:postcard: Mail Suspension Alerts

Malaysia update: Outbound services to 56 countries and from 7 October, it would be 145 countries.
See link here and the FAQ: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2021/09/22/pos-malaysia-resumes-outbound-services-to-56-countries
FAQ here: https://www.pos.com.my/faq/#category-container-71

Tagging @meiadeleite here!

@meiteoh Thank you for the updates!

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Postal Monitor for Malaysia is now updated (October 7th, 2am Kuala Lumpur Time)
As @peifern mentioned, the effective date is October 7th.
Please note that we usually do not change Postal Monitor until the effective date to avoid rejected/returned/lost mail. Thank you :wink:


:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 7, 2021 at 06:06 UTC.
(Maldives, Slovak)

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 8, 2021 at 05:34 UTC.
(Netherlands, Singapore)

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 9, 2021 at 05:36 UTC.
(Estonia, Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayan, USA)

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 11, 2021 at 20:30 UTC.
(Bangladesh, Singapore)

Latest Indiapost order regarding outgoing of mails.

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:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 13, 2021 at 07:18 UTC.
(Cyprus, India, Korea-South)

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 14, 2021 at 06:07 UTC.


On the Australia Post website today:

The link is here.

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:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 16, 2021 at 06:33 UTC.
(Albania, Portugal, Russia, USA + Australia/to be updated on Oct 18th & 25th)

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 18, 2021 at 06:32 UTC.
(Albania, Australia) + Australia/to be updated on Oct 25th

Huge change!
Since 18.10. Poland can send mails again to:

Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Burundi, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Guyana, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Comoros, Congo, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Martinique, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Reunion, El Salvador, Sierra Leone, Togo, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


We have been checking with other members from Indonesia about this.

While there are some reports of postcards eventually making it to destinations that is not officially serviced by the Pos Udara LN at the moment, it is an assumption that it is being routed via the Paket Pos Biasa LN. Even if true, there’s no oficial guarantee that that is true for all possible destinations of this service.

It could be, for example (and we have no way to be sure about this) that when the backlog to a particular destination is big enough, that it is shipped via alternative services (such as Paket Pos Biasa LN) or, sent via airmail whenever there is space in some one-off flight that they can’t count on to re-open the route.

Our understanding is that this is technically correct. But just like one could technically mail postcards using EMS, the rate is a very different one and no one does. So while customer support is correct in saying that that service can be used for postcards, at Paket Pos Biasa LN rates it won’t be used by postcrossers.

Hence, the information is somewhat contradicting but we need to make a decision on this and we prefer to err on the side of avoiding mail from being potentially lost/on hold.

Unless there’s a clear official statement by Pos Indonesia confirming that regular letter post items can be sent via Paket Pos Biasa LN (at regular rates, with postage stamps), we won’t be restoring to routes covered only by this service as that would risk mail to be stranded without a way to reach its destination.

To my knowing, regardless of our postal service types, when the route is open to certain country, everything that’s supposed to be sent there whether it’s EMS, pos biasa LN or pos udara LN, will still be shipped. It doesn’t work by type of service but by country of destination.

Pos Udara (airmail) service isn’t opened yet because the air traffic is still closed. Hence why it will be sent by ship (pos biasa LN) that can take more than a month

Unfortunately it’s true that until now there’s no official information from Indonesian postal service about it, which is why it’s hard to give valid update

By the way,

The system gave me an address to mainland China (PRC) and it arrived in 40 days (postcard ID-365657) and on the postal monitor for Indonesia, pos udara LN (airmail) hasn’t opened yet to China, only by Pos biasa LN. Perhaps it was a glitch?

As of 30 September, the US postal service has suspended accepting mail for New Zealand. Source

*EDITED: oops, nevermind, looks like the official announcement is only for packages etc. Looks like my local post office was misinformed.

:white_check_mark: List on the first post was updated on October 23, 2021 at 02:37 UTC.
(Singapore, USA) + Australia/to be updated on Oct 25th.

Yes, that is correct.
Postcards from the US are sent via First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), which is still available to Australia and New Zealand, as of today.

Japan update

We CAN’T send to Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

However, we CAN send to St. Helena. so, not all three regions.

It’s minor changes but just in case.

source: Service availability by country - Japan Post