How to call the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (country code +243)

Please note: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (capital Kinshasa, also known as “D.R.C.”, formerly known as Zaire) is frequently confused with the Republic of the Congo (capital Brazzaville, also known as Congo Republic, West Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville).

Calling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in the DRC 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 ‘8’. and ‘9’ Phone numbers are often listed as ’08’ and ’09’, 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

The DRC 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix for calling to a different area code within the DRC.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in the DRC dial only the local number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

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Long distance calling (to a different area code, or from a mobile phone)

To call to a different area code within the DRC dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the three digit area code, then the local phone number.

0one digitseven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone within the DRC dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit carrier code, then the local phone number.

0two digitsseven digits
trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Congolese phone numbers explained

Number details

Congolese phone numbers are eight digits (nine including a leading ‘0’ that is not included in the call sequence when dialed from outside the country)

The first digit is an area code that represents a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes starting with ‘8’ or ‘9’.

An example of a Congolese phone number

The Havre de Paix lists its phone number in Kinshasa as +243 825 443 333.

Number explanation
243825 443 333
country code for the Democratic Republic of the Congodesignates a mobile phone numberdesignates the Vodacom Congo RDC phone carrierthe remainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Kinshasa, DRC

To call within the same area code dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the are acode.

25 443 333
designates the Vodacom Congo RDC phone carrierthe remainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

0825 443 333
trunk prefixdesignates a mobile phone numberdesignates the Vodacom Congo RDC phone carrierthe remainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in the DRC)

To call from a mobile phone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

0825 443 333
trunk prefixdesignates a mobile phone numberdesignates the Vodacom Congo RDC phone carrierthe remainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo

To call from outside the DRC, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the DRC’s country code of ‘243’, followed by the local phone number.

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

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Calling from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

Administrative and regulatory

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