Top tips for sending mail overseas
Help us deliver your mail as quickly as possible
Address your mail fully and clearly and always include the zip code or postcode and the country in English. The country must be written on the last line of the address in CAPITALS rather than using abbreviations. Please also check the size and weight restrictions for the country you are sending to before posting. Find out about addressing your items to Western Europe or Rest of the World
Remember to include a UK return address on all post you send so that we can return it to you if it can’t be delivered, free of charge.
When using dark coloured or red envelopes please use a white label to display the address. This helps us to read the address quickly and accurately. Also avoid using very small or square envelopes to send cards and letters.
Correct postage paid
Check that you’re using the correct tariff when sending mail and remember that if you are sending an item to the Republic of Ireland, you will need to use international postage rates. Underpayment can cause delays to delivery. Check our current prices.
You should select packaging that best suits the contents of your packet. Packaging material should protect the items enclosed from damage and be fastened securely to avoid them coming undone in transit.
Cash and Valuables
If you send a packet outside of the EU, you must remember to complete and attach a customs declaration for each item.
Where to take your mail for posting
To a Post Office®
We have a network of around 11,000 Post Office® branches nationwide - to find out which is the closest to you, use our Branch finder
To a Postbox®
There are 115,000 Postboxes® nationwide, so from just about wherever you are, there's one not too far away.
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