City Travel Tip #1194
Do you need to tip in Singapore and GST for tourists
Tipping is not required in Singapore. Hence, you do not need to stress over how much to tip your taxi driver, hotel concierge, and other service staff you’ve interacted with. This is because Singapore has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 7%. All GST-registered businesses and shops are required to charge GST for all sale of goods and services. In addition, if you dine out in a restaurant, you will also often encounter a 10% service charge.
Some shops and restaurants do have “tip jars” at the cashier counter. It is not compulsory for you to leave a tip in the jar, but you can do so if you are very pleased with the service.
As a tourist, you are able to claim a refund of the GST paid for goods and services before departing from Changi Airport. Note that in order to obtain the refund, you will need to show the physical goods for customs inspection, as well as the original receipts from the retailers.
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