Germany’s post advises that exceptionally heavy rain has caused extreme flooding, mainly in the west of the country. This has led to destruction, disruption or closure of regional and national roads, including motorways. The post’s infrastructure has likewise suffered damage. Consequently, postal services in large areas of western Germany are currently interrupted. The postcode areas most severely affected are 42XXX, 44XXX, 45XXX, 50XXX, 52XXX, 53XXX, 54XXX, 56XXX, 58XXX and 95XXX. Inbound and outbound international services are in general operating as normal, but exchanges of dispatches by road with neighboring countries to the west of Germany may be affected by road closures.
Australian Post has updated that daily operations are being affected by government COVID measures which include lockdowns, state border closures, restrictions on movement, self-isolation and limitations on air and other transport services. As result, it is affecting the processing and delivery of all mail items. Specifically, there are border closures and strict lockdowns in two major states, Victoria and New South Wales, where the processing and delivery of mail items is being significantly impacted.
Thailand Post has updated that as a result of a significant number of new COVID-19 infections detected in Thailand, the Government of Thailand has extended the nationwide state of emergency until 30 September 2021. The wide-ranging restrictions in force include a curfew (21.00 to 4.00) in 10 provinces (Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Songkhla, Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala), limits on opening hours for some venues. Thailand Post will continue to provide postal services but will be operating with a reduced workforce and in line with the new restrictions and safety guidelines. As a result, Thailand Post can no longer guarantee to meet delivery standards until further notice.
Samoa’s post advises that the government has extended a state of emergency until Aug. 2.
Indonesia’s post advises that the Jakarta office of exchange is upgrading to IPS version 2020. This will result in delays in electronic advance data transmissions between July 8-10.
Thailand Post advises that, following a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the Thailand Post workforce, post offices in various parts of the country have been temporarily closed in accordance with government measures. During this period, Thailand Post will continue to provide postal services, and will work with local authorities to manage the situation and make necessary adjustments to ensure the delivery and processing of inbound and outbound mail. However, with a reduced workforce, Thailand Post is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed standards.
Panama’s post advises that post offices, mail processing centers (domestic and international) and the air trans-shipment office at Tocúmen International Airport are operating under normal working hours and the biosafety measures established by the Ministry of Health of Panama. Panama’s post is able to continue to receive inbound mail destined for Panama. The following are the only International Mail Processing Centers (offices of exchange) to be used for the various categories of mail destined for Panama: PAPTYA: Postal Centre – LC/AO items (air and S.A.L.) PAPTYB: Postal parcels (air and S.A.L.) PAPTYD: EMS items Panama’s post is unable to guarantee service standards for inbound and outbound mail, and the situation of force majeure for all categories of mail items will continue to apply.
New Zealand Post advises that the government has lowered its COVID-19 alert level in the Wellington region. It had been increased for a time due to a case of COVID-19.
Mauritius Post advises that the government has announced the easing of COVID-related restrictions effective July 1, subject to strict adherence to sanitary protocols and measures. Beginning July 15, Mauritius will gradually open its international borders. However, COVID-19 continues to have a direct impact on international inbound and outbound mail to and from Mauritius. Therefore, the provisions set out in previous messages and the situation of force majeure previously declared for all inbound and outbound international letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items continue to apply.
Lithuania Post advises that the government has ended a national lockdown with some safety measures remaining in place to limit further spread of COVID-19. A force majeure will no longer apply as of July 1.
New Zealand Post advises that the government raised the alert level in Wellington through June 27 due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Measures taken include staff working from home, social distancing and reduced shift sizes. This will impact the post’s operational performance in the Wellington region, placing constraints on capacity and service performance capability.
Nepal Post advises that the government has lifted suspension of some international flights, subject to government-mandated conditions. Domestic flights will resume July 1. Lockdown measures have been relaxed. Other public transport remains suspended until further notice. These measures may result in delays in mail collection, transportation and delivery. The post remains unable to accept outbound mail to countries other than India.
