How to Activate & Deactivate Airtel Roaming

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Are you planning to travel abroad and want to stay connected with your loved ones in Nigeria or abroad? Do you want to enjoy Voice, SMS, and data services without hassle while roaming internationally? If yes, then you need to activate the Airtel Call Roaming service on your prepaid or postpaid SIM card.

 In this article, I will show you everything you need to know about the Airtel Roaming service, including how to activate and deactivate it, how to check its status, and how to choose the best plan. Read on to find out more.

How to Activate & Deactivate Airtel Roaming

What is Airtel Roaming?

Airtel Roaming is a service that allows you to use your Airtel SIM card to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS, and access the internet while traveling outside Nigeria. It lets you stay in touch with your family, friends, and colleagues without changing your number or buying a local SIM card. 

Why Do You Need Airtel Roaming?

Airtel Roaming is important for several reasons. Some of them are:

  1. It helps you avoid the hassle of buying a new SIM card or changing your number in every country you visit.
  2. It helps you stay connected with your loved ones at home and abroad without interruption.
  3. It helps you save money on international calling and data charges by choosing from a range of affordable plans that suit your needs and budget.
  4. While roaming internationally, it helps you enjoy several benefits and offers from Airtel, such as free entertainment, rewards, offers, etc.

How to Activate Airtel Roaming Using The MyAirtel App

If you want to activate the Airtel Roaming service on your phone, you’ll need to purchase a roaming bundle before traveling abroad; then, when you’re at your selected destination, you’ll manually activate the service to gain access. Follow the steps below to activate Airtel Roaming:

  1. Download and Open the My Airtel App 
  2. Sign in or sign up with your Airtel Phone number.
  3. Tap “Buy Bundles” at the middle of the page.
  4. Select “Self” and hit Next.
  5. Tap “Roaming Bundles”
  6. Choose your preferred Roaming Bundle for both Voice and data.
  7. Make a payment, and you’ll get a notification alert once the payment is confirmed.
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How to Activate Airtel Roaming Manually

If you have an active Roaming Bundle and you’ve arrived at your international destination, follow the tips below to manually activate Airtel Roaming to start browsing, calling, and texting immediately:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & connections.
  3. Tap Mobile networks.
  4. Tap Mobile network settings.
  5. Tap Network selection.
  6. Select Manual Network.
  7. Tap Scan for available networks.
  8. Select the Network you want to connect to.

How to Activate Airtel Call Roaming

To activate or subscribe to Airtel Call Roaming to be able to make calls in your international destination, dial *789# and follow the prompts to select or choose a suitable bundle for Roaming.

Once you’ve subscribed to an Airtel Roaming Bundle and arrived at your international destination, simply follow the tips in the earlier section to automatically or manually configure your phone to Roam with Airtel in your location. That way, you’re able to call, text, and browse the internet without having to change your Airtel SIM.

Airtel Call Roaming Activation Code

The Airtel Call Roaming activation code is *789#. Dial the code and follow the prompts to activate or subscribe to a Call Roaming Bundle.

Airtel Call Roaming Price

Outgoing Calls within visited country N60 per 20 sec
Outgoing Calls back to Nigeria N60 per 20 sec
Incoming Calls Free for first 100 min
Outgoing Calls to other destinations Normal roaming rates applies

Airtel Call Roaming Not Working

If your Airtel Call Roaming is not working, there are chances you’re not in an eligible destination or don’t have an active Call Roaming Bundle.

To fix this problem, always check the eligible destination on the Airtel Website to confirm where you’re traveling to can Roam with Airtel. Also, always keep tabs on your balance to ensure you don’t run out of your Roaming Bundle unaware or without your knowledge.

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How to Call Other Countries When You’re Abroad? 

To call any country when you’re abroad, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open your dialer, press +.
  2. Enter the country code, e.g., enter 234 after + if you’re calling Nigeria 
  3. Enter the area code if you’re calling an Airtel number in your destination abroad e.g., 001.
  4. Dial the phone number, e.g., +2348133331637

How to Activate Airtel SMS Roaming

To activate SMS roaming on Airtel, dial *789# and follow the prompts to buy the bundle. Once you have activated SMS roaming, enable Roaming on your device from the settings menu. Once enabled, you can send international text messages or SMS over Airtel’s roaming networks.

