Adapter needed

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

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

Bolivia und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Bolivia
AOutlets of type ACOutlets of type COutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Bolivia?

Bolivia uses power outlets of type A and C. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are only partially used in Bolivia.

Country information

About Bolivia

Flag: About Bolivia

Bolivia is a country in America (South America) with about 10.8 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 1.1 Millionen km². The capital of Bolivia is Sucre (225 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.

The neighbors of Bolivia are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

TLD: .boCurrency: BOBCountry calling code: +591Country Code : BO
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Bolivia?

The voltage in Bolivia is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

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 Bolivia, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Bolivia?

The utility frequency in Bolivia is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. 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 Bolivia, 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 Bolivia, you should not use the device!