In which countries does the European roaming regulation apply?

The European roaming regulation (i.e. you can call, send SMS messages and surf in other EU countries at the domestic tariff for your communications) applies in all EU countries + Iceland, Norway and Liecthenstein:

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France (includes French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Mayotte and Réunion)
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal (includes the Azores and Madeira)
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain (includes the Canary Islands)
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands

Outside of these countries, the European roaming regulation does NOT apply and operators can set their tariffs freely. Therefore this applies for example to Switzerland or other popular holiday destinations, like Turkey or Morocco. 

As a consequence, the European roaming regulation does not apply when :

  • you are in a country that is not part of the EU, and in another country than Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.
  • you are in a country that is part of the EU, in Iceland, in Norway or in Liechtenstein, and you make an international call to a country that does not belong to that group (e.g.: you call from Spain to Morocco). 

In such situations the rate can easily be 10 times (and sometimes even 20 times!) higher than the domestic tariff.

Contact your operator to know the current tariffs charged for communications from or to these countries. Take that opportunity to ask which networks have a partnership with your operator abroad: if you use such a partner network, you are likely to get a discount on the international tariffs that will be charged. 

Good to knowat sea, tariffs even higher than international tariffs apply, because all communications go through satellite. For a mere phone call, generally you will have to pay several euros per minute. Sending texts and surfing the Internet at sea will also be proportionately more expensive. The same is true for receiving ca