Tanzania is one of the more popular travel destinations in (East) Africa.
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 Tanzania?
You can get an eSIM for Tanzania for as little as 5.50 USD and up to 54 USD from Airalo (Tanzacomm), Holafly & Nomad.
I will also introduce you to a few global eSIMs that be used in Tanzania and 80+ other countries, including Tanzania's neighbors, for competitive rates.
Original publication: 26th of December 2022. Last updated: 20th of September 2023.
Table of Contents
In a Hurry? A Quick Introduction
I will write about six eSIM options in Tanzania (and explain why they are included).
But if you want to quickly check out what the best eSIMs are for Tanzania without my analysis and explanations, here is an overview of the eSIMs covered in this guide:
- Airalo Tanzania Tanzacomm eSIM with three choices between 1 GB and 5 GB (top pick)
- Holafly Tanzania eSIM with one 5 GB option – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off)
- Airalo Hello Africa eSIM with two choices between 1 GB and 3 GB
- Nomad Tanzania eSIM with three choices between 1 GB and 5 GB – use code ADU123 for 3 USD off)
- Airalo Discover(+) eSIM (formerly Discover Global) with 12 choices between 1 GB and 20 GB (extensive global coverage (130+ countries) at attractive prices) + ability to make and receive calls & send and receive SMS (new) – read my ongoing Airalo Discover(+) (Global) eSIM review too!
- Nomad Global eSIM with six choices between 1 GB and 5 GB (extensive global coverage (109 or 139 countries) at high(er) prices – use code ADU123 for 3 USD off)
Note: the promo codes mentioned above can also be used for regional and global eSIMs (they are not restricted to country-specific eSIMs only). In other news, the eSIM providers are in alphabetical order per grouping (Tanzania-only, regional & global) – not in order of preference (you would have to read the complete guide to find out which eSIMs I love the most for Tanzania 😜).
Let's truly get started, shall we?
Airalo Tanzacomm eSIM for Tanzania
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 Tanzania: Tanzacomm.
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 Tanzania, the Airalo Tanzacomm eSIM uses the Vodacom Tanzania network up to 4G/LTE (no 5G NR yet).
Be aware: most travel eSIMs, including Airalo's Tanzania Tanzacomm eSIM, are data-only eSIMs, so you cannot call or text with them (nor can you receive any calls or SMS).
- Tanzania/Tanzacomm 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD
- Tanzania/Tanzacomm 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 8 USD
- Tanzania/Tanzacomm 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 11 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Tanzania/Tanzacomm 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Tanzania/Tanzacomm 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 26 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
I can already tell you that Airalo has the cheapest eSIM options for Tanzania this guide.
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.
However, you will have to deal with the Tanzanian SIM card registration laws.
(Why does this matter? Because hackers can steal your (critical) personal data if the mobile operator does not secure your data properly, like what happened in Australia (10 million Optus customers were affected, where info, like passport numbers, were stolen (including mine – luckily not my passport number but my boyfriend was not as lucky) or Indonesia (1.3 billion SIM card-related data was hacked)).
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 4G/LTE connections with the Airalo Tanzania Tanzacomm eSIM, your speeds will most likely not be faster than someone using a local SIM card.
That is because you are roaming on the Vodacom Tanzania network 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 Tanzania Tanzacomm 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 10 GB + top-ups are available) & you will have a smooth network experience (in most cases).
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Holafly eSIM for Tanzania
Holafly is one of the many travel eSIM resellers and is one of the popular ones.
In June, they started offering unlimited data plans for some its eSIMs, making Holafly unique.
And these unlimited data eSIMs can be used in various East– and Southeast Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.
Unfortunately, unlimited data eSIMs are not available in Tanzania… yet.
I say yet because Holafly's goal is to offer unlimited data plans for every country it covers: 150+ countries.
And I can tell you that I get positive emails multiple times a week from Phone Travel Wiz readers that have used the unlimited data plans in East- and Southeast Asia, Europe & North America; they love these eSIMs.
For now, you have only one Holafly Tanzania eSIM (which uses the Airtel Tanzania network):
- Tanzania 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP/67 AUD/59 CAD
As expected, you cannot use 5G NR (yet) with the Holafly Tanzania eSIM, nor can you call and text (it is a data-only eSIM).
