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How to Dial International Telephone Calls

Updated April 17, 2017

The formula for placing in international telephone call is simple. When dialling from within the United States you must first dial "011." Following this, you enter the country's "calling code," then the "city code." ("City codes" are the international equivalent of the state area codes used to place long distance phone calls within the U.S.) The last thing dialled is the actual local phone number. If you don't know what the calling code is for the country you want to call, or the city code, this is easy enough to look up.

Make sure you know the calling code for the country you want to call. If you don't know the country's calling code, you can look it up in the introductory pages in the White Pages phone book. Flip to the "International Calling Codes" section. If you don't have a White Pages phone book handy, you could also call 411 and ask the operator what the calling code is for a particular country. Or you can use one of the country code look up tools available on the Web (see the next section).

Be sure you also know the "city code" for the area you're calling. Again, if you don't know the city code, you can look it up in the introductory pages in the White Pages phone book, which has a few international city code listings. If you can't find the city you need in the White Pages phone book, or you don't have a phone book handy, you could also call 411 and ask the operator what the city calling code is for a particular area. Or you can use one of the country code look up tools available on the Web (see the next section)

Dial "011," followed by the country's "calling code," followed by the "city code," then the local phone number.

Go to the CountryCallingCodes website (see the link in the Resources).

Click on the "Where Are You Calling From" drop-down menu to select the country you are calling from (the United States is selected by default).

Open the "Where Are You Calling To" drop-down menu and select the country you want to place a call to. Click "Submit" to learn the country's calling code.

Click the "Info" box. Select the city/town, within the country you would like to place a call to. Click "Submit" to learn the "city code."

Dial "011," followed by the country's "calling code," followed by the "city code," then the local phone number.

Dial "01."

Enter the country's calling code, followed by the city code.

Dial the local phone number.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • White Pages phone book
  • Telephone
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Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.