112 is the Official EU Emergency Telephone Number, which can be dialled from any member state in the EU, and a whole bunch of other countries too.
Many people will have to contact emergency services at some point in their life, and the risk is often heightened when travelling. A little thought and preparation could mean the difference between life and death.
112 is a special emergency number that works across different network providers. It will use any network available, and will put you through to an emergency operator even if the phone is PIN locked or out of credit. It is available 24/7 free of charge from landlines and mobile phones all over the EU and beyond.
How to Call 112
- Dial 112, Call, and wait.
- When the operator picks up, introduce yourself and state clearly what has happened
- State your location if possible, and explain how you can be reached
- Remain calm and answer all questions you are asked
- Follow the operator’s advice
- Answer all the questions asked.
- After hanging up, you may wish to keep your phone line free incase they call you for more info.
How to Text 112
In the UK you can also send a text to 112. Texting is a small packet of information and often requires less strength signal to transmit. If you cannot get through because the network is busy, or you have intermittent signal, try sending a text instead. Note that you need to register in order to do this. Do so simply by sending ‘register’ to 112. This is best done in advance.
112 not only works in all EU member states, but in Australia, Canada, India, and 70 + countries worldwide… Including those below:
Albania, Andorra, Austia, Azerbijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Reupublic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, INdonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova,Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanatu, Vatican City…
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