Telephone numbers in Peru

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Country Code: +51
International Call Prefix: 00
Trunk Prefix: 0

Phone numbers formats[edit]

Telephone numbers in Peru are made of:

Mobile telephony[edit]

  • Nine digits for mobile numbers across the country. The first digit is always the number nine: 9xx xxx xxx

Fixed (land) lines[edit]

  • Seven digits in the Metropolitan Area of Lima and Callao
  • Six digits in the rest of the country

Area codes[edit]

Peruvian area codes for each region (national subdivision) are 2 digits long except for Lima and Callao. On 1 March 2003 new codes were established.

The following is a list of the area codes in Peru:[1]

Area code Region
1 Lima and Callao
41 Amazonas
43 Ancash
83 Apurímac
54 Arequipa
66 Ayacucho
76 Cajamarca
84 Cusco
67 Huancavelica
62 Huánuco
56 Ica
64 Junín
44 La Libertad
74 Lambayeque
65 Loreto
82 Madre de Dios
53 Moquegua
63 Pasco
73 Piura
51 Puno
42 San Martín
52 Tacna
72 Tumbes
61 Ucayali

Mobile phone calls within Peru (Mobile Virtual Area)[edit]

From September 4, 2010, a national Mobile Virtual Area[2] was created meaning that all mobile numbers in Peru are non-geographical (not attached to any geographical region but instead to the new MVA). In addition to that all mobile numbers across the country turned to nine digits long: 9xx xxx xxx.[3]

The following instructions are valid across the country:[4]

Calls from mobile to mobile[edit]

    9xx xxx xxx (just dial the 9-digit number)

Calls from mobile to fixed line[edit]

    0 + area code + phone number
    Example on how to call to Piura: 0 + 73 + 388351

Calls from fixed line to mobile[edit]

    9xx xxx xxx (just dial the 9-digit number)

Domestic calls within Peru[edit]

Calls from fixed line to fixed line[edit]

    Call to a number in the same area: just dial the phone number
    Call to a number in another area (domestic long distance):  0 + area code + phone number.

International long distance[edit]

Calling Peru from abroad[edit]

Calling a fixed line[edit]

    +51 + area code + phone number

Example:

  • Calling a fixed line in Lima: +51 1 1234567
  • Calling a fixed line in Cusco: +51 84 123456

Calling a mobile number[edit]

    +51 + 9-digit mobile number

The mobile virtual area eliminates the use of area code for mobile numbers.

Calling abroad from Peru[edit]

In Peru, when making an international call you may choose a carrier for international calls different from your usual carrier/provider according to the rates carriers offer to attract callers. This system is known as "call by call" (in Spanish "Llamada por llamada") as each call can be made with a different carrier and is available to both fixed lines and mobile phones. Each carrier uses a 4-digit prefix (format 19XX).

International dialing format[edit]

This is the standard format in Peru for making calls abroad from fixed lines and mobile phones:

    19XX + 00 + country code + area code + phone number

Carriers:

  • Americatel: 1977[5]
  • Claro: 1912[6]
  • IDT: 1914[7]
  • Movistar: 1911[8]
  • Nextel: 1990 (valid only for Nextel customers)
  • Viettel : 2014

It is mandatory to choose a 19XX carrier when calling internationally from a fixed line.

If you are calling internationally from a mobile phone you have the option not to use the 19XX prefix. You may dial starting with the "+" symbol

    +country code + area code + phone number

and the international call will go through your provider's network.

Example calls[edit]

From Peru to USA/Canada:

  • From fixed line or mobile phone: 19XX + 00 + 1 + area code + phone number
  • From mobile phone (2° alternative): +1 + area code + phone number (your call will go through your usual provider's network)

Special numbers[edit]

  • 103 is the telephone information number
  • 105 is the Police Emergency Number

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peru Area Codes chart: Ministry of Transports and Communications
  2. ^ Peru Mobile Virtual Area, Ministry of Transports and Communications (Spanish) [1]
  3. ^ ITU: national numbering plans - Peru visited September 11, 2010
  4. ^ International dialing instructions: Ministry of Transports and Communications [2]
  5. ^ Americatel website (Spanish) [3]
  6. ^ Claro website (Spanish) [4]
  7. ^ IDT website (Spanish) [5]
  8. ^ Movistar website (Spanish) [6]