7 ways to call emergency services around the world

7 ways to call emergency services around the world
7 ways to call emergency services around the world
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In Europe, when you dial 112 from your mobile phone, you can reach the public emergency services. If, however, that does not work, you can use this list of mobile and landline numbers from almost any country in the world.

Steps

Method 1 of 7: Use a mobile phone (cell phone) in any country

Call Emergency Services Step 1

Step 1. Dial 112

This number works in the European Union. Dial this number first, unless you know your local service provider recognizes another number that works with mobile phones.

Call Emergency Services Step 2

Step 2. If that does not work, search this list directly for the number of emergency services by continent and by country

  • Africa
  • Asia and Oceania
  • Europe
  • Central and South America
  • Middle East
  • North America and the Caribbean

Method 2 of 7: Call emergency services in Africa

Click on one of these links to go directly to the emergency numbers for North, East, Central, West or Southern Africa.

Call Emergency Services Step 3

Step 1. Call any of the North African countries. These countries cover the Sahara Desert and the entire northern region of Africa.

  • Algeria:

    • ambulance: 021 - 23 63 81 or 021 - 71 14 14
    • police: 17 (or 021 - 73 53 50 from a mobile phone)
    • fire brigade: 14 (or 021 - 71 14 14 from a mobile phone)
  • Canary Islands: 112
  • Egypt:

    • ambulance: 123
    • police: 122
    • firefighters: 180
  • Libya: 193 (currently unreliable)
  • Morocco:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 15
    • police: 19
  • Sudan: (only local numbers are available)
  • Tunisia:

    • ambulance: 190
    • police: 197
    • firefighters: 198
Call Emergency Services Step 4

Step 2. Call East Africa. Here are the emergency numbers that cover the Horn of Africa and countries along the eastern half of Africa, including Madagascar.

  • Burundi: (only local numbers are available)
  • Djibouti:

    • ambulance: 19
    • police: 17
    • firefighters: 18
  • Eritrea: (only local numbers are available)
  • Ethiopia:

    • ambulance: 92
    • police: 91
    • firefighters: 93
  • Kenya:

    for all emergencies: 999

  • Madagascar:

    • ambulance: 124
    • police: 117
    • firefighters: 118
    • traffic accidents: 3600
  • Malawi:

    • ambulance: 998
    • police: 997 or 990
    • firefighters: 999
  • Mauritius Island:

    • ambulance: 114
    • police: 112 or 999
    • firefighters: 115 or 995
  • Mozambique:

    • ambulance: 117
    • police: 119
    • firefighters: 198
  • Rwanda:

    • ambulance: 912
    • police and firefighters: 112
  • Somalia:

    these numbers may not be reliable or may not be available in some areas. Dial these numbers:

    • ambulance: 999
    • police: 888
    • firefighters: 555
  • South Sudan:

    • police: 777 (reachable only in Juba)
    • ambulance and fire brigade: not available
  • Tanzania: (These numbers may not be reliable. Try local numbers. Dial the following numbers:)

    • ambulance: 115
    • police: 112
    • firefighters: 114
  • Uganda: 999
  • Zambia: 999 or 991
  • Zimbabwe:

    • ambulance: 994
    • police: 777-777 (Harare central police number)
    • firefighters: 993 or 783-983
    • rescue by plane: 771-221
Call Emergency Services Step 5

Step 3. Call to Central Africa. Find here the numbers of the emergency services of the countries of Central Africa and the East of the West African Shield. (Find below information on West African countries and those located along the Northwest coast).

  • Angola:

    • ambulance: 112
    • police: 113
    • firefighters: 115
    • If the above numbers do not work, dial 110 or 118 to call other services. The mismatch between sources or recent changes may explain these differences across countries.
  • Cameroon: only available in large cities

    • ambulance: 112 (try this one first) or 119
    • police: 117
    • firefighters: 118
  • Central African Republic: 117
  • Chad:

    (these numbers may not be reliable or may not be available in most cities)

    • ambulance: not available
    • police: 17
    • firefighters: 18
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: no service available
  • Republic of Congo: (you may wait up to 45 minutes before having an answer in Brazzaville and services are almost non-existent in the rest of the country).
  • For all emergencies: 112 or +242 06 665-4804
  • Gabon:

    • ambulance: 1300
    • police: 177 (some regions), 01-76-55-85 (in Libreville), 07-36-22-25 (in Port-Gentil)
    • firefighters: 01-76-15-20 (in Libreville), 07-63-93-63 (in Port-Gentil)
Call Emergency Services Step 6

Step 4. Call West Africa. The countries concerned are the sub-Saharan countries in the western part of Africa.

