How to call Malawi (country code +265)

Calling to Malawi

  • 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’, ‘8’, or ‘9’.

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

Malawi 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 Malawi (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire phone number as it is listed for all calls within Malawi.

There is no trunk number used when calling within Malawi’s phone system.

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Malawian phone numbers explained

Number details

Malawian numbers are seven digits (landline phones) or nine digits (mobile phones).

The first digit designates whether the phone number is a land-line or mobile phone number.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes starting with ‘7’, ‘8’, or ‘9’.

An example of a Malawian phone number

The Kiboko Town Hotel lists its phone number in Lilongwe as +265 999 838485.

Phone number explanation
265999 838485
international country code for Malawisignifies a non-geographic numberremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Lilongwe, Malawi

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Malawi.

999 838485
signifies a non-geographic numberremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Chitipa, Malawi (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Malawi.

999 838485
signifies a non-geographic numberremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Malawi)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within Malawi.

999 838485
signifies a non-geographic numberremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Malawi

To call from outside Malawi, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the Malawi’s country code of ‘265’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code265999 838485
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Malawisignifies a non-geographic numberremainder of the phone number

Calling from Malawi

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

Administrative and regulatory

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