How to make international calls from wherever you are

You're on the street in Venice. You need to call your office back home at a predetermined time, and then confirm hotel reservations in Germany for tomorrow. If you have a telephone charge card, you follow the directions on the back of the card to make the call. But if you don't have a charge card and you want to economize by using a local, prepaid phone card, there are a couple of numbers you need to know. To place an international call, you must first dial the international access number (just as you dial 011 when calling from the United States, for example). There's another number that comes in handy if you want to talk with an English-speaking operator. You could memorize the tables below, but it might be easier to print them out and add them to your traveling phone book.

English-Speaking Operators
Here is a list of frequently visited destinations and their international operator codes. To find the code for a country other than those listed, call the nearest consulate for that country.

China 115
Costa Rica 116
Denmark 0015
France 1933
Germany 00118
Greece 161
Hong Kong 013
Italy 15
Japan 005
Mexico 09
Netherlands 06-0418
Norway 091
Russia 8190 (Moscow)
315-0012 (St. Petersburg)
Singapore 03
South Korea 0074
Spain 005
Sweden 0018
Switzerland 114
Thailand 100

International Access Codes
We use 011 to make calls from the United States, but much of the world uses 00 as the international router. To place a call, you first dial this prefix, then the country and city codes and local number. If the country is not listed below (and there are important exceptions), then the code is 00.

U.S.A., Canada, Islands Dial 011 when calling from: U.S.A., Canada, Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts‚Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands. Also: Guam, Micronesia, Saipan.

Japan, East Asia Dial 001 when calling from: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand. Also: Guyana. Russia/Former Soviet union Dial 810 when calling from: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Exceptions Ascension Island 01, Australia 0011, Burma 0, Burundi 90, Cape Verde 0, Central African Republic 19, Chad 15, Colombia 90, Comoros 10, Croatia 99, Cuba 119, El Salvador 0, Faeroe Islands 009, Falkland Islands 01, Fiji 05, Finland 990, Greenland 009, Laos 14, Madagascar 16, Malawi 101, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) 007, Mayotte 10, Mexico 95, Namibia 09, Nigeria 009, Papua New Guinea 31, Puerto Rico 1, Qatar 0, Somalia 16, South Africa 99, Spain 07, Sweden 009, Tanzania 0900, Wallis and Futuna Islands 19 (wait for tone), Western Samoa 1, Yugoslavia 99, Zimbabwe 110.