected. U.S. dollars may be accepted in shops or hotels in tourist areas, but paying in local currency may be more advantageous.
The Eastern European nation of Albania is a popular destination for adventurers looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Tipping is commonplace in Albania, but not mandatory.
A popular ski resort, Andorra is a tiny, independent principality that has tax-haven status making it equally as popular with duty-free shoppers. Tipping isn’t really customary in Andorra.
The tiny nation of Armenia is the place to visit if you like tranquil scenery, ancient churches, and warm, welcoming locals. Tipping is starting to become increasingly popular in Armenia.
Once home to such famous residents as Mozart, Strauss, and Freud, Austria is a land of historic cities, perfect peaks, and stunning scenery. It is popular with visitors looking to ski, hike, and explore the cities. Tipping is common in Austria.
Azerbaijan is a country where Eastern history blends seamlessly with Western culture, and it is a popular destination with those looking for skiing, water sports, and even beach holidays. Tipping is still fairly uncommon in Azerbaijan.
The Republic of Belarus is a fascinating country with a rich cultural heritage and extraordinary landscapes. It is a nation that is still pretty much undiscovered by Western tourists, but it has lots to offer. Tipping is not common in Belarus.
Belgium is a country of medieval cities, seriously scrumptious chocolate, and finely-honed craft beers, among many other things. Tipping isn’t standard practice in Belgium.
This combined nation on the Balkan Peninsula is home to medieval castles, romantic villages, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Still one of the hidden gems of Europe, tipping is common practice in many of the larger towns and cities.
Bulgaria is a Balkan nation with Black Sea beaches, a rich cultural history, and the beautiful capital city of Sofia. As Bulgaria finds its feet on the tourist maps of Europe, tipping is starting to become more commonplace.
Croatia is a land of mountains and lakes that run into beautiful beaches on the Dalmatian Coast. Visitors come to ski in the winter and enjoy quieter beach holidays than can be found in the more traditionally Spanish, French, and Portuguese resorts. There is not a huge tipping culture in Croatia.
The island of Cyprus is famed for its beautiful beaches, rugged interior, and ancient ruins of palaces, tombs, and mosaic-tiled villas. Cyprus is a popular winter sun destination, and there are lots of great resorts to choose from. Tipping is optional here.
Home to historical cities, craft beers, and castles, the Czech Republic has a thriving tourist trade and is popular with visitors from all over the world. Tipping is very much expected here.
Denmark is alleged to be the “best place to live in the world” and millions of travelers visit every year to test out that theory. According to Danish law, any service charge or gratuity should be included in the bill, but there are certain instances where you may still need to tip.
Estonia is a land of churches and castle, rugged beaches, and deep blue lagoons. Visitors come to take in the scenery or explore the ancient cities, and tipping is a relatively new tradition that is becoming much more commonplace.
With numerous ski resorts, vibrant modern cities, a rich cultural history, and the world-famous Northern Lights, Finland is popular with visitors from all over the world. Tipping in Finland is complicated, and it is how and when you leave the gratuity that is more important than how much.
As one of the most popular tourist nations in the world, France offers everything from ancient cities and world-famous landmarks to tropical beaches, fine cuisine, and world-class skiing. Tipping in France is not mandatory, but it is good etiquette to leave one.
Georgia lies at the borders of both Europe and Asia and is a melting pot of ancient cites, diverse modern cultures, and Soviet history. Tipping in Georgia is commonplace but not mandatory.
Offering a ton of traditional charm combined with state-of-the-art amenities, modern cities, great food, and a vast array of culture, visitors come to sample to world-famous beer and experience the German way of life. Tipping in Germany is customary within the service industries.
The European nation of Greece plays host to millions of visitors every year, all looking to experience miles of sandy beaches, tranquil waters, great food, and amazing culture. Tipping in Greece is definitely customary, but it’s not obligatory.
Hungary is a country of amazing architecture, fabulous folklore, delicious food, and vibrant nightlife. The capital city of Budapest is one of the top city break destinations in the world. Tipping in Hungary is appreciated, but not mandatory.
Iceland is diverse and beautiful with fantastic scenery, fun-filled towns and cities, and some of the most incredible natural phenomenons in the world. Visitors come to party in Reykjavik, and it is especially popular from mid-May to late July when the country is bathed in 24-hour sunlight. Tipping is not commonplace in Iceland.
