How to call South Ossetia (country code +7)

South Ossetia is a partially recognized state that uses numbers from Russia’s phone system. It is currently recognized by many countries as region of Georgia.

The Russian phone network (country code +7) includes Kazakhstan (phone numbers starting with ‘6’ and ‘7’) and the partially recognized regions of Abkhazia (phone numbers starting with ‘840’) and South Ossetia (phone numbers starting with ‘9974’).

Calling to South Ossetia

  • A leading ‘8’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in South Ossetia and the Russian phone network 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'.
  • South Ossetia’s phone numbers occupy area code ‘9974’ in the Russian phone network.
  • 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.

South Ossetia’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 007 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by South Ossetia’s (and the Russian phone network’s) country code of ‘7’).
  • Country code 0117 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by South Ossetia’s (and the Russian phone network’s) country code of ‘7’).

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 (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

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

South Ossetia 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 Ossetia (domestic dialing)

Dial only the local phone number. Do not dial the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the dial tone’ or the area code.

six digits
local phone number

South Ossetian phone numbers explained

Number details

Russian / South Ossetian phone numbers are ten digits.

In South Ossetia, the first four digits are an area code. South Ossetia is ‘9974’ within the Russian numbering system.

An example of a South Ossetian phone number

The Parliament of the Republic of South Ossetia lists its phone number in Tskhinval as+7 (9974) 45-18-37.

Number explanation
7997445 18 37
country code for Russia / South Ossetiageographic (area) code for South Ossetialocal phone number in Tskhinval
Local example – calling from another location in Tskhinval

Dial only the local phone number when calling within South Ossetia. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’ or the area code.

45 18 37
local phone number in Tskhinval
Long distance example – calling from Kvaisi, South Ossetia (on the other side of the country)

Dial only the local phone number when calling within South Ossetia. Do not include the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’ or the area code.

45 18 37
local phone number in Tskhinval
Russian phone network example – calling from Russia, Kazakhstan, or Abkhazia

Dial the trunk prefix ‘8 – wait for the tone’, followed by the area code and local phone number.

8997445 18 37
trunk prefixarea code for South Ossetialocal phone number in Tskhinval
International example – calling from outside South Ossetia

To call from outside South Ossetia and the Russian phone network, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by South Ossetia’s (and Russia’s) country code of ‘7’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not include a leading ‘8’ in the call when calling from outside South Ossetia and the Russian phone network.

exit code7997445 18 37
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromRussian / South Ossetian country codegeographic (area) code for South Ossetialocal phone number in Tskhinval

Calling from South Ossetia

‘8 – wait for the dial tone – 10’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from South Ossetia.

Administrative and regulatory

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