International service disruptions

International Mail Service Suspensions

Updated: Feb. 16, 2024

The Postal Service™ is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for certain destinations due to impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions. Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here, until further notice.

Suspensions

Afghanistan

Laos**

Sudan

Belarus

Myanmar

Syria

Brunei

Niue*

Yemen

Central African Republic

Russia

 

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.

*Niue’s service disruption affects Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI)

**Laos’ service disruption affects Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), and M-Bag® items.

Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.

For already deposited items, other than GXG:

Postal Service employees endorse them “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.

Global Express Guaranteed® Service Suspensions and Disruptions

Effective March 8, 2022, the Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance of Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) to the following destinations:

Suspension of Global Express Guaranteed® Service

Belarus

Russia

Ukraine

Unless otherwise noted, service suspensions to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.

Customer: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the country listed here, until further notice.

Priority Mail Express International®

Effective October 25, 2021, due to airline travel restrictions and cancellations, the U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International® to the following destinations:

Suspension of Priority Mail Express International Guarantee

Australia

Great Britain

Korea

Sweden

Canada

Hong Kong

New Zealand

Switzerland

China

Israel

Singapore

Thailand

France

Japan

Spain

These suspensions will be in effect until further notice. The Postal Service is taking all reasonable measures to minimize impact to our customers.