For your internship on Curaçao you are of course already collecting everything. You're staring at your large suitcase, is it really all there? Didn't forget anything? Your laptop, curling iron, chargers and hair dryer are packed. All devices with a plug that you are used to in the Netherlands; for 220 volts (nowadays 230 volts) and suitable for 50 Hz.
But what about the electricity in you student house, your future housing in Curaçao? How many volts do you actually have there? Perhaps you need a travel plug or converter for all your devices to work properly?
Electricity at your accommodation on Curaçao
Most (small) households on Curaçao have 110 volts and 60 Hz power. The 110 volts is measured between the 2 wires in the socket; the so-called “Phase” (a brown wire) and the “Zero” (a blue wire). In the Netherlands, the current between those two wires produces 220 volts.
What happens at student houses and also with all larger houses on Curaçao is that instead of using one “Phase” and the “Zero”, they use two “Phases” and omit the “Zero” completely. The current between 2 phases produces 220 volts on Curaçao. If you were to do this in the Netherlands, it would generate 380 volts (better known as “high voltage”).
A very technical story and perhaps also completely superfluous 😉, but this way you have an idea of the difference between the steam in Curaçao and the Netherlands and you have an interesting fact to tell during the Happy Hours on Curaçao.
Travel plug still on Curaçao?
The short version of the answer to this question is; No, you do not need a travel plug on Curaçao for your Dutch equipment. Almost all types of housing in Curaçao have the normal plugs that you are used to in the Netherlands.
It may of course be the case that you want an adapter from 110 volts to 220 volts for, for example, your internship or another location. This can be useful because most laptop and mobile chargers can run on both 110 volts and 220 volts. You can buy this adapter plug in all shops and costs about 5 guilders. Always check whether your equipment is really suitable for 110 volts before doing this.
If you have any other questions regarding your internship in Curaçao, internship permit application and / or your housing, we would like to hear from you. Then you can contact us via the contact form or send us a WhatsApp.