Bermuda’s post advises that staff at Bermuda’s office of exchange have been asked to self-quarantine until advised by local health authorities to return to work. This is having a direct impact on service quality and operations. Therefore, the post is declaring a situation of force majeure due to COVID-19 and, in particular, the inability to pick up international mail from the airport, and to transport, process and deliver mail locally.
Effective April 17, 2020, the U.S. Postal Service will temporarily suspend international mail acceptance to destinations where transportation is unavailable due to impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions into the area. Customers are asked to refrain from mailing items addressed to Bermuda until further notice.
These service disruptions affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.
For already deposited items, other than Global Express Guarantee (GXG®), Postal Service employees will endorse the items as “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender” and then place them in the mail stream for return.
For any returned item bearing a customs form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service.
For all other returned items not bearing a customs declarations form, the Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or the sender may re-mail them with the existing postage once service has been restored. When remailing under this option, customers must cross out the markings “Mail Service Suspended — Return to Sender.”
Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.
USPS is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update customers until the situation returns to normal.
Bermuda Post Office advises that measures taken to minimize spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including closures of many public institutions and businesses and suspension of flights into Bermuda, are having a direct impact on postal operations and service quality. Therefore, Bermuda Post Office is declaring a situation of force majeure with regard to all international mail as a result of the global spread of COVID-19.