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For most listings (restaurants, bars, hotels, sites, activities), it's helpful to have a phone number for making contact.

We format phone numbers as they can be dialled from a mobile or cellular phone but in a way that separates the country code from the rest of the number. (Our format can be used directly by mobile phones whether you are inside or outside the country with the listed phone number.)

Where only part of the number need be dialled locally from landlines using abbreviated dialling, that shortened part is shown conjoined with a hyphen.

+<country code> <area code> <local number>

For example:

A Canadian number should be listed like:

+1 709 239-5000

Where the "+" sign is replaced with the international dialling prefix if calling from outside the country, "1" is the country code, "709" is the area code and "239-5000" can be (optionally) dialled locally (as designated by the two groups of digits con-joined with a hyphen).

  • When an area code is required for local dialling, or an area code requires a prefix for local dialling (say a '0'), note that in the Contact section of the guide.
  • Information on toll-free, and premium rate prefixes should also go in the Contact section. Consider whether a warning is necessary in the actual listing if premium rate numbers are used.
  • The number group(s) that can be (optionally) dialled locally are con-joined with hyphens.
  • Our formatting method may differ from that seen most in the country concerned. We prefer to use hyphens to only indicate the (con-joined) abbreviated part of the whole telephone number that can be utilised for local dialling. We do not use italics or parentheses within the phone number.
  • Where a number can mostly not be dialled from outside the country concerned (eg: a New Zealand Freephone number), it should be listed in the prevalent local style (eg: 0800 737 000 for the Air New Zealand Freephone number only valid within NZ)
  • In most countries, all the digits of mobile phone numbers should be dialled and there will be no (con-joined) abbreviated part of the whole mobile phone number that can be used for local dialling. This resource is useful for deciding which are mobile numbers.

Country-specific examples[edit]

Abkhazia[edit]

In Abkhazia a phone number can belong to either Georgia or Russia so there are two styles of listing.

For Georgian numbers they should look like:

+995 442 123456

where "995" is the country code for Georgia, the next 3 digits are the area code in the range 442 to 448 for fixed (or land) lines and the remaining 6 digits are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code (from outside that particular area code (but when still within Abkhazia) should be in the Contact section of the guide.

Mobile numbers on Georgian networks within Abkhazia can always be dialled using the full international format, no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 5nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+995 595 555 555


For Russian numbers they should look like:

+7 840 123-45-67

where "7" is the country code for Russia, the next 3 digits of 840 is the area code for fixed (or land) lines and the remaining 7 digits are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within the 840 area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "8" in front of the geographic area code (from outside that particular area code (but when still within Russia and the Russian administered part of Abkhazia) should be in the Contact section of the guide.

Mobile numbers on Russian networks within Abkhazia can always be dialled using the full international format, no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 940 is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+7 940 555 555

Afghanistan[edit]

An Afghanistan number should be listed like:

+93 30 539-0605

where "93" is the country code for Afghanistan, the next two digits are the area code and the remaining 7 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code (of 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 for fixed lines) from outside that particular area code (but when still within Afghanistan) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Afghanistan must always be dialled with all digits (10 digits, including a "0" prefixing the "70n" within Afghanistan), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 70n is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the third digit (the n part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+93 700 202 496

Australia[edit]

An Australian number should be listed like:

+61 2 1255-3456

where "61" is the country code for Australia, the next digit is the area code and the remaining 8 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code (of 2, 3, 7 or 8) from outside that particular area code (but when still within Australia) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Australia must always be dialled with all digits (10 digits, including a "0" prefixing the "4nn" within Australia), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 4nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+61 432 555 555

Because most Australian toll-free numbers and Local Rate Numbers or SmartNumbers can not be called from outside Australia they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

1800 234 567
1300 345 678

China[edit]

The Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau are not part of this numbering plan, and use the country codes 852 and 853, respectively

A Chinese number should be listed like:

+86 20 1255-3456

where "86" is the country code for China, the next 2 or 3 digits is the area code and the remaining 7 or 8 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within China) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in China must always be dialled with all digits (12 digits, including a "0" prefixing the "1nn" within China), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 1nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+86 131 5558 5558

Because most Chinese toll-free numbers (starting 800) and Local Rate Numbers (starting 400) can not be called from outside China they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part. 800 toll-free numbers are also not accessible to mobile network subscribers in China and also not accessible to some land-line subscribers. For instance China Tietong Telecom land-line users cannot access 800 numbers:

800 234 5678
400 345 6789

Germany[edit]

A German number should be listed like:

+49 351 125-3456

where "49" is the country code for Germany, the next digits are the area code and the remaining digits (con-joined with a hyphen where very long) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling. Since there are no standard lengths for either geographic area codes or subscribers' numbers, the last part may be as short as two digits! Currently, the 5000 odd German area codes vary in length from 2 thru 5 digits.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within Germany) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Germany must always be dialled with all digits (10-12 digits, including a "0" prefixing the "1nn" within Germany), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 1nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned before number portability is taken into account.

