Calling internationally is easy, as long as you understand how to dial the number. To call Switzerland from a foreign country, you must first dial the exit code for your country, then the code for entering Switzerland. Only then can you dial the number of your correspondent. Let's take a closer look!
Method 1 of 2: Call Switzerland from France
Step 1. Dial the exit code for your country
Before making an international call, you must dial an exit code that your telephone company will interpret as a call to abroad. Note:
disregard the pictures of Method 1 which show the exit code from the United States (011). The exit code from France is 00.
- For a non-exhaustive overview of the exit codes of certain countries, refer to the second part of this article, entitled: "the structure of a Swiss telephone number called from other countries".
- Thus, the exit code for France is "00". If you are in France and want to call a correspondent in Switzerland, you must first dial "00" before dialing the number of your correspondent. If you are calling from a cell phone, replace "00" with the sign +.
Example: 00-xx-xx-xxx-xxxx or + xx-xx-xxx-xxxx
Step 2. Next, dial the entry code for Switzerland, "41"
Each country has been assigned an entry code and for Switzerland it is “41”. Like the exit code, the entry code tells your telephone operator (well, their computers!) Which country you are trying to reach.
Example: 00-41-xx-xxx-xxxx or + 41-xx-xxx-xxxx
Step 3. Then type in the area code
All fixed lines in Switzerland are grouped into regions, each with a two-digit code. We are only talking about fixed lines here, not cellphones. To reach your correspondent, you must have this code that you will have found or that your correspondent will have given you.
- Below you will find all the Swiss area codes:
- Eagle: 24
- Ammerswil / Aarau: 62
- Andermatt: 41
- Arosa: 81
- Baden: 56
- Basel: 61
- Bellinzona: 91
- Bern: 31
- Biel / Bienne: 32
- Burgdof: 34
- Chiasso: 91
- Chur (Chur): 81
- Crans-sur-Sierre: 27
- Davos: 81
- Freiburg: 26
- Geneva: 22
- Gryon / Yverdon-les-Bains: 24
- Gstaad: 33
- Interlaken: 33
- Jura: 32
- Klosters: 81
- La Chaux-de-Fonds: 32
- Langnau: 34
- Lausanne: 21
- Lenk im Simmental: 33
- Locarno: 91
- Lucerne: 41
- Lugano: 91
- Montreux: 21
- Neuchâtel: 32
- Obewil im Simmental: 33
- Olten: 62
- Rapperswil: 55
- Schaffhausen: 52
- Zion: 27
- St. Gallen (Skt. Gallen): 71
- St. Moritz: 81
- Thun (Thun): 33
- Vevey: 21
- Wengen: 33
- Winterthur: 52
- Yverdon: 2
- Zermatt: 27
- Zug (Zug): 41
- Zurich: 43
- For example, your correspondent lives in Geneva. To reach him, your number will look like this: 00-41-22-xxx-xxxx or + 41-22-xxx-xxxx. Warning ! The area code (region or city) generally begins with a 0 which must be removed when calling from abroad. If, for example, the area code is written as "022", you should only use "22".
Step 4. Use specific area codes for cell phones
Indeed, if you contact a cell phone in Switzerland, area codes are of no use. Each Swiss mobile phone operator has its own code. Consequently, you must know the operator of your correspondent.
- Below, you will find the codes of the main Swiss mobile operators:
- Sunrise (TDC Switzerland): 76
- Swisscom-Migros: 77
- Orange SA Orange: 78
- Swisscom: 79
- For all other operators, dial 74
- For example, your Swiss correspondent has an Orange SA Orange mobile plan. To reach him, your number will necessarily start with: 00-41-78-xxx-xxxx or + 41-78-xxx-xxxx.
Step 5. Enter the rest of your correspondent's number
The other digits are those of the personal number you are calling. Dial it naturally as if you were calling from the country itself. Swiss numbers are made up of 7 digits, codes not included.
- To summarize, a number for calling Switzerland from abroad looks like this: IS-41-IR-XXX-XXXX.
- "IS" will be Exit code of the country you are calling from.
- "41" is the code for entering Switzerland.
- "IR" will be Area code.
- The "X" series is the personal number you are trying to reach.
Method 2 of 2: Call Switzerland from other countries
Step 1. Call Switzerland from the United States or Canada
The exit code is the same for both countries, namely "011". This is the number that must therefore be dialed first, then you will dial the code for entering Switzerland and finally the number of your correspondent.
