How to call to Colombia (country code +57)

Calling to Colombia

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Colombia for 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 begin with ‘3’. Phone numbers are often listed as ’03’, however the leading ‘0’ is not dialed when calling from outside the country.

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

Colombia 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 Colombia (domestic dialing)

‘0’ followed by a one or three digit carrier selection code is used as a trunk prefix when calling within Colombia.

’03’ is used to call between from a landline to a mobile phone or from a mobile phone to a landline.

Local calling – to and from a landline in the same area code

To call to a landline from a landline in the same area code dial only the local subscriber number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, the carrier selection code, or the area code.

seven digits
local phone number

Landline to mobile phone calling – from a landline to a mobile phone

To call from a landline to a mobile phone dial ’03’ to indicate a call to a mobile phone, then the three mobile phone carrier number, then the seven digit subscriber number.

03three digitsseven digits
indicates a call from a landline to a mobile phonecarrier codesubscriber number

Mobile to mobile calling – from a mobile phone to a mobile phone

To call to a mobile phone from a mobile phone, dial the carrier code and the subscriber number.

three digitsseven digits
carrier codesubscriber number

Mobile to landline calling – from a mobile phone to a landline in any area code

To call from a mobile phone to a landline dial ’03’ to indicate a call to a landline, then the area code, the the landline number.

03one digitseven digits
indicates a call from a mobile phone to a landlinearea codelocal phone number

Long distance calling – calling from a landline to a landline in a a different area code

To call to a landline in a different area code first dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then a one or three digit carrier selection code, then the area code, then the local phone number.

Common carrier selection codes are:

0one or three digitsone digitseven digits
trunk prefixsecondtwoarea codelocal subscriber number

Colombian phone numbers explained

Number details

Colombian phone numbers are eight (landline) or ten digits (mobile phones).

With landlines, the first digit is an area code that represents a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers are ten digits. The first digit is ‘3’. The first three digits identiy the mobile phone carrier.

An example of a Colombian phone number

The Museo Nacional de Colombia lists its local phone number in Bogota as +57 1 381 6470.

Phone number explanation
571381 6470
country code for Colombiaarea (geographic) code for Bogotalocal phone number in Bogota
Local example – calling from a landline from another location in Bogota, Colombia

To call within the same area code to and from a landline dial only the local seven digit phone number. Do not dial a trunk prefix, carrier selection code, or area code.

381 6470
local phone number in Bogota
Long distance example – calling from a landline in Medellin, Colombia

To call with a landline to a landline in a different area code, dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then a carrier selection code, then the one digit area code, then the seven digit local subscriber number.

0x or xxx1381 6470
trunk prefixcarrier selection codearea (geographic) code for Bogotalocal phone number in Bogota
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone to a landline (including a foreign mobile roaming in Colombia)

To call from a mobile phone to a landline, dial ’03’, then the one digit area code, then the seven digit local subscriber number.

031381 6470
mobile to landline codearea (geographic) code for Bogotalocal phone number in Bogota
International example – calling from outside Colombia

To call from outside Colombia, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Colombia’s country code of ’57’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code571381 6470
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Colombiaarea (geographic) code for Bogotalocal phone number in Bogota

Calling from Colombia

To call from Colombia to an international location, use ’00x’ or ’00xxx’ where ‘x’ or ‘xxx’ are the carrier selection code used to call the international switchboard.

Administrative and regulatory

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