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USPS Suspends International Mail to 29 Additional Destinations

April 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Due to disruptions to air and sea transportation, the USPS will temporarily suspend mail service to 29 international destinations effective April 7, 2020. These additional suspensions bring the total number of international destinations suspended to 51. For a full list of service disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

USPS International Destination Suspensions

◦ Angola
◦ Benin
◦ Bosnia and Herzegovina
◦ Cameroon
◦ Cook Islands
◦ Costa Rica
◦ Gambia
◦ Guatemala
◦ Kyrgyzstan
◦ Laos
◦ Lebanon
◦ Malawi
◦ Moldova
◦ Mozambique
◦ Papua New Guinea
◦ Paraguay
◦ Republic of the Congo
◦ Senegal
◦ Seychelles
◦ Solomon Islands
◦ Sudan
◦ Tajikistan
◦ Tanzania
◦ Timor-Leste
◦ Tonga
◦ Uganda
◦ Uruguay
◦ Vanuatu
◦ Venezuela

Additionally,  the USPS received communications from the postal services of Guatemala, Italy, Maldives, Mauritius, and South Korea detailing postal disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Guatemala
The General Directorate of Posts and Telegraphs will be operating with 50% of its normal staff until April 12, 2020. Customers should expect delays until further notice.

Italy
Poste Italiane has advised that the Italian Government has decided to extend the measures aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 until April 13, 2020.

Maldives
Maldives Post has extended the suspension of inbound and outbound mail until April 11, 2020.

Mauritius
Mauritius Post has closed post offices are closed until April 15, 2020. As a result, customers should expect severe delays. Additionally, signature on delivery will no longer be required at the time delivery is made.

South Korea
Korea Post has suspended outbound mail services to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Iceland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, and Zambia until further notice.

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Estonia, Iceland, and Slovakia Provide Service Disruption Updates

April 2nd, 2020 Comments off

Today, April 2, 2020, the USPS received service disruption updates from Estonia, Iceland, and Slovakia. All three of these countries had previously comminuted service disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

International Mail Service Disruptions

Estonia
The Government of Estonia declared a state of emergency due to last until May 1, 2020. Therefore, Estonian Post cannot guarantee its delivery standards at this time. Customers should expect delays.

Iceland
Iceland Post has suspended signature on delivery requirements for inbound items. Delivery will instead be conducted using methods that limit human contact.

Slovakia
Slovenska Pošta, a. s., has announced disruptions to several services. Packages that would typically require the recipient’s signature can now be deposited in parcel terminals. Customers in compulsory quarantine will have their mail items delivered to a post office until the quarantine is lifted. International service will continue where possible, however, Slovenska Pošta is unable to deliver to an increasing number of destinations throughout the world.

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USPS Temporarily Unable to Accept Mail to 22 International Destinations

April 1st, 2020 Comments off

Several international postal services have notified the USPS that they are currently unable to accept or deliver mail originating from The United States. Effective April 3, the USPS will not accept mail addressed to these twenty-two affected countries. Stamps.com software will automatically notify customers when a destination is unable to receive USPS packages—so you don’t have to worry about printing postage for a mailpiece that can’t be sent.

USPS International Destination Suspensions
The USPS is currently unable to send mail to:

• Cayman Islands
• Chad
• Ecuador
• French Polynesia
• Honduras
• India
• Kuwait
• Libya
• Madagascar
• Maldives
• Mongolia
• New Caledonia
• Panama
• Peru
• Samoa
• Saudi Arabia
• South Africa
• Bolivia
• Sri Lanka
• Zimbabwe
• Fiji
• Botswana

Additionally, the USPS has been notified of further service disruptions from international postal services. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

Argentina
Correo Argentino has suspended the requirement for signature on delivery. Instead, recipients will provide an ID number that will be recorded in the signature field. Correo Argentino is also unable to transport mail to an increasing number of countries. As a result, international mail services will only be carried out where available.

Greece
Hellenic Post (ELTA) has announced that it will only be able to maintain international services to and from a limited set of countries. Due to ongoing transportation limitations, international service capacity may change daily. Currently, letter mail and packages to The United States are not being accepted.

Japan
Japan Post has announced that inbound international mail services are limited. Currently, mail from The United States is being accepted. For a full list of service advisories by country visit the Japan Post Service Alert Page.

