Telephone numbers in Serbia

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Serbia telephone numbers
Location of Serbia
Location
Country Serbia
Continent Europe
Regulator RATEL
Type Open
Typical format 0XX XXXX XXX
Access codes
Country calling code +381
International call prefix 00
Trunk prefix 0

Regulation of the telephone numbers in Serbia is under the responsibility of the Regulatory Agency of Electronic Communication and Mail Services (RATEL),[1] independent from the government. The country calling code of Serbia is +381. The country has an open telephone numbering plan, with most numbers consisting of a 2- or 3-digit calling code and a 6-7 digits of customer number.

The telephone numbers in Kosovo are not under the purview of RATEL. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but retained the +381 calling code for fixed telephony, as it has not been granted an ITU membership. Following the Brussels Agreement, in September 2013, Serbia dropped its opposition to a separate international dialing code for Kosovo, leading to the allocation of the code +383.[2]

Overview[edit]

The country calling code of Serbia is +381. Serbia and Montenegro received the code of +381 following the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992 (which had +38 as country code). Montenegro switched to +382 after its independence in 2006, so +381 is now used only by Serbia.[3]

An example for calling telephones in Belgrade, Serbia is as follows:

        xxx xxxx    (from within Belgrade)
   0 11 xxx xxxx    (from within Serbia)
+381 11 xxx xxxx    (from outside Serbia)

The international call prefix depends on the country being called from: for example, 00 for most European countries and 011 from North America. For domestic calls (within the country), 0 must be dialed before the area code.

For calls from Serbia, the prefix for international calls was 99, but was changed to 00 since 1 April 2008, in order to match the majority of Europe[4] (e.g. for an United States number 00 1 ... should be dialed).

Fixed telephony[edit]

Calling code areas in Serbia have been largely unchanged since the time of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. As Socialist Republic of Serbia had been assigned codes starting with 1, 2 and 3, they were simply carried over by Serbia after the breakup.

Calling code areas in Central Serbia:[3]

Network Group Code Municipalities covered by code
Belgrade 11 Belgrade, Barajevo, Grocka, Lazarevac, Mladenovac, Obrenovac, Sopot, Surčin
Bor 30 Bor, Boljevac, Majdanpek
Čačak 32 Čačak, Gornji Milanovac, Ivanjica, Lučani
Jagodina 35 Jagodina, Ćuprija, Despotovac, Paraćin, Rekovac, Svilajnac
Kragujevac 34 Kragujevac, Aranđelovac, Batočina, Knić, Lapovo, Rača, Topola
Kraljevo 36 Kraljevo, Raška, Vrnjačka Banja
Kruševac 37 Kruševac, Aleksandrovac, Brus, Ćićevac, Ražanj, Trstenik, Varvarin
Leskovac 16 Leskovac, Bojnik, Crna Trava, Lebane, Medveđa, Vlasotince
Niš 18 Niš, Aleksinac, Bela Palanka, Doljevac, Gadžin Han, Merošina, Sokobanja, Svrljig
Novi Pazar 20 Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin
Pirot 10 Pirot, Babušnica, Dimitrovgrad
Požarevac 12 Požarevac, Golubac, Kučevo, Petrovac, Veliko Gradište, Žabari, Žagubica, Malo Crniće
Prijepolje 33 Prijepolje, Nova Varoš, Priboj
Prokuplje 27 Prokuplje, Blace, Kuršumlija, Žitorađa
Smederevo 26 Smederevo, Smederevska Palanka, Velika Plana
Šabac 15 Šabac, Bogatić, Koceljeva, Krupanj, Ljubovija, Loznica, Mali Zvornik, Vladimirci
Užice 31 Užice, Arilje, Bajina Bašta, Čajetina, Kosjerić, Požega
Valjevo 14 Valjevo, Lajkovac, Ljig, Mionica, Osečina, Ub
Vranje 17 Vranje, Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Preševo, Surdulica, Trgovište, Vladičin Han
Zaječar 19 Zaječar, Kladovo, Knjaževac, Negotin

