Telephone numbers in Peru
|Country calling code||+51|
|International call prefix||00|
Phone numbers formatsEdit
Telephone numbers in Peru are made of:
- Nine digits for mobile numbers across the country. The first digit is always the number nine: 9xx xxx xxx
Fixed (land) linesEdit
Peruvian area codes for each region (national subdivision) are 2 digits long except for Lima and Callao. On 1 March 2003 new codes were established.
The following is a list of the area codes in Peru:
|1||Lima and Callao|
|82||Madre de Dios|
Mobile phone calls within Peru (Mobile Virtual Area)Edit
From September 4, 2010, a national Mobile Virtual Area was created meaning that all mobile numbers in Peru are non-geographical (not attached to any geographical region but instead to the new MVA). In addition to that all mobile numbers across the country turned to nine digits long: 9xx xxx xxx.
The following instructions are valid across the country:
Calls from mobile to mobileEdit
9xx xxx xxx (just dial the 9-digit number)
Calls from mobile to landlineEdit
0 + area code + phone number Example on how to call to Piura: 0 + 73 + 388351
Calls from fixed line to mobileEdit
9xx xxx xxx (just dial the 9-digit number)
Domestic calls within PeruEdit
Calls from fixed line to landlineEdit
Call to a number in the same area: just dial the phone number
Call to a number in another area (domestic long distance): 0 + area code + phone number.
International long distanceEdit
Calling Peru from abroadEdit
Calling a fixed lineEdit
+51 + area code + phone number
Where the plus sign (+) represents the international access code of the country you are calling from.
From North America: 011 + 51 + area code + phone number
- Calling a fixed line in Lima: 011 51 1 1234567
- Calling a fixed line in Cusco: 011 51 84 123456
- Calling a fixed line in Machu Picchu: 011 51 94 123456
Otherwise you will call a nice guy in Canada who will direct you to dial 011 and the rest of the number. He gets 3- 4 calls a week during peak season
From Europe or most APAC countries: 00 + 51 + area code + phone number
Calling a mobile numberEdit
In Peru, a cell-phone number starts with a 9.
+51 9XX XXX XXX (9-digit mobile number)
The mobile virtual area eliminates the use of area code for mobile numbers.
Calling abroad from PeruEdit
In Peru, when making an international call you may choose a carrier for international calls different from your usual carrier/provider according to the rates carriers offer to attract callers. This system is known as "call by call" (in Spanish "Llamada por llamada") as each call can be made with a different carrier and is available to both fixed lines and mobile phones. Each carrier uses a 4-digit prefix (format 19XX).
International dialing formatEdit
This is the standard format in Peru for making calls abroad from fixed lines and mobile phones:
19XX + 00 + country code + area code + phone number
- Americatel: 1977
- Claro: 1912
- IDT: 1914
- Convergia: 1960
- Movistar: 1911
- Nextel: 1990 (valid only for Nextel customers)
- Viettel : 2014
It is mandatory to choose a 19XX carrier when calling internationally from a fixed line.
If you are calling internationally from a mobile phone you have the option not to use the 19XX prefix. You may dial starting with the "+" symbol
+country code + area code + phone number
and the international call will go through your provider's network.
From Peru to USA/Canada:
- From fixed line or mobile phone: 19XX + 00 + 1 + area code + phone number
- From mobile phone (2° alternative): +1 + area code + phone number (your call will go through your usual provider's network)
- 103 is the telephone information number
- 105 is the Police Emergency Number
- 117 is the Ambulance number
- 116 is the Fire number
- Peru Area Codes chart: Ministry of Transports and Communications Archived 2011-01-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Peru Mobile Virtual Area, Ministry of Transports and Communications "Archived copy" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2010-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- ITU: national numbering plans - Peru visited September 11, 2010
- International dialing instructions: Ministry of Transports and Communications "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Americatel website (in Spanish) 
- Claro website (in Spanish) 
- IDT website (in Spanish) 
- Movistar website "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)