How to call Pakistan (country code +92)

Calling to Pakistan

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Pakistan 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 use two digits carrier codes (similar to area codes) starting with ‘3’. Carrier codes are often listed as three digits starting with a leading ‘0’ – drop the leading ‘0’ when calling from outside Pakistan.

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

Pakistan 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.

Dialing within Pakistan (domestic calling)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix for calling to a different area code or a mobile phone in Pakistan.

Local calling (within the same area code)

Dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

seven digits
local phone number

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

To call to a different area code (or call from a mobile phone) dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the 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 dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the three digit access code, then the local phone number.

0three digitsseven digits
trunk prefixcarrier access codelocal phone number

Pakistan’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Pakistani phone numbers are eight to eleven digits.

The first two digits (three digits if including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when calling from outside the country) are an area code representing a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers start with three digit (four digits if including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when calling from outside the country) carrier codes. The first number is ‘3’. The second number designates the mobile carrier.

An example of a Pakistani phone number

The Pakistan Museum of Natural History lists its phone number in Islamabad as 051-9249239.

Number explanation
92519252082
country code for Pakistanarea (geographic) code for Islamabad local phone number in Islamabad
Local example – calling from another location in Islamabad

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

9252082
local phone number in Islamabad
Long distance example – calling from Karachi, Pakistan (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.

0519252082
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Islamabad local phone number in Islamabad
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Pakistan)

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

0519252082
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Islamabad local phone number in Islamabad
International example – calling from outside Pakistan

To call from outside Pakistan, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Pakistan’s country code of ’92’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not include a leading ‘0’ in the call when calling from outside Pakistan.

exit code92519252082
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Pakistanarea (geographic) code for Islamabad local phone number in Islamabad

Calling from Pakistan

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

Administrative and regulatory

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