Using your phone while travelling or calling overseas

Find out the best way to use your phone abroad when travelling internationally or when calling abroad, and whether you need an international SIM card or not.

International SIM cards

An international SIM card can connect to more than one mobile network, which means they can work in many locations. Roaming plans allow you to use your own phone number when you travel abroad, and your SIM connects to other networks as a guest.

With great roaming plans available, you don't need to purchase an extra SIM plan for when you travel abroad. You can use your UK allowance of data, minutes and texts while abroad with our selected Xtra Plans.

Find our more information about roaming with Vodafone and the cost of using your device abroad.

Do you need an international SIM card or data SIM for travelling?

If you're on one of our selected Xtra plans with inclusive roaming, you don't need an international SIM or international data SIM for travel. You can enjoy using your UK allowance of data, minutes and texts abroad in either 51 European destinations, or 83 worldwide destinations, depending on which plan you have.

If you don't have roaming inclusive in your plan, you can buy a European Roaming pass as an Extra if you’re roaming in Europe.

If you want to find out where you can roam, or you're not sure what plan you're on, log in or register for My Vodafone

International SIM card on Pay as you go

If you're on a Pay as you go bundle, you don't need an international pay as you go SIM. You can buy one of our Europe Roaming Extras, which can be used in 47 destinations

If you are going further afield, our Around the World Roaming Extras will give you an allowance of texts, minutes and data to use in 73 worldwide destinations

Using your phone to call abroad from the UK?

If you're planning to make a lot of calls to international numbers from the UK, we have a range of handy Extras for both Pay monthly and Pay as you go customers.

These help you save money, and stop worrying about unexpected charges on your bill.

For more answers on calling and texting abroad from the UK see our Frequently asked questions on calling and texting abroad from the UK

Visiting the UK and need a SIM?

If you're visiting the UK from another country and you need a SIM to use while you're here, we have some great value options - including 30-day SIM only plans and SIM only Pay as you go plans

You can even get 30-day data-only SIMs so you can stay online and in touch with friends and family while you're in the UK. Just use it with your tablet or other mobile device.

Compare our best SIM only deals

Whatever handset you've got, you can find a great SIM only deal that offers the right blend of minutes, texts and mobile data.

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