How to fax international

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Traditional Fax Machine

Sending a fax international is as easy as adding the country code prefix to the regular phone number before dialing.

Next, you need to add “011” which is the international access code from the US.

If you normally dial a prefix to access the outside such as ( 9 ), put that before the country code in the following format: 9-011-country code-phone number.

You can find the country codes for every country here.

If you are dialing from a computer with a fax modem, it may be necessary to insert a pause after the exchange and country code to give time for the phone switch to catch up.  To insert a pause when dialing from a computer, add one or more commas ( , ) between the first number and the country code. On a regular fax machine, an asterisk ( * ) may substitute if there isn’t a button for “pause”.

Because the telephone line is used, you will be charged for long distance locally and will also pay international tolls which can get expensive.  When dialing developing countries, it may be necessary to lower the baud rate on your fax machine to ensure that the transmission survives pops and static on the phone line.

How to send international fax online

Sending a fax international with software or an online fax service is much easier and will cost you no long distance.  In fact, the telephone line can be eliminated completely or used for other things. Regardless of the country, you simply attach your fax as a Word document, spreadsheet, PDF, or image file to an email which serves are the cover sheet.

You send that email to the address provided by your online fax service and it is then sent to your recipient’s fax machine.  For instance, if you intended to send a fax to 123-4567 your email would appear to go to “”.  Many of the online fax sites will let you send a few free faxes or unlimited for a low monthly fee (much less than the cost of a phone line and long distance). and are two of the most popular services.