How to call Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) (country code +238)

Calling to Cape Verde

  • 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 begin with ‘9’ and ’59’.

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

Cape Verde 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 Cape Verde (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number as it is listed. There is no trunk or long distance number used in Cape Verde’s phone system.

seven digits
local phone number

Cabo Verde’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Cabo Verde’s phone numbers are seven digits.

The first digit signifies whether the phone number is a mobile or landline phone.

Landline phones begin with ‘2’. The first three digits signify a geographic area of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with digits ‘9’ or ’59’.

An example of a phone number in Cabo Verde

The Pestana Tropico Hotel lists its phone number in Praia as +(238) 2614200.

Phone number explanation
2382614200
country code for Cabo Verdegeographic (area) code for Praiaremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Praia

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within Cape Verde.

2614200
geographic (area) code for Praiaremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Sao Vicente, Cabo Verde (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within Cape Verde.

2614200
geographic (area) code for Praiaremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Cape Verde)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within Cape Verde.

2614200
geographic (area) code for Praiaremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Cabo Verde

To call from outside Cape Verde, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Cape Verde’s country code of ‘238’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code2382614200
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Cabo Verdegeographic (area) code for Praiaremainder of the phone number

Calling from Cape Verde

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Cape Verde.

Administrative and regulatory

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