Moreover, you cannot top up or extend the validity with the Holafly Tanzania eSIM – so you need to buy another eSIM when you are out of data or the eSIM expires; you have to purchase a new one.
But you can get 5% off each and any Holafly purchase (so it does not have to be the Tanzania eSIM) when you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ 😏.
- Check out my Holafly reviews
Local Tanzanian 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 five mobile operators in Tanzania: Vodacom, Tigo, Airtel, Halotel & Zantel Tanzania.
Currently, no Tanzanian mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.
For more information about the plans offered by the Tanzanian mobile operators, check out my Tanzania SIM card buying guide.
International eSIM for Tanzania & More Countries
Okay, I went over the Tanzania travel eSIM options offered by Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.
As expected, these eSIMs can only be used in Tanzania and not in neighboring Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda or Zambia.
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 & Nomad have regional & global eSIMs covering at least 80 countries; including Tanzania.
So let's see which multi-country eSIMs can be used in Tanzania and other countries, including Tanzania's 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 27 countries in Africa:
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic of (Kinshasa)
- Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville)
- Eswatini (Swaziland) 1
- Guinea 1
- Ivory Coast
- Namibia 1
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
1 on 3G only
Do you think the map above is nice, but you want a country list instead (because you do not recognize the countries on a map🗿)? You can find it in my Airalo review!
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
With the Hello Africa eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
Airalo Discover(+) eSIM (formerly Discover Global)
Airalo was probably the first eSIM provider to introduce a global eSIM – it was called Discover Global.
I have had decent to good experiences with that eSIM, but I felt it could improve.
Such as extending the validity of most plans (maximum used to be 180 days) and having 5G NR access in popular destinations (like many regional Airalo eSIMs do nowadays, even country-specific ones).
In August 2023, Airalo made a radical change to its global eSIM.
Until then, the eSIM could be used in about 85 countries – always up to 4G/LTE (with some networks on 3G only).
This eSIM was powered by FL1 Telecom Liechtenstein (network name can be Mobilkom (Liechtenstein) at times).
This mobile operator worked well in Europe and some Asian countries, but it was often one of the slowest performing (Airalo eSIMs).
Now, Airalo's global eSIM is called Discover(+).
It is powered by eSIM Go (which is basically Drei Austria).
The difference between the Airalo Discover and Airalo Discover+ eSIMs is that the latter has calling and texting functionalities (with an Austrian +43 phone number).
Because of this, Discover+ eSIMs can be up to 20 USD more expensive than regular Discover eSIMs.
For the previous Airalo Discover Global eSIMs, you paid the same prices as the Discover+ eSIMs for worse availability (85+ countries instead of 130+) and no calling or texting at all.
So… it is an upgrade 😎.
Not only that, but you (finally) get 5G NR access in quite some countries (55+)1 as well.
1 click here, press select the variant you want & click on network to see which network(s) allow for 5G NR access. You often have access to multiple local networks, but not all have 5G NR access (and some do not even give you 4G/LTE access)
Moreover, the most expensive option is now valid for a whole year (365 days) instead of 180 days.