  • Benin:

    • ambulance: only local numbers are available
    • police: 117
    • firefighters: 118
  • Burkina Faso: 10-10
  • Gambia.

    (many emergency response teams are often under-resourced)

    • ambulance: 116
    • police: 117 or (220) 422-4914
    • firefighters: 118
  • Ghana: (some areas may require local numbers)

    • ambulance: 193 or 776111-5
    • police: 191 or 999 or 171
    • firefighters: 192
  • Guinea: only local numbers are available
  • Guinea-Bissau: (some regions may require local numbers)

    • ambulance: 119
    • police: 121
    • firefighters: 180
  • Ivory Coast: 111
  • Liberia: 911 (unreliable number because the country does not have a landline)
  • Mali: (some areas may require local numbers)

    • ambulance: 15 or 112
    • police: 17 or 18
    • firefighters: 17 or 18 or 112
  • Mauritania:

    • ambulance: 118 (you will have to wait a long time, if possible find another means of transport)
    • police: 117
    • gendarmerie: 116 (the army maintains order outside the towns)
    • firefighters: 118
    • traffic accidents: 117 or 119
  • Niger:

    • police: 17 or + 227-20-72-25-53 (unreliable and only available during business hours)
    • ambulance and fire brigade: (not available)
  • Nigeria:

    • ambulance and police: 199
    • fire brigade: (not available)
  • Senegal:

    • police: 33-821-2431 or 800-00-20-20 or 800-00-17-00
    • tourist police: (221) 33 860-3810
    • ambulance and fire brigade: (not available)
  • Sierra Leone: (some areas may require local numbers.)

    • ambulance and police: 999
    • firefighters: 019
  • Togo: 117
Call Emergency Services Step 7

Step 5. Call Southern Africa. The following emergency numbers are for countries in Southern Africa:

  • Botswana:

    • ambulance: 997
    • police: 999
    • firefighters: 998
  • Lesotho: (these numbers could be unreliable)

    • police: (266) 2231 2934 or (266) 2232 2099
    • other services: (only local numbers are available)
  • Namibia: 112
  • South Africa: 10111
  • Swaziland: 999

Method 3 of 7: Call emergency services in countries in Asia and Oceania

Click on these links for direct access to emergency numbers for East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia or Oceania.

Call Emergency Services Step 8

Step 1. Call East Asia. This list includes China and its neighboring countries, including Japan.

  • Mainland China:

    • ambulance: 120
    • police: 110
    • firefighters: 119
    • traffic accidents: 122
  • Republic of China: (see Taiwan)
  • Hong Kong: 999
  • Macau: 999
  • Japan:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 119
    • police: 110
  • North Korea: You might need a local station number, but try 819, 112, or 119.
  • Mongolia:

    • ambulance: 103
    • police: 102
    • firefighters: 101
  • South Korea:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 119
    • police: 112
  • Taiwan:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 119
    • police: 110
Call Emergency Services Step 9

Step 2. Call South Asia. The following issues cover the countries of the Indian subcontinent.

  • Afghanistan:

    • ambulance: 112 if you are in Kabul (020-112 on a mobile phone). Outside Kabul, only local numbers work
    • police: 119 linking Kabul, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. When you are in another locality other than those already mentioned, you need a local number to contact the emergency services
  • Bangladesh: (other cities outside of Dhaka and Chittagong might require local numbers). Dial the following numbers:

    • ambulance: 199 or 9-555-555 or 9132023 or 8122041
    • police: 999-2222 or 9551188 or 9514400 or 01713398311
  • Bhutan:

    • ambulance or medical advice: 112
    • police: 113
    • firefighters: 110
    • traffic accidents: 111
    • If none of the above services are working, be aware that emergency numbers in Bhutan are not always reported, possibly due to recent changes across the country. If you cannot make the call, try the numbers listed for other services or 115.
  • India:

    • ambulance: 102
    • police: 100
    • firefighters: 101
    • traffic accidents: 103
    • for all emergencies: 108 (only available in certain regions)
  • Maldives:

    • ambulance: 102
    • police: 119
    • firefighters: 118 or 108 or 999
  • Nepal:

    • ambulance: 102 (this number is run by a non-profit organization in Kathmandu and Patan grande), 4228094 (Red Cross in Kathmandu)
    • ambulance in other parts of the country: contact a local ambulance or taxi
    • police: 100 or a local post
    • firefighters: 101
  • Pakistan:

    • ambulance: 115
    • police: 15
    • firefighters: 16
  • Sri Lanka (some regions may require local numbers):

    • ambulance or fire department: 110 (or 011-2422222 in Colombo)
    • police: 118 or 119 (or 011-2433333 in Colombo)
    • tourist police: 011-2421052
Call Emergency Services Step 10

Step 3. Call Southeast Asia. Consult this list for emergency numbers for countries in Asia located east of Bangladesh and south of China, as well as countries on the Malay Peninsula.

