Can I use my Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad?

Fire Stick AbroadIf you have an Amazon Fire TV Stick you will for sure want to bring it with you as you go traveling. Maybe you are heading overseas for a short holiday, or maybe the destination is somewhere else, but the question is still whether or not you can use the Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad or not.

The answer is in general yes! It can be complicated if you live in a hotel and want to plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick to the TV in the hotel room, but if you live in a flat or a house where you can setup the router yourself it is fully possible.

Using Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad

The easiest way to use your Fire Stick abroad

The easiest way to use your Fire TV Stick abroad is by using the services of Unlocator and setup their DNS servers directly on your router. This require you to be able to access your router and manually change the DNS servers in use. This may sound hard, but Unlocator has very detailed guides on how to do so on different routers, so it should be possible for even the anti-nerd to make these changes.

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Unlocator is completely free for seven days and no payment information is needed at all to try it. If you like it the price is 5USD a month after the first seven days.

If you want to know more about using your router for this purpose, read the following article.

The harder way to use your Fire TV Stick abroad

If you live in a hotel where you simply have a WiFi connection available, then you will soon find out that you can not enjoy your Amazon Prime membership and probably not your Netflix account or any of the TV channels either, because you are located outside the United States. Since the WiFi connection gives you an IP address in your actual nation you will need to create a new WiFi connection where you are connected to a VPN server in the USA and share this connection to make it work. This sounds hard, but it is quite possible. To get this working we recommend using Connectify on a laptop. You need to use the PRO version, because that will allow you to share VPN connections as well. Go ahead therefore and make your VPN connection and then share it with Connectify, and you should be able to connect to that WiFi network with your Amazon Fire TV Stick, and things should be working. But, this is complicated and almost more mess than fun.


If you are looking for a solid service for this purpose, we recommend PureVPN which has both a VPN service and a SmartDNS service included as you buy their product.

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24 thoughts on “Can I use my Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad?

    • Yes, it is possible, but to use the Fire Stick you will need to have a VPN or a SmartDNS setup on your router directly as I mentioned in the article you have probably just read through. It requires some setup, but it is possible!

      • Carol says:

        Tom what is a smart dns pls iv grout my amazon stick with me to leave in Malta.but everything I put on I have to pay for.iv down loaded itv hub but it says get in touch with friendly surport not to clever on things like this but could do with some help pls. Regards carol

        • There is not really a very easy way to do this. You need to manually configure your router to use Unlocator as mentioned above, and then it should work. Try signing up for free with Unlocator for seven days and ask their support for help 🙂

        • Conor says:

          Carol, The various services you’re trying to use check to make sure you in the uk to use them.
          If you control the wireless router in Malta, you can sign up to the unlocator service above and change the DNS server IP in the router settings. This will make the requests sent to ITV hub or iPlayer appear to come from a UK internet connection.

          Usually to access the router setting you will go to your web browser and enter the address or it varies by router manufacturer.
          Once in there will be a box on one of the pages to change the DNS server. Its hard to give step by step without more info.

          Hope that helps

  1. Edgar Hernandez says:

    Hi, I’ve been reading through your articles. Interesting stuff. The wife and I are backpacking for 6 months through Europe, Asia and South America. Would it be worth buying a Fire Stick and unlocking it or do I still need to subscribe to a VPN service. I have a MacBook. I’m really just trying to keep up on some shows and NFL while we are away. Thanks!

    • Thank you for asking. For this purpose I would not at all recommend a Fire Stick, because it can not be unlocked like this easily, but you need to setup a VPN on your router, but since you are out traveling that will not always work. For this purpose an Apple TV might be a better solution because you can easily setup a SmartDNS service like Unlocator on it directly and thus you can unlock services easily wherever you might be in the world!

    • Thanks for asking! I have not used Kodi, so can not give you any information on that. If you want to use the normal Amazon Video application on your Fire Stick these instructions will need to be followed, but if you use the Kodi app you will probably not…

  2. Craig Wear says:

    Hi Thomas. I read other articles stating the fire stick only works in a few countries. I’m looking at emigrating to The Czech Republic from the UK. Will changing the settings on my router, when there, allow my firestick to work there?

    • Yes, I have only been using the Fire Stick outside the USA, UK and so (in European countries without any Amazon support), and it works… But, you will of course have to do some changes on your router!

  3. Tip says:

    Hi Thomas,

    Do the fire stick apps work outside of the us? I don’t have prime but YouTube app works just fine in the us

    So can fire stick YouTube app works outside of the us with no VPN or DNS change?

    • Hello,
      yes the YouTube app will work on your Fire Stick outside the US. There are some content on YouTube not available everywhere, but in general the YouTube app will work perfectly on your Fire Stick abroad, without any modifications to your router with SmartDNS or a VPN.

  4. Jaques alston says:

    I’m wondering if my UK amazon firestick on which I’ve downloaded KODI will work in LAOS….does anyone know?😊

    • Hello,
      It should work very well in Canada, so no need to buy a new one. But, you should be aware of the fact that it will work differently, because you are in Canada and your current Amazon user is in the UK. Give it a try, and if you have questions once in Canada, just come back 🙂

  5. Louis says:


    I have an Amazon fire Stick and a VPN as well, but the fire stick is not working. I can use some services like Netflix and Amazon music, but I am unable to watch series or movies? There’s a message that’s ask me to contact support at which didn’t help much.
    So, any suggestion?

  6. Mr P says:

    Best choice – DON’T buy a Fire TV / Stick in the first place! The rolled out their international Prime Video service last year. Still you cannot access overseas on a Fire TV / Stick as they STILL haven’t updated the firmware.

    Stump up the extra an get an Nvidia Shield! It works in both Amazon account countries AND outside of them!

    • Pete Travis says:

      Hi, you mention about getting a Nvidia Shield. Would you still require a VPN? I live in France and have a UK Amazon account.
      Many thanks

  7. Ratty says:

    I have been using my amazon firestick abroad for quite some time using unlocators DNS services. however in the last few days i have been restricted in what i can watch. I can’t use the whole prime catalogue. it only allows me to use the Prime Abroad options and the installed apps. I can however still use the ipad to watch the content.

    real pain in the backside

    checked my router settings and everything but no joy.

  8. Kristian Legg says:

    I am going on holiday to tenerife. There is no WiFi in the apartment. However I have unlimited data. So if I was to send out a hotspot from my smart phone, thus setting up a WiFi signal, would my fire stick be able to work off of that?

    • Hello,
      yes, it would help. It is, however, quite hard to setup a WiFi Hotspot using your data package sharing a VPN or a SmartDNS connection. I remember trying a while back in time and had trouble getting to it work. But, if you manage to share a VPN or SmartDNS connection on your mobile as a hotspot, then this will work!

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