From natural wonders like the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway to cities full of culture and vibrant nightlife, Ireland is a small country with a lot to offer. Tipping is commonplace in Ireland.
Italy is another of the most visited countries in the world, home to some of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world, as well as the Vatican, a ton of famous artwork, and fantastic food. Tipping is not expected in Italy.
This Baltic nation is full of surprises, including beautiful beaches, quaint cobbled streets, and warm and welcoming people. Tipping in Latvia is not commonplace, but always appreciated.
This tiny German-speaking principality is packed full of medieval castles, alpine landscapes, and quaint Germanic villages. Tipping is not commonplace and never expected in Liechtenstein.
Deserted sand dunes, castles, lakes, and vibrant cities full of friendly people make Lithuania a real jewel in the crown of Europe. Tipping in Lithuania is not very commonplace, but always appreciated.
The tiny Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the safest nations in the world, and travelers come to take in the rich cultural, historical, architectural, and industrial heritage of the country. Tipping in Luxembourg is much more commonplace than it is in most other European countries.
A country rich in Greek, Roman, and Ottoman heritage, Macedonia is equal parts Balkan and Mediterranean and offers a completely different kind of European experience. Tipping in Macedonia is not uncommon, but not yet well-practiced.
Malta is one of the smallest countries in Europe and is a popular destination for beach lovers and history buffs alike. Famous for its dramatic cliffs and stunning landscapes, tipping has become customary in Malta.
With the dubious honor of being Europe’s most impoverished nation, Moldova still has lots to offer, including stunning scenery, fantastic wineries, and vast cultural history. Tipping is starting to become increasingly popular in Moldova.
This independent city-state on the Mediterranean coastline is famous for its casinos, yachts, fancy hotels, and the prestigious Grand Prix that takes over the streets once a year. Tipping is customary in Monaco.
The Balkan country of Montenegro is famous for its stunning black mountains, sun-drenched beaches, and quaint towns and villages. Tipping is becoming increasingly commonplace in Montenegro.
The home of clogs, canals, and cafes, the Netherlands may be low-lying, but they are high on the list of many would-be adventurers. Tipping isn’t generally expected in the Netherlands.
Famous for outstanding natural attractions such as the fjords, mountains, and Midnight Sun, Norway is also home to vibrant cities that extend a warm welcome to visitors. Tipping is not customary in Norway.
Extensive national parks, winding rivers, and great food are just a few reasons to visit Poland. The picturesque cities such as Kraków, Warsaw, and Gdańsk are also popular attractions for out-of-towners. Tipping in Poland is always expected, but it is customary to reward good service.
The beaches of the Algarve, world-renowned cuisine, and spectacular landscapes make Portugal one of the Mediterranean’s most popular vacation destinations. There is no real tipping culture in Portugal.
This southeastern European country is best known for its beautiful medieval towns, ancient ruins, the city of Bucharest, and the legend of Count Dracula. Tipping is commonplace in Romania.
The largest nation on earth, Russia, is a vast landmass that offers everything from frozen tundras to sub-tropical beaches, modern cities, and ancient landmarks. Tipping in Russia is commonplace.
This tiny micro-state is situated close to north Italy and is known to be one of the world’s oldest republics with its mountainous towns and villages. Visitors come to explore the ancient citadels, and tipping is commonplace in San Marino.
With a rich history that spans the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Habsburg, and Yugoslav eras, Serbia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets and has diverse landscapes, ancient ruins, and excellent cuisine. Tipping is not obligatory.
With a rich cultural history, ancient castles, and stunning scenery, Slovakia is fast-gaining a reputation for offering superb skiing at affordable prices. Tipping here is not particularly commonplace.
Famous for its mountains, ski resorts, medieval castles, and quaint cobbled streets, Slovenia is a heady mix of ancient facades and 20th-century architecture. Tipping is not obligatory in Slovenia.
With some of the most enjoyable climates in Europe, incredible landscapes, and beautiful beaches, Spain is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Tipping is not very common.
Sweden is a land of saunas, endless sunshine, superb cities, and some of the best flatpack furniture in the world. Visitors come to experience the very best of Scandinavian living, and while tipping is generally not part of Swedish culture, it is becoming more popular in tourist areas.
Switzerland is famous for amazing chocolate, picture-perfect castles, scenic train rides, and superb skiing. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the Swiss Alps, and tipping is not particularly commonplace.
