Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Colombia?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Australia to Colombia. In Colombia, people are using different power plugs and power outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Australia!

Colombia und Australia compared
Flag: Australia
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Flag: Colombia
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
110 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Colombia

Flag: About Colombia

Colombia is a country in America (South America) with about 46.7 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 1.1 Millionen km². The capital of Colombia is Bogotá (6.8 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Spanish.

The neighbors of Colombia are Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

TLD: .coCurrency: COPCountry calling code: +57Country Code : CO
Power sockets

Which types of power plugs are used in Colombia?

Colombia uses power plugs of type A and B. Power outlets of type I, which are common in Australia, are not in use in Colombia.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Colombia?

The voltage in Colombia is 110 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is lower than the 230 volts in Australia. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Australia:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Colombia, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Colombia?

The utility frequency in Colombia is 60 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is higher than the 50 Hertz in use in Australia. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Colombia, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Colombia, you should not use the device!