How to call the Central African Republic (country code +236)

Calling to the Central African Republic

  • 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 ‘7’.

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

The Central African Republic 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 the Central African Republic (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire phone number as it is listed. There is no trunk or long distance number used in the Central African Republic’s phone system.

eight digits
local phone number

Central African phone numbers explained

Number details

Central African phone numbers are eight digits.

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

Landline phone numbers begin with ‘2’. The second digit of a landline designates a geographic region of the country.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes starting with ‘7’. The second digit of a mobile number designats the mobile carrier.

An example of a Central African phone number

The Leger Plaza Bangui lists its phone number in Bangui as + 236 21 61 00 11.

Number explanation
2362161 00 11
country code for the Central African Republicindicates a land-line phone number in the Bangui area with the carrier Socatelremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Bangui, Central African Republic

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Central African Republic.

2161 00 11
indicates a land-line phone number in the Bangui area with the carrier Socatelremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Birao, Central African Republic (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Central African Republic.

2161 00 11
indicates a land-line phone number in the Bangui area with the carrier Socatelremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in the Central African Republic)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Central African Republic.

2161 00 11
indicates a land-line phone number in the Bangui area with the carrier Socatelremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside the Central African Republic

To call from outside the Central African Republic, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the CAR’s country code of ‘236’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code2362161 00 11
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for the Central African Republicindicates a land-line phone number in the Bangui area with the carrier Socatelremainder of the phone number

Calling from the Central African Republic

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from the CAR.

Administrative and regulatory

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