How to use Amazon Fire TV Stick abroad

Amazon Fire TV Stick with box.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube or ‘Firestick’ as they are commonly referred to, are portable devices that have revolutionised the way many people are enjoying their media. In this guide, we will show you how you can use it anywhere in the world.

While the idea of streaming your TV shows and movies has been around for a while, the right device for doing this has been hard to come by.

Smart TV’s never really captured the public imagination, mobile devices are great but small screens are annoying, and the size and resolution of most laptops and computer monitors are often not great too.

The arrival of the Firestick quickly filled this gap in the market. This portable HDMI device could be plugged into just about any TV and provided users with a portable, flexible, cheap and easy-to-use device to stream all their viewing through.

You can download apps for almost every online streaming platform onto a Firestick and its small size means you can then take all your viewing with you wherever you go.

Unless you want to head overseas when it all gets a bit more complicated. But in this guide, we will show you how you can use your Firestick to watch all streaming services no matter where in the world you are.

Do Firesticks work abroad?

The short answer to this question is Yes. But of course, it does get a bit more complicated than that. A Firestick should have no problem working in any of the countries in which Firesticks are supported. Those are:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Japan
  • India
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Australia
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Sweden

If you are travelling from one of these countries to another, you will need to change the country setting on your Amazon account or the device will not work. This is not the easiest process and involves deregistering and then re-registering your device again.

It should also be stressed that there are different features and content available for Firestick users in different supported countries. This means there is no guarantee that everything you use on your Firestick will work.

The only Amazon customers who can get around this are Eligible Prime members, who can also stream some Amazon Originals titles while travelling abroad without having to change country settings.

For them, the Movies and TV Shows categories of the Fire TV menu will change automatically to include Watch While Abroad content.

However, this is also a restricted range of content.

If you are travelling anywhere else, the Firestick will not be able to work abroad. Unless you use the workaround by using a VPN app. We recommend ExpressVPN, but we’ll cover other options later.

How to install ExpressVPN on a Firestick?

Thanks to their Amazon app, installing ExpressVPN onto your Firestick is a quick and simple process. All you have to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN. You will need to do this on their website as you cannot do it directly on their Amazon app.
  2. Switch on your Firestick and on the homepage, navigate to the search icon, which looks like a magnifying glass.
  3. Start typing ExpressVPN – below the keyboard, you see the word ExpressVPN appear. Click on it and the ExpressVPN app window will open. Click Install to download and install the ExpressVPN app.
  4. Open the ExpressVPN app and where prompted enter your ExpressVPN account username and password or activation code.
  5. Once the app has opened, you can simply click Connect to be automatically connected to the closest available server to your actual location. Alternatively, you can select a server by country and city by pressing Selected Location.
  6. Click the back or home button on your Firestick remote to leave the ExpressVPN app and then continue to use your Firestick as usual. ExpressVPN will remain running in the background.

ExpressVPN Fire TV Stick app

There is nothing more to it, you can now enjoy using your Firestick anywhere in the world.

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Will all my Firestick apps work abroad?

No. Most of the popular streaming apps people use on an Amazon Firestick, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and the BBC iPlayer, will not work abroad.

This is because these services are all geo-restricted to their country of origin.

This means, for example, that UK-based Netflix subscribers cannot watch UK Netflix abroad. They will just get an error message. Even if you go through the setting change process above, the majority of these apps will still not work.

However, by using a VPN app like above all these apps will work.

How to make the Firestick work abroad?

As a Firestick user, you can make your device work from just about anywhere in the world if you use a Virtual Private Network or VPN as detailed in our step-by-step above.

A VPN works by rerouting your data traffic down an encrypted pathway and via an external server before sending it to its intended destination.

When it passes through an external server, it is tagged with the IP Address of that server rather than that of your connection.

For most users, this is a privacy feature as it renders them partly anonymous online. But it is also a useful tool to get around geo-restrictions, such as the ones employed by the Firestick.

This is because the way the Firestick and the majority of its apps stop you from using them overseas is by looking at your IP Address.

If this tells them you are not in the UK, they will not allow you to use their service. But, if you connect to a VPN server based in the UK, your data will be tagged with a UK IP Address. This fools these services into thinking you are in the UK and so they allow you to use them as usual.

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What’s the best VPN for Firestick users?

ExpressVPN Amazon app

Until recently, installing a VPN onto a Firestick used to be a bit of a hassle. But ExpressVPN changed all that. A few years ago they launched one of the very first dedicated Amazon Fire TV / Fire Stick apps.

This means that rather than having to manually install the VPN, you can just head to the Amazon app store and find the ExpressVPN app waiting for you.

This is not the only reason that ExpressVPN is, in our view, the best VPN for Firestick users right now.

They offer fast and reliable connection speeds which are ideal for streaming media content. They also have top-level encryption and privacy policies which means you are guaranteed some of the highest levels of security and privacy from any VPN provider.

Even more importantly, ExpressVPN offers an extensive range of servers for you to choose from. They have more than 2000 servers available in more than 94 countries around the world, including the UK, USA, and all the other Firestick-supported countries.

This means that every Firestick users will be able to use ExpressVPN to connect to a server back home. This means that no matter where in the world you are, ExpressVPN will allow your device to function just as if you were sat on your sofa at home.

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You may also want to check out NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN, both work brilliantly with Fire Stick.


To be able to use your Amazon Fire Stick while you are abroad, you’ll need to use a Virtual Private Network, VPN for short.

My number 1 recommendation for you is ExpressVPN.

