Vodafone roaming - International roaming with Vodafone explained

By Adrian Vincent 20 Aug 2021, 18:06 Vodafone Roaming

You can use your allowance when roaming internationally with Vodafone.

Depending on the type of plan and contract you have, the countries you can roam in will vary.

Vodafone divides countries into different Zones (EU and worldwide).

Generally, the more expensive your contract is, the more Zones will be included at no additional cost.

If a Zone is not included in your plan, you will have to pay a set amount to use your allowance within that particular zone.

Not all plans will include the EU roaming zone, and may require you to pay in order to use your allowance within the EU.

Vodafone EU roaming - after Brexit

Vodafone EU roaming

From January 2022, you may have to pay to use your allowance within the EU, depending on the type of plan you have.

You can continue to use your allowance in the EU (Zone B) for free with selected Xtra plans:

  • Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits
  • Vodafone Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

For any other plan (not including Vodafone Basic), you will have to pay to use your allowance within the EU:

  • £2 for one day
  • £8 for 8 days
  • £15 for 15 days

With a Vodafone Basic plan, you cannot pay to use your allowance within the EU, even if you pay.

For existing customers who do not upgrade or change their contract, you may still have free EU roaming included with your plan, even if the new rules state otherwise:

  • Any plan started before 11 August 2021 (Zone B)
  • Unlimited Max plan started between 12 July 2019 and 14 June 2021 (Zone B and C)
  • Red Entertainment Plan started between 4 September 2018 and 11 July 2019 (Zone B and C)

However, the moment you upgrade your contract (get a new phone) or change your plan, the new rules will apply, and you may no longer be eligible for free EU roaming.

Whenever you upgrade, change or renew your plan, talk to Vodafone if you're unsure if you will have to start paying for EU roaming.

Vodafone Basics Plan

You cannot use your regular allowance in any country outside the UK with a Vodafone Basic plan.

Instead, you will be charged at a premium out of tariff rate.

We don’t recommend you roam outside the UK if you have a Vodafone Basics Plan, as the rate charged is expensive. You should only use roaming in emergency cases.

See Vodafone roaming rates for out of tariff prices in different countries.

Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

If you have a Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits, you can use your regular allowance in Zone A and Zone B (51 European destinations) at no additional cost.

For £6 per day, you can add Zone C and Zone D, which includes an additional 107 worldwide destinations.

With a Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits, you can use you regular allowance for free within the following 51 destinations:

  1. Aland Islands
  2. Austria
  3. Azores
  4. Balearic Islands
  5. Belgium
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canary Islands
  8. Croatia
  9. Cyprus except Northern Cyprus
  10. Czech Republic
  11. Denmark
  12. Estonia
  13. Faroe Islands
  14. Finland
  15. France (incl. Corsica)
  16. French Guiana
  17. Germany
  18. Gibraltar
  19. Greece
  20. Guadeloupe
  21. Guernsey
  22. Hungary
  23. Iceland
  24. Isle of Man
  25. Italy
  26. Jersey
  27. Latvia
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Madeira
  32. Malta
  33. Martinique
  34. Mayotte
  35. Monaco
  36. Netherlands
  37. Norway
  38. Poland
  39. Portugal
  40. Republic of Ireland
  41. Reunion
  42. Romania
  43. San Marino
  44. Slovakia
  45. Slovenia
  46. Spain
  47. St. Barthelemy
  48. St. Martin
  49. Sweden
  50. Switzerland
  51. Vatican City

Vodafone Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

If you have a Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits, you can use your allowance within Zone A and Zone B (51 European destinations) and Zone C (32 worldwide destinations).

For £6 per day, you can add Zone D, which includes an additional 75 worldwide destinations.

With a Vodafone Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits, you can roam and use your allowance for free in the following 83 destinations:

  1. Aland Islands
  2. Albania
  3. Anguilla
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Aruba
  6. Australia
  7. Austria
  8. Azores
  9. Balearic Islands
  10. Barbados
  11. Belgium
  12. Bermuda
  13. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  14. British Virgin Islands
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Canada
  17. Canary Islands
  18. Cayman Islands
  19. Croatia
  20. Cyprus except Northern Cyprus
  21. Czech Republic
  22. Denmark
  23. Dominica
  24. Estonia
  25. Faroe Islands
  26. Finland
  27. France (incl. Corsica)
  28. French Guiana
  29. Germany
  30. Ghana
  31. Gibraltar
  32. Greece
  33. Grenada
  34. Guadeloupe
  35. Guernsey
  36. Hungary
  37. Iceland
  38. Isle of Man
  39. Italy
  40. Jamaica
  41. Jersey
  42. Kenya
  43. Latvia
  44. Lesotho
  45. Liechtenstein
  46. Lithuania
  47. Luxembourg
  48. Madeira
  49. Malta
  50. Martinique
  51. Mayotte
  52. Mexico
  53. Monaco
  54. Montserrat
  55. Mozambique
  56. Netherlands
  57. New Zealand
  58. Norway
  59. Poland
  60. Portugal
  61. Republic of Ireland
  62. Reunion
  63. Romania
  64. Saba
  65. San Marino
  66. Sint Eustatius
  67. Sint Maarten
  68. Slovakia
  69. Slovenia
  70. South Africa
  71. Spain
  72. St. Barthelemy
  73. St. Kitts and Nevis
  74. St. Lucia
  75. St. Martin
  76. St. Vincent
  77. Sweden
  78. Switzerland
  79. Trinidad and Tobago
  80. Turkey and North Cyprus
  81. Turks and Caicos
  82. United States of America
  83. Vatican City

Vodafone Zones

Vodafone Zones

Depending on your plan, you can use your allowance in different zones, either for free or at a set price.

