How Do You Place International Phone Calls?

Placing an international phone call requires you to identify your country's international call prefix as well as the country code of the country you are trying to call. First dial these two codes, then enter the area code and local number to complete your international phone call.

  1. Dial the International Direct Dialing Number (IDD)

    Every country has an international call prefix that allows you to dial outside of the country you are calling from. This number is called the IDD and is unique for each country. For example, the IDD to call from the United States is 011. Other countries may even have more than one IDD, depending on the carrier or type of service, so make sure you use the correct IDD. Once you pick up your phone and hear a dial tone, dial this code.

  2. Dial the country code

    Dial the country code of the country that you are trying to call. In some cases, the country code is shared among countries. For example, the United States, Canada and much of the Caribbean and Guam use country code 1. In some countries, the country code varies depending on whether you are calling a mobile phone or a landline. The country code can be anywhere from one to three digits.

  3. Dial the city/area code

    After dialing the country code, dial the area or city code, if any, for the number you are dialing. This code can be anywhere from one to three digits and narrows down your call to a smaller geographic region within the country you are calling.

  4. Dial the local number

    Dial the local number to connect to your party.