Roaming abroad with Vodafone UK: Everything you need to know (2023)

Vodafone UK lets you use your phone in over 150 countries around the world, but since January 2022 a few things have changed. Some countries are free to roam in for some customers, while other countries incur daily charges.

We’ve broken down how roaming works for both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go Vodafone customers – including countries where you can roam for free and other data roaming costs.

Changes to roaming charges

Sadly, Vodafone has changed Pay Monthly plans that have previously included free roaming in its Europe Zone. These changes affect both personal and business customers.

What has changed?

Pay Monthly customers who joined Vodafone or upgraded or changed their plans on or after 11 August 2021 will get a daily charge for using their phones in European roaming zones, unless their plans include roaming in Europe. Customers who joined Vodafone before 11 August won’t see any changes until they upgrade or change their plans.

Full details and eligibility can be found here.

How much will it cost to use your phone abroad from January 2022?

Vodafone has created a number of European and worldwide destination zones and the charges will vary depending on which zone you visit. Your plan will also make a difference: depending on which plan you have, you may be able to access your UK allowance of data, minutes and text in certain zones at no extra cost. If not, there will be a daily charge to use your phone.

Pay Monthly roaming destinations

  • Zone A – Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Iceland, and Norway
  • Zone B – 49 European destinations including EU countries
  • Zone C – 32 worldwide destinations including Australia, New Zealand and the US
  • Zone D – 75 worldwide destinations including Argentina and Vietnam

For the full roaming zone destination list, visit the Vodafone website.

How will my plan be affected?

If you’re not sure which plan you have, log into the My Vodafone app or My Vodafone onlineand click on Plan Details. Here are how different plans will be affected.

Unlimited Data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

  • Use your UK allowance in Zones A, B & C.
  • £6 per day to use UK allowance in Zone D.

Limited Data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

  • Use your UK allowance in Zone A & B.
  • £6 per day to use UK allowance in Zones C & D.

Other Vodafone Pay Monthly plans

  • Roaming passes for Zone B (Europe Zone) will cost £10 for 8 days or £15 for 15 days, or £2.25 for a single day pass.
  • Using your phone in Zones C & D will cost £6 per day.

5G roaming is included in these prices.

Vodafone Pay As You Go plans

There will be no changes to the way you roam.

Pay Monthly – Vodafone Roam Abroad (travel within Europe)

For Pay Monthly customers who joined Vodafone before 11 August 2021 and who have not upgraded or changed their plans, Global Roaming is included. However, bear in mind that this benefit will exist for a limited time only.

For now, you can still use your data, text and minutes abroad as you would in the UK if you’re travelling within Europe.

If you’re travelling to any of the 51 roam-free European countries and have a qualifying Unlimited data Xtra Plan, you won’t be charged anything additional. We’ve listed all included countries below, though you can also look at Vodafone’s handy document.

A -C

Aland Islands, Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus (except Northern Cypress), Czech Republic

D – F

Denmark (inc. Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France (inc Corsica), French Guiana

G – H

Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey,Hungary

I -L

Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M – R

Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania

S –Z

Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City

Vodafone rates on a flight or at sea

If you use your phone while on a ferry or plane, this may connect you to a Maritime or Aerospace network. In this case, when contacting a number in the UK, Vodafone charges the standardMaritime/Aerospace roaming costs, which are as follows:

  • Making calls – £2.40 a minute
  • Receiving calls – £1.80 a minute
  • Sending texts – 60p per text
  • Picture message – 66p per text (Flight only)
  • Data – £7.20 per MB (Flight only)

You will not be able to send a picture message or use data however if you’re connected to a Maritime network.

If you go over your allotted monthly text, call and data allowance, you would pay the same standard rate as you would within the UK. Out of plan data is capped at £39.33. For more details about the data cap see Vodafone’s FAQ sectionhere.

