How to call Sierra Leone (country code +232)

Calling to Sierra Leone

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Sierra Leone 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 numbers begin with ’25’, ’30’, ’33’, ‘4’, ’55’, ’56’, ‘7’, ‘8’. Phone numbers are often listed with a leading ‘0’, however the leading ‘0’ is not dialed when calling 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

Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix for calling to a different area code or between a mobile phone and landline within Sierra Leone.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Sierra Leone dial only the local seven digit local number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ or the area code.

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

To call to a different area code within Sierra Leone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit area code, then the local phone number.

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Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone within Sierra Leone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit carrier code, then the local phone number.

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Sierra Leone’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Sierra Leonean phone numbers are eight digits.

The first two digits designate whether the phone number is a landline or mobile phone, as well as designate a geographic region (if a landline) or the mobile carrier.

Landline phones begin with ’32’, ’22’, and ’52’.

Mobile numbers begin with ’25’, ’30’, ’33’, ‘4’, ’55’, ’56’, ‘7’, ‘8’.

An example of a Sierra Loenean phone number

The National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone lists its phone number in Freetown as (+232) 25 216362.

Phone number explanation
23225216362
country code for Sierra Leonegeographic (area) coderemainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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

216362
local subscriber number
Long distance example – calling from Koidu, Sierra Leone (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.

025216362
trunk prefixgeographic (area) coderemainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Sierra Leone)

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

025216362
trunk prefixgeographic (area) coderemainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Sierra Leone

To call from outside Sierra Leone, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Sierra Leone’s country code of ‘232’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not dial any leading ‘0’ listed in the Sierra Leone phone number.

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Calling from Sierra Leone

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

Administrative and regulatory

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