Calling code areas in Vojvodina:[3]

Network Group Code Municipalities covered by code
Kikinda 230 Kikinda, Čoka, Novi Kneževac
Novi Sad 21 City of Novi Sad, Bač, Bačka Palanka, Bački Petrovac, Bečej, Beočin, Temerin, Titel, Srbobran, Sremski Karlovci, Vrbas, Žabalj
Pančevo 13 Pančevo, Alibunar, Bela Crkva, Kovačica, Kovin, Opovo, Plandište, Vršac
Sombor 25 Sombor, Apatin, Kula, Odžaci
Sremska Mitrovica 22 Sremska Mitrovica, Inđija, Irig, Pećinci, Ruma, Stara Pazova, Šid
Subotica 24 Subotica, Ada, Bačka Topola, Kanjiža, Mali Iđoš, Senta
Zrenjanin 23 Zrenjanin, Novi Bečej, Sečanj, Srpska Crnja, Žitište

While the independence of Kosovo is disputed, it remains covered by the +381 code.[citation needed]

Network Group Code Municipalities covered by code
Uroševac 290 Uroševac, Kačanik, Štrpce
Đakovica 390 Đakovica, Dečani
Gnjilane 280 Gnjilane, Kosovska Kamenica, Vitina
Kosovska Mitrovica 28 Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavić, Skenderaj, Vučitrn
Peć 39 Peć, Istok, Klina
Priština 38 Priština, Gračanica, Kosovo Polje, Lipljan
Prizren 29 Prizren, Dragaš, Orahovac, Suva Reka

Until 2013, Telekom Srbija had a monopoly on fixed telephony services. When the new regulation came in force, competition became allowed in this field as well, and other operators entered the market, using alternative communication infrastructure:

Mobile telephony[edit]

There are three active mobile operators in Serbia (without Kosovo):

In addition, SBB gained mobile virtual network operator licence in September 2013 but is still not offering services.

The calling codes are assigned to the operators using the following scheme:

Code Usage
60, 61, 68[a] Vip Mobile
62, 63, 69 Telenor Serbia
64, 65, 66 mt:s (Telekom Srbija)

Calling codes in the table are assigned to new customers by the respective provider. However, since 2011 customers can change the operator and retain the old calling code (along with the rest of the phone number). Thus, calling codes do not necessary reflect the operator. It is not possible, however, to transfer a mobile number to a land-based operator and vice versa.

Kosovo:

Code Usage Notes
44, 45 Vala +377 country calling code is used (Monaco).
43, 49 IPKO +386 country calling code is used (Slovenia).

Special codes[edit]

The following special telephone numbers are valid across the country:

  • 11811 - Subscribers numbers
  • 19011 - International calls
  • 19191 - BIA (Security Information Agency)
  • 192 - Police
  • 193 - Fire brigade
  • 194 - Ambulance
  • 195 - Exact time
  • 1961 - Telegram service
  • 1976 - Military ambulance
  • 19771 - Landline technical support
  • 19811 - Wake-up service
  • 19812 - Various information centre
  • 19813 - Landline phone company info center
  • 19822 - Meteorological data (option 1), National lottery (option 2), Liturgical calendar (option 3)
  • 1985 - Emergency (major accidents)
  • 19860 - Military police
  • 1987 - Road assistance (AMSS – Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia)

Since 21 May 2012, 2-digit emergency numbers are replaced by 3-digit ones, by adding the prefix 1 (i.e. 192, 193 and 194 instead of previously used 92, 93 and 94). This also applied to 976 (becoming 1976), 985 (becoming 1985), 987 (becoming 1987) and 9860 (becoming 19860).[5] 112 redirects to 192 on mobile phones.[6]

Footnotes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 68 code assigned to Vip is currently unused.

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