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How to Purchase Vatican Telephone Cards

In December 1992 Vatican City began issuing telephone cards which can be used within Vatican City and extraterritorial areas connected to the Vatican Telephone Exchange. Each series is marked by a number and sold either directly or by mail until sold out. Direct sales are possible at the Vatican Telephone Exchange office. The phone cards still available by direct sale at this office include series numbers from 154 to the last emission.

How to purchase Vatican Telephone Cards by mail order:
+ send an order with payment to: Vatican Telephone Service, 00120 Vatican City
+ payment must include the value of the telephone card(s) plus shipping and handling. Shipping is 12.00 Euro for Europe and 18.00 Euro for other nations. All packages are sent by registered mail.
+ cash on delivery orders are not possible.

Telephone Cards Still Available
The series of phone cards still available by mail order include numbers from 154 to the last emission.
For other card series not listed above, some may still be available for direct sale at the Vatican Telephone Exchange office.

Payment Options

+ Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa) orders made by:
- email (see “Contact Us”);
- fax (+39 06 6988.5447);
- telephone (+39 06 6988.4627);
- postal mail  (Vatican Telephone Service, 00120 Vatican City).

+ International Money Orders sent to “Vatican Telephone Service, 00120 Vatican City”. Specify your order in the space allowed for “messages” or “instructions”.

+ Bank check written out to “Servizio dei Telefoni - Città del Vaticano”. Please mail the order with your check enclosed.

Subscriptions to Vatican Telephone Cards (CTV)
It is possible to subscribe to receive on a regular basis the Vatican Telephone Cards, also to avoid having to frequently order and pay every time a new series is issued. A minimum of a 70 Euro deposit is required to regularly receive one copy of a phone card series until credit runs out. Sending 140 Euro would mean receiving two copies of each card series issued, while sending 200 Euro would mean three copies of each, and so forth. When requesting a subscription, please specify from which series you wish to start it. For example, “enclosed is 200 Euro to receive three copies of each phone card issue beginning with series 166”. The new CTV issues will be sent automatically with a copy of the latest CarTelVat newsletter and an account statement until subscription credit runs out.

The subscriber is required to renew the subscription when the deposit is too low to cover the next phone card and shipping feeds. When the new CTV are issued, subscribers are the first to receive them.

Helpful Information
+ Subscribers receive for free a copy of the CarTelVat newsletter to keep them up to date on the latest series of phone cards to be issued.
+ Order inquires may be made by telephone from 8:00-12:30 Rome time, Monday to Friday, dialling +39 06 6988.4627.
+ It is also possible to send a deposit of funds from which amounts for various phone card orders are deducted (thus avoiding the need and expense of sending small amounts of money for occasional orders).
+ Customers are guaranteed to receive the number of cards ordered in their subscription. Special requests of additional cards, over and above the ordinary subscription, will be accommodated depending on the number of phone cards still available.
Contact us
+ If you would like to write to the “Vatican Telephone Service, 00120 Vatican City”,
+ of if you would like to order Vatican Telephone Cards,

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The primary responsibilities of the Vatican Telephone Service are:

- to design, manage, maintain and expand the telecommunications network of Vatican City and all its components (copper and fibre optic cables, radio bridges, communications nodes, etc.);
- to manage the Vatican’s Telephone Exchange (configured as a public telephone network with SGU-Urban Group Stage and SGT-Transit Group Stage characteristics), applying regular hardware and software updates, handling the internal phone numbering system and directing calls to the outside;
- to manage all internal telephone subscribers, including the invoicing of phone traffic, fees and services;
- to manage public telephone access within Vatican City territory through its own system and distribution of telephone cards;
- to design, install and maintain telephone switchboards, telephone and data networks of various types and sizes within Vatican City and extraterritorial areas;
- to participate in the activities of international telecommunications organizations on behalf of the Governatorato (the Vatican has its own international telephone code (0379) assigned by the International Telecommunications Union, but which is not being used at this time);
- to design, install and maintain the Intranet of the Governatorato.


The Philatelic and Numismatic Office is institutionally appointed by the Vatican City State to issue coins, medals and stamps, and to services for collectors as well.

The Philatelic and Numismatic Office is also responsible for drafting, designing and realizing the annual program of the philatelic and numismatic issues, carrying out their sales, implementing the circulation of Vatican coins and checking the authenticity of Euro coins and Vatican stamps. At national and international level it promotes and spreads the philatelic and numismatic collecting.

EPAY (Elettronic payment)

Starting from the next philatelic and numismatic issues, a new method of payment will be possible, called E-PAY (electronic payment).

The system is fast and secure for providing payment of items ordered with just a click.

Here is what to do:

  1. if you have not done so already, please provide us with your email address;
  2. complete the order form you will receive with the next issues, choosing the E-PAY payment method and sending the form to the Philatelic and Numismatic Office by email, fax or mail;
  3. provide payment by clicking on the link you will receive in the email confirmation of your order. The web page that will open is the new site of the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office. You will be asked to enter your email address and your PIN. After entering these credentials you will then be shown the total amount due with a form to enter your credit card information in order to complete the transaction.

Payment via E-PAY is not possible for the 2018 philatelic subscription.

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