ADVISORY ALERTS

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation advises that the country’s borders are currently closed to commercial air and sea traffic. Cargo flights are allowed to operate on a limited basis but postal service quality for international inbound and outbound services and service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed until further notice. The post is therefore declaring a situation of force majeure for all categories of inbound and outbound mail.

Seychelles

Seychelles Postal Services advises that the international airport has reopened and flights are gradually resuming. Inbound mail is now being accepted. However, as flights may still be cancelled due to lack of demand, acceptance of all outbound postal items remains suspended until further notice. The situation of force majeure previously declared will continue to apply.

Mali

Mali’s post has resumed normal postal services as of Aug. 5.

Lebanon

Lebanon’s post advises that it is planning to resume postal services nationwide Aug. 10 and, where possible, create special delivery hubs in areas impacted by the massive explosion in Beirut. Postal operations had been suspended in the aftermath of the Aug. 4 blast.

Hong Kong

Hongkong Post advises that special working arrangements for government employees are extended through Aug. 16. The force majeure situation previously announced remains in place, affecting processing and delivery of all types of mail with an impact on quality of service.

Honduras

Honduras’ post advises that service across the postal supply chain remained suspended through Aug. 9 in accordance with a government lockdown. The post asks countries that normally send their mail to Honduras by air cargo or commercial flights not to do so for the time being. An exception may be made for humanitarian aid that is authorized by the Honduran government. The post is proceeding with the first phase of reopening and employees are gradually returning to work. Initially, the focus will be on opening dispatches received prior to March 16, and sorting and delivering those items.

Colombia

Colombia’s post advises that the government has extended mandatory preventive isolation until Sept. 1. This will impact operations, including causing significant delays for all inbound and outbound mail. The post is unable to send mail to various countries due to a continuation of force majeure, cancellation of international flights, closure of borders and other measures.

Brazil

Brazil’s post advises that it is unable to send letters, parcels and express mail service items to various countries. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on its operations and quality of international inbound and outbound services. The situation of force majeure remains in place.

Peru

Peru’s post advises that it is gradually resuming operations, including resumption of air and road transport services, in strict compliance with measures to prevent COVID-19. The situation of force majeure continues to apply. The government has extended a national state of emergency until Aug. 31 with social isolation mandatory in a number of areas where travel is authorized only for essential goods and services.

Hong Kong

Hongkong Post advises that special working arrangements for government employees are extended until Aug. 9. The force majeure situation remains in place, affecting processing and delivery of all types of mail with an impact on quality of service.

Pakistan

Pakistan’s post advises that measures taken to prevent spread of COVID-19 will impact operations and, consequently, quality of service for all types of inbound mail. For this reason, service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed and a situation of force majeure has been declared until the situation returns to normal.

Lebanon

Lebanon’s post advises that the government has declared a lockdown July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Beirut’s airport will remain open to cargo and commercial flights and mail dispatches will continue. Post offices will remain open and distribution and processing networks will continue operating but at reduced capacity. The post will make every effort to process inbound and outbound mail but the situation will affect quality of service for all mail classes.

Honduras

Honduras’ post advises that its services remain suspended until Aug. 2 to comply with a government lockdown. The post asks countries that normally send their mail to Honduras by air cargo or commercial flights not to do so for the time being. An exception can be made for humanitarian aid authorized by the government.

Spain

Spain’s post advises that it is able to accept mail to additional destinations because of improvements in transport capacity and resumption of flights to and from Spain. The post is able to send mail to a majority of countries and territories, including the United States.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Post advises that special working arrangements for government employees are extended through Aug. 2. During this period a force majeure situation remains in place, affecting mail processing and delivery, with an impact on quality of service.

Vanuatu

Vanuatu Post advises that the government has extended a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until Dec. 31. International borders remain closed but authorizations have been given for cargo flights to operate. However, postal service quality for international inbound and outbound services and service delivery standards can no longer be guaranteed until further notice.

Seychelles

Seychelles Postal Services has suspended all outbound mail dispatches and is only able to receive a few mailbags on special chartered flights operating on an irregular basis. All scheduled international flights to and from the Seychelles have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Items may also be delayed due to reduced transportation between islands. Seychelles Postal Services has declared a force majeure situation until further notice.

Honduras

Honduras Post (Honducor) advises that its services remain suspended to comply with a government extended lockdown until July 26. The post asked countries that normally send their mail to Honduras by air cargo or commercial flights not to do so for the time being. An exception can be made for humanitarian aid that is authorized by the government.

Togo

Togo’s post advises that flights remain suspended and borders remain closed other than for transport of goods. It has restored some capacity to process mail sent on cargo flights.  However, mail processing is likely to be delayed and postal items are delivered only over post office counters or to post office boxes. Mail processing and delivery times remain impacted. The post has limited transport capacity for outbound mail items due to suspension or cancellation of flights to most countries. Cargo flights operate irregularly and offer only limited capacity for postal items, leading to delays in processing and dispatch of outbound items. Therefore, processing standards cannot be guaranteed.

Malta

MaltaPost advises that it has resumed collection of signatures on delivery for all mail requiring it. Confirmation of deliveries will be provided through event scans for products that allow tracking. Delays for both inbound and outbound mail remain, especially at the international mail processing center, due to cancellation of international flights. This disruption is expected to continue until airlines resume normal operations and sufficient transport capacity becomes available. Consequently, the post is still unable to guarantee quality of service and delivery standards for letters, parcels and express mail service items. The case of force majeure already invoked remains in force. Additionally, delays can occur in processing and delivery of all types of domestic and international items due to social distancing rules among staff and between staff and customers.

Maldives

Maldives Post advises that processing of outbound mail is gradually returning to normal, following resumption of limited international flights. However, acceptance of international mail remains temporarily suspended for some countries due to lack of flights and lockdown situations in destination countries.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s post advises that operations have been partially restored, subject to COVID-19 social distancing measures. Due to insufficient international transport capacity, the post is accepting outbound international mail items for a limited number of destinations. The international mail processing center is handling incoming international dispatches. However, distribution to remote customs and delivery offices is still subject to delays. The post is still unable to guarantee quality of service and delivery standards and the case of force majeure already invoked remains in force. Signature on delivery remains suspended but tracked confirmation of deliveries will be provided through scans for products that allow tracking.

Hong Kong

Hongkong Post has announced special arrangements for postal services through July 26 due to government measures aimed at reducing the risk of spread of COVID-19: During this period, all post offices will suspend service but limited mail delivery will be provided. These steps will affect processing and delivery of all types of services, including outbound and inbound mail, with an impact on quality of service.

Honduras

Honduras’ post advises that its services remained suspended to comply with a government-extended lockdown until July 19. The post asked countries that normally send their mail to Honduras by air cargo or commercial flights not to do so for the time being. An exception can be made for humanitarian aid that is authorized by the government.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia’s post has resumed all activities. Domestic flights are now operating as normal. Due to resumption of international flights to and from France, Canada and the United States, the post is again able to process outbound and inbound international mail sent to, from or via those countries.