Venezuela is probably not the most popular travel destination in South America, but it still has a lot to offer.
Especially when it is a
relatively very affordable country for travel.
But before you share your colorful Venezuela experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.
Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Venezuela.
How much will a travel eSIM for Venezuela cost?
You can get a travel eSIM for Venezuela for as little as 9.50 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days, up to 40 USD, for 5 GB, from Airalo.
While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.
So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.
In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo. Let's go.
Original publication: 22nd of September 2022. Last updated: 23rd of September 2022.
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eSIMs offered by the Venezuelan Mobile Operators
Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Venezuela.
In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Venezuelan ones.
But… Venezuela is different.
Travelers cannot buy Venezuelan prepaid SIM cards.
So yeah… getting an eSIM is your only option to stay connected in Venezuela (unless you can convince a local to get a SIM card on your behalf).
Luckily, you have an option for getting an eSIM for your trip to Venezuela: Airalo (with Aragua Mobile).
I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!
So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Venezuela!
Airalo eSIMs for Venezuela (Aragua Mobile)
If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.
Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.
That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.
That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.
In the case of Venezuela, the Aragua Mobile uses the Movistar network.
So, which Venezuela Aragua Mobile eSIMs are available? You have four options:
- Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD
- Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 18 USD
- Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25.50 USD
- Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD
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- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM Pros
Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the Aragua Mobile eSIM? Yes, there are:
- You can activate your Aragua Mobile eSIM as soon as you land in Venezuela
- You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Movistar's network
- Aragua Mobile eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
- SIM card registration is not a thing you have to worry about with the Aragua Mobile eSIM, saving you time
- Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps
I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.
Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.
Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM Cons
Why should you not get the Aragua Mobile eSIM?
- The Venezuelan mobile operators, including Movistar itself, have much more generous data allowances
- While you get access to Movistar's network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Movistar itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
- There is no 5G NR access with the Movistar eSIM (yet)
- You cannot call or text with the Movistar eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM Overall Thoughts
The Aragua Mobile eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Venezuela and can be activated upon arriving.
You get access to one of Venezuela's best networks with the Aragua Mobile eSIM.
And everything, purchasing and topping up, can be done online on the Airalo website or Airalo app (downloading the app is recommended).
Remember, you cannot call or text with the Aragua Mobile eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.
Best eSIMs for in Latin (Central & South) America (not just Venezuela)
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM in any country than Venezuela.
However, Airalo has a new eSIM covering popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.
I highly recommend going with the Airalo Latamlink eSIM, which covers almost all of Central- and South America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.
The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and the revamped Asialink eSIM has become popular quickly, so I have no doubt that the Latamlink eSIM will be popular too.
Just like in Asia and Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Latin American countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Venezuela).
Below is an overview of how much each Latamlink eSIM costs:
- Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD
With the Latamlink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
Overview of the Best eSIMs for Venezuela (Airalo)
In this guide, I went over various eSIMs for Venezuela.
Below is an overview of my recommendation order:
- Airalo's Aragua Mobile eSIM (cheapest)
- Airalo's Latamlink eSIM (can be used in 19 Latin American countries + more generous data allowances)
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