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HOW TO TIP IN JORDAN

In the U.S. tipping is customary and expected for everything from lackluster to outstanding service. It is an etiquette which is ingrained in all trades, from the wait staff at restaurants to our baristas, valets, cab drivers, porters, and many more trades.

The questions `when?` and `how much?` that surround tipping can leave some travelers confused, as the practice varies. This guide attempts to cover most situations that you, as a tourist, will encounter. Hopefully using these `tips` will provide a smooth experience when interacting with locals in restaurants, bars, hotels, tour operators, and taxis.

Tipping is part of the culture in Jordan and leaving a tip is good etiquette throughout the country. A 10% tip is pretty standard across the board in the service industry. Always be sure to check your bill for any added service charges which can be common, in this case, it is always a nice gesture to leave an additional small tip for the workers as they rarely get any of the added service charges. If you do not receive good service then do not feel obligated to leave a tip. Tipping makes up about 50% or more of the salary of employees who work in the service industry in Jordan, so this is their livelihood and they work hard for their tips.

Currency: Can I pay in U.S. dollars, or should I use Jordanian Dinar?

The currency in Amman is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD or JD) the Jordanian Dinar is divided into 1000 fils, it is also referred to as `leerah`. US Dollars are not accepted. You must exchange your dollars for Jordanian Dinar before or upon arrival. ATMs and banks exchange currency and are available in the city. Credit cards are widely accepted, but it is recommended to carry some cash with you at all times to pay for transportation, snacks, and purchases in outdoor markets.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: When should I tip? How much is customary?

Many restaurants in Jordan may add an automatic 10% service charge to your bill. Generally, the wait staff does not receive any of this charge. Leaving an additional 5-10% for the wait staff is recommended and greatly appreciated as their wages are typically very low.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

Tipping in hotels in Jordan is pretty much expected by the staff for any service they provide. Leaving a few dinars per bag for the bellhop, at least JD2 a night for housekeeping, room service between JD2-5 and leave the concierge JD5-20 depending on the task. Some hotels will include a 10% service charge but this amount rarely makes it to the staff you see on a daily basis.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Leaving a taxi driver some change or rounding up to the nearest dinar is a good way to show your appreciation.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Tipping tour guides is very much appreciated but not expected. Common practice is in the range of JD5-10 per person. Although most tour operators include a `tip` in quoted prices, bear in mind that the guides are often paid a low wage, so if one is particularly enthusiastic or informative do not hesitate to slip them a little extra if you wish!

Miscellaneous: Is there anyone I should tip that I would not normally?

If you are visiting a spa in Jordan it is recommended to leave a tip if you receive good service. Leaving a tip of 10-15% of your total bill is reasonable, check your bill for any existing service charges and be sure to give the tip directly to your therapist.

Final Thoughts:

Remember that it is perfectly okay to abstain, especially if you are not happy with the service provided. This is also true for hotel staff, however, if you should encounter a problem with the service within the hotel, we highly recommend speaking with the manager.

When paying for services in cash (which we generally recommend for services other than your hotel) remember to take your receipt. This is important for two reasons; If you leave a tip on a credit card, the person providing the service may not always get it, and if there is a discrepancy it is important to have your receipt to settle it with the manager of the establishment and to prove that you paid for the service.