How to Trace International Phone Numbers

Updated March 21, 2017

There are free resources available that can help you trace, redial, and conduct a reverse number search of an international phone number. If you're having trouble identifying a number, consider hiring a private investigator who has international resources to quickly trace a number for you.

Redial the number by pressing the Redial button to automatically, or dial the number seen on your caller ID to call back the number. Although this is one of the easier ways to quickly trace an international phone number, it can also incur unexpected long-distance charges.

Find the country code. It's helpful to know from which country the call originated for tracing an international number trace (Step 3). For example, offers a reverse code lookup that identifies the country.

Trace the number. There are online searches that offer reverse international number searches. For example, at you can find online telephone directories for different countries, some of which offer reverse phone number searches. Also, at you can trace the geographical location for an international phone number.

Find international telephone directories. provides links to a wide variety of online international telephone directories, some of which offer reverse number lookups. After you select a country on the web page, additional information for that country displays, such as descriptions of different regions in the country, types of directories, and instructions for using them.

Hire a private investigator. If you're having trouble tracing an international phone number, consider hiring a private investigator. Many investigators have the background and international resources to help quickly identify a phone number. To find an experienced investigator, contact your state professional private investigator association and request an investigator who can help you trace an international phone number.

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In 1997 Harlequin published Colleen Collins' first novel, followed by many more by Harlequin and Dorchester. Her articles and writing have appeared in "P.I. Magazine," "Pursuit Magazine" and "Cosmopolitan." She earned a B.A. in theater arts from University of California, Santa Barbara and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America.