Call from India - Making Outbound ILD Calls
This page provides information for making outbound international calls from India to other countries, aka ILD calls. For example, to call from India to London, New York, or Saudi Arabia.
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Call from India - Outbound Dialing Codes
To make an international phone call from India to another country you need to dial a properly formatted phone number containing the following dialing codes:
You may need to dial additional access codes or other number if you are using a calling card, or choosing a long distance carrier, among other things.
Note: Country codes, area codes, and local phone numbers all vary in length from country to country. For instance, country codes can be 1-, 2-, or 3-digits long - e.g., +1 for USA, +44 for UK, +971 for UAE / Dubai. Make sure you are using a correctly formatted number or your call will not complete properly.
To make an international call from India to another country, you want to dial an international phone number formatted like this:
As noted above, phone number formats for area codes and local subscriber numbers vary widely from country to country. Specifically, the number of digits isn't necessarily 3:8 - and in fact, probably isn't for the location you are calling. To avoid confusion and unnecessary charges, please verify your destination phone number prior to dialing.
Here is a list of country codes for several countries, such as the US, UK, Pakistan, and Australia, among others, that are frequently dialed from India.
If your destination country is not listed, lookup country codes here.
Outbound Dialing Codes to Selected Countries
Note: Area code and local subscriber number formats shown above are approximate. Please confirm your destination phone number prior to dialing.
Follow these dialing steps to place an international call from India to any country worldwide.
1. Dial India international access code / IDD:  00
From a landline or mobile phone in India, initiate an international call by dialing the international access code / IDD for India which is ' 00'. This secures an international line. Lookup other international access codes
2. Dial destination country code:  ccc
Dial your destination country's country calling code. Country codes are often called ISD codes in India. The country code is normally a 1- to 3-digit number, often designated with a ' + ' sign in written phone numbers. Lookup country codes
Written phone numbers sometimes include the national long distance dialing codes along with the local phone number. The most common long distance dialing code (or 'NDD') is '0', but there are others. Some smaller countries don't use them at all. If your local phone number starts with a '0', it is probably best to remove it for international dialing purposes.
4. Dial local area code / city code:  aaa
Area codes vary in length and may or may not be exactly 3-digits as shown here. Area codes are the equivalent of STD codes in India. If the country you are dialing uses area codes, you will need to dial it. Some smaller countries do not use area codes. And in some other countries, the area code is 'built' into the local phone number and won't be readily distinguishable.
5. Dial destination local phone number: nnnn nnnn
The format of local phone numbers varies widely around the world. It may or may not contain 8-digits as illustrated here. You will need a properly formatted local phone number to complete your call.
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