  • Brunei:

    • ambulance: 991 or 222366
    • police: 993 or 423901
    • firefighters: 995 or 222555
  • Burma: see Myanmar
  • Cambodia:

    • ambulance: 119
    • police: 117
    • firefighters: 118
  • Indonesia:

    • ambulance: 118 or 119
    • police: 110 or 112
    • firefighters: 113
  • Laos:

    • ambulance: 195
    • police: 191
    • firefighters: 190
  • Malaysia:

    • police or ambulance: 999
    • firefighters: 999 or 994
    • tourist police: 03 2149 6590
  • Myanmar:

    • ambulance: 192
    • police: 199
    • firefighters: 191
  • Philippines: 117
  • Singapore:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 995
    • police: 999
  • Thailand:

    • ambulance or police: 191
    • firefighters: 199
  • Vietnam:

    • ambulance: 115
    • police: 113
    • firefighters: 114
Call Emergency Services Step 11

Step 4. Call Central Asia. These are the landlocked countries of Central Asia. Note that Afghanistan is one of the countries of South Asia. Russia is part of Europe and Mongolia is part of East Asian countries.

  • Kazakhstan.

    (you can dial 112, but this call can be redirected to one of the following numbers)

    • ambulance: 103
    • police: 102
    • firefighters: 101
    • gas leak: 104
  • Kyrgyzstan:

    • ambulance: 103
    • police: 102
    • firefighters: 101
  • Tajikistan:

    • ambulance: 03
    • police: 02
    • firefighters: 01
  • Turkmenistan: 03
  • Uzbekistan: (add 1 to start the call if you are in Tashkent)

    • ambulance: 03
    • police: 02
    • firefighters: 01
Call Emergency Services Step 12

Step 5. Call Oceania. This list includes Australia and the Pacific Island countries. Note that countries with a population of less than 800,000 are not included.

  • Australia: 000
  • Fiji:

    • ambulance and fire brigade: 911
    • police: 917
  • New Zealand: 111
  • Papua New Guinea: 111

Method 4 of 7: Calling emergency service numbers in Europe

The number 112 works in almost all countries. Click on the links to see by region the countries of Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, Central West that do not use it.

Call Emergency Services Step 13

Step 1. Dial 112 in most countries

The majority of European countries use 112 as an emergency number, in particular all the countries of the European Union. Only the countries which do not have the number 112 are listed below.

Many of these countries have additional emergency numbers specific to their territory, but calls to 112 are redirected to the same services

Call Emergency Services Step 14

Step 2. Call South East Europe. The majority of countries located in this region use 112 or do not have a very strong demography (less than a million inhabitants). Listed below are the countries which do not use the universal emergency number in South Eastern Europe:

  • Albania: 129 (unreliable emergency services)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina:

    • ambulance: 124
    • police: 122
    • firefighters: 123
  • Macedonia:

    • ambulance: 194
    • police: 192
  • Serbia: (add the local code if you are calling from a mobile phone)

    • ambulance: 194
    • police: 192
    • firefighters: 193
    • roadside assistance service: 1987
  • Turkey:

    • for all emergencies (including ambulances): 155
    • number reserved only for an ambulance request: 112
Call Emergency Services Step 15

Step 3. Call Eastern Europe

This region of Europe includes the member countries of the Soviet Union and neighboring Slavic states. Only states with more than one million people and those using 112 are listed below.

  • Belarus:

    • ambulance: 103
    • police: 102
    • firefighters: 101
  • Moldova:

    • ambulance: 903
    • police: 902
    • firefighters: 901
  • Russia:

    • fire brigade: 01 or 101
    • police: 02 or 102
    • ambulance: 03 or 103
  • Ukraine: (you could wait for a long time and the service is poor)

    • ambulance: 103
    • police: 102
    • firefighters: 101
Call Emergency Services Step 16

Step 4. Call to a country in Northern, Central or Western Europe. Most countries in these regions use 112 to call all emergency services, although they have other numbers that play the same role. The list below shows you the countries that do not use 112 and have more than one million inhabitants.

  • Norway:

    • ambulance: 113
    • police: 112
    • firefighters: 110
  • Swiss:

    • general: 112
    • ambulance: 144
    • police: 117
    • firefighters: 118
    • toxicity: 145 (you might call an ambulance service first)
    • air ambulance (REGA): 1414
  • UK and Ireland: 999

Method 5 of 7: Call emergency services in South and Central America

Click on these links to go directly to the telephone numbers of emergency services in Central America or South America.

