How to call Madagascar (country code +261)

Calling to Madagascar

  • 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’.

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

Madagascar 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 Madagascar (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire phone number as it is listed.

There is no trunk or long distance number used with Madagascar’s phone system.

nine digits
local phone number

Madagascar’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Phone numbers are nine digits.

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

Landline phone numbers begin with ’20’. The third and fourth digits represent a geographic area of the country.

Mobile numbers begin with digits ‘3’.

An example of a phone number in Madagascar

The Lokanga Hotel lists its phone number in Antananarivo as + 261 20 22 235 44.

Phone number explanation
2612022235 44
country code for Madagascardesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberarea (geographic) code for Antananarivolocal phone number in Antananarivo
Local example – calling from another location in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Dial the entire nine digit phone number for all calls within Madagascar.

2022235 44
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberarea (geographic) code for Antananarivolocal phone number in Antananarivo
Long distance example – calling from Nosy Be, Madagascar (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire nine digit phone number for all calls within Madagascar.

2022235 44
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberarea (geographic) code for Antananarivolocal phone number in Antananarivo
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Madagascar)

Dial the entire nine digit phone number for all calls within Madagascar.

2022235 44
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberarea (geographic) code for Antananarivolocal phone number in Antananarivo
International example – calling from outside Madagascar

To call from outside Madagascar, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Madagascar’s country code of ‘261’, followed by the local phone number.

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Calling from Madagascar

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

Administrative and regulatory

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