How to call Zimbabwe (country code +263)

Calling to Zimbabwe

  • A leading ‘0’ is not included in the international call sequence – it is only used in Zimbabwe 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 ’71’, ’73’, ’77’, and ’78’.

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 ’86’.

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

Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe (domestic dialing)

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

Local calling (within the same area code)

To call within the same area code in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the two digit area code, then the local phone number.

0one to four digitsthree to seven digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

Mobile calling (to a mobile phone)

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

0two digitsseven digits
trunk prefixarea code / carrier codelocal phone number

Zimbabwean phone numbers explained

Number details

Zimbabwean numbers are six to ten digits (seven to elven digits including a leading ‘0’ that is not dialed when calling from outside the country).

The first one to four digits area an area code that represents a geographic region of Zimbabwe.

The local phone number (after the area code) is three to seven digits.

Mobile phone numbers start with ‘7’. The first two digits are a carrier code that designates the mobile phone provider. The subscriber number is seven digits (for a total of nine digits).

An example of a Zimbabwean phone number

The Bronte Hotel lists its phone number in Harare as +263 4 707522.

Number explanation
2634707522
country code for Zimbabwearea (geographic) code for Hararelocal phone number in Harare
Local example – calling from another location in Harare, Zimbabwe

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

707522
local phone number in Harare
Long distance example – calling from Bulawayao, Zimbabwe (on the other side of the country)

To call to a different area code in Zimbabwe dial the trunk prefix ‘0’, then the area code, then the local phone number.

04707522
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Hararelocal phone number in Harare
Mobile phone example – calling from a mobile phone (including a foreign mobile roaming in Zimbabwe)

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

04707522
trunk prefixarea (geographic) code for Hararelocal phone number in Harare
International example – calling from outside Zimbabwe

To call from outside Zimbabwe, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by Zimbabwe’s country code of ‘263’, followed by the local phone number.

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

exit code2634707522
exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Zimbabwearea (geographic) code for Hararelocal phone number in Harare

Calling from Zimbabwe

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

Administrative and regulatory

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