Australia Post advises of new restrictions in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The post is experiencing disruptions to its daily operations due to emergency measures imposed by the government. These measures, which include lockdowns, state border closures, restrictions on movement and self-isolation for affected individuals, have caused disruptions with airlines and other transportation providers. The restrictions are having a direct impact on service quality for inbound international letter post services. Australia Post is therefore declaring a force majeure event for all inbound international letter post services effective June 28.
Sri Lanka’s post advises that, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the government has extended the current strict island-wide travel restrictions until June 21. The post will continue to operate under the current restrictions and safety guidelines. Sri Lanka’s post is therefore unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed delivery standards for all mail categories.
Slovenia’s post advises that the lockdown previously announced has ended effective June 15. Since the risk of spreading COVID-19 remains, most of the preventive measures will be maintained, and Slovenia’s post will continue to provide postal services in line with national public health guidelines and restrictions. The acceptance of outbound mail items (letter post, parcel post and EMS) for some destinations remains subject to transport availability. Slovenia’s post is declaring the situation of force majeure to be at an end.
Guatemala’s post advises that services in the eastern and northeastern regions of the country, which were disrupted due to Storm Eta, are in the process of being restored. It is hoped that all services will have resumed as normal by the end of this month. Inbound and outbound services (both domestic and international) in the rest of the country are operating as normal.
New Zealand Post advises that heavy rain in South Island has caused floods and landslides that have closed roads and damaged or destroyed bridges. A state of emergency has been declared for the Canterbury region. Landslides and floodwaters are expected to continue to disrupt road transport and travel. Delivery operations are suspended in all areas under the state of emergency or where conditions are deemed unsafe by authorities. Transport, processing and delivery operations for the entire South Island (postcodes 7000 to 9999) are likely to be disrupted and the post has declared a force majeure.
Post Malaysia have advised that, in response to a significant number of new infections, the Malaysian Government has both extended and reinforced its measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 from 28 May 2021. During this period, Post Malaysia will continue to provide postal services, operating with a reduced workforce and in line with the new restrictions and safety guidelines. The processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail (letters and parcels) will continue to be affected, and Post Malaysia is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed standards. Previously declared force majeure continues to apply until further notice.
Lithuania Post advises that the government has extended a national lockdown until June 30 to control the spread of COVID-19. Postal services will continue to operate subject to certain restrictions. Processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail will continue to be affected and the post is unable to guarantee compliance with the usual delivery standards. A force majeure will continue.
Australia Post advises that inbound letter-post items are no longer being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is still experiencing issues with other categories of inbound items and all categories of outbound mail.
Thailand’s post advises that cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among operating staff handling inbound letter-post items at the Laksi mail processing center. Quarantine and other public health measures have been implemented at the facility, resulting in a reduction in the workforce. Delays are expected in processing, customs clearance and delivery of all inbound letter-post services destined for Thailand. A backlog resulting from the temporary closure of the Suvarnabhumi Office of Exchange has been cleared and operations there have returned to normal.
Sri Lanka’s post advises that due to spread of COVID-19 strict island-wide travel restrictions have been imposed by the government, effective until June 7. Delivery of all inbound mail will be suspended during this period. The country’s international airports remain open to cargo flights, and all inbound mail will be transported to the Colombo office of exchange under special arrangements, but processing and delivery will be suspended. Outbound mail transport will also be affected.
Slovenia’s post advises that a government lockdown in response to COVID-19 has been extended by 30 days beginning May 17. The post continues to provide services in line with national public health guidelines and restrictions but is operating with a reduced workforce. Processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail continues to be affected, and the post is unable to guarantee compliance with agreed standards. Acceptance of outbound mail for some destinations remains subject to transport availability. The force majeure is being extended until further notice.
Slovakia’s post advises that a state of emergency has now ended. However, restrictions in terms of service standards and the previously announced force majeure remain in place.
Palestine’s post advises that due to current events in the Gaza Strip postal operations will be subject to interruptions and delays until calm returns to the region. The post indicates that it will be difficult to provide postal services for the following addresses and postal codes until further notice: Gaza: P840–P899 Khan Younes: P930–P969 Rafah: P970–P999 North Gaza: P800–P839