Call Emergency Services Step 17

Step 1. Call Central America. All of the countries south of Mexico and the North American continent with over one million people are listed below.

  • Costa Rica: 911
  • El Salvador: 911
  • Guatemala:

    • ambulance or fire brigade: 123 or 122
    • police: 110 or 120
  • Honduras: (unreliable service)

    • ambulance: 195 (Red Cross)
    • police: 911 or 112
    • firefighters: 198
  • Nicaragua:

    • ambulance: 128
    • police: 118 (in Spanish) or 101 (tourist service in English)
    • firefighters: 115 or 911
  • Panama:

    • for all emergencies: 911
    • to get in direct contact with the police: 104
Call Emergency Services Step 18

Step 2. Call South America

This list only includes countries in South America with more than one million inhabitants.

  • Argentina:

    • Cordoba, Mendoza, Iguazu, Tucuman and Tierra del Fuego provinces: 101
    • all other provinces: 911
  • Bolivia: 110
  • Brazil:

    • ambulance: 192
    • police: 190
    • firefighters: 193
  • Chile:

    • ambulance: 131
    • police: 133
    • firefighters: 132
  • Colombia: 123
  • Ecuador:

    • Quito and Ibarra: 911
    • Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja: 112
    • ambulance from other regions of the country: 102 (or 131 to join the Red Cross)
    • police: 101 (in other parts of the country)
    • firefighters: 102 (in other parts of the country)
  • Paraguay:

    • for all emergencies: 911
    • to get in direct contact with the fire brigade or the emergency services: 131 or 132
  • Peru:

    • police: 105
    • firefighters: 116
    • others: try 011 or 5114
    • protection of tourists: 424 2053 (add area code 01 if you are not in Lima)
  • Uruguay: 911
  • Venezuela: 171

Method 6 of 7: call emergency numbers in the Middle East

Call Emergency Services Step 19

Step 1. Call when you are in the Middle East

This list of emergency numbers only concerns countries in the Arabian Peninsula and some surrounding countries. In relation to Egypt, consult the North Africa and South-Eastern Europe section for Turkey's emergency numbers.

  • Bahrain: 999
  • Iran:

    • ambulance: 115
    • police: 110
    • firefighters: 125
  • Iraq: 130 (even with mobile phones)
  • Israel:

    • ambulance: 101
    • police: 100
    • firefighters: 102
    • (West Bank and Gaza use the same numbers)
  • Jordan:

    • for all emergencies: 191
    • other number for neighborhoods in Amman: 911
  • Kuwait: 112
  • Lebanon: 112
  • Oman: 9999
  • Palestine:

    • ambulance: 101
    • police: 100
    • firefighters: 102
  • Qatar: 999
  • Saudi Arabia: 999
  • Syria:

    • ambulance: 110
    • police: 112
    • firefighters: 113
  • United Arab Emirates: 999
  • Yemen: 199

Method 7 of 7: Call emergency numbers in North America and the Caribbean

Call Emergency Services Step 20

Step 1. Call North America. Keep in mind that countries south of Mexico are classified as Central America.

  • Canada: 911
  • Mexico: 066
  • United States: 911
Call Emergency Services Step 21

Step 2. Call the Caribbean. All Caribbean countries with more than 350,000 inhabitants are listed in the following list. Note that Martinique, Guadeloupe and many other islands are part of the French Antilles.

  • Cuba:

    • ambulance: 114 or 118 (you may wait for a long time and moreover the service is poor) Quality services with local emergency numbers are mostly reserved for foreigners and may even require payment to the advance
    • police: 106
    • firefighters: 105
  • Dominican Republic: 911
  • French West Indies:

    • ambulance: 15
    • police: 18
    • firefighters: 17
  • Haiti: 114
  • Jamaica: 119
  • Porto Rico: 911
  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    • ambulance: 990 or 811 (or 694-2404 for the request of a private ambulance)
    • police: 999
    • firefighters: 990

Advice

  • Don't assume that emergency services only exist in your language when you go abroad. Remember to always have an interpreter by your side or on the phone.
  • Note that some countries have a national emergency number. If so, please call local services directly. This could be the case if the country is not found in the list of countries presented above.
  • In many European and African countries the 116 or 116-1111 is a service number to provide assistance to children or to report the disappearance of a child.

Warnings

  • Use these numbers only for real emergencies. Otherwise, you can endanger the life of those in need of serious assistance. You are wasting community resources and exposing yourself to criminal prosecution.
  • Emergency services in many countries may not consider your call when it is made in a location that is too quiet. The more noise around you, the more credible the call appears and the more likely you are to be taken seriously and therefore to find satisfaction with your request.

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