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How Can I Dial Internationally From One Country to Another?

With modern technology evolving at a rapid rate every year, it's easy to connect with friends and family through the internet. However, nothing beats the joy of talking to a loved one over the phone. On the other hand, you might have a business deal going on with someone in another country and need to talk to them on the phone.

It may seem a little daunting to figure out how to dial a phone number of someone in another country. That's where this site comes to the rescue. Everything you need to know about dialing someone in a foreign country is right here at your fingertips.


IDD - International Direct Dialing These are all terms meaning the same thing and used to indicate the number you'll be using to open the call to the other location, "exiting" your country IDD - International Direct Dialing
IDP - International Dialing Prefix
IAC - International Access Code
Exit Code
Country CodeThis is the number each country is assigned for incoming phone calls
Telephone or Phone NumberThis is the Number created from 2 codes. Area Code and Contact Number
City or Area CodeThis is the number an area is assigned for incoming calls
Contact NumberThis is the phone number for the person you are calling

It is really very simple to call another country using the information on this website. Everything is right here

How to Use This Site

Step 1

  • At the top of this page, you'll see a box with the words "How to Call to:" and a drop-down list.

  • Just click the drop-down menu to find the country you want to call. You have a choice of over 240 countries to choose from.

Step 2

  • Underneath that is the word "from", which is where you'll find the country you are calling from. Click on the highlighted country next to "from" to find your location. That will take you to the page with the Exit Code for where you're calling from and the Country Code for where your call is directed.

Step 3

  • Next, click on the drop-down for the Area Code of the city or area you want to call and then you'll just need the phone number you're calling. If you can't find the exact city, look for the nearest one in the drop-down.
  • Example: If you want to call New Zealand from the United States, you would first dial 011, which is the IDD or Exit Code for the United States. Then you would punch in 64, which is the Country Code. So far, we have the numbers 011 64.
  • Next you need to get the area code. Click the area you want to call within New Zealand on the drop down under "area code". Let's say you want to call Aukland. The area code for Aukland is 9. Then you just have to punch in the phone number of the person you are calling. So, this is what it would look like calling someone in Auckland, New Zealand, from the United States - 011 64 9 (phone number).

Step 4

  • Now, if you want to get back to the original page to look up another number, just click on the logo at the top left corner of the page.

  • There Are Always Exceptions to Every Rule

    • When calling from the United States to Canada or most of the Caribbean countries, you only need to dial 1, then the area code and phone number. These countries are in the NANP, or North American Numbering Plan, making it easier to call between these locations without having to punch in a bunch of numbers.

    • You may notice that some long distance numbers have a + sign in front of the numbers. In some instances, this takes the place of the IDD, especially with cell phones. Instead of using an exit code before the country code, the + sign is used, and the operating system knows this is to be a call to a foreign location. This potential varies from place to place.

    • It's also possible for some countries to have more or fewer digits in their area code and phone numbers, depending on the telecommunications service provider. As long as you have the phone number you want to call, you can find the other numbers here using the drop down box.

    • In some countries, when it comes to domestic calls (i.e. calls within a single country), there is an additional number to dial before the Area Code. This is called "Trunk Code". This number is omitted when calling from abroad.

      For instance, when we want to call from the United Kingdom to Paris France and the phone number we have been given is 0140923908, we should call to 00 + 33 + 1 + 40923908. (We omit the trunk code which is 0 for the case of France).

Calling Overseas Using Your Cell Phone

  • As already mentioned, one difference when calling abroad using a cell phone may be that you will use the + sign instead of using an exit code (or IDD).

  • Also, in some countries you must add a 1 to the country code, such as in Mexico. Example: calling someone's mobile phone in Mexico City from the United States = 011 52 1 55 (phone number). It's best to ask your service provider if you're not sure about calling a specific country using your cell.

  • If you are overseas and calling someone within that same country, you won't need to use any international codes. Just dial the number as it is.

  • If you are overseas and someone from your home country is trying to call you, they only need to dial your number as if you were home. No extra digits. Just the normal phone number.

  • You'll want to check with your phone service provider before taking your cell phone abroad to make sure the roaming service is activated so you can use your phone in another area. Also, get information from your carrier as to what network your cell phone operates on - GSM or CDMA. They are not interchangeable, and one won't work on the other network.

The Cost of Overseas Communication

  • Whether you plan on having regular and frequent conversations with someone in another land or just an occasional call, as for business, do some research on payment plans. You might want to get a discount plan for a specific country, which can save you quite a bit. Another option is getting an international calling card with pre-paid minutes on it. That keeps you from going over your limit and incurring an excess of fees at the end of the month.

  • Calling someone in another country doesn't have to be intimidating or confusing. Simply follow the steps on this page and you shouldn't have any problem. Just remember that every country could be a little different in their dialing set-up so they might not all have the same amount of digits.