Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Christmas Island?

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

Christmas Island und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Christmas Island
Christmas Island
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About Christmas Island

Flag: About Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a country in Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) with about 2 000 inhabitants on an area of almost 135 km². The capital of Christmas Island is Flying Fish Cove (500 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking English, Chinese and Malay.

Christmas Island does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .cxCurrency: Country calling code: +61Country Code : CX
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Christmas Island?

Christmas Island uses power outlets of type I. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Christmas Island.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Christmas Island?

The voltage in Christmas Island 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 Christmas Island, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Christmas Island?

The utility frequency in Christmas Island 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 Christmas Island, 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 Christmas Island, you should not use the device!