How to call Abkhazia (country code +7)

Abkhazia is a partially recognized state that uses numbers from Russia’s phone system. It is currently recognized by many countries as region of Georgia.

The Russian phone network (country code +7) includes Kazakhstan (phone numbers starting with ‘6’ and ‘7’) and the partially recognized regions of Abkhazia (phone numbers starting with ‘840’) and South Ossetia (phone numbers starting with ‘9974’).

Calling to Abkhazia

  • A leading ‘8’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Abkhazia and the Russian phone network for domestic long distance calls and domestic calls to a mobile phone.
  • A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
  • Abkhazia’s phone numbers occupy area codes ‘840’ and ‘940’ within the Russian phone network.
  • Calling from a mobile phone: dial from on the country where you're currently located.
  • Calling from a VoIP or satellite phone: dial from on the country where the phone is registered.

Abkhazia’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 007 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Abakhazia’s (and the Russian phone network’s) country code of ‘7’).
  • Country code 0117 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Abakhazia’s (and the Russian phone network’s) country code of ‘7’).

When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘940’ in the Russian phone network.

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

Abkhazia does not have a country-specific satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within Abkhazia (domestic dialing)

‘8 – wait for the dial tone’ is used as a trunk prefix when calling to a different area code in Abkhazia.

Local calling (within the same area code)

Dial only the local seven digit phone number when calling within the same area code. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the dial tone’ or the area code.

seven digits
local phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call to a mobile phone, include the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’ and the area code.

8 - wait for the tone940seven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Abkhazian phone numbers explained

Number details

Russian / Abkhazian phone numbers are ten digits.

The first three digits are an area code. Abkhazia is ‘840’ within the Russian numbering system.

Mobile numbers are area code ‘940’ within the Russian numbering system.

An example of an Abkhazian phone number

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia lists its phone number in Sukhumi as+7 (840) 226-70-69.

Number explanation
7840226 70 69
country code for Russia / Abkhaziageographic (area) code for Abkhazialocal phone number in Sukhumi
Local example – calling from another location in Sukhumi

Only the local phone number is dialed when calling within the same area code. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’ or the area code.

226 70 69
local phone number in Sukhumi
Long distance example – calling from Gagri, Abkhazia (on the other side of the country)

As all of Abkhazia is within the same area code, only the local seven digit phone number is dialed. Do not includ the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’ or the area code.

226 70 69
local phone number in Sukhumi
Russian phone network example – calling from Russia, Kazakhstan, or South Ossetia

Calls from regions in the Russian phone network are dialed as domestic Russian phone calls. Dial the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

8840226 70 69
trunk prefixarea code for Abkhazialocal phone number in Sukhumi
International example – calling from outside Abkhazia or the Russian phone network

To call from outside Abkhazia and the Russian phone network, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Abkhazia’s (and Russia’s) country code of ‘7’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not include a leading ‘8’ in the call when calling from outside Abkhazia and the Russian phone network.

exit code7840226 70 69
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromRussian / Abkhazian country codegeographic (area) code for Abkhazialocal phone number in Sukhumi

Calling from Abkhazia

‘8 – wait for the dial tone – 10’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Abkhazia.

Administrative and regulatory

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