Tap Water Safety in Tajikistan

Can you drink the tap water in Tajikistan?

In general, no.

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Tajikistan (source).

Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Tajikistan think about the tap water?

It is not safe to drink tap water in Tajikistan, due to Giardia lamblia which causes diarrhoea and other intestinal infection. Bottled water is widely available.


DO NOT drink tap water. There is no working purification system, and outbreaks of typhoid and cholera (rarely) are common. Other preventable endemic illnesses are hepatitis A, rabies, poliomyelitis and tick-borne encephalitis. The occasional anthrax case comes in, but it's rare nowadays. There are, during the hot season, a few pockets where malaria can occur. HIV is a growing health threat in Tajikistan. There is now an English-speaking comprehensive primary care clinic in operation by the name of Prospekt Medical [8], right behind the Embassy of China. In the Pamir mountains, the risk of altitude sickness is substantial - one may read up on this here: [9] (in English) or [10] (in German). In case of ANY accident, call your embassy. Health insurance and medical evacuation insurance are recommended.

The most commonly searched cities in Tajikistan are:

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World Health Organization Tajikistan Water Summary

The World Health Organization estimates that 81 percent of Tajikistan have access to drinkable tap water.

In 2000, 35% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 56% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.

World Health Organization's 2017 Tajikistan Water Data

The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Tajikistan includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.

Safely ManagedA location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.
At Least BasicSafe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location
LimitedIt would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.
YearPopulation in 1000sSafely managedAt Least BasicLimited

What Do People In Tajikistan Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Tajikistan have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.

A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility56%Moderate
Water Pollution61%Moderate
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility44%Moderate
Water Quality39%Moderate

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