+49 151 123 456

Because most German toll-free numbers (formerly "0130" and now often called a Null-achthunderter-Nummer) can not be called from outside Germany they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

0800 234 5678

Indonesia[edit]

An Indonesian number should be listed like:

+62 21 6539-0605

where "62" is the country code for Indonesia, the next 3 digits (or 2 digits in the case of large conurbations) is the area code and the remaining 7 digits (8 digits in the case of area codes with only two digits) are the "local" part of the subscriber number (con-joined with a hyphen) that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within Indonesia) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Indonesia must always be dialled with all digits (typically 8-12 digits including a "0" prefixing the "8nnn" within Indonesia), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 8nnn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and subsequent digits denote the original mobile network assigned.

+62 834 202 4961

Iran[edit]

An Iranian number should be listed like:

+98 515 539-0605

where "98" is the country code for Iran, the next 3 digits (or 21 in the case of Tehran) is the area code and the remaining 7 digits (81 in the case of Tehran) are the "local" part of the subscriber number (con-joined with a hyphen) that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within Iran) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Iran must always be dialled with all 11 digits (including a "0" prefixing the "9nn" within Iran), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 9nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits denote the original mobile network assigned.

+98 934 202 4961

Italy[edit]

An Italian landline number should be listed like:

+39 06 5398-0605

where "39" is the country code for Italy, the next 2-4 digits (always retaining an initial zero for a landline number) is the area code and the remaining 6-9 digits are the "local" part of the subscriber number (con-joined with a hyphen) that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

Rather unusually, you need to dial the initial "0" of the geographic area code both from outside that particular area code (but when still within Italy) and internationally.


Mobile numbers in Italy must always be dialled with all 9-11 digits (including the initial 3 within Italy), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 3nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits denote the original mobile network assigned.

+39 334 202 4961

New Zealand[edit]

A New Zealand number should be listed like:

+64 3 539-0605

where "64" is the country code for New Zealand, the next digit is the area code and the remaining 7 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code (of 3, 4, 6, 7 or 9) from outside that particular area code (but when still within New Zealand) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in New Zealand must always be dialled with all digits (8 to 10 digits, including a "0" prefixing the "2n" within New Zealand), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 2n is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second digit (the n part) denotes the original mobile network assigned.

+64 21 202 4961

Because most New Zealand toll-free numbers can not be called from outside New Zealand they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

0800 737 000

Philippines[edit]

A Philippines number should be listed like:

+63 35 539-0605

where "63" is the country code for the Philippines, the next one, two or three digits are the area code and the remaining 7 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within the Philippines) should be in the Contact section of the guide.

Mobile numbers in the Philippines must always be dialled with all 11 digits (including a "0" prefixing the "8nn" or "9nn" within the Philippines), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used. The 8nn or 9nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned. An exception is between two Globe Telecom users who share the same mobile prefix (eg both users have mobile numbers starting with 0917) where the mobile prefix can be omitted. However, this need not be noted in our guides since the way we recommend formatting numbers in our guides means they can always be dialled from all mobiles. For SMART/Talk and Text users, when dialling a 7-digit phone number, it will automatically dial the corresponding landline number in the geographic area the signal is originating from. As is the case with most mobile numbers, they can also be called within or outside the Philippines using the international format - just one reason why Wikitravel chooses to format them as follows:

+63 996 202 4961

Because most Philippines toll-free numbers can not be called from outside Philippines they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

1800 1855 0165

Singapore[edit]

A Singapore number should be listed like:

+65 6396 0605

where "65" is the country code for Singapore.

Due to the small area of Singapore, there are no area or trunk codes, with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), Radio Network and IP Telephony all belonging to one numbering area with an 8 digit numbering format.

The first digit of this 8 digit number denotes the type of service:
3nnn nnnn - Voice Over IP services
6nnn nnnn - Fixed Line services inclusive of Fixed Line Voice Over IP services
8nnn nnnn - Mobile phone services
9nnn nnnn - Mobile phone services including Paging Services

Because most Singapore toll-free numbers can not be called from outside Singapore they are not listed in international format:

1800 185 0165
800 185 0165

Thailand[edit]

A Thai number should be listed like:

+66 2 123 4567
+66 43 123456
1155
1800 747 747
1900 666 666

where "66" is the country code, the next 1 or 2 digits (beginning 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 for land lines) are the area code and the remaining digits are the subscriber number.

