Adapter needed

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

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

Vanuatu und United States compared
Flag: United States
United States
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Vanuatu
IOutlets of type IOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
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Country information

About Vanuatu

Flag: About Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a country in Oceania (Melanesia) with about 272 000 inhabitants on an area of almost 12 000 km². The capital of Vanuatu is Port-Vila (36 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Bislama, English and French.

Vanuatu does not have a neighbor country.

TLD: .vuCurrency: VUVCountry calling code: +678Country Code : VU
Power sockets

Which types of electrical outlets are used in Vanuatu?

Vanuatu uses electrical outlets of type I. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in the United States, are not in use in Vanuatu.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Vanuatu?

The voltage in Vanuatu is 230 volts.

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

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

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Vanuatu?

The utility frequency in Vanuatu is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in the United States. 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 Vanuatu, 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 Vanuatu, you should not use the device!