The Airalo Discover(+) eSIM can be used in the following 130+ countries:
- Åland Islands 3
- Armenia (new)
- Australia 5
- Austria 3
- Bahrain (new) 3
- Bangladesh (new)
- Belarus 1
- Belgium 3
- Bolivia (new)
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- Botswana (new) 2
- Brazil 5
- Brunei (new) 1
- Bulgaria 5
- Canada 5
- Central African Republic (new) 1
- Chad (new)
- China 3
- Congo, Democratic Republic of (new)
- Congo, Republic of (new)
- Costa Rica (new)
- Croatia 3
- Cyprus 5
- Czech Republic 3
- Denmark 5
Dominican Republic 1
- Egypt (new)
- El Salvador (new) 1
- Estonia 5
- Eswatini (new) 1
- Finland 5
- France 3
- French West Indies (new) 3
- Gabon (new)
- Germany 3
- Ghana (new)
- Gibraltar 1
- Greece 3
- Greenland (new) 1
- Guatemala (new) 1
- Guernsey (new)
- Guinea-Bissau (new) 1
- Honduras (new) 1
- Hong Kong 3
- Hungary 5
- Iceland 3
- Indonesia 3
- Ireland 3
- Isle of Man (new)
- Israel 5
- Italy 5
- Ivory Coast
- Japan 3
- Jordan (new)
- Kazakhstan (new)
- Kenya (new)
- Kuwait 3
- Kyrgyzstan (new)
- Latvia 3
- Liberia 1
- Liechtenstein 4
- Lithuania 5
- Luxembourg 3
- Madagascar (new)
- Malawi (new)
- Malta 3
- Mexico 5
- Monaco (new)
- Montenegro 5
- Morocco (new)
- Netherlands 5
- New Zealand
- Nicaragua (new)
- Niger (new) 1
- Nigeria (new) 2
- North Macedonia
- Norway 5
- Oman (new)
- Pakistan (new)
- Paraguay 1
- Philippines 3
- Poland 3
- Portugal 3
- Puerto Rico
- Qatar 5
- Réunion (new)
- Romania 5
- Saudi Arabia 5
- Senegal (new) 1
- Seychelles (new)
- Slovakia 3
- Slovenia 5
- South Africa
- South Korea 3
- Spain 5
- Sri Lanka
- Sweden 5
- Switzerland 3
- Taiwan 3
- Tanzania (new)
- Thailand 5
- Tunisia (new)
- Turkey 3
- Uganda (new)
- Ukraine (new)
- United Arab Emirates (new) 3
- United Kingdom 5
- United States 5
- Uruguay (new)
- Uzbekistan (new)
U.S. Virgin Islands
- Yemen (new) 1
- Zambia (new) 1
1 on 3G only
2 check the networks section on the Airalo website or app because at least one of the available networks is on 3G only (while the others are up to 4G/LTE)
3 5G NR access for all available networks
4 even if your phone does not support 5G NR, select FL1 Telecom/Telecom Liechtenstein for 4G/LTE access because Salt Liechtenstein is restricted to 3G only
5 check the networks section on the Airalo website or app because at least one of the available networks is up to 4G/LTE (while the others are up to 5G NR)
You have these 12 Airalo Discover Global eSIMs:
- Discover 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
- Discover+ 1 GB (with 10 minutes and 10 SMS) eSIM for 7 days, costing 15 USD
- Discover 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 17 USD
- Discover+ 2 GB (with 20 minutes and 20 SMS) eSIM for 15 days, costing 27 USD
- Discover 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 24 USD
- Discover+ 3 GB (with 30 minutes and 30 SMS) eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 USD
- Discover 5 GB eSIM for 60 days, costing 35 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Discover+ 5 GB (with 50 minutes and 50 SMS) eSIM for 60 days, costing 50 USD
- Discover 10 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 59 USD
- Discover+ 10 GB (with 100 minutes and 100 SMS) eSIM for 180 days, costing 79 USD
- Discover 20 GB eSIM for 365 days, costing 69 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Discover+ 20 GB (with 200 minutes and 200 SMS) eSIM for 365 days, costing 89 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
Interested in using the Airalo Discover(+) eSIM in another country or countries? Read my Airalo Global eSIM review (tested in numerous countries and counting).
Before Airalo updated its global eSIM, I used the old version (Discover Global) in 15+ countries. From August 2023, I will only test the Discover+ eSIM. This is why some country-specific reviews (like Global in Japan) still refer to the Discover Global one and show the old eSIM image instead of Discover+.
Nomad Global eSIM
Besides Nomad's eSIM for Tanzania, it also has a global eSIM that can be used in Tanzania and a total of 109/139 countries (including most European ones).
While Nomad's Global eSIM covers a few more countries than Airalo's Discover(+) eSIMs (109/139 vs. 130 (previously 85+)), it is significantly more expensive than Airalo (but not the most costly global eSIM in this guide).
Even so, Phone Travel Wiz readers have shown interest in this eSIM and have had positive experiences with it, especially after Nomad improved it (with its 139 Country Plan powered by eSIM Go (has 5G NR access in 50+ countries) instead of the 109 Country Plan by Truphone (4G/LTE only).
