Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

Message board to keep postal customers informed of changes to mailing standards, services, and prices.

April 9, 2021

UPDATE 156: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On April 9, 2021, the Postal Service received notifications from various postal operators regarding changes in international mail services due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following countries have provided updates to certain mail services:

France UPDATE: La Poste has advised that, due to the emergence of a third wave of COVID-19 infections, the French President announced a new lockdown from April 3 to May 2, 2021. As a result, La Poste may be unable to guarantee delivery standards and times.

Israel UPDATE: Israel Postal Company has advised that the lockdown announced on January 20, 2021 has now ended. However, the previously announced restrictions regarding service standards and force majeure remain in place.

New Caledonia UPDATE: OPT-NC has advised that the gradual lifting of lockdown measures will be complete as of April 11, 2021. As a result, letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items requiring the addressee’s signature on delivery will once again be handed over against the addressee’s signature and, as appropriate, verification of the addressee’s identity.

Unless otherwise noted, service updates to a particular country do not affect delivery of military and diplomatic mail.

These service updates affect Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI), Priority Mail International® (PMI), First-Class Mail International® (FCMI), First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®), International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®), and M-Bag® items.

The DMM Advisory will continue to provide updates as they are received. For a full list of international service disruptions, please visit