How to call the Philippines (country code +63)

Calling to the Philippines

The Philippines’ country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0063 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by the Philippines’ country code of ’63’).
  • Country code 01163 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by the Philippines country code of ’63’).

When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text

Use the same call sequence.

Filipino mobile phone numbers begin with area code ‘9’ and are two digits.  The second and third digit of a mobile phone numbers is specific to the mobile phone provider.

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

VoIP phone numbers based in the Philippines are accessed with the same call sequence as a regular landline phone.

There are no designated VoIP exchanges in the Philippines.

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 Philippines does not have a country-speicifc 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 Philippines (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling between area codes in the Philippines.

Local calling (within the same area code)

The trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code is not included in the call when calling within the same area code.

seven digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (between different area codes, or between landline and mobile phones)

Use the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code in the call sequence if calling to a phone number in another area code.

0one to three digitsseven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Filipino phone numbers explained

Number details

Filipino phone numbers are eight to ten digits. The first one to four digits are a geographic (area) code.

Mobile numbers have three digit area codes beginning ‘9’ (as well as area code ‘817’). They are dialed the same way as all other numbers in the Philippines.

An example of a Filipino phone number

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila lists its phone number in Manila as 2 708-7829.

Number explanation
632708 7829
country code for the Philippinesarea (geographic) code for Manilalocal phone number within Manila
Local example – calling from another location in Manila

Only the local phone number is dialed when calling within the same area code. The trunk prefix ‘0’ and area code are not included in the call sequence.

708 7829
local phone number within Manila
Long distance example – calling from Cebu, Philippines (on the other side of the country)

The trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code are included in the call sequence when dialing a call from one area code to another.

02708 7829
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Manilalocal phone number within Manila
International example – calling from outside the Philippines

When calling from outside the Philippines, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the country code ’63’ and the local phone number.

exit code632708 7829
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for the Philippinesarea (geographic) code for Manilalocal phone number within Manila

Area codes

Area 2 – National Capital Region, Rizal and Surroundings

Area 3 – Western Visayas, Negros Island Region and Central Visayas

Area 4 – Central Luzon, Calabarzon (except Rizal) and Mimaropa

Area 5 – Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas

Area 6 – Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM and Northern Part of Soccskargen

Area 7 – Northernmost part of Luzon (Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region)

Area 8 – Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Caraga and Southern Part of Soccskargen

Phone numbers, directories, and number lookup

Calling from the Philippines

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

Administrative and regulatory

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