Mali
La Poste du Mali has announced that is currently unable to meet its delivery standards. Customers should expect delays.

Serbia
Public Enterprise Post of Serbia has suspended international service to 186 destinations. Currently, inbound and outbound services to The United States are operational.

Thailand
Thailand Post is currently unable to provide outbound international service to a number of countries—a full list can be seen here.

Turkey
Turkish PTT Corporation has advised that customers should expect delays for all inbound and outbound mail services.

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International Carriers Announce Further Service Disruptions

March 31st, 2020 Comments off

Today, March 31, 2020, the USPS received communications from international carriers regarding service alterations due to coronavirus. Be advised that USPS packages sent to these locations may be affected. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

Bolivia
Agencia Boliviana de Correos has suspended all inbound and outbound mail services until April 15, 2020.

Italy
Poste Italiane has announced new changes to mail services. Effective immediately, if a recipient cannot be contacted, items can be returned to sender after the first delivery attempt. Packages that exceed 25 kg in weight or 120 cm in length will not be accepted. These restrictions do not apply to donations. Lastly, due to lack of transportation, Poste Italiane is suspending service to several locations.

Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Pochtasy has suspended all outbound international mail services until further notice.

Peru
Servicios Postales del Perú – SERPOST S.A, has extended the suspension of all mail services to April 12, 2020.

Zimbabwe
Zimpost has suspended all operations until April 19, 2020, or until government notice.

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USPS Announces All Military Mail Services are Restored

March 30th, 2020 Comments off

The USPS has announced that effective today, March 30, 2020, the service suspension to select APO/FPO ZIP codes has been lifted. USPS customers can once again send mail to the following military mail ZIPs:

AE FPO 09204
AE FPO 09216
AE APO 09706

Additionally, the USPS has received information from international postal services regarding new service interruptions. For a full list of all international service disruptions visit the Stamps.com Coronvirus Updates Page.

France
La Poste has announced that going forward it will only offer four days of mail reception: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. La Post will prioritize urgent mail and essential goods. At this time, La Poste is asking mailers worldwide to defer their non-urgent shipments to France. Additionally, La Poste is unable to offer the following services: International Surface Airlift, M-bags, returns, and International Business Reply Service (IBRS).

Honduras
Empresa de Correos de Honduras (Honducor) has suspended all postal services until at least April 12, 2020, or until a date that will be communicated at a later time.

Kazakhstan
Kazpost JSC has suspended all outbound services to following countries: Algeria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and The United States.

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Post Corporation has suspended all inbound and outbound mail services except for Express Mail Service items weighing up to 11 pounds.

Colombia
Servicios Postales Nacionales S.A. 4-72, has advised that significant delays are expected for all inbound and outbound mail services.

Denmark
PostNord Denmark is currently able to send mail to countries within the European Union (EU), with the exception of Cyprus and Malta. It is also able to send mail to the following countries outside of the EU: Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, The United States, and Vietnam. PostNord Denmark service availability is subject to change on a daily basis. Additionally, PostNord Denmark has suspended signature on delivery. Delivery will instead be made using methods that limit human contact.

Grenada
Grenada Postal Corporation, has advised that outbound and inbound mail delivery services will be affected by limited transportation to and from the country.

Kazakhstan
Kazpost JSC has advised that due to a state of quarantine, mail service in the cities of Nur-Sultan and Almaty will be delayed.

Lithuania
Lithuania Post has suspended signature on delivery service for inbound letter mail items and, when possible, will send parcels to parcel lockers for contact-free collection.

Nepal
Nepal Post has advised that due to the suspension of all incoming international flights, severe delays are expected.

Sweden
PostNord Sweden as announced that it is currently able to send mail to countries within the European Union (EU), with the exception of Cyprus and Malta. Outside of the EU, PostNord Sweden can provide mail services to Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vietnam. PostNord Sweden service availability is subject to change on a daily basis. Additionally, PostNord Sweden has suspended signature on delivery. Delivery will instead be made using methods that limit human contact.

Vatican
Poste Vaticane is currently unable to send outbound mail transport mail to a growing number of countries. Poste Vaticane is therefore no longer accepting mail addressed to affected countries. The list of destination countries affected is subject to change on a daily basis.

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