From Turkey to Cyprus and Fiji to the Maldives: The 187 countries where you can NOT drink tap water because it’s not safe
- Drinking dirty water could mean a string of grim and potentially-fatal infections, such as typhoid and malaria
- Globehunters have designed an infographic based on official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control
- Guide makes clear the distinction between safe and risky locations with a colour-coded map and definitive list
Travel has never been more accessible. Record numbers of people are exploring the world’s far-flung and exotic locations, ranging from Asia and Australia to Africa and Antarctica.
But, once on foreign soil, many find themselves confused by the health rules regarding safe drinking water. And for good reason.
Despite advances in global sanitation, there are 187 countries in the world where tap water is deemed unsafe or unpalatable for tourists. Getting it wrong could mean a string of grim and potentially-fatal infections.
Fortunately, holiday company Globehunters have designed an infographic based on official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
Fact: Despite advances in global sanitation, there are 187 countries where tap water is deemed unsafe or unpalatable
The easy-to-read guide makes clear the distinction between safe and risky locations with a colour-coded map and definitive list of destinations.
Unsurprisingly, tap water is safest in the developed world, including: UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Northern and Western Europe, the US and Japan.
Conversely, places such as Central America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East are deemed high-risk.
That said, just because a country is included on the ‘unsafe’ list doesn’t necessarily mean their tap water is dirty – rather, it could just be unsuitable for visitors.
This means that travelers could get ill because the pathogens in the water are foreign to their immune systems, not because what they drink is infected with faeces.
Cheers: Unsurprisingly, tap water is safest in the developed world, including: UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Northern and Western Europe, the US and Japan
However, the dangers remain pronounced. According to the World Health Organisation, some 842,000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhoea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation and hand hygiene.
They add that contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio.
Health costs associated with waterborne diseases and worm infections represent more than one third of the income of poor households in sub-Saharan Africa.
UN Water add that a person without access to improved drinking water is forced to rely on sources such as surface water, unprotected and possibly contaminated wells, or vendors selling water ‘of unverifiable provenance and quality.’
THE 187 COUNTRIES WHERE TAP WATER IS UNSAFE
Antigua & Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands (U.K.)
Central African Republic
Christmas Island (Australia)
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Easter Island (Chile)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Faroe Islands (Denmark)
Federated States of Micronesia
French Guiana (France)
French Polynesia (France)
Hong Kong SAR (China)
Ivory Coast (see Côte d’Ivoire)
Macau SAR (China)
Madeira Islands (Portugal)
Niue (New Zealand)
Norfolk Island (Australia)
Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Macedonia
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
South Georgia/South Sandwich Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
SOURCE: Centre for Disease Control