International Service Alerts

Circumstances which can influence the transit time of your international mail

Below you will find an overview of the current international service alerts that can affect the receipt and delivery of mail and parcels to and from abroad.

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General update COVID-19

In the Netherlands, the coronavirus is now more or less under control. However, many other countries are still facing severe challenges. As a result, strict corona measures remain in place. In many countries, steps have been taken to minimise physical contact when delivering mail and parcels. Recipients in these countries may no longer be required to sign for delivery, for instance. In addition, many countries around the world are taking measures that may affect the processing and delivery of mail and parcels.

This page provides current information per destination.

I’m expecting a delivery from abroad

In many parts of the world, the strict corona measures affect the delivery of mail and parcels. International deliveries may therefore take longer to arrive, especially mail from Asian countries, such as China. Are you currently expecting a letter or parcel from abroad? Then you may have to wait longer than expected.

I’ve sent a shipment abroad

The various measures and precautions taken to contain the coronavirus may negatively affect transit times. In certain countries, delivery may be suspended altogether, albeit temporarily.

The overview below provides information about disruptions that may affect international mail and parcel delivery.

More information on COVID-19 and PostNL

Current events

Delayed delivery due to COVID-19

No delivery due to COVID-19 or other reasons

Ireland (IE)

Date of original alert:

9 September 2021, ongoing
Average delay:

1-5 days

Reason for service alert:

Due to COVID-19 measures we are currently experiencing delays in the delivery of all types of mail and parcels in Ireland.

United States (US)

Date of original alert:

3 September 021, ongoing
Average delay:

2-5 days

United States
Reason for service alert:

Due to hurricane Ida, we are currently we are experiencing delays in the delivery of all types of mail and parcels in New Jersey and New York.

Greece (GR)

Portugal (PT)

Afghanistan (AF)

China (CN)

United States (US)

Australia (AU)

Cayman Islands (KY)

China (CN)

Romania (RO)

Belarus (BY)

Romania (RO)

Turkmenistan (TM)

Greece (GR)

Malta (MT)


Thailand (TH)

Bermuda (BM)

Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and The Netherlands

New Zealand (NZ)

Poland (PL)

Germany (DE)

Luxembourg (LU)

Hong Kong (HK)

Lebanon (LB)

Sri Lanka (LK)

Israel and Palestinian Territories

Australia (AU)

France (FR)

Nepal (NP)

France (FR)

Canada (CA)

Italy (IT)

Indonesia (ID)

Australia (AU)

Brazil (BR)

United States (US)

Chile (CL)

France (FR)

United Kingdom (UK)

Spain (ES)