Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

December 22, 2020

UPDATE 118: International Mail Service Updates Related to COVID-19

On December 22, 2020, 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:

Poland UPDATE: Poczta Polska has advised that the measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 are still in force in Poland and will continue to affect its services.

Portugal UPDATE: CTT Correios de Portugal has advised that, in order to combat the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Portuguese Government has announced a new lockdown, which will last until at least January 7, 2021. During the lockdown, the processing and delivery of all types of inbound and outbound mail (letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items) will continue to be affected, and CTT Correios de Portugal is unable to guarantee compliance with the agreed standards. Therefore, the situation of force majeure previously declared will continue to apply until further notice.

Vietnam UPDATE: VNPost has advised that the COVID-19 situation in Viet Nam has now improved sufficiently for postal services to again be provided as normal. Therefore, the delivery of all inbound letter-post, parcel-post and EMS items will strictly follow the normal standards.

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

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (