How to call Ethiopia (country code +251)

Calling to Ethiopia

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Ethiopia 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 ‘9’ Phone numbers are often listed as ’09’, however the leading ‘0’ is not dialed when calling from outside the country. Numbers starting with ‘911’ and ‘919’ are reserved for satellite phone numbers.

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

Ethiopia has a range of satellite phone numbers using area code ‘9’ and subscriber numbers starting with ’11’ and ’19’.

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 Ethiopia (domestic dialing)

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

Local calling (within the same area code)

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

0two digitsseven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

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

0two digitsseven digits
trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Ethiopian phone numbers explained

Number details

Ethoipian phone numbers are nine digits.

The first digit designates whether the phone number is a landline or mobile phone number.

With landlines, the first two digits are an area code that designates a geographic part of the country.

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

An example of a Ethiopian phone number

The Tizeze Hotel lists its phone number in Addis Ababa as +251.116.39.20.00.

Phone number explanation
251116 39 20 00
country code for Ethiopiageographic (area) code for Addis Ababalocal phone number in Addis Ababa
Local example – calling from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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

6 39 20 00
local phone number in Addis Ababa
Long distance example – calling from Werder, Ethiopia (on the other side of the country)

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

0116 39 20 00
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Addis Ababalocal phone number in Addis Ababa
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Ethiopia)

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

0116 39 20 00
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Addis Ababalocal phone number in Addis Ababa
International example – calling from outside Ethiopia

To call from outside Ethiopia, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Ethiopia’s country code of ‘251’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code25111
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Ethiopiageographic (area) code for Addis Ababa

Calling from Ethiopia

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

Administrative and regulatory

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