Sri Lanka to go all out for British plugs

The Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka is to standardise its electric sockets to take British-style square-pinned plugs, replacing the current chaotic system where at least three types of sockets are in use.

UK plug.

UK plug. Image by khrawlings / CC BY 2.0

The most common type of plugs, with three round pins, will be phased out completely in 2016, with a ban on the import of other kinds of plugs and sockets to force builders to adopt the new system. Existing sockets will be allowed to stay in place until they need to be replaced, so for the time being, travellers should still carry multiple adapters. Read more:

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