All about Thuraya Sim Card Validity

All prepaid Thuraya SIM cards have an annual fee.  This fee is automatically deducted by Thuraya from your prepaid account balance on the anniversary of the activation of your SIM card.  See below for the amount of the annual fee for each type of SIM card.

If you don't have enough credit in your prepaid account when you fee is due, your SIM card will enter a 90 day grace period where you will be able to receive calls, but not make them.  During this time you can recharge and Thuraya will then automatically deduct the fee, giving you another 12 months validity on your SIM card.

More information about what happens when your Thuraya prepaid SIM card expires is available here.

Annual renewal fee for the different types of Thuraya prepaid SIM cards

Thuraya Prepay SIM

This is the most common type of SIM card.  It works wherever Thuraya have satellite coverage.

Usage per Year Annual Renewal Fee
Less than 1500 units 39 Units
More than 1500 units Free



This SIM has cheaper call rates in a limited set of countries but higher rates in all other countries where Thuraya has coverage.

Usage per Year Annual Renewal Fee
All amounts of usage 15 units


Marine SIM

This SIM has slightly cheaper call rates than a Thuraya Prepay SIM, but it can only be used at sea (you must be more than 1 mile offshore).

Usage per Year Annual Renewal Fee
Less than 99 units 120 Units
Between 99 and 2500 units 60 Units
More than 2500 units Free