Postage to India

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International Signed

Tracking within the UK, and a signature on delivery
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Signature on delivery*
  • Items tracked until they leave the UK
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

 

*A signature is taken on delivery however we don’t provide a copy of the signature to you as part of the service and it’s not available to view online.
 

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

International Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 8.15
Online from £ 8.15

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 10.65
Online from £ 10.65

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 17.70
Online from £ 15.40

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 17.70
Online from £ 15.40

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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
     
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 2.50
Online from £ 2.50

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 4.20
Online from £ 4.20

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 11.00
Online from £ 7.45

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 11.00
Online from £ 7.45

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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 2.20
Online from £ 2.20

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.50
Online from £ 3.50

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 7.45
Online from £ 7.45

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 7.45
Online from £ 7.45

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You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

 
Prohibited and Restricted items to India

Prohibited items are forbidden and must not be sent.
Restricted items are allowed under certain conditions.

Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary so please check the criteria carefully. 

Please ensure that you follow the below guidelines before sending your items to India

  • Royal Mail prohibits and restricts certain categories of items, please click here to check that your item is allowed within our network. 
  • Each post around the world must follow the Universal Postal Union (UPU) rules applicable to letter post and postal parcels regarding prohibited and restricted items. To identify whether your item is allowed, please visit Article 19 which contains a detailed list of items that are not admitted in the International mail flow here.
  • The destination country also set their own rules around which items are prohibited and/or restricted. To check that your item is allowed to be sent to India please visit the UPU Country specific list here and scroll down to India.
  • You can also use the UPU CDS search function here.  

Please note: Specific Country restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for any clarification please contact the destination country’s trade, postal and customs authorities as appropriate. Royal Mail have no control over UPU and Country specific restrictions regarding prohibited and restricted items and it is your responsibility to check whether your items are allowed.

India Post has provided guidelines addressing listed below. For further information please refer to the Post Office Guide, in the general rules as to addressing sections on the India Post website

  • The Post town should be noted in block letters. It should also be underlined.
  • The PIN Code of the post town should be noted below.
  • It is particularly important to note the District in cases where there is more than one.
  • Post town bearing the same name and if PIN is not noted.
  • If the name of the district is the same as that of the Post town, the name of the State should be noted. Indications of route like ‘via’ should not be given.
  • It is desirable to note the sender’s address preferable in the lower left-hand corner on the address side or failing that on the reverse of the article.
  • Where possible landline and mobile telephone numbers of the addressee should be included on the item to assist in delivery 

In the case of articles for delivery in the urban areas:

  1. Name of addressee.
  2. Profession, if any.
  3. Number and/or name of the House and name of the street or Road.
  4. Post Box No, if any.
  5. Name of the locality or Mohall.
  6. Name of the Post Town and Pin-Code.
  7. Name of the District and State Pin-Code
  8. Country.

In the case of articles for delivery in the rural areas:

  1. Name of addressee.
  2. Father’s or husbands’ name.
  3. Profession, if any.
  4. No. of house, if any along with the name of street if any.
  5. Name of the village and Thana Firka, Hobli, etc.
  6. Name of the Post Office of delivery and the PIN-Code.
  7. Name of the Taluk or Tahsil. This is not necessary if correct PIN is written.
  8. Name of the District and State. This is not necessary if correct PIN is written.
  9. Country.

An example of correct and complete addresses is given below:

ABC,
Engineer,
Mandir Marg,
Gole Market,
New Delhi-110001
INDIA

 

When sending an international item, always include the destination country name:

  • on the last line of the address
  • in capital letters
  • in English.

For further details please check the UPU website

India Post has provided guidelines on packaging listed below. For further information please refer to the Post Office Guide, in the general rules as to posting sections on the India Post website

  • Every letter, packet or parcel has to be stamped with the date stamps of at least two post offices and is liable to a great deal of pressure and friction in the mail bags during packed in strong covers.
  • When wax-cloth is used for the protection of a parcel, packet or letter, it should be used as an inside cover, or there should at least be sufficient strong paper securely fastened outside the wax-cloth to receive the impression of the post office date-stamps, and any postage stamps which have to be affixed to the article.

To help facilitate customs clearance, it is recommended that you provide recipient contact details (email address and/or phone number) so that recipients are contactable if any information is missing or incorrect. Contact details should be provided within the electronic customs data or in the case of a CN23 on the physical declaration. To ensure this information is protected do not write these contact details separately on the outside item.

Attach a customs label

You’ll need to apply a customs declaration form to your package. 

If you buy postage online with Click & Drop the label will be generated automatically, and we will also send customs data in advance of your parcel. 

Alternatively, customs declaration labels are available online or in a Post Office® branch. 

  • For items with a value up to £270, you will need customs form CN22 (pdf, 394.05 KB)
  • For items with a value over £270, you will need customs form CN23 (pdf, 227.98 KB) and clear plastic wallet SP 126, also available at any Post Office® branch. 

Help with customs and sending items abroad

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