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Optus international roaming

Heading overseas? Get international roaming with Optus from $5 a day, with calls, texts and data for use in 100+ Zone 1 countries.

What you need to know

  • Optus offers international roaming packs for both its prepaid and upfront mobile plans
  • International roaming on Optus mobile plans start from $5 per day and are available in over 100 countries
  • Prepaid international roaming packs start from $5 a day and are available in over 100 countries

How does international roaming with Optus work?

International roaming allows you to use your device outside of Australia without needing to change your SIM card or number.

It's more expensive than using your usual phone plan but it's an easy way to get online and stay connected with friends and family back home as you travel around.

If you're with Optus, international roaming is automatically turned on for all eligible services when you start using your device in a Zone 1 destination.

  • Watch out for: If you want to turn it off, you'll need to turn your phone on aeroplane mode. From there you'll need to connect to WiFi and go through the My Optus app to turn off international roaming.

What are the international roaming inclusions with Optus?

Optus has international roaming inclusions across both its prepaid and postpaid mobile plans.

Which international roaming plan you sign up with will depend based on what type of customer you are.

If you are on an Optus Choice Plus, Optus Plus family, Optus Plus Promo, Optus Plus Data, Business Choice Plus, Business Choice Data Plus, Business Teams Plus or Qantas plan you will use Optus' $5 roaming pass.

Those on other plans might need to go on the $10 Optus roaming pass.

$5 Optus roaming pass

  • That's the per day cost for Optus Choice Plus customers
  • You'll also get 5GB of data each day and unlimited calls and texts
  • Can be used in 100+ Zone 1 destinations

$10 Optus roaming pass

  • This is the per day cost for the pass
  • You get 1GB of data and unlimited national talk and text

If you're on an Optus prepaid plan, you'll have 4 add ons available to you:

$5 Optus roaming

  • This a per day cost
  • You'll get 1GB of data ,100 texts and 100 minutes of calls
  • These are available in Zone 1 destinations

$10 Travel credit

  • This is a 14-day plan
  • You'll get $10 in credit on international talk, text and international roaming
  • You will be charged $0.02/ MB, $0.5/ minute and $0.20/ SMS in zone 1 destinations

$20 data only

  • This is a 14-day plan
  • You'll get 10GB of data to use in 10 different destinations (no call or text inclusions)
  • Rollover up to 100GB when you recharge before expiry

$35 Optus roaming

  • This is the weekly plan
  • You'll get 7GB of data, 700 texts and 700 minutes of calls
  • These are available in Zone 1 destinations

What countries are included with Optus international roaming?

We've listed the 100+ countries (Zone 1) where you can use an Optus's roaming pass, accurate as of June 2023.

If you're travelling to a country outside of Zone 1, standard roaming rates will apply.

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Marianas
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Samoa (Western)
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan, Province of China
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City (Holy See)
  • Vietnam

Optus international roaming PAYG charges

You can still roam in the majority of countries not included on the Optus Daily Roaming pass, but you will be charged pay as you go rates (PAYG) for calls, texts, and data which can get expensive.

Standard roaming rates are available on selected postpaid plans (that aren't Choice Plus), giving you the option to pay as you go. You will be charged per minute of calls, for sending SMS, MMS and by the MB of data you use.

It is broken down by the following:

CountryTalkTextData
Zone 1$1.50 per minute50 cents per SMS$1 per MB
Zone 2$1.50 per minute50 cents per SMS$1 per MB
Zone 3$4 per minute$1 per SMS$2 per MB
  • Keep in mind: PAYG rates vary depending on which country you visit, and costs can quickly add up if you're on your phone a lot. We recommend getting a roaming pack or looking into a travel or local SIM for better value.

Compare Optus plans with international roaming

If you're not yet an Optus customer but want to take advantage of Optus's international roaming add-ons, check out its range of postpaid and prepaid plans in the comparison table.

Name Product Data Price Apply Price
Optus Small Choice Plus Plan $49
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Optus Small Choice Plus Plan $49
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
30GB
No excess data charges
$49
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$49
per month
Optus Medium Choice Plus Plan $59
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Optus Medium Choice Plus Plan $59
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
100GB
No excess data charges
$59
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$59
per month
Optus Large Choice Plus Plan $69
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Optus Large Choice Plus Plan $69
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
220GB
No excess data charges
$69
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
220GB
Data
$69
per month
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