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Tips on Tipping Abroad

May 09, 1999

How much extra to leave with your waiter, taxi driver and others? Practices vary by country. Some guidelines on tipping from Business Traveler magazine:

Australia, New Zealand

Round up taxi fares and restaurant bills to nearest dollar.

Austria

Service charges generally included in bill.

Czech Republic

Round bill up to nearest koruna.

China

Tipping is illegal. But a small gift might be appropriate if someone goes out of the way to help.

France and Germany

Service charge generally applied, but it is customary to add 5% extra.

Hong Kong

10% customary in most situations, even when 10% service charge has already been imposed.

Hungary

10% is customary.

Israel

Tipping not expected. Restaurants, hotels add statutory 10% service charge.

Italy

Leave 10%, even when service charge is already levied.

Japan

It is not customary to tip and may even offend.

South Korea

Tipping not necessary.

Mexico

Allow for an extra 10%-15%. Service charges are not usually applied.

Spain

Offer 10%-15% even when service charges are added.

Britain and Ireland

12.5% service charge often included in restaurant bills; if not, figure it into the total. Bartenders usually not tipped. For other servers, tip what you would at home.

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