How to call Brazil (country code +55)

Calling to Brazil

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Brazil to indicate domestic long distance calls and domestic calls to a mobile phone.
  • 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.

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

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers have subscriber numbers beginning with ‘9’. The ‘9’ is the first number after the area code.

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

Brazil 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 Brazil (domestic dialing)

‘0xx’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling within Brazil where ‘xx’ is a two digit carrier selection.

Carrier selection allows for choice of the phone provider to connect to the call in a different area code.

Some common carrier codes

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Brazil dial only the local eight to nine digit local number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

”eight
”local

Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To call to a different area code within Brazil dial the trunk prefix ‘0xx’ (where ‘xx’ is a carrier code), then the two digit area code, then the local phone number.

0xxtwo digits
carrier prefixcarrier codearea code

Brazilian phone numbers explained

Number details

Brazilian phone numbers are ten (landline) to eleven (mobile) digits.

The first two digits are an area code that represents a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with ‘9’ inclusive and are nine digits after the area code (for a total of 11 digits).

An example of a Brazilian phone number

The Trem de Corcovado lists its phone number in Rio de Janeiro as 55 21 2558-1329.

Phone number explanation
55212558 1329
country code for Brazilgeographic (area) code for Rio de Janeirolocal phone number within Rio de Janeiro
Local example – calling from another location in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the carrier/trunk prefix and carrier code ‘0xx’ or the area code.

2558 1329
local phone number within Rio de Janeiro
Long distance example – calling  from Brasilia (the capital of Brazil)

To call to a different area code dial the carrier prefix ‘0’ then a two digit carrier selection code, then the area code then the local phone number.

0xx212558 1329
carrier prefixcarrier selection codegeographic (area) code for Rio de Janeirolocal phone number within Rio de Janeiro
International example – calling from outside Brazil

To call from outside Brazil, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Brazil’s country code of ’55’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not dial any leading ‘0’ listed in the Brazilian phone number.

exit code55212558 1329
exit code for the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Brazilgeographic (area) code for Rio de Janeirolocal phone number within Rio de Janeiro

Calling from Brazil

’00xx’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Brazil. ‘xx’ represents the carrier code.

Administrative and regulatory

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