Calling to Belgium
- A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Belgium for domestic long distance calls.
- A leading '+' in the phone number means 'dial your country's exit code'.
- 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.
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.
|0||one to three digits||six to seven digits|
|trunk prefix||area code||local phone number|
Belgian phone numbers explained
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.
|32||2||545 01 30|
|country code for Belgium||geographic (area) code for Brussels||local 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.
|0||2||545 01 30|
|long distance trunk prefix||geographic (area) code for Brussels||local 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 code||32||2||545 01 30|
|exit code of the country the call is dialed from||country code for Belgium||geographic (area) code for Brussels||local phone number in Brussels|
Calling from Belgium
Administrative and regulatory
- BIPT (Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications) – ministry responsible for telecommunications in Belgium.
- BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) – European agency responsible for regulation and co-ordination of European telecommunication markets.
- European Commission Digital Single Market – Telecom Rules for the Digital Single Market. Outlines some of the telecommunications regulations across the European Single Market.
- European Commission Digital Single Market – Country information – Netherlands – update on internet and wireless access across the European single market. Has a focus on broadband, however includes wireless information as well.
- ITU (International Telecommunications Union) – United Nations specalized agency for information and communications technologies.
Sources and more resources
- International Telecommunications Union – DIALLING PROCEDURES (INTERNATIONAL PREFIX, NATIONAL (TRUNK) PREFIX AND NATIONAL (SIGNIFICANT) NUMBER) (IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITU-T RECOMMENDATION E.164 (11/2010)) – collection of dialing procedures for all countries and regions of the world. Retrieved 8 October 2016
- International Telecommunications Union – Belgium (country code +32) national numbering plan on file with ITU – details of Belgium’s telephone numbering plan as submitted to the ITU. Retrieved 10 November 2016
- Wikipedia – Telephone numbers in Belgium – Wikipedia entry for telephone number data for Belgium. Includes specific number ranges for each city as well as detail on calling procedures.
- BT – the Phonebook – Belgium International Codes – summary of phone codes for Belgium from the BT phone book.