French Polynesia’s post advises that a two-week countrywide lockdown began Aug. 23 in response to the rapid spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus. Processing and delivery of all incoming mail will be severely disrupted.
Australia Post advises that the Sydney office of exchange will be closed for up to 48 hours for reasons relating to COVID-19. This will have a direct impact on processing, delivery and handover of all inbound mail items received in Sydney during this period. Australia Post’s offices of exchange in Brisbane and Melbourne continue to process mail.
Vanuatu Post has updated that the Government has extended the state of emergency until 31st December 2021. International borders remain closed, but weekly cargo flights can still operate. As result, the post can no longer guarantee to meet delivery standards until further notice.
Sri Lankan Post has updated that the Government of Sri Lanka has announced a national lockdown effective from 21 to 30 August 2021. Restrictions will continue to apply and the processing and delivery of all mail types will be heavily impacted.
New Zealand Post advises that the government has raised the COVID-19 alert status to the highest level because of cases of the Delta variant. The post is classified as an essential business and will remain in operation. However, implementation of this alert level will affect its operational performance. Measures taken to ensure a safe working environment will significantly affect processing and delivery capacity and service performance.
Macao Post advises that delivery services have resumed effective Aug. 18.
Jamaica Post advises that the government has extended a national curfew until Aug. 31. Revised working shifts/hours will continue to apply across the postal network, affecting sorting operations, mail delivery and dispatch of mail vans, as well as timely electronic messaging updates and responses to online customer inquiries. A force majeure continues to apply with an impact on quality of service for all types of mail.
Greece’s post advises that it has been experiencing technical issues with the interface between its system and the customs system since Aug. 13 and is unable to perform customs declarations, resulting in delays for customs procedures.
Cayman Islands Post advises that it suspended all postal services on Aug. 16 as Tropical Depression Grace approached with the potential to cause flooding in postal facilities and at the international airport.
China Post advises there are inbound handover delays at Shanghai PVG airport due to strengthened protective measures against COVID-19. Every item arriving in China must go through a disinfection process for at least 48 hours. In addition, staff working at warehouses are subject to certain quarantines. According to the post, its inbound processing in Shanghai has no issues — inbound mail is collected once it’s ready for pickup.
Sri Lanka Post advises the government has again imposed island-wide travel restrictions due to rapid spread of COVID-19. All mail items sent to the nation will be processed and delivered in compliance with restrictions and safety guidelines. The office of exchange and all other mail sorting centers are operating on a limited number of days with a reduced workforce. Processing and delivery of all inbound mail and transportation of outbound mail will be heavily impacted by the current situation. The post is unable to guarantee compliance with delivery standards for all mail categories.
Philippines’s post advises that customers should expect possible delays in the processing, transport and/or delivery of inbound postal items due to the lockdown imposed by the government in the National Capital Region from Aug. 6-20, and in some other areas of the country effective Aug. 1. National Capital Region, enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 6-20 Gingoog City of Misamis Oriental, enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-7 Iloilo and Iloilo City, enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-7 Cagayan de Oro City, enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-7 Ilocos Norte, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15 Bataan, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15 Mandaue City, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15 Lapu-Lapu City, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15 Cebu City, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15 Cebu Province, modified enhanced community quarantine, Aug. 1-15
Macao Post advises that the Macao Special Administrative Region of China has entered a state of immediate prevention effective Aug. 3, owing to high risk of a local COVID-19 outbreak. Certain districts and locations in Macao are locked down, with people living or staying in those areas required to undergo testing, meaning that surrounding roads are blocked. This will affect the delivery of letter-post and EMS items until further notice.
Rwanda’s post advises that in order to reinforce the measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, the government has extended the lockdown declared in the capital, Kigali, and in eight other districts (Burera, Gicumbi, Kamonyi, Musanze, Nyagatare, Rubavu, Rwamagana and Rutsiro), until July 31, 2021. A travel ban is in place between Kigali and other provinces, as well as between other districts. This decision will remain in force until July 31, 2021, and in certain areas until Aug. 10, 2021. The post’s operational performance in Kigali and the other affected districts will be severely impacted by these measures, since they limit its processing and delivery resources and affect its capacity in terms of volume and quality of service.
Jamaica Post advises that the government has extended a national curfew until Aug. 10. Revised working shifts/hours will continue to apply across the postal network, affecting sorting operations, mail delivery and dispatch of mail vans, as well as timely electronic data messaging updates and responses to online customer inquiries. A force majeure continues to apply with an impact on quality of service for all types of mail.
Australia Post advises that its daily operations are being affected by government measures aimed at preventing spread of COVID-19. There are impacts to processing and delivery of inbound and outbound mail items. There are border closures and lockdowns in place across the country, including lockdowns in two major states, Victoria and New South Wales, where the processing and delivery of mail items is being significantly impacted.
Luxembourg Post advises that there are disruptions to service in parts of the country due to flooding that has affected transportation and led to some evacuations. Postcode areas affected are: 10xx, 29xx, 58xx, 59xx, 64xx, 65xx, 66xx, 67xx, 68xx, 74xx, 75xx and 94xx.
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.