East Africa Roaming

​East Africa is fast becoming one village with shared people, cultures and business.​

Overview

​East Africa is fast becoming one village with shared people, cultures and business.

This means that travel within East Africa is growing, and to make it even more convenient for you, we ensure you stay connected using your MTN number when you travel to Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.

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On arrival

Simply switch on your phone and a domestic network will automatically be selected.

Once the network has been selected

  • Manually search for the specific partner network on your phone by selecting ‘settings’, then ‘phone settings’ followed by ‘network selection’ and then ‘manual selection’
  • You will receive a choice of networks; select our partner network in the country you’re visiting

  • Kenya: Safaricom
  • Rwanda: MTN
  • South Sudan: MTN
  • Tanzania: Vodacom

Airtime recharge

Conveniently top-up your airtime while roaming by purchasing any of our partner’s airtime vouchers (only applicable to MTN PayAsYouGo customers), and load it onto your MTN phone as follows:

Voucher Loading instruction
Safaricom*148*1*accessnumber#
MTN Rwanda*148*7*accessnumber#
Vodacom*148*3*accessnumber#
Cost

Country Safaricom Kenya (in UShs) MTN Rwanda (in UShs) MTN South Sudan (in UShs) Kenya (in UShs) Rwanda (in UShs)
Receive calls* in UShs00000
Local partner calls in UShs 360360360360360
Other local calls in UShs 360360360360360
Calls back home in UShs360360360360360
Calling East Africa in UShs 1 500360360360360
International calls in UShs1 5001 50017 70018 0006 000
Satellite calls in UShs 30 00030 00029 00034 00049 000
Receive SMS in UShs 00000
Send SMS in UShs 3003003001 900900
Internet in UShs 0.800.80400200400

Note: Calls are measured on a per minute rate, while data is measured per KB.

Roaming rates while on other networks in East Africa

COUNTRY Kenya (in UShs) Rwanda (in UShs) Tanzania (in UShs)
Receive calls in UShs 001 200
Local MTN calls in UShs 03600
Local calls3603602 000
Calls back home in UShs3603603 000
Calling East Africa in UShs 36036013 000
International calls in UShs 18 0006 00013 000
Satellite calls in UShs 34 00049 00046 000
Receive SMS in UShs 000
Send SMS in UShs 1 9009002 100
Internet in UShs 200400100

​East Africa is fast becoming one village with shared people, cultures and business.

This means that travel within East Africa is growing, and to make it even more convenient for you, we ensure you stay connected using your MTN number when you travel to Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.


On arrival

Simply switch on your phone and a domestic network will automatically be selected.

Once the network has been selected

  • Manually search for the specific partner network on your phone by selecting ‘settings’, then ‘phone settings’ followed by ‘network selection’ and then ‘manual selection’
  • You will receive a choice of networks; select our partner network in the country you’re visiting

  • Kenya: Safaricom
  • Rwanda: MTN
  • South Sudan: MTN
  • Tanzania: Vodacom

Airtime recharge

Conveniently top-up your airtime while roaming by purchasing any of our partner’s airtime vouchers (only applicable to MTN PayAsYouGo customers), and load it onto your MTN phone as follows:

Voucher Loading instruction
Safaricom*148*1*accessnumber#
MTN Rwanda*148*7*accessnumber#
Vodacom*148*3*accessnumber#

Country Safaricom Kenya (in UShs) MTN Rwanda (in UShs) MTN South Sudan (in UShs) Kenya (in UShs) Rwanda (in UShs)
Receive calls* in UShs00000
Local partner calls in UShs 360360360360360
Other local calls in UShs 360360360360360
Calls back home in UShs360360360360360
Calling East Africa in UShs 1 500360360360360
International calls in UShs1 5001 50017 70018 0006 000
Satellite calls in UShs 30 00030 00029 00034 00049 000
Receive SMS in UShs 00000
Send SMS in UShs 3003003001 900900
Internet in UShs 0.800.80400200400

Note: Calls are measured on a per minute rate, while data is measured per KB.

Roaming rates while on other networks in East Africa

COUNTRY Kenya (in UShs) Rwanda (in UShs) Tanzania (in UShs)
Receive calls in UShs 001 200
Local MTN calls in UShs 03600
Local calls3603602 000
Calls back home in UShs3603603 000
Calling East Africa in UShs 36036013 000
International calls in UShs 18 0006 00013 000
Satellite calls in UShs 34 00049 00046 000
Receive SMS in UShs 000
Send SMS in UShs 1 9009002 100
Internet in UShs 200400100