How to call Zambia (country code +260)

Calling to Zambia

… to a mobile (cellular) phone or text (sms)

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers begin with ‘9’. Phone numbers are often listed as ’09’, 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

Zambia 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 Zambia (domestic dialing)

‘0’ is used as a trunk prefix for calling to a different area code within Zambia.

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Zambia dial only the local six 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 Zambia dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the three digit area code, then the local phone number.

0three digitssix digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

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

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trunk prefixcarrier codelocal phone number

Zambian phone numbers explained

Number details

Zambian phone numbers nine digits (ten including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when calling from outside the country).

The first three digits (not including a leading ‘0’) are an area code. It designates a geographic part of the country.

The rest of the phone number is six digits.

Mobile numbers are represented by area codes (carrier codes) starting with 9. The first three digits signify the mobile phone carrier.

An example of a Zambian phone number

The National Museums Board lists its phone number in Livingstone as +260 213 324429.

Number explanation
260213324429
country code for Zambiageographic (area) code for the Southern Provincelocal phone number
Local example – calling from another location in Livingstone

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

324429
local phone number
Long distance example – calling from Mbala, Zambia (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code, dial the turnk prefix’ 0′, then the three digit area code, then the six digit local phone number.

0213324429
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for the Southern Provincelocal phone number
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Zambia)

To call from a mobile phone, dial the turnk prefix’ 0′, then the three digit area code, then the six digit local phone number.

0213324429
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for the Southern Provincelocal phone number
International example – calling from outside Zambia

To call from outside Zambia, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Zambia’s country code of ‘260’, followed by the local phone number.

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

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exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Zambiageographic (area) code for the Southern Province

Calling from Zambia

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

Administrative and regulatory

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