South Africa is part of an international network of phone lines. Callers seeking to make international phone calls must use special calling codes to dial South Africa. All callers must first dial an exit code. This initial code varies based upon the country from which the call is being made. A caller must then connect to the South Africa network by using a country code. Callers utilizing the proper codes can connect to landlines and cell phones registered throughout the country of South Africa.
The caller must first determine the exit code of the country from which he is dialing South Africa. All countries have an assigned exit code used to establish an international connection. While some countries have the same exit code (the US and Canada use “011”), other countries may use a different code (Mexico and many other countries use “00”).
For example, if a person in New York City wants to dial South Africa, he would start the dialing sequence with “011.” Callers who do not know their country’s exit code should refer to the list of codes provided on the HowToCallAbroad website (see Sources). It is also prudent to keep a hard copy of these codes if you are planning a trip overseas. It may come in handy if you need to call from a different country.
Whereas each country has its own exit code for dialing South Africa and all other countries, the actual connection to South Africa is established by use of a country code. The South Africa country code is “27.” This number is the same regardless of the origin of the phone call to South Africa.
If we continue our example, the New York City caller would dial 011-27.
The final step is almost the same as making a domestic phone call in South Africa. The key difference is the caller should never use the “0” trunk code used in domestic calls. A trunk code is used in most countries exclusively for domestic calls. It will mess up the international dialing attempt if the caller includes this “0.”
Instead, the caller should merely enter the local South African area code and phone number. In our ongoing example, let’s say the New York caller is trying to reach a phone in Cape Town. The area code for Cape Town is “21.” If the phone number is 123-4567, then the complete international dialing sequence in this example is as follows:
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