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International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & 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 £ 6.85
Online from £ 6.85

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.75
Online from £ 8.55

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 £ 10.50
Online from £ 10.20

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International Tracked

Tracked to delivery point for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

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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 £ 6.75
Online from £ 6.75

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.65
Online from £ 8.45

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.10
Online from £ 9.80

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 £ 10.10
Online from £ 9.80

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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 £ 1.70
Online from £ 1.70

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.25
Online from £ 3.05

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.50

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 £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.50

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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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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.00
Online from £ 3.00

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

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 £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

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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

Can I send it to Switzerland?

There are some restrictions on what you can post to Switzerland. Check our handy guide:

Don’t send

  • Liquids over 1l 
  • Alcohol over 24% ABV (rum, whisky, vodka) 

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail

Check restrictions on 

  • Vegetable products 
  • Meat 
  • Fish 
  • Dairy 

(Read the full Switzerland prohibitions and restrictions below) 

TIP: Send food items in their original manufacturer’s packaging if possible. 

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 
  • Aerosols 
  • Perfumes or aftershaves 
  • Nail varnish, polish or gel 

(These are all prohibited by Royal Mail

Check restrictions on 

  • Medical or surgical instruments 
  • Vaccines 

(Read the full Switzerland prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Check restrictions on 

  • Coins 
  • Jewellery or precious metals 
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones 

(Read the full Switzerland prohibitions and restrictions below) 

Prohibitions

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to Switzerland. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Swiss Post website

Please also refer to the Universal Postal Union - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list.

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Plants or parts of plants infested by pests or by pathogenic agents. Plants of the Nicotiania genus. Plants or parts of plants of essences of fruits with stones or pips. Plants or parts of ornamental plants of the following genera: Chaenomeles, Cotoneaster, Crataegus, Malus, Prunus, Pyracantha pyrus, Sorbus, Stranvaesia.
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Potatoes of non-European origin.
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar
  • Absinth and all imitations of absinth.
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Products conveyance of which, by post, is prohibited.
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Propaganda material likely to endanger the internal or external security of the State. Offensive items.

The importation of propaganda material likely to endanger the internal or external security of the State, independence, neutrality, relations with other countries and political institutions in Switzerland is prohibited.

Items of any kind that bear or contain signs, drawings or inscriptions of an insulting or immoral nature, or which constitute an incitement to crime are prohibited (importation and transit).

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • Radar detectors and mini-spies (miniature wireless transmitters).

Radar detectors which give warning of the existence of radar-operated speed checks are confiscated and handed over to the appropriate authority. Mini-spies (miniature wireless transmitters) are confiscated and handed over to the Federal Public Prosecutor's Department for a decision to be made.

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Ammunition.

Restrictions

Here is an indication of restricted items for mailing to Switzerland. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Swiss Post website

Please also refer to the Universal Postal Union - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list.

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information above is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Restricted items

  • Live animals; animal products

General Note

The importation is prohibited of meat and meat preparations, with the exception of preserves, as well as raw products, such as skins, bristles, antlers, claws and bones, from clawed and solid ungulate species from all African and Asian countries, Turkey and the countries of the former USSR as well as from porcine species from Spain, Portugal and Sardinia.

The importation of the animals and animal products listed below is permitted only with an import licence issued by the Federal Veterinary Office, CH–3087 LIEBEFELD (Telefax (+41 31) 970 85 22):

(a) Live animals:

– bees;

– amphibians;

– crustaceans, molluscs and echinodermata intended for human consumption;

– mammals, except domestic cats, golden hamsters, guinea-pigs and mice and rats intended for use in laboratories or as food

Note: For domestic cats, a veterinary certificate is required certifying that the animals were vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days, and not more than one year, before crossing the frontier;

– birds (except canaries)

The importation of live carrier pigeons is only permitted under special licence from the Federal Army Communications Office, CH–3003 BERNE, and of the Federal Veterinary Office, CH–3097 LIEBEFELD. Consignments of this kind not accompanied by the requisite import licence are seized by Customs and reported to the above-mentioned authority;

– fish (except ornamental fish);

– reptiles.

Note: The provisions of the Convention of 3 March 1993 on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Washington Convention) as well as the provisions of legislation on hunting and the protection of wild mammals and birds are also applicable to importation. Only small live animals (except for dogs, which are without exception prohibited) may be imported by post. In this case, the provisions concerning transport receptacles in animal protection legislation must be observed.

Acceptance of live animals for transport is subject to the following conditions:

"Use must be made of appropriate containers, wickerwork crates or cases which must be clean and roomy. The animals must be placed in these receptacles in such a way that they are not exposed to suffering through lack of space, food or air and that no soiling or damage of other postal items can take place. Cardboard boxes, cigar boxes, small baskets, etc, which do not allow a view of the inside or which do not have sufficient opening for air are not permitted. Any parcel containing live animals must bear in bold lettering the superscription 'Animaux vivants' (Live animals) and must be sent by express and as a cumbersome item."

