Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Sri Lanka?

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

Sri Lanka und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
DOutlets of type DGOutlets of type GOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka uses power outlets of type D and G. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Sri Lanka.

Country information

About Sri Lanka

Flag: About Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country in Asia (Southern Asia) with about 22.1 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 66 000 km². The capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo (648 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Sinhala, Tamil and English.

The only neighbor of Sri Lanka is India.

TLD: .lkCurrency: LKRCountry calling code: +94Country Code : LK
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Sri Lanka?

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

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Sri Lanka?

The utility frequency in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka, you should not use the device!

Neighboring countries information