How to call São Tomé and Príncipe (country code +239)

Calling to São Tomé and Príncipe

  • 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 ‘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

São Tomé and Príncipe 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 São Tomé and Príncipe (domestic dialing)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number as it is listed.

There is no trunk or long distance number used in São Tomé and Príncipe’s phone system.

São Toméan phone numbers explained

Number details

São Toméan phone numbers are seven digits.

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

Land-line phones begin with the digit ‘2’. Digits two and three signify a geographic location in the country.

Mobile numbers begin with digit ‘9’.

An example of a São Toméan phone number

The Pestana Sao Tome Hotel lists its phone number in São Tomé as +(239) 2244500.

Phone number explanation
2392244500
country code for São Tomé and Príncipedesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within São Tomé and Príncipe.

2244500
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Principe, São Tomé and Príncipe (on the other side of the country)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within São Tomé and Príncipe.

2244500
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberremainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in São Tomé and Príncipe)

Dial the entire seven digit phone number for all calls within São Tomé and Príncipe.

2244500
designates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside São Tomé and Príncipe

To call from outside São Tomé and Príncipe, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by São Tomé’s country code of ‘239’, followed by the local phone number.

exit code2392244500
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Sao Tome and Principedesignates a land-line (fixed line) phone numberremainder of the phone number

Calling from São Tomé and Príncipe

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from São Tomé and Príncipe.

Administrative and regulatory

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