  • Live animals.
  • Live insects, acarida and nematodes, at all stages.

Consignments of live insects, acarida and nematodes must be accompanied by a permit issued by the Federal Office of Agriculture, Plant Certification and Protection Section, CH–3003 BERNE.

(b) Meat and meat preparations:

– preparations of horse meat, beef, mutton, goat meat, pork and game (artiodactyla) originating from elsewhere than in 2.1.1;

– meat and meat preparations of rabbit, domestic poultry, game (hare, bear, marmot and game birds), fish, frogs, crustaceans, molluscs and echinodermata;

– guts and bladders for making sausages;

– animal fodder (e.g. cat and dog food).

Note: Consignments from Europe not exceeding a maximum gross weight of 10 kg are exempt from import authorisation (subject to the permits required from other federal offices).

(c) Animal carcasses and parts thereof

(d) Products of animal origin subject to legislation on protection of species, such as unprocessed skins, furs, reptile leather, ivory, shells, zoological products, feathers and garments made of such products
(e) Animal sperm and fertilised eggs

On obtaining the licence, the importer will be informed about the import conditions (such as the need to present veterinary certificates, export declarations and inward veterinary control at the Swiss Customs Office). Live animals must be accompanied by a document showing the name of the sender and the exact species. Moreover, the importer must inform his supplier of the conditions for importing animals and merchandise for which authorisation is required.
Meat and edible meat offal.

  • Products of animal origin. See General Note Live animals; animal products entry above
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates.
  • All such products See General Note Live animals; animal products entry above
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • Butter

The importation of butter sent by post by private persons abroad to private persons in Switzerland is only allowed up to a maximum of 500 g per item. All importation of butter on a commercial basis is prohibited.

  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Other woody plants or parts thereof.

Consignments of woody plants or parts thereof, with the exception of those mentioned under "Prohibited articles", are subject to the authorisation of the Federal Office of Agriculture, Plant Certification and Protection Section, CH–3003 BERNE.

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
  • Young potato plants.

The importation of potato seedlings is subject to the authorization of the Federal Office of Agriculture, Field Crops Section, CH–3003 BERNE.

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
  • Opium.

The importation of narcotics or pharmaceutical preparations or specialities containing narcotics is subject to presentation of a licence from the Federal Public Health Office, Pharmaceutical and Narcotics Division, CH–3001 BERNE (Tel (+41 31) 911 01 45) which is issued to persons and companies duly authorised by the cantonal health authorities.

Such products are only admitted as insured letter-post items or postal parcels. Items not accompanied by the prescribed import licence will be handed over by the Swiss post offices at the point of entry to customs offices for subsequent treatment. The importation, exportation and transit of narcotics are only possible through the customs offices authorized for the purpose by the Directorate- General of Customs, CH–3003 BERNE.

The following products are subject to the law on narcotics:

(a) Primary products:

i opium;
ii poppy straw used for the production of substances or preparations listed under (b), i, (c) or (d), of this subparagraph;
iii coca leaves;
iv hemp.

(b) Active constituents:

i phenanthrena alkaloids of opium and their derivatives and salts thereof, which cause dependency (drug addiction);
ii ecgonine and its derivatives and salts, which cause dependency;
iii resin from the glandular bristles of hemp.
c) Other substances with a similar effect to those mentioned in (a) and (b).

(d) Preparations containing the substances listed in (a), (b) and (c).

The following are dealt with as narcotics for the purpose of this Law:
(a) hallucinogenics such as lysergic acid (LSD 25) and mescaline;

(b) stimulants of the central nervous system with amphetamine-like effects;

(c) any other substance that has an effect similar to that of the substances mentioned in (a) and (b);

(d) preparations containing substances mentioned in (a), (b) or (c).

  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar
  • Alcohol.

Consignments of alcohol weighing not more than 5 kg, addressed to private persons and containing ethyl alcohol, whatever its alcoholic content, are permitted for importation without special authorisation by the Federal Alcohol Board upon payment of import duty and monopoly dues. Nevertheless, consignments of spirituous liquors (spirits, essences, aperitifs, liqueurs, etc) with an alcoholic content over 75% of volume may be imported by private persons only with special authorisation of the Federal Alcohol Board. The customs declaration must give the quality, gross weight and degree of alcohol.

Alcohol addressed to the Federal Alcohol Board, P.O. Box, CH–3000 BERNE 9, is admitted without special authorization.

  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
  • Salt.

Special permission from the authorities concerned (Salines du Rhin, CH–4133 SCHWEIZER- HALLE, or Canton of Vaud Finance Department, Régale des sels, CH–1000 LAUSANNE) is required for the importation of all kinds of salts, products and mixtures containing salt substances subject to the salt monopoly.

