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Tajikistan food and drink

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Follow these tips for safe eating and drinking:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand gel (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles.  Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. 
  • Avoid street food.
  • Make sure food is fully cooked and preferably served hot.
  • Vegetables should be cooked and fruits peeled.
  • Avoid dairy products purchased from street vendors, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

  Diseases from food and water often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to bring diarrhea medicine with you so that you can treat mild cases yourself.

Important Note: Do not take the information above as a complete medical guide for travelers to Tajikistan. See your GP for specific information related to your needs and your medical history. Recommendations may also differ for babies and young children, pregnant women and persons who have chronic medical conditions.

Please visit our Tajikistan Foodways and Recipies page to learn more about Tajikistan dishes both holiday and everyday.

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