Information to update Postal Monitor will be posted here.
Everything else - questions, discussions and comments - please use other topics.
(Please see what to post in this thread)
Refer to Postal Monitor for the individual lists of suspended destinations.
If you do not see your country on the list, it’s because they have
*No suspensions (you can send mail to all areas in the world) or
*No information (your postal system does not provide current information to the public) or
*No members (we do not have active members in the country)
The main purpose of Postal Monitor (and this alert topic) is to avoid postcards to be rejected or returned by post offices, and to prevent members from receiving unexpected surcharges or higher postal rates.
'Postal Monitor will be updated based on these factors:
1. Official Info
For the better accuracy, we do not update Postal Monitor based on a few samples from your individual experience.
Some mail are lucky to “hitchhike” and get to suspended destinations, but they are exceptions. There’s no guarantee that other postcards will be treated in the same way. The route has to be open from all parts of your country, for anyone, at any time, consistently.
Our top priority is to “protect” everyone’s postcards from being rejected, returned, stuck for months, or lost.
Therefore, we like to remove a suspended country usually when an official announcement has been made by the postal agency. Anyone can contact their postal agency to have them publish or update the list of suspended destinations.
2. Statistical Data
In addition to official announcements from postal agencies, our 'Postal monitor incorporates the actual statistics on missing/stranded/returned postcards sent for the official site.
e.g. Japan (surface only = suspended), South Korea (surface only = suspended, except S.Korea-> Japan), Tajikistan (same availability as Russia)
3. Preventive Measures
We occasionally add a route to 'Postal Monitor as a preventive measure when situations are uncertain, considering the number of affected active members.
Regular letter post (=Not EMS/urgent/express/registered/parcels/packages).
We usually do not add a country to 'Postal Monitor, if one of the services (airmail, surface mail, sea mail, non-priority mail) is still active.
Long-term suspensions (= Not delays. Not strikes. Only when your post office does not accept mail to a certain country.)
Outbound (=Sending. Not receiving)
Please note that international postal routes are NOT interchangeable: “Country A can send to Country B” does not mean “County B can send to Country A”
Reliable source of the information
Official announcement from a postal agency/government and its URL (link to the webpage, image, PDF, etc.) . For a captured image, please let us know where it is from (Social media, email, flyer posted at a post office, etc.). We need it for records and future monitoring.
If possible, we appreciate English translation for the announcement made in a non-English language or if you could tell us what had changed in the update.
You do not need to copy & paste the entire list, as it could change since the time you had posted. We always try to check the original list directly.
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We appreciate your contributions to the list.