International service disruptions

International Mail Service Suspensions

Updated: June 18, 2021

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.

Suspension Due to Unavailability of Transportation

Brunei

Laos

Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Miquelon)

Timor-Leste

Cuba

Martinique

Samoa

Turkmenistan

Eritrea

Mongolia

South Sudan

Yemen

French Guiana

Myanmar

Syria

 

Guadeloupe

Reunion (Bourbon)

Tajikistan

 

Customers: please refrain from mailing items addressed to the countries listed here, 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.

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:

Either:

  • The Postal Service will, upon request, refund postage and fees on mail returned due to the suspension of service, or
  • The sender may remail 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.”

Global Express Guaranteed® Service Suspensions and Disruptions

Effective February 23, 2021, the Postal Service is temporarily suspending international mail acceptance of Global Express Guarantee® (GXG®) to the following destinations.

Suspension of Global Express Guaranteed Service

Bhutan

Laos

Norfolk Island

Eritrea

Lesotho

Vietnam

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

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

Priority Mail Express International® Temporary Guarantee Suspension

Effective March 23, 2020, due to airline travel restrictions and cancellations, the U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined to China, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These suspensions will be in effect until further notice. The Postal Service is taking all reasonable measures to minimize impact to our customers.