Comoros is certainly not a popular travel destination in Africa.
But it still has a lot to offer.
But international roaming will certainly not be cheap in this country (like in most countries).
So, what are your local or travel eSIM options for Comoros?
You can get an eSIM for Comoros for as little as 4.50 USD and up to 40 USD from Airalo (Karthala).
I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that be used in Comoros and 80+ other countries, including Comoros' neighbors, for competitive rates.
Original publication: 26th of November 2022. Last updated: 15th of January 2024.
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Airalo Karthala eSIM for Comoros
Airalo is the most popular eSIM platform, covering around 190 countries (more than any other eSIM platform out there).
That is because it is the largest and oldest eSIM platform worldwide.
Airalo has an eSIM that can be used in Comoros: Karthala.
Travel eSIM providers like Airalo set up roaming agreements with local mobile operators.
But do not get too worried about the term roaming – you will not get a 3000 USD roaming bill.
What Airalo does, and basically all mobile operators do, is partner up with a local mobile operator so that their customers can still stay connected when abroad.
In Comoros, the Airalo Karthala eSIM uses the Huri Comoros and Telma Comoros networks up to 3G (no 4G/LTE and certainly no 5G NR anytime soon).
Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's Comoros Karthala eSIM, are data-only eSIMs, so you cannot call or text with them (nor can you receive any calls or SMS).
- Comoros/Karthala 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD
- Comoros/Karthala 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD
- Comoros/Karthala 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10.50 USD
- Comoros/Karthala 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD
- Comoros/Karthala 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25 USD
- Comoros/Karthala 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD
Once again: you will be restricted to 3G – not 4G/LTE with the Karthala eSIM (unlike most Airalo eSIMs).
What makes things even more pleasant is that you can top up your eSIM when it is expiring or when you are out of data without the need to purchase a new eSIM.
But you may think that a local SIM card or eSIM will (still) be cheaper than Airalo or any other travel eSIM.
And you are right – that is true in most cases.
Most mobile operators in Africa will only sell you (overpriced) tourist SIM cards (when available) or the most expensive plans because of “mandatory new plan requirements” (which are often lies to take more of your money).
- Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
So yes, you could get cheaper plans, but the question is if you can actually get them.
Oh, you should also be aware of the following, you can get up to 3G connections with the Airalo Comoros Karthala eSIM, your speeds will most likely not be faster than someone using a local SIM card.
That is because you are roaming on the HURI and TELMA S.A networks instead of being a native customers
But that does not mean you will have (extremely) slow speeds – just (slightly) slower than native customers.
Anyway, the Airalo Comoro Karthala eSIM is fantastic and is the eSIM I, and many Phone Travel Wiz readers, recommend the most.
The eSIMs are affordable, the data allowances can be tailored to your needs (1 GB to 20 GB + top-ups are available) & you will have a smooth network experience (in most cases).
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Local Comoran eSIM for Prepaid Customers
If you want the best and full network experience, including being able to call and text, you want to get a local eSIM.
You have two mobile operators in Comoros: Huri by Comoros Telecom & Telma Comoros.
Currently, no Comoran mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.
For more information about the plans offered by Comoran mobile operators, check out my Comoros SIM card buying guide.
International eSIM for Comoros & More Countries
Okay, I went over the Comoros travel eSIM options offered by Airalo.
As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in Comoros and not in neighboring Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, or Tanzania.
So what if you plan on visiting any of those countries, or you are on a world tour and wish to use one eSIM in multiple countries – do you have any other options?
Yes, you do. Airalo & SimCorner have regional, global & international eSIMs covering at least 80 countries; some include Comoros too.
So let's see which multi-country eSIMs can be used in Comoros and other countries, including Comoros' neighbors.
Airalo Hello Africa eSIM
Like Asia, the Caribbean, Europe & Latin America, many readers tend to visit multiple African countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one.
The Hello Africa eSIM can be used in 26 countries in Africa:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa)
- Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)
- Eswatini (Swaziland) 1
- Guinea 1
- Ivory Coast
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
1 on 3G only
Below is an overview of how much each Hello Africa eSIM costs:
- Africa/Hello Africa 1 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 27 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Africa/Hello Africa 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 59 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in September based on data up to the 7th of September (2023 data only).
With the Hello Africa eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
As you can see, the Hello Africa eSIM cannot be used in Comoros (yet).
However, as many who visit – do not just stay in Comoros (they often go to Madagascar or Tanzania as well), so you can consider getting it.
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Comoros (Airalo)
In this guide, I went over Airalo's Karthala as the only (reasonably priced) eSIM for Comoros.
I recognize that there are other eSIM providers that do offer services for Comoros.
But they are either crazy expensive or the quality of service is whack (based on my experience or the experiences of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).
But you are free to try them out and let me know if they were any good 😀.
Buying a SIM Card in Comoros
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Comoran SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.