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How To Use Airtel Sim Outside India | International Roaming | FAQ

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Bharti Airtel Limited, also known as Airtel, is an Indian multinational telecommunications services company based in New Delhi. It operates in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa, as well as the Channel Islands.

If you are going abroad and want to use Airtel then you can use Airtel easily by using the international roaming service. Keep reading this post till the end to know how you can use the internet and calling of Airtel outside India.

How can you use Airtel in other countries i.e in foreign

You can easily use Airtel in other countries outside India. You just have to activate international roaming on your Airtel sim. However dont expect a very good experience of using Airtel sim in other countries as there will be medium, average to low performance of Airtel sim.

How to activate international roaming on the Airtel app or

You can see and buy international easily from either the Airtel app or the Airtel website.

Airtel App

  1. Open the Airtel App.
  2. Login to your account using the same number.
  3. Under Manage account go to the ‘Roam Abroad’ option.
  4. Then you will have to select the country.
  5. After that, you will get different “Roam Abroad” plans for the selected country.
  6. Choose one and pay your roaming plan will be activated.
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Airtel International option in Airtel App

Airtel Website

  1. Open Airtel Website and go to page.
  2. Now Select the country you are visiting.
  3. Enter your 10-digit mobile number
  4. Choose your international roaming pack.

How to choose and buy an international plan of Airtel

When you navigate to the Roam Abroad section, then you can choose the country and then accordingly you will see different plans for Airtel.

When you choose a country you get many one-day, one-week, and monthly plans. Your International Roaming pack benefits are activated on arrival in your destination country

There are different charges for a local call, call to India, call to the rest of the World, incoming call, Outgoing SMS, and Mobile Data. And charges may vary from country to country.

A standard usage rate of Airtel in the USA, UK, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait it may vary. It also varies from Prepaid to Postpaid. Here is the full list link.

CountryLocal Call (Rs/Min)Call to India (Rs/Min)Calls to
Incoming Call (Rs/Min)Outgoing SMS (Rs/SMS)Mobile Data (Rs/ KB)
Saudi Arabia5018020090256..5
Airtel Prepaid USA international roaming rates

How much time it will take to activate the international Roaming plan on Jio?

You will receive a message once International roaming has been activated. According to your pack, you get benefits according to the IST time of the country.

International Roaming will be activated within 4 hours of buying the pack. Please ensure that your SIM is connected to the Airtel network during this period. Your phone will stop receiving signals once the activation process begins, thereafter kindly restart your phone for your request to be processed.

How to activate Roaming in your Smartphone

  1. Swipe up on the home screen to access your apps.
  2. Tap “Settings”, then tap “Connections”.
  3. Tap “Mobile Networks”.
  4. Tap the switch to activate or deactivate “Data Roaming”.

Please note: If the Data Roaming switch is greyed out, check that Mobile data is activated.

In which countries you can use Airtel SIM?

Unlimited packs offered by Airtel are valid in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Czech Republic, Germany, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States, and more countries. In total Vi have plans supported in more than 175 countries.

Experience of Airtel with International Roaming

I have personally watched and found some very useful videos regarding internal roaming so I recommend watching them once.


Telecom operators have roaming agreements with each other, for example, consider that you are a subscriber of Airtel in India and you visit Brazil. Then Airtel India would have made agreements with any operator in Brazil for such roaming subscribers say with TIM Brazil.

So the moment you switch on your mobile phone upon reaching Brazil you would be connected to TIM’s network as a roaming subscriber. Your profile would be sent from the HLR in your home country (Airtel India in this case) to the VLR (Visitor Location Register) of TIM in Brazil.

Then Your usage will be simultaneously tracked by both the sim providers. And to ensure a good experience both network provider companies will charge you with an extra service charge. That is why you will see expensive international roaming plans most of the time.

You can contact Airtel support For assistance on 12100 (from India) or call +919910099100 International Toll-Free (from abroad)

Your bill depends on how and how much you use your number outside India. If you have not taken any International Roaming plan and use your phone normally as you do in India, there is a high chance of you getting a very high bill. It is, therefore, advisable to use your phone on International Roaming only with a pack. You can safeguard yourself from high bills by choosing from the best international roaming plans.

You can log in to the Airtel website from any corner of the world and then check your international roaming balance. Or you can log in to your account to the Airtel app to check your pack details. Or dial Prepaid: Roaming Balance: 77810#.

Check it on the Airtel app or the Airtel website.

OR dial

Balance Check: *123#
Prepaid: Roaming Balance: 77810#
Postpaid: Roaming Bill: *1#
Roaming Combo Bundle Balance: Minutes: 22247#, SMS: 22248#, Data: 22246#

To receive SMS firstly you have to turn on Roaming on your smartphone as I mentioned above. Then you may be able to receive SMS its most of the time free. It’s free for Prepaid as well as Postpaid.

But if you are not receiving SMS then you have to recharge your sim with the International roaming plan that can activate your SMS receiving.

You’ll need to activate international roaming on your mobile phone before you travel overseas in order to receive the One-Time Pin (OTP). Contact your network provider for additional information.

Check that data roaming is on in dual sim card settings. Switch off your mobile. Remove both the sims. Insert only the Airtel sim in slot 1 and do not insert the other sim. Besides roaming issues, if you have other issues then you can check our posts:

Final Words

We explained all stuff related to the International roaming Airtel, If I have missed anything please let me know in the comment section. Also, do comment on your opinions and experience on Airtel International roaming.

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