The holiday destinations where Britons should NEVER drink tap water – including Turkey

Holidays are full of foodie experiences and culinary choices to relish. Yet, what travellers choose to wash their grub down with has been called into question in a recent report. Britons have long been aware of the potential health dangers associated with tap water. Drinking water straight from the tap, when abroad, comes with the porspect of an upset tummy as a potential consequence. This means Britons abroad often boil the water abroad before consuming, or brushed their teeth with the help of bottled water.

Website Globetrotters has now flagged the safest – and most dangerous – countries in which to drink water straight from the tap.

It states it had drawn on advice from the CDC (US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) to compile its findings, which may come as a shock to some regular holidaymakers.

Yet it does make clear that drinking water in the less than safe countries will not prove a huge health risk, it just might not agree with your tummy.

The Globehunters website stated: “Disclaimer: It’s important to note that the following advice doesn’t mean that water in a country is unsafe or polluted, just that as a tourist, your body will not be used to the water in the area.”

It deemed there to be a total of 187 countries where you “can’t drink the tap water”.

These include hotspots popular with Britons, including Russia, Cyprus and Turkey.

Looking further afield, the Maldives and Fiji are also listed, as well as India, Indonesia and China.

Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, as well as Morocco, Chad and South Africa were also noted.

Meanwhile, on the “safe” list, were the UK, Spain, Iceland and Italy,

Further countries including Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia were also given the immediate green light.

The NHS website has issued guidance to Britons about drinking tap water abroad.

It advises, in countries with poor sanitation, to steer clear of water unless it has been treated.

It also suggests avoiding ice in drinks.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed Britons are increasingly shunning holidays altogether – and it’s nothing to do with the state of the water.

The number of trips abroad taken by UK residents has dropped, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The data put overseas travel and tourism and trips made in November and December 2018 under the spotlight.

The final months of last year marked a period of deep uncertainty amid the UK’s Brexit outlook.

Travellers embarked on 3.8 million visits in December 2018 – which represented four per cent less than December 2017.

Also, during the period October to December 2018 there were 14.5 million visits abroad by UK residents.

This again marked an overall drop in UK tourists, with one per cent fewer than the corresponding period a year earlier.


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