How to call Eritrea (country code +291)

Calling to Eritrea

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Eritrea 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 ‘7’. Phone numbers are often listed with a leading ‘0’ that 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

Eritrea 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 Eritrea (domestic dialing)

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

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Eritrea 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 Eritrea dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the one digit area code, then the local phone number.

0one digitsix digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

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

0one digitssix digits
trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Eritrea’s phone numbers explained

Number details

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

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes starting with ‘7’ and ‘8’.

An example of a Eritrean phone number

The Sunshine Hotel lists its phone number in Asmara as 291-1-127880.

Phone number explanation
2911127880
country code for Eritreadesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberlocal phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Asmara, Eritrea

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

127 880
local phone number
Long distance example – calling from Assab, Eritrea (on the other side of the country)

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

01127 880
domestic call prefixdesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberlocal phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Eritrea)

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

01127 880
domestic call prefixdesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberlocal phone number
International example – calling from outside Eritrea

To call from outside Eritrea, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Eritrea’s country code of ‘291’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code2911127 880
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry codedesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberlocal phone number

Calling from Eritrea

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

Administrative and regulatory

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