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How to Send a Fax Internationally

One of the major reasons why fax machines became popular is their ability to transmit data over international distances.

Today, faxing still allows businesses around the world to communicate with another and exchange vital including signed documents and legal documents.

How do you send an international fax? Today, we’re going to explain exactly how to send a fax internationally and communicate with any country in the world.

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Faxing internationally is not like dialing a local or domestic number. You have to type two new numbers at the front of your recipient’s fax number, including:

  • An exit code or international call prefix that lets you leave your country’s telephone network
  • A country code that lets you access another country’s telephone network


If you’re calling from an internal business network, then you’ll also need to type in a dial out code to leave your local switchboard.

Ultimately, when sending a fax to an international number, your number will look like this:


That’s it! When sending a fax internationally, some people tend to overthink things. You only need to know two numbers: your own country’s exit code and the foreign country’s country code.

So, if you were sending a fax from the United States to China, you would type the following number into your fax machine:

011 86 [123-456-7890]

011 is the exit code for North America, +86 is the country code for China, and 123-456-7890 is the number of whichever number you’re dialing in China.

There are some important things to remember about faxing an international number:

-Sometimes, the person you’re contacting overseas may have included the exit code or country code in their listed phone number; make sure you don’t dial either number twice.

-Hong Kong, Israel, Finland, and a few other smaller countries have an international carrier selection code; this code lets telephone users choose their carrier when making an international call. Instead of dialing with their default provider, for example, residents of these countries may choose to dial with a cheaper competitor. This is done to encourage competition in both the calling and faxing markets. You can enter the carrier selection code after the international prefix and before the country code.

Exit Codes and International Call Prefixes For Every Country In The World

Some countries share the same exit code. In the United States, Canada, and locations throughout North America, for example, that exit code is “011”. In both France and Germany, that exit code is 00.

Most countries have unique calling codes. The main exceptions to this rule are Canada and the United States, which both share “+1”. Other countries which share exit codes have generally had territorial disputes in recent history. Kosovo and Serbia, for example, can both be accessed at +381.

Full List of International Call Prefixes:


  • Samoa


  • All countries not listed in other numbers
  • All European Union Countries
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • India
  • Egypt
  • Hungary


  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

00x (Where x is the international carrier selection code)

  • Kenya (0, 5, 6, 7)
  • Colombia (5, 7, 9)
  • Cambodia (1, 7)
  • Indonesia (1, 7, 8, 9)
  • Singapore (1, 8)
  • South Korea (1, 2, 3xx, 5, 6, 7xx, 8)
  • Hong Kong (1, 60, 7, 8, 9)
  • Taiwan (2, 5, 6, 7, 9)
  • Thailand (1, 9, 7, 8, 5, 500, 4)


  • Guyana
  • Mongolia


  • Australia


  • Nigeria


  • Japan

01x (where x is the international carrier selection code)

  • Israel (2, 3, 4, 8)

011 – Any Country in the North American Numbering Plan

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Haïti
  • Jamaica
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sint Maarten
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States of America
  • United States Virgin Islands

10xx (where xx is the international carrier selection code)

  • Georgia (07, 10, 11, 16, 18, 54, 60, 69)

1xx0 (where xx is the international carrier selection code)

  • Chile


  • Cuba


  • Hong Kong – City Telecom


  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

8-xx (where xx is the international carrier selection code)

  • Russia (10, 26, 27, 28, 56, 58, 59)


  • Finland

International Country Codes For Every Country In The World

Each country has its own unique calling code. You’ll need to use the codes listed below to call foreign countries. There are exceptions for this rule in certain geographic locations. For example, sending a computer fax from the United States to Canada only requires a ‘1’ to indicate a long distance call. Various countries in Europe have similar systems.

The North American Numbering Plan Area includes:

Zone 2 – Mostly Africa

(but also, for example Aruba, Faroe Islands and Greenland)

Zones 3/4 – Europe

Zone 5 – Mostly Latin America

Zone 6 – Southeast Asia and Oceania

Zone 7 – Eurasia (former Soviet Union)

Zone 8 – East Asia and Special Services

Zone 9 – CentralSouth and Western Asia


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About Johnson Hur

After having graduated with a degree in Finance and working for a Fortune 500 company for several years, Johnson decided to follow his passion by embarking on a path to the digital world. He has over 8 years of experience with large companies setting marketing strategy.


  1. I would like to know if you have any offices around or near TUNG CHUNG, LANTAU ISLAND area? I have documents that i needed to send by FAX to Australia but i could not find any that serves international.

    • Hi Kyung, This is where an online fax service comes in handy when you can’t find a brick and mortar that allows international faxing.


  2. I have to send fax from India to Dubai. Fax number is 043113113. Please help me

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