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Venezuela: Buy the Best eSIMs | 2024 Guide

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 an eSIM for Venezuela for as low as 9.50 USD and up to 40 USD from Airalo offering between 1 GB and 5 GB to be used locally, in the Americas, or globally.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it – especially if you favor convenience

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Venezuela Guide (Airalo and Aragua Mobile)

Original publication: 22nd of September 2022. Last updated: 19th of October 2023.

Table of Contents

In a Hurry? A Quick Introduction

I will write about two eSIM options in Venezuela (and explain why they are included).

But if you want to quickly check out what the best eSIMs are for Venezuela without my analysis and explanations, here is an overview of the eSIMs covered in this guide:

The eSIM providers are in alphabetical order per grouping (Venezuela-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 Venezuela 😜).

Let's truly get started, shall we?

eSIMs offered by 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.

Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.

And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).

But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.

Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.

Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.

Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.

So, which Venezuelan mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?

At the moment, no Venezuelan mobile operator offers eSIMs to prepaid customers.

However, you have this one option for getting an eSIM for your trip to Venezuela: Airalo (with Aragua Mobile).

One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Venezuela is that (1) you do not have to try to speak (broken) Spanish to get a local eSIM, (2) you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Venezuela and activate it upon landing (with most eSIMs listed in this guide) & (3) you do not have to deal with Venezuela's SIM card registration laws.

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(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)).

I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.

Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!

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So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Venezuela!

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Airalo eSIMs for Venezuela (Aragua Mobile)

Venezuela Aragua Mobile eSIM Airalo
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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 (200+) 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 🤑.

Wait… you have no idea who or what Airalo is? I have an in-depth review explaining how Airalo works and all its options, based on four years of using Airalo eSIMs – you can read it now or later (I will briefly introduce Airalo anyway in this guide).

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Back to Venezuela, the Airalo Aragua Mobile uses the Movistar Venezuela network.

Tip: I recommend manually selecting the Movistar Venezuela network instead of Movistar Venezuela for the best network performance (best coverage and fastest speed).

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© Movistar

You have four Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM options:

  1. Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 18 USD
  3. Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25.50 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Venezuela/Aragua Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 40 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in October based on data up to the 11th of October (2023 data only).

Airalo Venezuela Aragua Mobile eSIM with Prices

I can already tell you that Airalo has the cheapest eSIM options for Venezuela in this guide.

Moreover, you will have one of the, if not the best, best network experience with the Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM compared to some/most other travel eSIMs because of the network the eSIM uses.

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.

But with some countries making getting a prepaid SIM card a hassle, involving long queues, excessive registration requirements, and long activation periods, the (slightly) higher prices for an Airalo eSIM can be worth it.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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So while you technically could get cheaper plans, the question is whether you can actually get them or not.

Most mobile operators will only sell you (overpriced) tourist SIM cards or the most expensive plans because of “mandatory top-up requirements” (which are often lies to take more of your money anyway).

Anyway, you should be aware that while you can get up to 3G connection with the Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM, your speeds will most likely not be faster than someone using a local SIM card.

That is because you are roaming on the Movistar Venezuela network instead of being a native customer.

But that does not mean you will have (extremely) slow speeds – just slower than native customers.

In the Americas, mobile data speeds are not that fast as other regions (East Asia and Europe) anyway, so the difference is small.

Anyway, the Airalo Aragua Mobile eSIM is an eSIM LOVED by many Phone Travel Wiz readers, and the complaints about it are minimal.

The eSIMs are affordable, the data allowances can be tailored to your needs (1 GB to 5 GB + top-ups are available) & you will have a smooth network experience (in most cases).

I test and use Airalo's eSIMs in every country I go to, so you better check out my Airalo eSIM reviews and see if I have written a review for the eSIM you are interested in.

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Best eSIMs for the Americas & the World (including Venezuela)

So what if you plan to visit a neighboring country of Venezuela?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo, Alosim, Holafly, or Nomad eSIMs in any country than Venezuela

Luckily, some of the eSIM providers mentioned so far do have eSIMs that can be used throughout most or all of the Americas.

And there are also some global eSIMs with attractive prices that can be useful if you visit the Americas and another continent or region.

I highly recommend these Americas or global eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple American countries to save money!

Airalo Latamlink eSIM

Latamlink Latin America eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Following Airalo's popular Eurolink eSIM, which can be used in 39 European countries, Airalo introduced the Asialink eSIM, which can be used in 14 East- and Southeast Asian countries 1 a bit later.

Eventually, it also launched the Latamlink eSIM, which can be used in 19 countries in the Americas.

There is not much to say about this eSIM because it is straightforward, except that the data allowances are not as generous as the Asian and European counterparts.

But as I said in the Alosim section, it is difficult for eSIM providers to enter the Latin American market, let alone selling eSIMs at reasonable prices, so we gotta take what we have, I guess.

The Airalo Latamlink eSIM can be used in the following 19 countries:

  • Argentina
  • Belize 1
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela 1

1 on 3G only

Airalo Latamlink Central- and South America Eligible Countries Map Infographic by Phone Travel Wiz (October 2023 Version)

Below is an overview of how much each Airalo Latamlink eSIM costs:

  1. Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
  2. Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

Note: Phone Travel Wiz reader popularity ranking was updated in October based on data up to the 11th of October (2023 data only).

Latamlink Latin America eSIM Airalo (with Prices)
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Overview of the Best eSIMs for Venezuela

So, we reviewed some eSIMs that can be used in Venezuela.

I will give you a quick recap of each and link to their product pages in case you need more info or want to purchase an eSIM already:

Remember to use code the relevant discount codes for (ADU123 (Nomad), PTW (Alosim), or PHONETRAVELWIZ (others)).

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Buying a SIM Card in Venezuela

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Venezuelan SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

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