How to Call For Help Across the Globe: Emergency Numbers and Instructions for Travelers

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In Europe, 112 is used throughout the EU. Armenia and Belarus use 102 for police, 103 for medical, and 101 for fire. Turkey uses 155 for police, 112 for medical, and 110 for fire, while Vatican City uses 113 for police, 118 for medical, and 115 for fire although dialing 112 on a mobile phone will be forwarded to 113.

In the Middle East, Israel uses 100 for police, 101 for medical, and 102 for fire and dialing 112 from a mobile phone works for all emergencies. 999 is quite common and used by Bahrain, Lebanon (which also uses 112), Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E., while 112 is used by several countries including Jordan (which also uses 911) and Syria.

In Africa, many countries use two-digit emergency numbers including 17 in Algeria, Chad, and Mali, while South Africa uses a five-digit number, with 10111 for fire, and 10177 for medical. 112 may be used on mobile phones, however.


In Asia, a number of countries use 999 including Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore, and 112 is in use in several countries including Kazakhstan, South Korea, and Turkey. The Philippines uses 117 although 112 and 911 will work as well, and Pakistan uses 15 for police, 115/1122 for medical, and 16 for fire.

China uses 120 for medical, 119 for fire, and 122 for reporting traffic accidents. India uses 2611 (one of the few four-digit emergency numbers), and Japan uses 110 for police and 119 for medical and fire.

You’ll encounter a variety of numbers in other parts of the world, including 000 in Australia, 911 in Fiji, and 111 in New Zealand.


In Central America and the Caribbean, many countries including Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic support both 911 and 112, but it’s 118 in Nicaragua and 199 in Honduras.

In South America, French Guyana has two-digit numbers, 17 for police, 15 for medical, 18 for fire, while Argentina uses 101, 107, 100 respectively. Brazil uses 190 for police, 192 for medical, and 193 for fire, while Colombia uses 156, 132, and 119. Uruguay incidentally, uses 911.

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