List of international call prefixes

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Not to be confused with 'country calling codes'.

An international call prefix or dial out code is a trunk prefix used to select an international telephone circuit for placing an international call. The prefix must be dialed before the country calling code and the destination telephone number. It is synonymous with international access code or exit code.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommends the sequence 00 as a standard for an international call prefix, and this has been implemented by many countries, but not all of them.[1]

When phone numbers are published for use abroad they typically include the country calling code, but show a plus sign (+) prefix in place of any international call prefix, to signify that the caller should use the prefix code appropriate for their country.[2]

Many phones allow this "+" to be entered in their saved number lists, often by holding down the '0' key (most GSM mobile phones) or with two consecutive presses of the * key. When making a call the system then automatically converts the "+" to the correct international prefix, depending on where the phone is being used, which enables callers to use the same stored number when calling from either their own country or any other.[3]

Example[edit]

Alternatively, using a GSM phone, the caller would simply dial +64 3 477 4000 from any of these countries; regardless of the local dialling prefix.

Variations[edit]

Some telecommunications service providers or mobile network operators (wireless carriers) have different international call prefix codes which callers or subscribers can use to route calls through specific networks, sometimes with special pricing arrangements.

Many countries also provide alternative dialling arrangements for calls to neighbouring countries.[4]

Some of these variations from the generic codes are shown in the list below (but may be out of date).

Countries by international prefix[edit]

  • 0
    • Samoa
  • 00 includes, but is not limited to:
    • Argentina
    • China
    • Egypt
    • Georgia
    • Hungary[notes 1]
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Iran
    • Malaysia
    • Mexico
    • Norway
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Serbia
    • Sri Lanka
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • All countries of the European Union
    • Most countries in Africa
    • Most countries in the Middle East
    • Some countries in the former Soviet Republics
    • Some countries in Asia
    • Most countries in South America
  • 000
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
  • 001
    • Guyana
    • Hong Kong
    • Mongolia
  • 0011
    • Australia
  • 009
    • Nigeria
  • 010
    • Japan
  • 011 - Any country in the North American Numbering Plan
    • American Samoa
    • Anguilla
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Canada
    • Cayman Islands
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Grenada
    • Guam
    • Roatan, Honduras
    • Jamaica
    • Marshall Islands
    • Micronesia
    • Montserrat
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Palau
    • Puerto Rico
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Sint Maarten
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • United States of America
    • United States Virgin Islands
  • 1xx0, where xx is the international carrier selection code
    • Chile
  • 119
    • Cuba
  • 8~10
    • Belarus
    • Kazakhstan
    • Tajikistan
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uzbekistan
  • 8~xx, where xx is the international carrier selection code
    • Russia (for "carrier hot choice" subscribers)

Countries using optional carrier selection code[edit]

The following countries allow for optional carrier selection in addition to using the standard prefix.