Plan Zone A Zone B Zone C Zone D
Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits Free Free £6 per day
Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits Free Free Free £6 per day
All other plans (not including Vodafone Basic) £2 for one day, £8 for 8 days, £15 for 15 days
£6 per day

Vodafone Zone A

Zone A is included with all plans free of charge, and covers 2 destinations:

  1. Republic of Ireland
  2. Isle of Man

Vodafone Zone B

Zone B includes 49 European destinations. With selected Xtra plans, Zone B is included in your plan at no additional cost:

  • Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits
  • Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

For all other plans, you must pay a set amount to use your allowance in Zone B:

  • £2 for one day
  • £8 for 8 days
  • £15 for 15 days

Vodafone Zone C

Zone C covers 32 worldwide destinations.

If you’re on a Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits, Zone C is included with your plan at no additional cost.

For all other plans, you must pay £6 per day to use your allowance in Zone C.

Zone C includes the following 32 destinations:

  1. Albania
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Aruba
  5. Australia
  6. Barbados
  7. Bermuda
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. British Virgin Islands
  10. Canada
  11. Cayman Islands
  12. Dominica
  13. Ghana
  14. Grenada
  15. Jamaica
  16. Kenya
  17. Lesotho
  18. Mexico
  19. Montserrat
  20. Mozambique
  21. New Zealand
  22. Saba
  23. Sint Eustatius
  24. Sint Maarten
  25. South Africa
  26. St. Kitts and Nevis
  27. St. Lucia
  28. St. Vincent
  29. Trinidad and Tobago
  30. Turkey and North Cyprus
  31. Turks and Caicos
  32. United States of America

Vodafone Zone D

Zone D includes 75 worldwide destinations outside of the EU.

Regardless of the plan you are on, you must pay £6 per day to use your allowance in Zone D.

Zone D covers the following 75 destinations:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Andorra
  3. Argentina
  4. Armenia
  5. Bahrain
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Bonaire
  8. Brazil
  9. Cambodia
  10. Chile
  11. China
  12. Colombia
  13. Congo, Democratic Republic of
  14. Costa Rica
  15. Curacao
  16. Dominican Republic
  17. Ecuador
  18. Egypt
  19. El Salvador
  20. Fiji
  21. Georgia
  22. Guatemala
  23. Guyana
  24. Haiti
  25. Honduras
  26. Hong Kong
  27. India
  28. Indonesia
  29. Israel
  30. Japan
  31. Jordan
  32. Kazakhstan
  33. Kuwait
  34. Laos
  35. Macau
  36. Macedonia
  37. Malaysia
  38. Moldova
  39. Mongolia
  40. Montenegro
  41. Morocco
  42. Myanmar
  43. Nicaragua
  44. Oman
  45. Pakistan
  46. Panama
  47. Papua New Guinea
  48. Paraguay
  49. Peru
  50. Philippines
  51. Puerto Rico
  52. Qatar
  53. Russia
  54. Saba
  55. Samoa
  56. Saudi Arabia
  57. Serbia
  58. Singapore
  59. Sint Eustatius
  60. South Korea
  61. South Sudan
  62. Sri Lanka
  63. Suriname
  64. Swaziland
  65. Taiwan
  66. Tanzania
  67. Thailand
  68. Tonga
  69. Ukraine
  70. United Arab Emirates
  71. Uruguay
  72. US Virgin Islands
  73. Uzbekistan
  74. Vanuatu
  75. Vietnam

Does Vodafone have a fair usage policy when roaming?

Yes, the maximum data you can use in a given month is 25GB.

This limit applies even if your regular allowance is greater than 25GB.

If you go over this limit, you will be charged at £3.13 per GB.

Vodafone will send you a text when you reach 80% of the 25GB limit.

Can I get Vodafone 5G when roaming internationally?

You can get 5G speeds when roaming with Vodafone in Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland.

FAQs

Can I roam for free in the EU with Vodafone?

From January 2022, you may be required to pay in order to use your allowance in the EU.

With select Xtra plans, you can continue to use your allowance for free within the EU:

  • Vodafone Limited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits
  • Vodafone Unlimited data Xtra plan with 4 Xtra benefits

For all other plans, you need to pay:

  • £2 for one day
  • £8 for 8 days
  • £15 for 15 days

How can I setup my phone to roam with Vodafone?

You must enable roaming in your phone's settings in order to use your Vodafone plan internationally.

For Android users:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Connections -> Mobile networks -> Roaming
  3. Enable Data roaming

For iPhone users:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Mobile data -> Mobile Data Options
  3. Enable Data Roaming

Will I be charged if I go over my allowance when roaming with Vodafone?

Yes, Vodafone will charge an out of tariff rate. Prices vary depending on the country you are in. The maximum Vodafone can automatically charge you is £45 per month.

Can I tether to another device when roaming with Vodafone?

Yes, if you are on a Vodafone plan that allows to use your allowance in a particular country, you will also be able to use the allowance towards tethering.