Send a letter or card abroad

Sending international mail made easy

You can easily send a letter or card abroad with an international stamp. For destinations worldwide, you can also use a stamp code. At the post office, you can also send international mail registered, insured or priority. Are you including goods with your letter? Then read what has changed as of 1 January 2020.

Rates for international letterbox mail

Card or letter 0 - 20 gInternational1 x International 1€ 1,65
 20 - 50 gInternational2 x International 1€ 3,30
 50 - 100 gInternational3 x International 1€ 4,95
 100 - 350 gInternational5 x International 1€ 8,25
 350 g - 2 kgInternational6 x International 1€ 9,90

What is the maximum size and weight for your letter or card? 

  • Maximum size: 38 x 26.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Minimum size: 14 x 9 cm
  • Maximum weight: 2 kg

How does it work?

There are a number of different ways to send an international letter or card. Simply drop the franked international mail in the orange PostNL letterboxes or drop it off at the post office.

Please note: a letter franked with stamps may no longer contain any goods.

1. Self-franking with international stamp(s)

Do you regularly send international mail? It can be useful to have a supply of International stamps at hand. You buy them per 5 or 50 at the Post Office or order them online. You can also use any old World and Europe stamps.

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2. Pay for postage with a stamp code

To send mail items worldwide, you can also use the stamp code. You conveniently order these online. Very useful if you don't have a stamp handy.

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3. Send your parcel or mail at the Post Office

Don't know how much the letter or card weighs or need advice on proper franking or sending international mail? The staff at the post office service desk are happy to help.

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Sending goods abroad

Do you ever use stamps to send your goods abroad? Due to the international regulations of the Universal Postal Union, we have to make a strict distinction between sending documents and goods. All your shipments of goods must now have a shipping label with barcode.

In addition, countries require us to provide advance digital information about these shipments. This means that all shipments of goods must now be sent as track & trace parcels. Even if you are sending an envelope. You will always have to add a shipping label with a barcode.

Shipping options for international mail

Do you want to send something important or valuable abroad by letter or do you want your mail to arrive faster? Use one of the following shipping options:

Send international registered mail

Are you sending important international mail? And do you want a shipping receipt, track & trace code and signature for delivery? Registered mail provides the following extra guarantees.

More about sending international registered mail

Send international insured mail

Are you sending something valuable such as jewellery or money abroad? With insurance service, the contents of your letter are insured up to €500 in case of loss or damage.

More about international insured mail

Send priority mail abroad

Want your international mail delivered extra fast? Then choose our international priority service Your letter will be delivered in European business centres as early as the next business day.

More about international priority mail

Are you a business customer with large and frequent mail volumes?

Save time and money with the digital stamp, franking machine, a mail account or use Mijn PostNL. You simply place international mail in the letterbox, deliver it to a Business Point or Post Office, or have it collected by the pick-up service.