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Author: David Spencer

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  1. Angela

    I’m in Milan & cannot get bbc iPlayer, amazon prime etc even with express vpn…..any advise. The express vpn live web chat said it’s not possible on a fire Stick?

    • Hi, Amazon Prime definitely won’t work but BBC iPlayer should. If you can’t get the BBC iPlayer app working you should download and install ‘Silk Browser’ or ‘Firefox’ then open that app and visit the BBC iPlayer website directly (of course while connected to ExpressVPN UK). It will then work. Let us know how you get on.

  2. Jaime

    So I am traveling to Florence Italy for 2 weeks from the United States. If I download the expressvpn on my fire stick beforehand will I be good or is there anything else I would need to do?

    • Hi Jaime,

      Yes, that’s all you’ll need to do. You’ll then be able to access the majority of your US based apps in Italy. Don’t forget there’s a 30-day money back guarantee too so if for some reason it didn’t work out for you then you can get all your money back either when you return or while you’re over there. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Karen

    Hi will this work in Egypt please

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes. What is it specifically you’ll be wanting to watch there?

      • Karen Wheatley

        ITV hub and BBC I player if possible

        • Hi Karen,

          Yes, choose ExpressVPN. You can watch ITV and other channels via the built in app. For iPlayer you’ll need to download the ‘FireFox’ web-browser app and visit the iPlayer website like you would on a computer using the FireFox web-browser while connected to the VPN.

  4. Keith Holroyd

    Would it allow video streaming from cyberlic or 9ne of the other video streaming sites when I go to the Philippines?

  5. Alberto Roccato

    Hi I am moving to the Netherlands from the UK.
    If I sign up with ExpressVPN in Uk before I leave, would I be able to see, Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer?


    • Hi Alberto,

      All depends on the device you’re using. On a desktop PC / Mac for example, Netflix, Prime and iPlayer work fine.

      On the Firestick or FireTV Netflix works fine. iPlayer you will need to watch through a browser such as the built in ‘Internet’ or Firefox on your Firestick/TV, but Prime is unlikely to work and can be hit and miss.

  6. Paul holloway

    I have netflix setup in the uk via a one off vpn with a turkey address, so i pay less for my netflix. If i take one of my firesticks to minorca for my wife on holiday should this work and i will need some sort of mobile data wifi.

    • Hi Paul,

      It will work but you will get access to Spanish Netflix so the movies and TV shows may differ to what you get in the UK. If you want to watch UK Netflix then you would need to use a VPN app as detailed in this guide.

      You’ll need to use some kind of Wi-Fi connection to watch Netflix while you’re there.

  7. Rao

    I am travelling to UK from India. Will my fire stick work over there? Can I access all my apps in Prime account.

    • Hi Rao,

      Your Firestick will physically work but any Indian specific apps will probably not which is why you will need a VPN as explained in the guide above.

      For example apps like Hotstar or Sonylive would need a VPN to access. You’ll still be able to use apps like Netflix but it will give you the UK catalogue not the Indian one, again – unless you use a VPN.

  8. Paul Ladd

    Hi. I am in France and have tried to set up the VPN before it registered itself to my account but I could not stop the registering and set up before I downloaded the VPN. I have French apps but cannot get Iplayer

    • Hi Paul,

      You can change your ‘region’ on the Amazon website in your accounts section which will allow you to download UK apps. However, for iPlayer specifically you don’t need to do that. Simply install the “FireFox” app or use the built in “Internet” web-browser app and head over to the iPlayer website like normal.

  9. Stephen Weston

    Not sure why you have the top two sites in the position you have them as neither would allow me to download programmes via BBC iplayer. So NordVPN is best for me

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Stephen,

      Different setups can influence how well one works over the other. Although NordVPN is definitely a good choice too so thanks for recommending it!

  10. Ian

    Hi there – how do I get us based apps on my firestick in uk? I am trying to access the CW network app

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Ian,

      You’ll need to visit and login with your UK account details. You can then change your account to a US one and then download any apps you require. You should then reverse the process to put it back to a UK account. You’ll need to temporarily add a US Address (it can be any) and then remove it after.

  11. Kendel

    We are moving to Italy at the end of this month. Would I need to download the expresVPN on tablets and other devices as well to access Netflix and Firestick apps? Does this work for Hulu?

    • Christopher Seward


      With one subscription you can download it to all your devices, the Fire TV, tablets, phones, laptops. You can used it at the same time on 5 devices but can install it on as many devices as you wish.

      They work with US Netflix and many other services. They also work with Hulu. You can sign up before you go or after you arrive in Italy. They don’t guarantee to work with every service though, so it may be worth waiting until you’re there, then you can try them with all the services you want to watch and if it isn’t suitable you’ve got 30-days to get a full refund.

  12. Bernice Bropleh Dorliae

    Hi, am moving to West Afrrica, Liberia, will my fire stick work there?

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Bernice,

      It won’t work out of the box, but it will work if you use a VPN app as explained in this guide.

      You’ll also need to ensure you have a reliable internet connection otherwise you may suffer some buffering.

  13. Kate Nichols

    We are in France and have superfast broadband set up here (SFR), but when I connected to Express VPN it just inhibited the speeds, and I couldn’t get it set up on the (French) TV. Do you have any advice?

    • Christopher Seward

      Hi Kate,

      What device are you testing the speeds on? It is probably best to talk directly to ExpressVPN if you have speed issues as they’ll be able to work with you to check everything is in order.

      In regard to the TV, what set-up are you trying to use it with? The easiest method would be to use an Amazon Firestick/TV but there are some alternatives available such as if your TV has an Android system, but it could have an impact on speed.

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