Airtel Roaming SMS Charges

Airtel charges N50 per SMS sent while roaming internationally. Incoming SMS is free of charge. These standard roaming rates apply in most countries worldwide when SMS roaming is active. Airtel offers discounted SMS bundles to select destinations, which helps lower the cost to N20 per SMS sent while traveling. Check rates here before your trip.

Airtel Call Roaming Activation Code

*789#. You can also call Airtel’s customer service by dialing 300 to speak to an agent or visit any of their customer centers close to you. Also, Ensure your phone has roaming enabled in network settings to connect to Airtel’s roaming partners worldwide.

Airtel SMS Roaming Not Working

If SMS roaming fails while abroad on Airtel, contact Airtel support to confirm it is enabled on your line and available in your location. Also, check your phone’s roaming settings to allow SMS and turn cellular data roaming on. Restart your device or manually select a network. If issues persist, use Wi-Fi to access instant messaging apps like WhatsApp to send messages instead of SMS to avoid roaming charges.

How to Check Your Airtel Roaming Rate

To check the rate at which you’ll be billed for calling, sending text messages, or browsing at your international destination, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Airtel Official Website.
  2. Tap on “Roaming Rate”
  3. Select your country
  4. You’ll see the calling rate, data rate, and SMS rate

How to Deactivate Airtel Roaming

You cannot deactivate your Airtel Roaming bundle or plan once you’ve activated the plan. However, you can call Airtel customer service to see if they can help you deactivate your Roaming Bundle or plan.

Also, you can wait until the bundle expires or run out, and Airtel will deactivate the bundle automatically.

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How to Check Airtel Roaming Status and Balance

If you want to check the status of your Airtel Call Roaming service, such as activation date, expiry date, balance, usage, etc., you can follow these simple steps:

  1. Dial *310*3# from your mobile phone
  2. You will receive an SMS with the details of your plan, such as validity and balance.

How to Choose The Best Airtel Call Roaming Plan

If you want to choose the best Airtel Call Roaming plan for your international travel, you need to consider some factors, such as:

  • If you’re traveling for a short period, you can opt for a daily or weekly plan. If traveling longer, you can opt for a monthly or yearly plan.
  •  You can opt for a country-specific plan if traveling to a popular destination, such as the USA, UK, UAE, etc. You can opt for a region-specific plan if traveling to multiple destinations, such as Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.
  • If you’re traveling for business or work, you may need more data and voice services. If you are traveling for leisure or personal purposes, you may need less data and voice services.
  • If you have a high budget, you can opt for a premium plan that offers unlimited data and voice services. If you have a low budget, you can opt for a basic plan that offers limited data and voice services.

Based on these factors, you can choose from a range of Airtel Call Roaming plans that suit your needs and budget. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Roaming Free in Airtel?

If You’re wondering if Roaming on Airtel is free, the answer is NO. You must buy an international roaming bundle to Roam on Airtel abroad. To check the rate of Airtel Roaming, follow the tips in this article to check the roaming rate based on your location.

Can I Use My Airtel SIM Internationally?

You can use your SIM Internationally when you travel abroad by activating an Airtel Roaming bundle. Follow the tips in this article to buy an Airtel Roaming Bundle.

Is SMS & Calling Free on International Roaming

No, SMS and calls are not free. You’ll be charged the regular rate depending on your location. However, you may get Free Roaming calls and SMS from Airtel from their Promotional offers. You can check if you have free minutes or SMS for roaming by dialing *310*3#

How Will I Know That My Plan Has Expired? 

You will receive an SMS notification two days and one day before the plan expires, informing you of the expiry of your roaming plan.

What Will Happen to My Remaining Bundle After The Plan Expires?

Once the bundle has expired, all unused balances will be lost. You can browse, text, or call once you buy another plan.


There you have it! You have all the information you need on how to activate or Deactivate Airtel Roaming. So, if you’re traveling abroad and wish to keep using your Airtel SIM and number to keep in touch with your friends and family, activate an Airtel Roaming bundle. Checkout Troubleshooting Airtel Data, if you’re having issues with your Airtel Data and SIM.

If you have issues buying a Roaming Bundle or using your SIM abroad, don’t hesitate to contact the Airtel customer service team for help. Stay connected with Airtel!