- From the United States or Canada, a number destined for Switzerland will have this presentation: 011-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- In addition to the United States and Canada, therefore have a code in "011", the following countries and territories (associated with the United States):
- Samoa Islands
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Dominique (not to be confused with the next one in the list!)
- Dominican Republic
- Marshall Islands
- Porto Rico
- Trinidad and Tobago
- US Virgin Islands
Step 2. A very large number of countries have “00” as an international exit code
This is the case for the vast majority of European countries, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. This code, "00", must therefore be dialed first before dialing your number in Switzerland.
- If this is the case for your country, then you must dial, if you are calling Switzerland, a number like: 00-41-xx-xxx-xxxx or + 41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- The following countries have an exit code in "00" (non-exhaustive list):
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
Step 3. Call Switzerland from Australia using “0011”
For Switzerland, but also for all other countries, in Australia, you must dial "0011" to go out internationally. Then you can dial the Swiss number given to you.
- Australia is the only country in the world to have this code.
- A telephone number for Switzerland from Australia looks like this: 0011-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 4. Make a call to Switzerland from Israel
There are several exit codes in this country. It will all depend, in fact, on which telephone company you have. Make sure you have the correct exit sign.
- Kod Gisha subscribers must first dial "00", which for Switzerland results in numbers of the following form: 00-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Smile Tikshoret subscribers should dial "012", which for Switzerland gives numbers of the following form: 012-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- NetVision subscribers should dial "013" which, for Switzerland, gives a number of the following form: 013-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Bezeq subscribers should dial "014", which for Switzerland results in a number of the following form: 014-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Xfone subscribers should dial "018" which, for Switzerland, results in a number of the following form: 018-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 5. Call Switzerland from Chile
Chile's exit code depends on the telephone company.
- Entel subscribers must first dial "1230". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1230-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Globus subscribers should dial "1200". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1200-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Manquehue subscribers should dial "1220". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1220-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Movistar subscribers should dial "1810". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1810-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Netline subscribers should dial "1690". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1690-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Telmex subscribers should dial "1710". The number to dial will then be in the form: 1710-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 6. Call Switzerland from Colombia
Again, the exit code for Colombia depends on the telephone company. Depending on the latter, you will need to dial a different exit code.
- UNE EPM subscribers must first dial "005,". The number to dial will then be in the form: 005-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- ETB subscribers should dial "007". The number to dial for Switzerland will be in the form: 007-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Movistar subscribers should dial "009". The number to dial will be in the form: 009-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Tigo subscribers should dial "00414". The number to dial will be in the form: 00414-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Avantel subscribers should dial "00468". The number to dial will be in the form: 00468-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Claro Fixed subscribers should dial "00456". The number to dial will be in the form: 00456-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Claro Mobile subscribers must first dial "00444". The number to dial will be in the form: 00444-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 7. Call Switzerland from Brazil
For this country, the exit code for Brazil also depends on the telephone company.
- Brasil Telecom subscribers must first dial "0014", which results in a number of the following form: 0014-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Telefonica subscribers must dial "0015", which results in a number of the following form: 0015-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Embratel subscribers should dial "0021", which results in a number of the following form: 0021-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Intelig subscribers should dial "0023" which, for Switzerland, results in a number of the following form: 0023-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Telmar subscribers should dial "0031", which results in a number of the following form: 0031-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 8. Use either "001" or "002" to call Switzerland from many countries in Asia
Most countries in Asia use one of these two codes. You must first inquire about this code before dialing your number for Switzerland.
- The following countries have a code in "001": Kampuchea, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. From these countries, you will therefore have a number which has the following structure: 001-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- Taiwan and South Korea use "002" as the exit code. From these countries, you will therefore have a number which has the following structure: 002-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
- South Korea uses both "001" and "002". It all depends on the operator concerned.
Step 9. Call Switzerland from Japan by dialing “010”
Dial "010", then dial your number in Switzerland.
- Japan has an absolutely unique exit code that it does not share with any other country in the world.
- A call from Japan to Switzerland will take the following form: 010-41-xx-xxx-xxxx.
Step 10. Make a call to Switzerland from Indonesia
There are several exit codes in this country. It will all depend, in fact, on which telephone company you have.
- Indosat subscribers must dial "001" or "008", which, for Switzerland, gives numbers of the following form: 001-41-xx-xxxxxxxxxx or 008-41-xx-xxxxxxxxxx.
- Telkom subscribers must dial "007", which for Switzerland gives a number of the following form: 007-41-xx-xxxxxxxxxx.
- Bakrie Telecome subscribers must dial "009", which for Switzerland gives a number of the following form: 009-41-xxxxxxxxxx.