How to call Sri Lanka (country code +94)

Calling to Sri Lanka

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Sri Lanka 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 use two digits carrier codes (similar to area codes) starting with ‘7’.

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

Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix when calling to a different area code or a mobile phone in Sri Lanka.

Local calling (within the same area code)

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

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trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

To call a mobile phone dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the carrier code (designates the mobile provider), then the local phone number.

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trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Sri Lankan phone numbers explained

Number details

Sri Lankan phone numbers are nine digits (ten including a leading ‘0’ that is not included when calling from outside the country)

The first two digits are an area code. Area codes are often listed as three digits including a leading ‘0’. Do not dial the leading ‘0’ when calling from outside the country.

The third digit is a carrier code. It designates the phone provider that the phone number is connected to.

Mobile numbers use a two carrier code beginning with ‘7’. The second digit of the carrier code designated the mobile phone provider. Carrier codes are often listed as three digits including a leading ‘0’. Do not dial the leading ‘0’ when calling from outside the country.

An example of a Sri Lankan phone number

The Colombo National Museum lists its phone number in Colombo as 0094 112 694366.

Number explanation
94112694366
country code for Sri Lankageographic (area) code for Colombosignifies a phone number with Sri Lanka Telecomremainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Colombo

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

2694366
signifies a phone number with Sri Lanka Telecomremainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Kalmunai, Sri Lanka (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.

0112694366
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Colombosignifies a phone number with Sri Lanka Telecomremainder of the phone number
Mobile example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Sri Lanka)

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

0112694366
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Colombosignifies a phone number with Sri Lanka Telecomremainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Sri Lanka

To call from outside Sri Lanka, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Sri Lanka’s country code of ’94’, followed by the local phone number.

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

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Calling from Sri Lanka

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international phone call from Sri Lanka.

Administrative and regulatory

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