Global Roaming Plus with Red Entertainment or Unlimited Max plans

Customers who bought a Red Entertainment Plan between 4 September 2018 and 9 July 2019 automatically get Global Roaming Plus, along with customers who bought an Unlimited Max plan from 10 July 2019.

What are Vodafone’s Pay As You Go Global Roaming rates?

Pay As You Go (PAYG) customers travelling within the Europe Zone (see table above), won’t be charged any additional roaming fees if you stay within your usage allowance. This applies to PAYG Extras, PAYG Bundles and PAYG 1 services.

If, however, you travel to a Roam-Further country (Afghanistan, for example) you would need to pay a separate roaming rate. The rates vary by country. Find your rate by destination using Vodafone’s tool.

If you’retravelling within the Europe Zone and are not on any of these Pay As You Go plans or if you use up your included data, minutes and texts, you’llneed to pay the standard UK rates, which are:

  • 55p per minute for calls to UK mobiles, landlines and voicemail
  • 35p per text message
  • 55p for a UK picture/video message
  • 55p per minute for video calls

You can read more on the different types of standard charges here.Also, see our article on how to top up your phone across all networks.

What are Vodafone roaming Extras?

Extras are add-ons to your existing payment plan that give you more flexibility when abroad and can also help you save. You can use these services in the Europe Zone.

Pay Monthly Extras

Pay Monthly customers can benefit from a few Extras (see them all here) but customers abroad will probably benefit most from the 8- or 15-day European Roaming pass, which costs £8 and £15 respectively, and includes data, texts, and minutes.

Pay As You Go Extras

Pay As You Go customers have a fewExtras to choose from as well. For instance, you can get an extra 2GB of data for £15 for 30 days by texting ROAMEXTRA8 to 2345 from your Vodafone mobile.

This also gets you 100 minutes and 100 texts

To get 4GB data with 200 minutes and 200 texts for 15 days, you can text ROAMEXTRA15 to 2345.

See all Pay As You Go Extras here.

Vodafone data roaming charges

If you go over your UK data allowance when in Europe you will only be charged what you would be charged in the UK. If you are outside Europe, your rate may be slightly different. You can see UK data charges here, whichvaries depending on whether you’re a Pay Monthly or Pay As You Go customer.

To see how much data will cost, use this tool from Vodafone, which breaks down costs for both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go customers.The cost for additional data for Pay Monthly customers involves a few variables, such as when you signed up with Vodafone, whether you have both a Vodafone phone and SIM, just a Vodafone SIM, or a tablet/dongle or Mobile Wi-Fi from Vodafone.

Vodafone RED Roaming (travel from Ireland to Europe Zone)

If you’re a Vodafone customer travelling from Ireland to other countries in the Europe Zone, you can opt into RED Roaming. For €3.99 a day, RED Roaming allows unlimited calls and texts back to Ireland and to numbers in the country you’re visiting.

Read more about RED Roaming here.

Other things to know:

  • You can also see how to turn on roaming on your device using Vodafone’s guide.
  • Some Vodafone monthly plans may include NOW TV Entertainment or Sky Sports Mobile TV passes. Not all these services will work abroad, or might have limited access. Find out more here.
  • If your phone doesn’t work abroad, call 191.
  • If you want to access voicemail abroad, call 121. See our detailed article on accessing voicemail across all networks here.


Roaming abroad with Vodafone UK: Everything you need to know? ›

Press SETTINGS. Press Mobile networks. Press Data roaming to turn the function on or off. Press the Home key to return to the home screen.

How to activate Vodafone international roaming while abroad? ›

I want to activate International roaming pack
  1. Go to the International Roaming page and enter your Vi number.
  2. Select your visiting country/countries and the travel duration.
  3. Choose from customized travel packs based on your inputs and click on "buy now"

How do I set up roaming on my Vodafone? ›

Press SETTINGS. Press Mobile networks. Press Data roaming to turn the function on or off. Press the Home key to return to the home screen.

