How to call to South Korea (ROK) (country code +82)

Calling to South Korea

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in South Korea 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 ‘1’, (’01’ when dialed domestically, however the leading ‘0’ is not included in an international call).

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.

VoIP phone numbers begin with ’70’ (‘070’ when called domestically. The leading ‘0’ is not included when called from outside the country).

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

South Korea 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 South Korea (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix used when calling to a different area code in South Korea.

As an alternative to ‘0’, ‘0xx’ (0 followed by the two digit carrier code) can be dialed to select the long distance carrier. Dialing only ‘0’ will use the default phone carrier’s network.

Local calling (within the same area code)

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

seven to eight digits
local phone number

Long distance calling (to a different area code)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code, followed by the local phone number.

0one to two digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to or from a mobile phone)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, followed by the area code, followed by the local phone number.

0one to two digitsseven to eight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Calls from a mobile phone number in carrier code ’10’ (or ‘010’) can be dialed to another mobile phone number in ’10’ (or ‘010’) without the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code.

South Korean phone numbers explained

Number details

South Korean phone numbers are eight to nine digits (not including a leading ‘0’ that is not included when calling from outside the country).

The first one to two digits are an area code that represent a geographic part of the country.

Mobile numbers being with digit ‘1’.

An example of a South Korean phone number

The National Museum of Korea lists its phone number in Seoul as 02-2077-9000.

Number explanation
8222077 9000
country code for South Koreaarea (geographic) code for Seoullocal phone number in Seoul
Local example – calling from another location in Seoul

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

2077 9000
local phone number in Seoul
Long distance example – calling from Busan, South Korea (on the other side of the country)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

022077 9000
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Seoullocal phone number in Seoul
Mobile example – calling from a mobile phone

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

022077 9000
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Seoullocal phone number in Seoul
International example – calling from outside South Korea

To call from outside South Korea, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by South Korea’s country code of ’82’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code8222077 9000
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for South Koreaarea (geographic) code for Seoullocal phone number in Seoul

Calling from South Korea

‘001’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from South Korea.

Administrative and regulatory

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