  • 001x, where x is the international carrier selection code consisting of one or more digits:
    • Australia, in addition to 001 prefix for default carrier
  • 01x, where x is the international carrier selection code consisting of one or more digits:
    • Israel, in addition to 00 prefix for default carrier – in order to encourage competition between international telephone carriers, a system of prefixes beginning with 01x was introduced (see Telephone numbering in Israel)
      • 012 – 012 Smile
      • 013 – 013 NetVision
      • 014 – Bezeq International
      • 015 – Hallo 015
      • 016 – golan Telecom
      • 017 – Hot Mobile
      • 018 – Xfone
      • 019 – Telzar
  • 10x, where x is the international carrier selection code consisting of one or more digits:
    • Georgia, in addition to 00 prefix for default carrier
      • 1007 – Caucasus Online
      • 1010 – MagtiCom
      • 1011 – SystemNet
      • 1012 – SystemNet
      • 1013 – MacroCom
      • 1015 – SakTelComPlus
      • 1016 – Silknet
      • 1017 – SystemNet
      • 1018 – Global Erty
      • 1019 – Akhtel
      • 1027 – CallCenter
      • 1040 – IntelPhone
      • 1041 – V-TEL Georgia
      • 1050 – MagtiCom
      • 1051 – Caucasus Online
      • 1052 – Alex Development Georgia
      • 1053 – Sky Service
      • 1054 – Lagi
      • 1057 – NewCom
      • 1060 – GeoNet
      • 1061 – Silknet
      • 1062 – Geocell
      • 1063 – Black Sea Telecom
      • 1064 – Central Communication Company of Georgia
      • 1065 – Akhali Kselebi
      • 1067 – GeoTel
      • 1069 – Service
      • 1072 – TelMax
      • 1075 – Wi-MAX Georgia
      • 1076 – Silknet
      • 1094 – Warid Telecom Georgia
  • 99x, where x is the international carrier selection code consisting of one or more digits:
    • Finland, in addition to 00 prefix for default carrier – in order to encourage competition between international telephone carriers, a system of prefixes beginning with 99 was introduced (see Telephone numbering in Finland):
      • 990 – TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
      • 991 – Elisa Oyj
      • 992 – Globetel Oy
      • 994 – TDC Oy FINLAND
      • 99511 – Helistamine OU
      • 99532 – Elisa Oyj
      • 99533 – TDC Oy FINLAND
      • 99541 – DNA Oy
      • 99555 – DNA Oy
      • 99559 – Elisa Oyj
      • 99566 – Datalahti Oy
      • 99577 – TDC Oy FINLAND
      • 99588 – Globetel Oy
      • 99590 – TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
      • 99599 – Nettia Oy
      • 996 – DNA Oy
      • 9977 – Elisa Oyj
      • 998 – Orange Business Finland Oy
      • 999 – Elisa Oyj

Historic international prefixes[edit]

  • 0
    • Bahrain (now 00)
    • El Salvador (now 00)
    • Falkland Islands (now 00)
    • Myanmar (now 00)
    • Malta (now 00)
  • 00
    • Cambodia (now 001)
    • Mongolia (now 001)
    • Sint Maarten (now 011)
    • Tanzania (now 000)
  • 000
    • Rwanda (now 00)
  • 001
    • Japan (now 010)
  • 002
    • Paraguay (now 00)
  • 0030
    • Hong Kong (CTI, which now uses 1666)
  • 005
    • Singapore (now 001)
  • 007
    • Malaysia (now 00)
  • 009
    • Denmark, including Faeroe Islands and Greenland (now 00)
    • Sweden (now 00)
  • 010
    • United Kingdom (now 00)
  • 05
    • Fiji (now 00)
    • Papua New Guinea (now 00)
  • 07~
    • Spain (now 00)
  • 09
    • Namibia (now 00)
    • Netherlands (now 00)
    • South Africa (now 00)
  • 095
    • Norway (now 00)
  • 099
    • Guinea-Bissau (now 00)
  • 101
    • Malawi (now 00)
  • 110
    • Zimbabwe (now 00)
  • 15
    • Chad (now 00)
  • 16
    • Somalia (now 00)
    • Republic of Ireland (now 00)
  • 19
    • France (now 00)
    • Central African Republic (now 00)
  • 800
    • Estonia (now 00)
  • 8~10
    • Estonia (now 00)
    • Azerbaijan (now 00)
    • Armenia (now 00)
    • Georgia (now 00)
    • Kyrgyzstan (now 00)
    • Latvia (now 00)
    • Lithuania (now 00)
    • Moldova (now 00)
    • Ukraine (now 00)
  • 90
    • Burundi (now 00)
  • 95 for NANPA and 98 for the rest of the world
    • Mexico (now 00)
  • 99
    • the former Yugoslavia (successively replaced by successor republics with 00)
    • India (now replaced with 00)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There is an additional dial tone that applies only to calls from landlines.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E.164 - 12" (PDF). International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). See page 22 for a list of exceptions 
  2. ^ "E.123 - 7.1" (PDF). International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T). See page 9 
  3. ^ "The plus (+) sign and international calls". How to call abroad. Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. 
  4. ^ "International landline dialing prefix by country". T-Mobile. Archived from the original on 2005-11-26. 

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