ADVISORY ALERTS

Honduras

Honduras’ post has extended the suspension of all postal services until June 14 as part of an extended government lockdown. It 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 if authorized by the government.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s post advises that a small quantity of incoming mail on cargo flights is being processed and distributed normally. However, absence of any passenger flights is affecting admission of letters, parcels and express mail service items. When delivering items with a signature requirement, postal employees will check the identity document of the person taking receipt and record their name and ID number on a delivery list or electronic device.

Colombia

Colombia’s post advises that the government has extended an isolation period until July 1. However, as an essential service, the post is currently exempt from restrictions and will continue to provide domestic and international services. Previously communicated measures affecting operations will remain in place and continue to cause significant delays to all inbound and outbound international mail. Due to continuation of force majeure, cancellation of international flights, closure of borders and internal measures taken by other countries and their designated operators, the post is currently unable to send mail to various countries.

Suriname

Suriname’s post advises that it has suspended all services across the entire postal chain until further notice. All designated operators are advised not to send mail to Suriname for the time being. Otherwise, the mail will need to be stored in customs warehouses, generating significant extra cost.

Philippines

Philippines’ post advises that two of its international mail processing centers are suspending operations through June 8.

Panama

Panama’s post advises it is currently unable to send or receive any category of mail to or from any country due to suspension of airline transport operations as part of measures to limit spread of COVID-19. There will be delays in the arrival of mail to Panama and, accordingly, delays in its delivery to recipients. Therefore, a situation of force majeure is declared and will no longer accept outbound or inbound mail, or mail for transit to other destinations, until such time as airlines resume normal service.

Mauritius

Mauritius Post advises that the government imposed curfew was lifted May 30. All postal activities are operational. However, due to cancellation and suspension of flights, inbound and outbound mail will remain subject to delays. Mauritius Post is unable to send mail to a number of countries with the exception of France. Therefore, the force majeure situation is being extended until further notice.

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein’s post advises that postal services have resumed as normal.

Kuwait

Kuwait Post advises that all postal services will return to normal effective June, 21 2020.

Iraq

Iraqi Post is resuming postal operations and will accept inbound mail effective June 15, 2020, onwards.

France

La Poste advises that government restrictions to reduce spread of COVID-19 remain in effect until July 10. The post is making every effort to ensure delivery of letters and resume delivery of priority items, parcels, daily newspapers and registered letters, as well as collections from post boxes. Due to staffing impacts, there may be processing and delivery delays throughout the country. La Poste asks that the sending of heavy and bulky parcels continue to be limited as far as possible until the situation returns to normal. This applies to parcels exceeding 20 kg in weight and whose longest dimension exceeds 1 m and/or whose three dimensions combined exceed 1.5 m (i.e. L+W+H  must be less than 1.50 m). Accordingly, restrictions previously set out regarding service standards continue to apply and the situation of force majeure remains in force.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic’s post advises that acceptance of mail for some countries remains temporarily suspended due to the transport situation and continuing lockdown in destination countries. Due to cancellation and postponement of flights, processing of outbound items may be subject to significant delays. In addition, because of social distancing rules, delays may occur in processing and delivery of all types inbound and domestic mail items. Previously communicated restrictions regarding service standards and application of force majeure remain in place.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s post advises all international and domestic passenger flights are suspended until June 15. Due to the lack of transport capacity, the post has declared a situation of force majeure since March 29, 2020. The post is still sending outbound mail to a limited number of countries, including the United States. It also continues to receive inbound and transit mail via air cargo, charter flights and other means, and is delivering inbound mail as usual.

Tonga

Tonga Post advises the government has allowed one flight per week from New Zealand for the past month. Tonga Post is able to receive and send mail via this flight, but delays are still to be expected. Precautionary measures are still in place for incoming mail and service delivery standards cannot be guaranteed.

Myanmar

Myanmar Post advises the suspension of all passenger flights to and from Yangon International Airport has been extended until June 15. Consequently, restrictions regarding  processing of international outbound and inbound items, including delivery, remain in place.

Mauritius

Mauritius Post advises the government curfew due to COVID-19 was lifted May 30. All postal activities are operational but the government’s health directives are being strictly observed. Due to cancellation and suspension of flights, outbound mail will remain subject to delays. Mauritius Post is currently unable to send mail to a number of countries. Therefore, the force majeure situation is being extended until further notice.

Maldives

Maldives Post advises the government has extended a lockdown of the Malé region until June 13 and suspension of international flights until June 30. The post is not accepting international mail items for any destination until the situation returns to normal. Severe delays for all outbound airmail are to be expected. The international mail processing center is operating with a skeleton workforce to process incoming international dispatches. Therefore, Maldives Post is still unable to guarantee quality of service and delivery standards and the case of force majeure already invoked remains in force. The disruption is expected to continue until the epidemic is over. Additionally, access to postal outlets remains subject to restrictions, and measures to minimize human contact remain in force.

Nepal

Nepal Post advises the government has further extended a lockdown until June 14. This, together with suspension of all incoming international flights until June 30, is affecting all postal operations.

Israel

Israel Postal Company advises some of the restrictions in place to prevent spread of COVID-19 have been lifted and the situation is returning to normal. Due to flight delays and cancellations, processing of outbound mail items may be subject to significant delays. Previously communicated restrictions on inbound and domestic mail regarding addressee signature, service standards and application of force majeure remain in place and may cause delays in the treatment and delivery of all types of mail.

Honduras

Honduras’ post advises all postal services remain suspended in compliance with a government lockdown until June 7. It 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 that is authorized by the government.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s post advises that due to government measures to combat spread of COVID-19 and declaration of a case of force majeure, there are delays in mail processing and delivery, which will affect quality of service.

Spain

Spain’s post advises the government has extended a state of alert until June 7 and the previously declared force majeure remains in effect. Consequently, until further notice, the post remains unable to guarantee quality of service for all types of inbound and outbound mail and compliance with delivery standards for items requiring signature. Because of improved international transport capacity and acceptance, the post is able to send mail to a number of countries, including the United States. The post is working on a plan to gradually resume normal operations over the coming weeks.

Slovenia

Slovenia’s post advises that postal services are now returning to normal. Outbound mail will resume gradually, depending on availability of flights and transport capacity. All postal items will continue to be delivered in line with national health guidelines. The post will end the situation of force majeure on June 1.

Peru

Peru’s post advises that all postal operations remain suspended in accordance with the government’s extension of a state of emergency until further notice.

Moldova

Moldova’s post advises it is now able to process and deliver inbound mail. A public health emergency is in effect until June 30 and Chisinau International Airport remains closed for regular commercial flights. However, charter flights are operating to various European destinations. The post also has options for surface transport.