You always need to dial "0" in front of the area code (of 2 for Bangkok in our first example; of 43 for Khon Kaen in our second example) to dial from inside Thailand (if you are not using the full international format).
(Thailand changed to a closed dialling plan in 2001, which means it is one of the few countries where even calling within the area code requires the complete number, including the area code, to be dialled. Therefore, none of the number groups of a Thai telephone number should be con-joined with hyphens when listed in Wikitravel since there are no "local" parts of a telephone number in Thailand that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling!)

Land line numbers in Thailand are always 8 digits long (when the STD prefix of 0 is omitted); mobile and VoIP numbers have 9 digits and begin with a 6, 8 or 9.

Note that international format is not used for the last three examples of non-geographic numbers (the tourist police, a toll free number and a premium rate number respectively) since they generally cannot be dialled from outside Thailand.

UK and dependencies[edit]

A United Kingdom number should be listed like:

+44 20 3344-5566
+44 141 222-3344
+44 70 0596 3437
0800 747 7477
111

where "44" is the country code, the next 2 to 5 digits are the area code and the remaining digits are the subscriber number even though, for the first two examples with additional hyphens, this differs from common and recommended local practice. The number groups con-joined with a hyphen are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling. The third example is an expensive-to-call Personal Number that has no locally diallable component and, consequently, no hyphens. (The same is true of UK mobile numbers which all start with a 7 too).

Note that international format is not used for the last two examples of non-geographic numbers since they generally cannot be dialled from outside the countries that use the +44 country code.

You need to dial "0" in front of the area code (of 20 for London in our first example; of 141 for Glasgow in our second example or of 70 for the premium rate personal number in our third example) to dial from outside that particular area code (but when still within the United Kingdom or a Crown Dependency).

In the UK, all telephone numbers (except for short codes specific to a phone provider) begin with a "0" and hence have 11 digits.

USA[edit]

A US number should be listed like:

+1 212 555-3456

where "1" is the country code for the US
(strictly speaking, it's the North American Numbering Plan Area (NANPA) - an integrated telephone numbering plan administered by NeuStar which encompasses 24 countries and territories, including the United States and its territories, Canada, Bermuda, and 17 nations of the Caribbean)
the next 3 digits are the area code and the remaining 7 digits are the subscriber number


Because many US toll-free numbers can be called from outside the US (usually at normal international toll rates) they are listed in international format - but without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

+1 800 234 5678


Similarly in metro areas where 10-digit dialling is required, hyphens are omitted:

+1 678 555 5555

even though, for the last two examples, this differs from common and recommended local practice.

Vietnam[edit]

A Vietnam number should be listed like:

+84 35 539-0605

where "84" is the country code for Vietnam, the next one, two or three digits are the area code and the remaining 5 to 8 digits (con-joined with a hyphen) are the "local" part of the subscriber number that can be called from within that particular area code using abbreviated dialling.

Area codes in Vietnam that start with 2, 3, 5, 6 or 7 have 7 digit subscriber numbers.
Area codes that start with 4 (for Hanoi) and 8 (for Ho Chi Minh City) have 8 digit subscriber numbers (except for area code 80 which is used exclusively by the government and is followed by a 5 digit subscriber number).
Area codes starting with 1 or 9 are now used for mobile phone numbers (except 99, which is used for VSAT) and have either 2 or 3 digits. They always have 7 digit mobile subscriber numbers

The fact that you need to dial "0" in front of the geographic area code from outside that particular area code (but when still within Vietnam) should be in the Contact section of the guide.


Mobile numbers in Vietnam must always be dialled with all 9 or 10 digits (including a "0" prefixing the "1nn" or "9nn" within Vietnam), no matter where they are being called from, so no hyphens are used when listing them in Wikitravel. The 1nn or 9nn is a mobile prefix, not an "area code", as such and the second and sometimes third digits (the nn part) denotes the original mobile network assigned. As is the case with most mobile numbers, they can also be called within or outside Vietnam using the international format - just one reason why Wikitravel chooses to format them as follows:

+84 996 202 4961

Because most Vietnam toll-free numbers can not be called from outside Vietnam they are not listed in international format and without hyphens since there is no "local" part:

 1201 1318

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