How to call the Republic of the Congo (country code +242)

Please note: The Republic of the Congo (capital Brazzaville, also known as Congo Republic, West Congo, or Congo-Brazzaville) is frequently confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (capital Kinshasa, also known as “D.R.C.”, formerly known as Zaire).

Calling to the Republic of the Congo

  • A leading ‘0’ is included in the international call sequence – it is used in the Republic of the Congo to designate a mobile phone number.
  • 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 ‘0’. The leading ‘0’ is included in the call sequence when the Republic of the Congo is dialed 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

The Republic of the Congo 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 the Republic of the Congo (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire nine digit phone number for all calls within the Republic of the Congo. There is no trunk number used when calling within the Republic of the Congo.

nine digit number
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Congolese phone numbers explained

Number details

Congolese phone numbers are nine digits.

The first digit designates whether the phone number is a landline or mobile phone. 
Digits two, three, and four of landline phone numbers designate a geographic area of the country.

Mobile numbers start with ‘0’. The leading ‘0’ is dialed when the call is dialed from outside the country.

An example of a Congolese phone number

The Olympic Palace lists its phone number in Brazzaville as +242 22 281 12 49.

Number explanation
24222281 12 49
country code for the Republic of the Congolandline designationarea (geographic) code for Brazzavillelocal phone number in Brazzaville
Local example – calling from another location in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Republic of the Congo.

22281 12 49
landline designationarea (geographic) code for Brazzavillelocal phone number in Brazzaville
Long distance example – calling from Dougou, Republic of the Congo (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Republic of the Congo.

22281 12 49
landline designationarea (geographic) code for Brazzavillelocal phone number in Brazzaville
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in the Republic of the Congo)

Dial the entire phone number for all calls within the Republic of the Congo.

22281 12 49
landline designationarea (geographic) code for Brazzavillelocal phone number in Brazzaville
International example – calling from outside the Republic of the Congo

To call from outside the Republic of the Congo, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by the the Republic of the Congo’s country code of ‘242’, followed by the local phone number.

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Calling from the Republic of the Congo

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from the Republic of the Congo.

Administrative and regulatory

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