Ukraine is famous for its Orthodox churches and Black Sea coastline, as well as the lively capital city of Kiev and the largest catacomb system in the world. Tipping in Ukraine is not part of the culture, but is expected from Westerners.
Home to Buckingham Palace, London, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the U.K. is a major tourist destination for visitors from every corner of the globe. Tipping here is a reward for good service rather than something expected.
This tiny city-state in Italy is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and home to the Pope himself and a myriad of iconic religious buildings, art, and architecture. Tipping in the Vatican is not really expected.
This popular tourist destination in the Middle East is home to historic Arab settlements, state of the art cities, stunning beaches, glorious weather, and welcoming multi-cultural society. Tipping is customary in Bahrain.
This Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, and these days it is also home to some of the most opulent cities and attractions in the world. Tipping is a strange game in Iran as gratuities are often refused before they are accepted.
Iraq is not an easy country to visit, with ongoing unrest and terrorism making it unsafe for Western visitors. In less turbulent times, it is a land of breathtaking scenery, vibrant cities, and countless historic attractions. Tipping in Iraq is not common and is mostly never expected either.
Home to the spiritual homeland of 3 world religions, Israel is a small country with a lot to offer. From beautiful beaches to vibrant cities, visitors come to Israel for a million different reasons. Tipping is commonplace in Israel.
Jordan is an Arab nation that is home to a plethora of ancient sites and monuments, stunning beaches, and the famous archaeological site of Petra. Tipping in Jordan is very much part of the culture.
Home to the Grand Mosque and Kuwait Towers, Kuwait is a prosperous nation that has one of the lowest numbers of Western visitors in the Middle East. Tipping in Kuwait is very much discretionary.
Lebanon is a country filled with ancient ruins, religious temples, and the vibrant city of Beirut. Tipping is customary in Lebanon.
From beach holidays in Muscat to diving, fossil hunting, and desert camping, Oman is the country for sophisticated travelers who like to do and see more. Tipping is not customary in Oman, but Western visitors often do so anyway.
The Arab nation of Qatar is known for its sand dunes and beaches, futuristic skyscrapers, and prolific Islamic art. Qatar is also one of the richest countries in the world, and tipping is commonplace in larger towns and cities.
As the birthplace of Islam and home to the cities of Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia is one of the last great nations to not succumb to the lure of the tourist dollar, although this is changing. Tipping in Saudi Arabia is becoming more commonplace.
Syria is home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world. It is a country of great beauty and diversely differing landscapes. Unfortunately, it is also besieged by civil war and terrorism, and currently travel to Syria is not recommended.
Home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, beautiful beaches, and excellent value for money tourist resorts, Turkey is popular with those looking to enjoy the sunshine while enjoying a taste of the Middle East. Tipping is very much part of the culture in Turkey.
Being a federation of 7 different Emirates, UAE is home to some of the most opulent destinations in the world, including Abu Dhabi and its Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai with it’s extravagant Burj Khalifa tower, and the Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah. Tipping is common practice in the Emirates.
Yemen has a rich cultural heritage and is home to the iconic Dar al-Hajar, the fascinating Socotra Island and cities steeped in ancient history. It also, sadly, a country that has suffered from decades of civil war. Tipping in Yemen is not very common.
Take the time to research your tipping obligations in each country you are planning to visit. After all, nobody wants to look like a lazy tipper, or come across a little too strong.
Finally, if you are still unsure of what you should tip, to whom, and when, ask your hotel concierge (if you have one), desk staff, or even the front-of-house team in the restaurant — they will be able to set you straight.
This can vary a lot by country and situation, but a rough rule of thumb is that 10 percent works in most instances for tour guides. 10 percent is also a good restaurant tip except for countries that are heavily visited or influenced by American tourism, in which case 15-20 percent might be more appropriate.
There is no legal requirement to leave a tip but in some countries where wages are severely subsidized with tips, it is rude to not leave one.
Usually if a service charge or gratuity is included, you do not need to leave a tip. 2 instances where this may not be the case is if the service was exceptional and you wanted to show even more appreciation. Also, some restaurants include a service charge which does not go to the servers. If you are unsure, ask, and then hand a cash tip directly to the server.
Tipping is not considered rude in Europe, but tipping 15-20 percent is quite excessive. Rounding up the bill is quite common or tipping 10 percent for great service.
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