How to call the Gambia (country code +220)

Calling to the Gambia

  • 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’, ‘6’, ‘7’, and ‘9’. There is a range of fixed wireless phones starting with ‘8’.

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 Gambia 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 Gambia (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire phone number as it is listed. There is no trunk or long distance number used in the Gambian phone network.

Gambian phone numbers explained

Number details

Gambian phone numbers are seven digits.

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

Landline phones begin with ‘4’ and ‘5’. The first three to four digits represent a geographic (area) of the country.

Numbers beginning with ‘8’ are fixed wireless phones. These phones operate on a wireless phone network, however are not mobile and portable like a traditional mobile phone.

Mobile numbers typically begin with a ‘3’, ‘6, ‘7’. or ‘9’. The first two digits signify the mobile phone carrier.

An example of a Gambian phone number

The Lacio Atlantic Hotel lists its phone number in Banjul as (+220) 4228601-6.

Phone number explanation
2204228601 6
country code for the Gambiadesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone number in Banjulremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Banjul

Dial the entire eight digit phone number for all calls within the Gambia.

4228601 6
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone number in Banjulremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Basse Santa Su, Gambia (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire eight digit phone number for all calls within the Gambia.

4228601 6
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone number in Banjulremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in the Gambia)

Dial the entire eight digit phone number for all calls within the Gambia.

4228601 6
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone number in Banjulremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside the Gambia

To call from outside the Gambia, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Gambia’s country code of ‘220’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code2204228601 6
exit code of the country the call is dialed formcountry code for the Gambiadesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone number in Banjulremainder of the phone number

Calling from the Gambia

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

Administrative and regulatory

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