How to call to Christmas Island (country code +61 8 9164)

Christmas Island’s phone network is part of the Australian telephone numbering system. Calls to Christmas Island from Australia and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are dialed the same as domestic Australian phone calls. Calls from other regions (including Norfolk Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory) are dialed the same as an international phone call to Australia.

Dialing sequence

  • Within the nine digit number, 8 is the Australian area code for the central and west region, 9164 is the exchange for Christmas Island within are code 8.
  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in the Australian phone system 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.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

In the Australian phone system area codes ‘4’ and ‘5’ are reserved for mobiles.

Calling a mobile phone registered in Christmas Island but roaming outside of Christmas Island / Australia: dial the regular call sequence to a Christmas Island / Australian mobile phone.

Calling a mobile phone user currently roaming in Christmas Island / Australia with a phone is registered outside of Australia: call the country where the mobile phone is registered.

… to a VoIP (internet) phone

Use the same call sequence.

VoIP numbers use area code ‘5’ and the local number starts with ’50’.

Calling a VoIP phone registered in Christmas Island / Australia with the user roaming outside of Christmas Island / Australia: dial the regular call sequence to an Australian VoIP phone.

Calling a VoIP phone user currently roaming in Christmas Island / Australia with a phone is registered outside of Christmas Island / Australia: call the country where the VoIP phone is registered.

… to a satellite phone

Phone numbers beginning with ’14’ are designated for Australian satellite phone services. For these phone numbers used the same call sequence.

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 Christmas Island (domestic calling)

Local calling (within the same area code)

All calls within Christmas Island are dialed as local calls.

When calling within Christmas Island, only the eight digit local number (starting with 9164) is needed. There is no need to dial the trunk prefix and area code ‘8’ when calling within Christmas Island.

eight digit number
local phone number

Long distance

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling between Christmas Island and Australia or the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

0one digiteight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Christmas Island phone numbers explained

Phone number structure

Christmas Island phone numbers are part of the Australian phone system.

+61
Australian country code

Australian country code: +61 – the country code for Australia in the international phone system.

Area code: 8 – used primarily for Western and Central Australia, area code ‘8’ also includes Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Exchange: 9164 – the exchange for Christmas Island within Australia’s area code ‘8’.

Local phone number: four digits.

Example

The Christmas Island Tourism Association lists its phone number as +61 8 9164 8382.

Number breakdown
61891648382
country code for Australiageographic (area) code for central and west Australiaexchange for Christmas Island within area code '8'local phone number in Christmas Island
Local example – dialing from another location in Christmas Island

Only the eight digit local phone number is dialed when calling between locations on Christmas Island.

91648382
exchange for Christmas Islandlocal phone number in Christmas Island
Australian phone system – dialing from Australia or the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

…but not dialing from Norfolk Island or the Australian Antarctic Territory (see the International Example)

Calls between Christmas Island and Australia / Cocos (Keeling) Islands are dialed the same as an Australian domestic long distance phone call.

0891648382
trunk prefixarea code for western and central Australiaexchange for Christmas Islandlocal phone number in Christmas Island
International example – dialing from outside Australia

(including calls from Norfolk Island or the Australian Antarctic Territory)

[fiveSectionCall firstone=”exit code” firsttwo=”exit code of the country the call is dialed from” secondone=”61″ secondtwo=”country code for Australia” thirdone=”8″ thirdtwo=”geographic (area) code for western and central Australia” fourthone=”9164″ fourthtwo=”exchange for Christmas Island” fifthone=”8382″ fifthtwo=”local phone number in Christmas Island”]

Calling internationally from Christmas Island

… to Australia and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Dial the call as an Australian domestic call.

… to everywhere else

(including Norfolk Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory)

‘0011’ is used as an international exit code when dialing an international call from Christmas Island.

Phone books, directories, and number lookup

  • Yellow Pages (business) – largest business directory covering all of Australia. Has the ability to filter for Christmas Island
  • White Pages (residential & alphabetical) – alphabetical listing of people and places in Australia. Has the ability to filter for Christmas Island.
  • Shire of Christmas Island Directory – government directory for the Shire of Christmas Island (local administrative body).
  • … see more

Administrative and regulatory

Sources and more resources