How to call Belgium (country code +32)

Calling to Belgium

Belgium’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0032 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by Belgium’s country code of ’32’).
  • Country code 01132 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by Belgium’s country code of ’32’).

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

Use the same call sequence.

Belgian mobile phone numbers begin with area code ‘468’, ’47’, ’48’, and ’49’. The area code designates the mobile phone carrier, however the phone user may be on a different network due to number portability.

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

VoIP phone numbers based in Belgium are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

There are no designated VoIP exchanges in Belgium.

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

Belgium does not have a country-speicifc 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 Belgium (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk number used when calling within Belgium.

Local calling – within the same area code

When calling within the same area code, the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code are not included in the call sequence.

six to seven digits
local phone number

Long distance calling – to a different area code, or between a landline and mobile phone

When calling to a different area code, include the trunk prefix ‘0’ as well as the destination area code and local phone number.

0one to three digitssix to seven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Belgian phone numbers explained

Number details

Belgian numbers are eight digits. The first one to three digits designate whether the phone is a mobile or landline as well as area (geographic) code.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes ‘0468’, ‘047’, ‘048’, and ‘049’. The last digit of the mobile area code designates the mobile carrier. They are dialed the same way as all other numbers in Belgium.

An example of a Belgian phone number

The Musical Instruments Museum lists its phone number in Brussels as +32 2 545 01 30.

Number explanation
322545 01 30
country code for Belgiumgeographic (area) code for Brusselslocal phone number in Brussels
Local example – calling from another location in Brussels

Only the local phone number is dialed when calling within the same area code. The trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code are not included in the call sequence.

545 01 30
local phone number in Brussels
Long distance example – calling form Burges, Belgium (on the other side of the country)

When calling to a different area code, the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code are included in the call sequence.

02545 01 30
long distance trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Brusselslocal phone number in Brussels
International example – calling from outside of Belgium

Dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed form, followed by Belgium’s country code of ’32’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

exit code322545 01 30
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Belgiumgeographic (area) code for Brusselslocal phone number in Brussels

Calling from Belgium

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from Belgium.

Administrative and regulatory

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