  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Radioactive materials

The importation of radioactive substances is subject to authorization from the Federal Public Health Office, P.O. Box 2644, CH–3001 BERNE, which is granted only if the applicant contracts certain obligations and if his enterprise meets legal requirements.

  • Organic chemicals
  • Narcotics. See Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts; Opium. Entry above
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Serums and vaccines. See Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts; Opium. Entry above
  • Fungi, viruses, bacteria and other similar phytopathogenic micro-organisms

Consignments of fungi, viruses, bacteria and other similar phytopathogenic micro-organisms must be accompanied by a permit issued by the Federal Office of Agriculture, Plant Certification and Protection Section, CH–3003 BERNE.

  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)

Products of animal origin are subject to legislation on protection of species, such as unprocessed skins, furs, reptile leather, ivory, shells, zoological products, feathers and garments made of such products

  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Public coats of arms and factory trademarks.

For the protection of coats of arms and trademarks, it is not permitted to reproduce the coats of arms of the Confederation or the cantons for a commercial purpose on products intended for sale as goods or on their packaging. This also applies to any indication referring to these arms or parts thereof. It is also prohibited to use the symbols or emblems of districts, clubs or communes when such use might lead to an error as to the geographic origin of the products.

Moreover, it is prohibited to mark with spurious indications of origin (name of country, region or locality) products owing their reputation to such name.

The unauthorised use of the emblem of the Red Cross or symbols that might be confused with this emblem, as well as of the words "Red Cross" or "Cross of Geneva" is also prohibited.

  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair

Products of animal origin are subject to legislation on protection of species, such as unprocessed skins, furs, reptile leather, ivory, shells, zoological products, feathers and garments made of such products

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
  • Articles clad with precious metals and imitations.

The importation of articles made of precious metals, including watch-cases and plated and imitation articles, is authorized provided that they meet the provisions of the Federal Law of 20 June 1993 on the supervision of trade in precious metals and articles made thereof. The Central Bureau for the Assay of Precious Metals (Bureau central du contrôle des métaux précieux), CH–3003 BERNE, can provide further information on this matter.

Import declarations relating to articles made of precious metals, plated articles and imitations must contain, in addition to the information required under customs legislation:

– an exact list of the articles, indicating their number and nature;
– the designation given to the articles under the provisions of the law mentioned above (description of the articles, indication of their precious metal content and of the manufacturing process used in respect of plated articles);
– the reference number of the hallmark, if the articles come from a single manufacturer.

All articles made of precious metals, plated articles and imitations will be inspected by the precious metals inspection unit upon entry into Switzerland. If this inspection reveals wilful misrepresentation, the articles will be seized and put at the disposal of the Central Bureau for the Assay of Precious Metals in Berne, for legal action to be taken. Articles which do not meet the requirements of the law but do not infringe its provisions will be refused entry.

Note: Items containing cash or valuable articles are admitted only as registered or insured letters. However, it is preferable to insert paper securities and other valuables in insured letters.

The importation of articles resembling Swiss currency and intended for public distribution is subject to permission from the Federal Department of Finance, CH–3003 BERNE.

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Shoulder rifles (with the exception of hunting or sporting rifles), pistols and revolvers (with a calibre greater than 6.2 mm). Other weapons of war. Spare parts and accessories.

War material is admitted only on presentation of a licence from the Secretariat-General of the Federal Military Department, War Materials Control Section, CH–3003 BERNE, unless the consignments are addressed to services of the Federal Military Department, its Armaments Group or federal armaments factories.

Equipment of any kind for protection against attacks from the air (gas masks, mouth-breathing apparatus, etc) may only be imported on presentation of a licence issued by the Federal Civil Defence Office, CH–3003 BERNE.

Electronic customs data

When you send mail from the UK to destinations that are in a different customs union, we require you to provide electronic customs data. 

The easiest way to provide your customs declaration is through one of our automated shipping solutions, like Click & Drop, Pro Shipping or API shipping.  

Find out more about electronic customs data 

Value added tax for foreign mail order companies 

If you make CHF 100,000 or more a year from small consignments (taxed at CHF 5.00 or less) sent to customers in Switzerland, you must pay VAT to the Swiss Federal Tax Administration. 

Find out more about VAT for foreign mail order companies (pdf, 1.55 MB)

Remember to use the correct address format 

If you have an apartment or suite number, write it after the street name on the same line, like this: building number/apartment number. 

Write the zip code before the city name, on the same line. 

Please write 'SWITZERLAND' in capital letters on the last line of the address.

Example:

Mr  
Erich Katze 
Hochbaumstrasse 4a/9 
4007 Zurich 
SWITZERLAND 

Please write the addressee's mobile telephone number on your parcel, in case we need to contact them about their delivery. 

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. 

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