How to call Libya (country code +218)

Calling to Libya

… 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.

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

Libya 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 Libya (domestic dialing)

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

Local calling (within the same area code)

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

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”local

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

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

0two to three digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone within Libya dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit carrier code (starting with ‘9’, then the local phone number.

0two digitsnine digits
trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Libyan phone numbers explained

Number details

Libyan phone numbers are nine digits (ten including a leading ‘0’ that is not included when the call is dialed from outside the country).

The first two to three digits are an area code. It represents a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with ‘9’. The second digit represents the mobile phone carrier.

An example of a Libyan phone number

The Corinthia Hotel lists its phone number in Tripoli as +218 21 335 1990.

Phone number explanation
21821335 1990
country code for Libyaarea (geographic) code for Tripolilocal phone number in Tripoli
Local example – calling from another location in Tripoli, Libya

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

335 1990
local phone number in Tripoli
Long distance example – calling from Benghazi, Libya (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.

021335 1990
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Tripolilocal phone number in Tripoli
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Libya)

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

021335 1990
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Tripolilocal phone number in Tripoli
International example – calling from outside Libya

To call from outside Libya, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Libya’s country code of ‘218’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code21821335 1990
exit code for the country the call is dialed fromLibyan country codearea (geographic) code for Tripolilocal phone number in Tripoli

Calling from Libya

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

Administrative and regulatory

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