A country code is a short, numerical code (generally 1-3 digits in length) that you dial when you make an international call to any country around the world. International country codes are specific to a country or geographical area, and in some cases, several countries may share a country code. For example, the United States, Canada, and several Caribbean nations share the +1 country code.
When you make an international call, you will first dial the country exit code, followed by the country code, the city code (when needed), and finally the international telephone number. When looking at the number, the country code appears at the beginning with a + sign. For example, in calling the United Kingdom, you may see +44 at the beginning of the telephone number because +44 is the country code for the United Kingdom. For detailed dialing instructions to any country, try our quick-and-easy search tool.