Anyway, you have these six Nomad Global eSIMs:
- Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (109 Countries Plan by Truphone), costing 25 USD/23.50 EUR/20 GBP/34 CAD/22.50 CHF (price dropped) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Global 1 GB eSIM for 7 days (139 Countries Plan by eSIM Go) costing 19 USD/18 EUR/15.50 GBP/26 CAD/17 CHF – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries Plan by Truphone), costing 40 USD/37.50 EUR/32 GBP/54.50 CAD/35.50 CHF (price dropped) – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Global 3 GB eSIM for 30 days (139 Countries Plan by eSIM Go), costing 40 USD/37.50 EUR/32 GBP/54.50 CAD/35.50 CHF – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (109 Countries Plan by Truphone), costing 45 USD/42 EUR/36 GBP/61.50 CAD/40 CHF (price dropped) – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Global 5 GB eSIM for 30 days (139 Countries Plan by eSIM Go), costing 57 USD/53 EUR/45.50 GBP/77.50 CAD/50.50 CHF – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in September based on data up to the 13th of September (2023 data only).
The Nomad Global eSIM can be used in the following 109 (Truphone)/139 (eSIM GO) countries:
- Åland Islands 2, 3
- Algeria 2
- Andorra 2
- Azerbaijan 2
- Bahrain 2, 3
- Bangladesh 2
- Barbados 1
- Belarus 2
- Bermuda 1
- Bolivia 2
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
- Botswana 2
- Brunei Darussalam 2
- Cameroon 2
- Canada 2, 3
- Central African Republic 2
- Chad 2
- Congo, Democratic Republic of the 2
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic 2
- Egypt 2
- El Salvador
- Eswatini 2, 3
- Faroe Islands 1
- Fiji 1
- French Guiana 1
- French Southern Territories 2
- Gabon 2
- Georgia 2
- Greenland 2
- Grenada 1
- Guadeloupe 1
- Guam 2
- Guinea-Bissau 2
- Guyana 1
- Holy See (Vatican City) 1
- Honduras 1
- Hong Kong
- India 2
- Iraq 2
- Isle of Man
- Ivory Coast 2
- Jamaica 1
- Jordan 2
- Kenya 2
- Kosovo 2
- Kuwait 2, 3
- Kyrgyzstan 2
- Laos 2
- Liberia 2
- Macao 2
- Madagascar 2
- Malawi 2
- Mali 2
- Martinique 1
- Mayotte 1
- Montserrat 1
- Morocco 2
- Mozambique 1
- New Zealand
- Niger 2
- Nigeria 2
- North Macedonia
- Oman 2
- Pakistan 2
- Puerto Rico 1
- Russian Federation 2
- Saint Kitts and Nevis 1
- Saint Lucia 1
- Samoa 1
- San Marino 1
- Saudi Arabia
- Senegal 2
- Seychelles 2
- Solomon Islands 1
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Suriname 1
- Tajikistan 2
- Trinidad and Tobago 1
- Tunisia 2
- Turks & Caicos 1
- Uganda 2
- Ukraine 2
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States 2, 3
- Uzbekistan 2
- Vanuatu 1
- Yemen 2
- Zambia 2
1 109 Countries Plan (Truphone) only
2 139 Countries Plan (eSIM Go) only
3 5G NR access (if you have the 139 Countries Plan (eSIM GO) – does not apply to the 109 Countries Plan (Truphone)
Remember to use code ADU123 for 3 USD/2.75 EUR/2.35 GBP/4 CAD off your first Nomad purchase!
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Tanzania (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)
I introduced you to various travel eSIMs that can be used in Tanzania.
So, which eSIM do I recommend the most? Here is my recommendation order:
- Airalo Tanzania Tanzacomm eSIM (top pick)
- Holafly Tanzania eSIM
- Airalo Hello Africa eSIM
- Nomad Tanzania eSIM
- Airalo Discover(+) eSIM (
reasonableextensive global coverage ( 84+130+ countries) at attractive prices + calling and texting options (new))
- Nomad Global eSIM (extensive global coverage (109/139 countries) at high(er) prices)
Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly, and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is unnecessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.
Buying a SIM Card in Tanzania
Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?
Consider getting a Tanzanian SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.
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