How to call the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (country code +61 8 9162)

The phone network of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is part of the Australian telephone numbering system. Calls to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands from Australia and Christmas Island 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, 9162 is the exchange for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands 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 the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / Australia: dial the regular call sequence to a Cocos (Keeling) Island / Australian mobile phone.

Calling a mobile phone user currently roaming in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / 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 the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / Australia with the user roaming outside of the Cocos Keeling Islands / Australia: dial the regular call sequence to an Australian VoIP phone.

Calling a VoIP phone user currently roaming in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / Australia with a phone is registered outside of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands / 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 the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (domestic calling)

Local calling (within the same area code)

All calls within the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are dialed as local calls.

Use only the eight digit local number (starting with 9162)

eight digit number
local phone number

Long distance

There is no long distance calling across the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – all calls are local

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling within Australia.

0one digiteight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Cocos (Keeling) Island phone numbers explained

Phone number structure

+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: 9162 – the exchange for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands within Australia’s area code ‘8’.

Local phone number: four digits.

Example

The Cocos Keeling Islands Visitor Center lists its phone number as +61 8 9162 6790.

Number breakdown
61891626790
country code for Australiageographic (area) code for central and west Australiaexchange for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands within area code '8'local phone number in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Local example – dialing from another location in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Only the eight digit local phone number is dialed when calling between locations on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

91626790
exchange for the Cocos (Keeling) Islandslocal phone number in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Australian phone system – dialing from Australia or Christmas Island

… but not dialing from Norfolk Island or the Australian Antarctic Territory – (see the international example)

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

0891626790
trunk prefixarea code for western and central Australiaexchange for the Cocos (Keeling) Islandslocal phone number in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
International example – dialing from outside Australia

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

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Calling internationally from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

… to Australia and Christmas Island

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 the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Phone books, directories, and number lookup

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

Administrative and regulatory

Sources and more resources