How does international roaming work on Vodafone? ›

International roaming options

Data capped at speeds up to 1.5, 2, 10 or 25Mbps is not accessible while $5 Roaming. If you use all of your included data on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, we'll add 1GB data for $5. If you use more than 30GB hotspot data, you'll be charged $5 for each extra 1GB.

Why won't my roaming work on Vodafone? ›

Turn your device off and on again. Make sure international roaming is active on your account. You can manage your roaming settings through My Vodafone. Make sure international roaming is available where you are.

Will Vodafone work in USA? ›

Vodafone has long supported 4G Calling in the UK and will be rolling out 4G Calling Abroad to customers roaming in the USA later in 2022. Some of the very earliest 4G phones don't support 4G Calling though.

Does Vodafone international roaming start automatically? ›

Roaming add-ons will be activated automatically upon the first usage at your roaming destination.

How do I activate international roaming on Vodafone UK? ›

To opt in text ADD to 40506 or call 5555 from a Vodafone mobile. Save money when using mobile data outside of Europe with Vodafone Data Traveller. To opt in to Vodafone Data Traveller or for more details and terms, visit or just call 191.

How do I manually activate roaming? ›

  1. Tap the Apps icon on the home screen or slide down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap the Settings/Gear icon.
  3. Tap Connections.
  4. Tap Mobile networks. Note: If you are running Android 8 or higher, tap Roaming.
  5. Make sure Data roaming is enabled.

How do I turn on international roaming on my phone? ›

For Android:
  1. 1 Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps.
  2. 2 Tap “Settings”.
  3. 3 Tap “Connections”.
  4. 4 Tap “Mobile Networks”.
  5. 5 Tap the switch to turn “Data Roaming” on or off.

Does international roaming automatically work? ›

Optus Daily Roaming is an international roaming service. It's auto-activated, so if you don't turn it off it'll automatically trigger when you start using your Mobile service in an eligible Zone 1 destination. To manage your roaming settings, see How to turn Optus Daily Roaming on / off below.

Who is Vodafone roaming partner in USA? ›

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Can I use my Vodafone SIM internationally? ›

No, any in-built data quota on your postpaid plans or prepaid plans is not valid for usage outside of India. For International Roaming, you need to buy separate roaming packs.

How do I get my data working abroad? ›

The location of the Data Roaming setting may vary depending on the version of Android and the make / model of your phone, however the setting is generally found in: 'Settings' > 'Connections' > 'Mobile Networks' > select the Data Roaming toggle switch to 'on'.

Why is my international roaming not working? ›

Make sure Airplane mode is off. Try removing any shell, case, or skin that you have on your device. Check to see if service is available in the country you're visiting or the cruise you're on. Check to see if you have international roaming blocking active on your line.

Why is my data roaming not working abroad? ›

Here are some quick checks you can do to determine why roaming isn't working: Make sure that your device is not on 'Flight Mode' or 'Airplane mode'. Make sure that both 'Mobile Data' and 'Data Roaming' settings are switched on. Make sure you are connected to a network that supports mobile data usage.

Can I activate roaming when already abroad? ›

Yes! Most carriers allow you to activate international roaming data while traveling abroad.

Can I activate international roaming while abroad? ›

Disclaimer: Prepaid customers need to maintain sufficient balance along with activating IR service to use International Roaming while abroad. The balance can be maintained either by buying a separate IR pack or a talk time recharge to keep their prepaid sim active abroad.

How to activate Vodafone SIM from abroad? ›

To activate Vodafone Prepaid International Roaming Service, simply SMS ACT IR to 144 (toll-free).

How to activate vi international roaming from outside india? ›

How to activate international roaming?
  1. Go to International roaming page on Vi website.
  2. Enter your 10-digit Vi Postpaid connection number, choose the country of travel and your preferred IR pack.
  3. Activate preferred International Roaming pack.
  4. OTP will be sent to your number, confirm OTP, and get your service activated.
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