How to call to Western Sahara (country code +212)

Calling to Western Sahara

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Morocco and Western Sahara for domestic long distance calls and domestic calls to a mobile phone.
  • Western Sahara phone numbers begin with ‘5288’ and ‘5289’ within Morocco’s phone network.
  • 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.

Morocco’s mobile phone numbers begin with ‘6’, and ‘7’. 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

Moroccan phone numbers beginning with ‘8920’, ‘8921’, and ‘8922’ are reserved for VSAT phone numbers. Some of these VSAT phones may be present in Western Sahara.

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 Western Sahara and Morocco (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix within Western Sahara and the Moroccan phone network. It is dialed (along with the area code) for all calls within Western Sahara and Morocco.

Local calling (within the same area code)

For all calls within Western Sahara and Morocco dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code and local phone number.

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

For all calls within Western Sahara and Morocco dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code and local phone number.

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Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

For all calls within Western Sahara and Morocco dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code and local phone number.

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Western Sahara’s phone numbers explained

Number details

Western Sahara’s phone system is part of the Moroccan phone system. Phone numbers are nine digits.

The first four digits represent a geographic (area) code or carrier code within Morocco, as well as whether the phone number is a land-line (fixed line) or mobile phone number. Western Sahara area codes are ‘5288’ and ‘5289’.

Mobile numbers within the Moroccan phone system start with ‘6’ and ‘7’.

An example of a Sahrawi phone number

The Hotel Errah lists its phone number in Dakhla as +212 (0)528 89 88 11.

Phone number explanation
212528 89 88 11
country code for Western Sahara and Moroccogeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Dakhla

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the nine digit phone number for all calls within Western Sahara and the Moroccan phone network.

0528 89 88 11
trunk prefixgeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number
Long distance example – calling from Laayoune, Western Sahara (on the other side of the country)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the nine digit phone number for all calls within Western Sahara and the Moroccan phone network.

0528 89 88 11
trunk prefixgeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Western Sahara)

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the nine digit phone number for all calls within Western Sahara and the Moroccan phone network.

0528 89 88 11
trunk prefixgeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number
Morrocan example – calling from Morocco

Dial the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the nine digit phone number for all calls within the Moroccan phone network.

0528 89 88 11
trunk prefixgeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number
International example – calling from outside Western Sahara

To call from outside Western Sahara, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Morocco’s country code of ‘212’, followed by the local phone number.

Do not dial any leading ‘0’ listed in the Western Saharan / Moroccan phone number.

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exit code for the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Moroccogeographic code for Western Sahararemainder of the phone number

Calling from Western Sahara

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from Western Sahara.

Administrative and regulatory

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