Seychelles’ post advises that restrictive measures imposed by the government due to COVID-19 are gradually being lifted. The post has resumed normal operations and the situation of force majeure is closed.
Seychelles Postal Services advises that the international airport has reopened and flights are gradually resuming. Inbound mail is now being accepted. However, as flights may still be cancelled due to lack of demand, acceptance of all outbound postal items remains suspended until further notice. The situation of force majeure previously declared will continue to apply.
Seychelles Postal Services has suspended all outbound mail dispatches and is only able to receive a few mailbags on special chartered flights operating on an irregular basis. All scheduled international flights to and from the Seychelles have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Items may also be delayed due to reduced transportation between islands. Seychelles Postal Services has declared a force majeure situation until further notice.
Temporary Service Suspension — The Postal Service will temporarily suspend international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to service impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective April 7, 2020, the Postal Service has temporarily suspended international mail acceptance to destinations where air and sea transportation is unavailable due to widespread cancellations and restrictions into the area. Customers are asked to refrain from mailing items addressed to Seychelles 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 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.